Former Manchester United and Danish legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has claimed that Danish players were forced back on the pitch to finish their match between Denmark and Finland on Saturday after their teammate Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the pitch during the game.
Peter Schmeichel who is the father of Leicester City and Denmark’s number 1, Kasper Schmeichel, made this claimed to ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Danish players were left no choice and had to go back out and play even though they weren’t mentally fit to restart the match. READ ALSO: Eriksen May Never Play Football Professionally Again – Cardiologist
When asked if it was the players’ decision for the game to be restarted after Eriksen had been taken to hospital, he said, “Well that’s an interesting debate.
“I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.
“Or, it’s how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.
“The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game 3-0.”
The Euro 2020 entered its fourth day with the game between the Czech Republic and Scotland the first game of the day, round the first round of matches from Group D. England versus Croatia was the first match of the group, with England winning its opening group game at the Euros since 1970s.
Just over an hour ago, the Czech Republic showed its superiority beating the third team from the British ales Scotland, quite comfortably with star striker from Bayern Leverkusen Patrick Shick scoring at the double. Though it must be said that Scotland put up a gallant fight but just fell short of the important talent that would’ve mattered
Yesterday 3 games were played, starting with England vs Croatia. The game ended 1 nil in favour of England with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal.
While the game between Austria and Macedonia ended 3-1, in favour of Austria, winning its first game at an international competition. But the Macedonia legend and veteran Goran Pandev did score his side first goal at an international competition too.
The last game of the day was Netherland vs Ukraine it was a major chaotic and hugely entertaining match. The Oranges took the lead through former Liverpool man Gini Wijnaldum and his effort was doubled by Waghoust before the Ukrainians put up a gallant fightback drawing the game at 2-2. But wing-back Dumfries who has missed a couple of sitters earlier in the game had the final say for the Dutch side saving Patrick De Boer’s blushes as they won the game 3-2 through Patrick Dumfries header.
Today’s Fixtures from the Euro 2020;
Scotland 0 Vs Czech Republic 2
Poland Vs Slovakia 5:00 pm
Spain Vs Sweden 8:00 pm
The last game of the day between Spain and Sweden promises to be quite an interesting watch. Drop your prediction of who will win between Spain and Sweden, in the comment section and stand to win amazing prizes from our sponsors.
Christian Eriksen has released his first public statement since suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland, insisting he ‘won’t give up’.
The Inter Milan midfielder required 13 minutes of CPR after collapsing just before half-time against Finland on Saturday, but was taken to hospital in a stable condition, where he is currently.
In a short statement released to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport via his agent, Eriksen thanked fans for their support and concern and vowed to find out why he suffered serious health emergency.
Eriksen’s statement this morning read: ‘Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened.
‘I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.’
‘Now he just has to rest, with him are his wife and parents,’ Eriksen’s agent added.
‘He will remain under observation. But in any case he wants to cheer on his team-mates against Belgium.’
Eriksen’s teammates, Hojbjerg, Braithwaite, and Leicester City goalkeeper Schmeichel all spoke about the scary health experience on Monday morning at a press conference.
Schmeichel said: ‘I have chosen to say to myself that this has had a happy ending – it’s not the end yet, but it could have been so much worse.
‘I am grateful to be part of a team that has stood together as much as we have done. And I’m grateful Christian’s still here.
‘I tried to imagine if it was me who was lying there. I knew Christian’s wife, children, and parents were there, so at one point I tried to look for them. It is an inhuman situation for them to go through.’
Braithwaite added: ‘We were all about to lose a friend and a team-mate. I do not remember exactly what I said in the prayer. But it has strengthened my faith, that’s for sure.’
Hojbjerg said: ‘I saw Christian lying there and looking towards the field. His eyes were white and I thought it looked very strange. I saw Simon Kjaer rush off, and then you start thinking what it is. I walked slowly across the bench.
‘More and more first aiders came over, and I could see Simon waving his arms. I stood for a long time with the coaches and talked, and I could see that there are some arms that move with the first aid. That was creepy.’
The Euro 2020, is set to kick off later today in the eternal city of Rome, Italy, where the Italian will welcome the Turkish national team.
