England Launch Bid For Euro 2020 Glory, Eriksen 'stable' After Collapse
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Sun 13th June 2021 | 04:00 PM
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jun, 2021 ) :England open their Euro 2020 campaign on a revenge mission against Croatia on Sunday with the tournament reeling after Denmark's Christian Eriksen needed emergency treatment on the pitch.
The Netherlands are back in action at a major tournament for the first time since 2014 on the third day of action but the coronavirus is causing fresh havoc after Portugal's Joao Cancelo tested positive.
The Group B game -- just the third of the month-long tournament, which kicked off a year behind schedule on Friday -- was halted just before half-time with the score goalless and suspended for nearly two hours before restarting.
The Finns won 1-0 thanks to a Joel Pohjanpalo header in their first-ever appearance in the European Championship but Eriksen's plight overshadowed the match.
"This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination," it tweeted.
- England expects - Gareth Southgate's youthful England side get their challenge under way as they face 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia -- who beat England in the semi-finals in Russia -- at Wembley in a 1300 GMT kickoff.
England are playing all three group games at their London home. If they top Group D they will also play there in the last 16, while London is also the venue for both semi-finals as well as the final on July 11.
Southgate has selected one of the youngest and most intriguing squads in the tournament, with the emergence of Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham heralding a bold new era for the Three Lions.
"It's definitely a good thing that a lot of our players have had maybe seven or eight more caps, big matches with their clubs and had that confidence that comes from playing in those big games," he said.
"Some of them have had great success in those big games as well, which is also an important factor." The Netherlands play Ukraine in Amsterdam to open their account, deprived of the services of the long-term injury absentee Virgil van Dijk but still able to call on a wealth of talent including Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Russian, Spanish and Swedish squads have also been disrupted by positive tests.