Kevin de Bruyne huge injury doubt for Euro 2020 after breaking TWO bones, Maguire set to be fit for England squad

KEVIN DE BRUYNE could miss out on Euro 2020 for Belgium after suffering two broken bones in the Champions League final.

Meanwhile Matthijs de Ligt has clarified previous comments stating that he had turned down the coronavirus vaccine.

And Harry Maguire is increasingly confident of being fit for England vs Croatia.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    RIGHT DON TIME

    Holland star Donny van de Beek will try and impress Manchester United chiefs at the Euros this summer.

    The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford from Ajax for £40million last summer, but was limited to only four starts in the Premier League.

    Having drawn Ukraine, North Macedonia and Austria in the group stage, Van de Beek's Netherlands have a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

    And according to The Telegraph, the midfielder will talk to Solskjaer to 'see where he stands' within the squad ahead of the summer transfer window.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    TOP THIER

    Belgium have announced that Thierry Henry has returned to their coaching staff for Euro 2020.

    The Frenchman was previously part of Roberto Martinez's coaching team, before taking top jobs at AS Monaco and then CF Montreal.

    Having found himself a free agent, Henry elected to return to work for the Spaniard this summer.

    And with Martinez linked with a return to club football after the tournament, Henry may have his eye on the top job.

  • Etienne Fermie

    HOST MORTEN

    Euro 2020's rival tournament, the Copa America, is without a host country, less than TWO WEEKS before kicking off.

    Colombia and Argentina were supposed to co-host the tournament, which is set to begin on June 13.

    But both have been removed due to ongoing issues.

    Colombia were taken out of the running on May 20, because of protests against president Ivan Duque.

    And Argentina followed suit over the weekend, because of a surge in Covid-19 cases.

    The Copa was originally supposed to take place in Argentina and Colombia last year
  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING EURO FANS

    Manchester City star man Kevin De Bruyne may have to miss Belgium’s first Euro 2020 matches in the group stage.

    De Bruyne was forced off the Champions League Final after a rough collision with Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger on 60 minutes.

    The playmaker was diagnosed with acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture.

    According to ESPN, the 29-year-old will need three weeks to heal, which means he may not have any part in the group stage against Denmark, Finland and Russia.

    However, there is no way De Bruyne is going to miss the whole tournament as long as Belgium make it out of the group stage.

    Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney ‘would have tried absolutely everything’ to persuade Jamie Vardy to play at Euro 2020 – as he rates him an ideal strike-partner for England skipper Harry Kane.

    Vardy, 34, retired from international football in 2018 but is still in hot form for Leicester.

    Derby boss Rooney, 35, wrote in his Sunday Times column: “One man I wish was in Gareth’s squad is Jamie Vardy.

    “I would have tried absolutely everything to lure him out of retirement for these finals.

    “I know some people may be surprised at this, especially with the legal case between my wife and Jamie’s wife, but this is my honest football opinion.

    “He may be 34, but Jamie is still a brilliant player, who was involved in 24 goals in the Premier League this season and would have been a great asset – not only as an impact sub but as a potential starter.

    “Look at how Kane has been playing for Tottenham Hotspur, dropping deeper and playing through balls – Jamie could have been running on to them.”

    And finally, Harry Maguire seems confident of featuring in England’s Euro 2020 kick-off match against Croatia on June 13.

    The Manchester United star suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa and has since been in a race against time to be fit for the summer’s Euros.

    According to the Daily Mail, however, the centre-back’s progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit in just two weeks.

    The Red Devils are reportedly set to meet Maguire on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate’s physios.

  • Joe Brophy

    WILL I NEVER

    Ruben Colwill is the shock name in Wales' Euro 2020 squad – after just SIX first-team games for Cardiff.

    But Dragons boss Rob Page, who has replaced Ryan Giggs for the finals, has included rookie Colwill, 19, alongside captain Gareth Bale and star names Aaron Ramsey and Dan James.

    Uncapped midfielder Colwill's inclusion will evoke memories of Theo Walcott, who was a bolter for England's 2006 World Cup squad under Sven Goran Eriksson.

    Colwill only made his first league start for Mick McCarthy's Cardiff on April 24 in a 2-1 Championship win over Wycombe.

    He started the season playing for Cardiff Under-23s in a 5-1 defeat to Welsh rivals Swansea last September.

    In total, Colwill has played 191 minutes of senior football since his Bluebirds debut against Coventry in February.

    He got the nod over the likes of Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo and Tom Lawrence of Derby, who has suffered Euro heartbreak for a second time after an ankle injury ruled him out in 2016.

  • Joe Brophy

    CZECHED OUT

    The Czech Republic have vacated Scotland’s Oriam base camp as their preparations for Euro 2020 have been disrupted by Covid regulations.

    They were due to train in Edinburgh but will instead base themselves in Prague, and travel to and from the UK for each of their Group D matches.