It is set to be a feisty occasion, with most punters and pundits giving the game to the Italian side led by former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian national team has for the last 3-years been on a rebuilding process since it failed to qualify for the 2018 world cup, the first team it will be failing to qualify for an International footballing competition in 60-years. READ ALSO: Gareth Southgate Releases England’s 26-Man Final Squad For Euro 2020
And for the first time in 60-years, they aren’t considered as one of the favorites to win the tournament which makes them a dark-house prospect, but definitely not a favourite to win. So the question is, who are the favourites to win this year’s Euro 2020.
Going by the performances of the teams over the last few years, off the back of the last European competition and the last world Cup 2018, some teams have been quite consistent, while some of the usuals (superpowers) are currently undergoing a rebuilding process or some sort of resurgence. Examples of the resurgents including, Germany and Italy who both have had a terrible outing in the last few international competition.
While the English are of high hopes this could finally be their time, after being pushed to the sidelines of world
English national team and football have been in the backwaters of international football for way too long. Despite its claim to be the inventors of the modern global game of football, been the first country to codify the rules of the game. It is one of the most unsuccessful teams in Europe despite having the best league in the world.
Since its World Cup triumph in 1966 on home soil winning the Jules Rene trophy on England is yet to come close again to any international footballing competition triumphs. It closest was at the last World Cup where it came back 3rd best in the competition, defeated in the semis by Croatia.
England has it all to do now, but its winning of the competition seems most unlikely, considering the other teams it is set to come up against. But expect them to at least reach the semi-finals this team around. Under Gareth Southgate, they seem to have an identity more than they’ve had in the last 7 competition and he has stayed true to his guts and trying to play to their natural inclinations, but building on a strong defensive unit. That’s why here at KOKO we’ve picked them as our 5 favourite team to win the Euro 2020.
The Die Mannschaft, the deadly German machines are they back this time truly to dominate. Die Mannschaft have had a terrible outing despite winning the 2014 World cup over the last couple of competitions both the Europe 2016 which it lost to France and the 2018 World Cup which it failed to make it out of its group losing to South Korea.
This is set to be Joachim Low last competition in-charge of the German national team, with the team currently going through another semi-rebuilding process, with quite a high influx of young talented players mixing with some experienced old heads They seem like a team on a mission. Players to look out for in this team, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mario Goretzka, while Marco Reus finally will get his time in the sun. Germany is our 4th favourite team to win.
The Portuguese are the defending champions of the Europes, and yes they make it into one of our top favourites. Is it possible that they don’t make our top 5 favourites to win the competition considering that they’re the defending champions and also noting that they are the winners of the inaugural European nations league?… Come on of course they’re one of the favourites if they can make it out of the group stages, in the same group that has Germany, France and Hungary.
The Portuguese team has some of the best forward players in Europe at the moment, with the 5 times ballon D’or winner also in its ranks, a forward line that includes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Diogo Jota these guys are dangerous if they can get going.
2. Belgium: This is probably the most talented team at the competition but do they really have the stomach, guts, desire and drive to achieve this monumental feat. Well its up to them to step-up and achieve something exceptional with their golden generation.
This could probably be the last time they would all be together at a competition again. Over 90% of the squad are at the peak of their career and the best time for them to achieve true success and not just be another failed golden generation. Player to watch out for; Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Der Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thibuat Courtois. They come in at the 2nd position.
France: This world defending champions are in our top list, favourites to win the competition with the bundle of talents the French squad is blessed with. They seem way more than capable to win it this time, with the type of frontline it will be going into this competition with. Didier Deschamp has recalled Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema back to the national team, which will have Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, with a midfield that will have the ever-visceral N’golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Juventus’s Adrien Rabiot to supply the frontline. They rank 1st, as our favourite to win the competition as long as they don’t get complacent and make it to the second, then its France all the way.
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Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the player that will finish the European Championship as top scorer.
Ferdinand feels Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, depending on how far England progresses in the tournament.
If the Three Lions fail to reach the last four, he has picked Kylian Mbappe or Karim Benzema both from France, to claim it. EPL: Harry Kane wins Golden Boot ahead of Salah “If England gets to the semi-finals I think Harry Kane will be the top goalscorer of the tournament,” he said.
“If they don’t get to the semi-finals I think Mbappe.
