Markku Kanerva says Finland need to be ‘fully focussed’ against Russia

Posted Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by PA

Finland boss Markku Kanerva admitted he was unsure how his players will react to Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in their next game on Wednesday against Russia.The Finns launched their first major tournament with a 1-0 win against Denmark on Sunday, but their opening Group B fixture was overshadowed by Eriksen’s first-half collapse.Eriksen is recovering in hospital and Finland hav...Full Story »

Spain boss Luis Enrique: We’re in a group of favourites

Posted Monday, June 14, 2021 by PA

Spain boss Luis Enrique insists his side are not favourites in Group E as they prepare to get their European Championship campaign under way against Sweden.Enrique’s squad is a far cry from the one which won the competition back-to-back in 2008 and 2012 but La Roja still boast some useful players.Spain will also play Poland and Slovakia in the group phase and Enrique was pleased with the w...Full Story »

Franco Foda wants Austria to break Euros duck against debutants North Macedonia

Posted Sunday, June 13, 2021 by PA

Austria coach Franco Foda has urged his players to make history in their Euro 2020 opener against tournament debutants North Macedonia.The Austrians are preparing for their third European Championship campaign but have yet to taste victory in the competition.They qualified for Euro 2008 as hosts and later travelled to Euro 2016, picking up just a solitary point on each occasion as they exited fo...Full Story »

Frank De Boer confident in Holland system ahead of Euro 2020 opener with Ukraine

Posted Sunday, June 13, 2021 by PA

Holland boss Frank De Boer is confident his preferred 5-3-2 system will serve the squad best as they prepare to open their Euro 2020 campaign against Ukraine in Amsterdam.De Boer took over the Oranje after Ronald Koeman left for Barcelona in September 2020, with the team having qualified as runners-up to Germany in their group.Former Inter Milan and Crystal Palace boss De Boer, who had a spell a...Full Story »

Roberto Martinez backs Belgium to handle pressure of expectancy

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2021 by PA

Roberto Martinez has backed Belgium to deal with heightened expectation as they head into the Euro 2020 finals ranked as the best team in the world.The Belgians finished third at the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and will return to face the hosts of that tournament in St Petersburg on Saturday evening among the favourites to lift the trophy and sitting at the top of FIFA’s ranking table.Aske...Full Story »

Denmark prepared for Teemu Pukki threat ahead of Finland clash

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2021 by PA

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand will prepare his side for the threat of Finland frontman Teemu Pukki as if they were coming up against Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in their Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen.Norwich forward Pukki, now recovered from ankle ligament damage suffered at the end of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, scored 10 of Finland’s 16 goals as they qualified for a first a...Full Story »

Newport captain Joss Labadie set to start play-off final against Morecambe

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2021 by PA

Newport skipper Joss Labadie is set to reclaim a starting spot for the Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Morecambe on Monday.Labadie suffered a gashed knee earlier this month and scored after coming off the bench in the second leg of County’s semi-final victory over Forest Green.He is expected to replace on-loan AFC Wimbledon midfielder Anthony Hartigan in the Exiles’ Wembley...Full Story »

Blackpool defender Dan Ballard doubtful before play-off final against Lincoln

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Blackpool will check on the fitness of defender Dan Ballard ahead of Sunday’s Sky Bet League One play-off final against Lincoln at Wembley.Ballard, on loan from Arsenal, was taken off at half-time during the semi-final second leg against Oxford because of a groin problem and continues to be assessed.Should Northern Ireland international Ballard, who sat out training earlier in the week, no...Full Story »

Brentford to make late a check on Christian Norgaard ahead of play-off final

Posted Friday, May 28, 2021 by PA

Brentford will make a late call on Christian Norgaard ahead of the play-off final against Swansea.Denmark midfielder Norgaard pulled up injured prior to the semi-final second leg win over Bournemouth.Left-back Rico Henry has been ruled out of the Wembley showpiece with a hamstring injury.Josh Dasilva and Shandon Baptiste remain long-term absentees.Swansea will be without Wayne Routledge after th...Full Story »

Nicke Kabamba could return for Kilmarnock after hamstring problem

Posted Sunday, May 23, 2021 by PA

Nicke Kabamba could be involved in Kilmarnock’s Scottish Premiership play-off final second leg against Dundee.Kabamba is back in training after a hamstring injury and could return from a four-week lay-off on Monday night.Youssouf Mulumbu unexpectedly departed the club ahead of Killie’s 2-1 first-leg defeat and will not be involved.Dundee have no fresh injuries ahead of the Rugby Park...Full Story »

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