    Scotland’s opponents had planned to stay and train at Oriam for the Euros, and had booked the facility – which is Scotland’s regular base – before they qualified for the tournament.

    That forced Steve Clarke’s team to change their plans and they arranged to stay and train in Middlesbrough, roughly equidistant from Hampden and Wembley where Scotland will play their group games.

    A statement read: “The Czech national team will spend the whole UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in Prague instead of the basecamp in Edinburgh as it was planned originally."

  • Joe Brophy

    POT LUCK

    Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain all find themselves in Pot 2 in next season's Champions League.

    All of the clubs missed on top seeding following disastrous league campaign's which saw them miss out on being handed a favourable group draw.

    Pot 1 is made of eight teams which includes the winners of the top six ranked domestic leagues as well as the two champions from this term's European competitions.

    England's Manchester City, France's Lille, Germany's Bayern Munich, Italy's Inter Milan, Spain's Atletico Madrid and Portugal's Sporting Lisbon are in Pot 1.

  • Joe Brophy

    KAN DO

    N’Golo Kante has become one of SIX players to win the Champions League, Premier League and World Cup.

    The French midfielder played brilliantly in the Blues’ 1-0 win against Manchester City last night to join the exclusive club.

    Since the old First Division and European Cup were both re-branded into the Premier League and Champions League in 1992, only half-a-dozen players have won both competitions and the World Cup.

    Kante joined Fabien Barthez, Thierry Henry, Juliano Belletti, Gerard Pique and Pedro in that club with his man-of-the-match performance against Pep Guardiola’s side.

    Other players had achieved the feat before 1992, most notably Manchester United legends Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles – part of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966.

    And Kante has the chance to add the Euros to his haul this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    HEROES NOT VILLIANS

    Former Aston Villa ace Stephen Warnock believes Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins are going to play a crucial role for England in Euro 2020.

    Warnock told the Daily Star: “You look at Grealish and for me he’s a shoo in, he has to go.

    “What we saw with Grealish is when he played for England, the standard didn’t drop. In fact, playing with better individuals took his game to another level.

    “I think Mings will also be selected because of a potential injury to Maguire and how he gives Southgate that option to go three at the back.

    “Watkins is a player who deserves to be there given his goal return and the way he’s taken to the Premier League.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SPECIAL GRAN

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has admitted he is flattered by interest from Jose Mourinho over a potential move.

    Mourinho is the new Roma boss and is reportedly interesting in bringing Xhaka to Italy.

    Xhaka told Blick: Of course I read [about the interest]. But now I'm 100 per cent focused on the national team here.

    "That's more important than Arsenal or rumours right now. I have another two years on my contract in London and Arsenal they know what they have in me. When the time comes to talk about a transfer, I'll be here."

    The Switzerland midfielder added: “To be honest, I didn't hear what Mourinho has said about me. But that makes you proud.

    "Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles.

    "You can now see what work I have done over the past few years."

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM ROONEY

    Rooney also reckons it’s crucial for the Three Lions’ hopes this summer that Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson recover from injuries.

    He said: “England have a good chance and will be very hard for any team to beat if they reach the last four, with the semi-finals and final at Wembley.

    “But to succeed I think Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson have to be fit.

    ‘Those two plus Harry Kane are the spine of England’s team. Gareth needs them on the pitch.

    “Those players being there allows Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Marcus Rashford to go and express themselves, and every side has those leaders, those rocks, whom the rest depend on in a crisis.

    “If the going gets tough in a game, Jordan and the two Harrys are the ones all the other players will look to.”

  • Joe Brophy

    OVER TO ROO

    Wayne Rooney ‘would have tried absolutely everything’ to persuade Jamie Vardy to play at Euro 2020 – as he rates him an ideal strike-partner for England skipper Harry Kane.

    Vardy, 34, retired from international football in 2018 but is still in hot form for Leicester.

    Derby boss Rooney, 35, wrote in his Sunday Times column: “One man I wish was in Gareth’s squad is Jamie Vardy.

    “I would have tried absolutely everything to lure him out of retirement for these finals.

    “I know some people may be surprised at this, especially with the legal case between my wife and Jamie’s wife, but this is my honest football opinion.

    “He may be 34, but Jamie is still a brilliant player, who was involved in 24 goals in the Premier League this season and would have been a great asset – not only as an impact sub but as a potential starter.

    “Look at how Kane has been playing for Tottenham Hotspur, dropping deeper and playing through balls – Jamie could have been running on to them.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appeared confident that Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne will soon be able to return to the pitch ahead of Euro 2020.

    Guardiola told Sky Sports: “He [Kevin De Bruyne] was injured but this happens.

    “In these kind of games, we need everyone.

    “The ambition now is to the rest, and then game by game we will come back and hopefully return to this stage in the future.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GET GAB

    Tottenham could be tempted to part ways with Harry Kane if Manchester City offer Gabriel Jesus plus cash, according to reports.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will try and get the best deal possible for Kane should any team try and buy him this summer.