“Outside bet Benzema – what a fairytale that would be.”
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Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he was very upset with Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic because he never managed the Croatia international despite their similar career paths.
Mourinho said this ahead of Croatia’s Euro 2020 opener against England on Sunday.
Since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2013, Kovacic has played for three clubs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, all previously managed by Mourinho.
But the 27-year-old has never worked with the Portuguese gaffer.
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“Kovacic, I always feel he’s much better than what people think,” said Mourinho on talkSPORT.
“And I am very upset with him because he played in every club I have been to, but never with me!
“He played for Real Madrid, but not with me. He played for Chelsea, but not with me. He played for Inter, but not with me.
“So I love the guy and the guy who followed my clubs… maybe he goes to Tottenham! Maybe he will go to Tottenham next season! But he never played for me.”
“I think England is going to face probably one of the best midfielders in the tournament,” Mourinho added.
“[Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, Kovacic for me is top of the tops.
“Brozovic in England we don’t know so well, fantastic player, very aggressive, great positioning, but at the same time good technique, good arrival in the box even coming from a more defensive position. Modric, we don’t need to say anything.”
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AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has named his England best XI ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 opener against Croatia on Sunday.
Mourinho did not pick Manchester United stars, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw in his starting XI.
The Portuguese said that both Harry Kane and Jack Grealish would be “untouchables” in his starting eleven.
He went with an attacking trio of Grealish, Phil Foden and Mason Mount behind Kane, with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice behind them.
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Mourinho told talkSPORT, “Grealish is untouchable and his best position is coming in from the left.
“It creates a situation because Rashford can only play there. When he plays on the right he completely loses his dynamic, it’s totally broken. He’s very good on the left, attacking space.
“I would say Grealish on the left, Mount as the number 10 and it is something I like a lot, inverted wingers, so I would play Foden on the right.”
“At left-back, I would go with Chilwell,” Mourinho added.
“I wouldn’t think twice. He is intelligent.
“(Luke Shaw) I think has had a good season, clearly an evolution in terms of emotionally and professionally, but I think Chilwell has something more, especially with the ball, the way he thinks. He is very calm under pressure. I like Chilwell a lot.”
“I am a Henderson fan. He has this arrogance in him, this trust and belief which I think an England goalkeeper needs.”
Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, will become the second-highest earning player at Manchester United if he completes a transfer this summer.
United are still on Sancho, after being rebuffed in their attempts 12 months ago.
The two clubs remain at loggerheads over a fee for the England international and the Red Devils have seen a £67million bid rejected on Thursday.
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Dortmund want £80m instead to part ways with their No 7.
Despite this setback, United have agreed personal terms with Sancho. According to the Guardian, the 21-year-old is set to be handed a five-year deal worth around £350,000-a-week.
In doing so, the England international would become the second-highest earner at the club, just shy of goalkeeper David de Gea’s £375,000-a-week deal.
He will also move into the top five highest earners in the English top flight – joining De Gea, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£350,000) and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (£300,000). Sterling’s team-mate Kevin De Bruyne rounds off this list having signed improved terms on his old £300,000-a-week deal back in April.
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Jose Mourinho has given reasons why Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, did not hit the heights at Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Portuguese believes the European Championships will give Lukaku the perfect stage to confirm his status as one of the world’s best strikers.
Lukaku was briefly coached by Mourinho during his formative years at Chelsea before the Special One signed him for United in 2017.
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The 28-year-old amassed 113 goals in 252 Premier League appearances for four different clubs, having also represented West Brom and Everton.
However, he was deemed surplus to requirements by Mourinho’s United successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lukaku has since rebuilt his reputation with Inter Milan, where his goals helped power the Nerazzurri to a first Serie A title win in over a decade.
Mourinho told The Times: “I think it’s a great moment for him to say to the world: ‘I’m here and I’m one the best strikers.’ These two years at Inter Milan have given him the stature and the self-confidence that he didn’t have before.
“At Chelsea, he was still a kid. At Manchester United, he was still developing. At Inter he became the top man. He became loved – a big love from the supporters, love from teammates, great relations with the coach.
“He’s a big guy, physically so strong, but there is also a kid inside who needs that love, needs that support, needs to feel important.”
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