    But according to the Daily Star, Spurs have an interest in Brazilian striker Jesus – opening up the possibility of a cash-plus-swap deal for Kane.

    Jesus is valued at £70million and if City chuck in a similar amount as well, Tottenham could be tempted to sell.

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE AND ABLE

    Harry Kane showed off his new bespoke 'Golden Boot' cleats as the England captain arrived for Euro 2020 duty.

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  • Joe Brophy

    (THREE) LION IN WAIT

    Harry Maguire seems confident of featuring in England’s Euro 2020 kick-off match against Croatia on June 13.

    Maguire suffered an ankle injury against Aston Villa and has since been in a race against time to be fit for the summer’s Euros.

    According to the Daily Mail, however, the centre-back’s progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit in just two weeks.

    The Red Devils are reportedly set to meet Maguire on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate’s physios.

  • Joe Brophy

    DIO-GO?

    Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot is unsure over his future at the club.

    The 22-year-old had a successful loan spell at Italian giants AC Milan, helping them finish second in the Serie A.

    Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Dalot said: "I like to become more and more complete.

    "The Italians love football, they always talk about it and being part of this culture has been a fantastic experience. And on the pitch, I feel I have improved a lot tactically.

    "There are some defensive aspects I learned here and it was fantastic to develop these qualities too.

    "That's not the only thing either, as I improved in pressing high and recovering the ball as soon as possible.

    "Very useful stuff. I say that I had a fantastic year and met beautiful people.

    "It was a real pleasure to play for Milan but now I think about the Euros and I really don't know (on his future) what will happen."

  • Joe Brophy

    EDDIE SET GO

    Watford want to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah ahead of their Premier League return, according to reports.

    The Gunners will reportedly demand £15million for the England youth international, who has a year left on his Emirates contract.

    According to the Mirror, Arsenal are looking to cash in on Nketiah before his contract expires – and Watford are willing to make a bid.

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAUL SEARCHING

    Spain international Saul Niguez is pushing for a move away from Atletico Madrid

    That is according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that Saul is ready to bid farewell to Atletico in the summer.

    The star midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a long time.

    However, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also keeping tabs on the 26-year-old ace

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  • Kostas Lianos

    VILLA TRIO

    Former Aston Villa ace Stephen Warnock believes Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins are going to play a crucial role for England in Euro 2020.

    Warnock told the Daily Star: "You look at Grealish and for me he's a shoo in, he has to go.

    "What we saw with Grealish is when he played for England, the standard didn't drop. In fact, playing with better individuals took his game to another level.

    "I think Mings will also be selected because of a potential injury to Maguire and how he gives Southgate that option to go three at the back.

    "Watkins is a player who deserves to be there given his goal return and the way he's taken to the Premier League"

  • Kostas Lianos

    IT’S BEN GREAT

    England international Ben Chilwell claimed that the Champions League triumph is exactly why he decided to join Chelsea last summer.

    Chilwell told Sky Sports: “We fought so hard today.

    “We knew it would be a tough game. The second half… we fought for our lives to get to this moment, to have this feeling.

    “This is what I came to Chelsea for. It’s a dream come true”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    AIN’T NO MOUNT-AIN HIGH

    England international Mason Mount, who provided the assist for Kai Havertz’s goal, claims Chelsea proved they are the “best team in the world”.

    Mount told Sky Sports: “I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible.

    “I just mentioned then that I’ve played in two finals for Chelsea and we lost them both. The way that hurt… It’s all I’ve dreamt winning a trophy with Chelsea.

    “To go all the way in the Champions League. We played some tough teams. We are in a final and we won it. It’s such a special occasion.

    “At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us”

  • Kostas Lianos

    STRIK-INGS OPTION

    Chris Sutton claims Southampton star Danny Ings could go to either Manchester United or Manchester City in the summer as a cheaper striking option.

    Ings put together another impressive season for Southampton but didn't earn an England call-up ahead of Euro 2020.

    Sutton told BBC Radio 5Live: “There’s talk about Danny Ings leaving.

    “He could end up at Manchester City or Manchester United.

    “There are all sorts of rumours flooding around the Norfolk area, but that’s what I have heard.

    “And how could they [Southampton] possibly replace him?”

  • Kostas Lianos

    PEP TALK

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola appeared confident that Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne will soon be able to return to the pitch ahead of Euro 2020.

    Guardiola told Sky Sports: "He [Kevin De Bruyne] was injured but this happens.

    "In these kind of games, we need everyone.

    "The ambition now is to the rest, and then game by game we will come back and hopefully return to this stage in the future"

  • Kostas Lianos

    DE BRUYNE SPEAKS OUT

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne suffered a heavy facial injury during the Champions League Final against Chelsea.

    De Bruyne collided with Blues star Antonio Rudiger after 60 minutes and hobbled off the pitch with a black eye.

    The attacking midfielder was taken to hospital and took to Twitter to announce that he's been diagnosed with acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture.

    The Belgium international tweeted the following:

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