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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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING EUROS FANS

    Gareth Southgate has exclusively told SunSport he did not want the England job — because of the pressure of picking squads.

    Southgate revealed: “A few years ago I didn’t want the job for that reason.

    “Because I saw what it did to previous managers and their families. So when my kids were younger, I didn’t want them to experience that.”

    Meanwhile, James Ward-Prowse has missed out on a place in England’s Euros squad.

    SunSport understands Southgate told the Southampton captain of the heartbreaking news on Monday.

    Free-kick expert JWP, 26, has six caps for his country, four of which have come this season.

    He netted his first goal for the Three Lions in March’s 5-0 win over San Marino.

    Finally, Gareth Bale has refused to rule out retiring after the Euros.

    The Real Madrid ace and Spurs loanee said: “Obviously there’s been a lot of things written about whether I’m doing this and doing that.

    “I don’t want to say anything that is going to cause any problems on what I am doing or what I am not doing. My focus is just on the Euros.

    “When the Euros finishes for us then I will sit down and decide what I want to do.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT AND ROB MAUL

    Gareth Southgate admits he did not want the England job — because of the pressure of picking squads.

    He revealed: “A few years ago I didn’t want the job for that reason.

    “Because I saw what it did to previous managers and their families. So when my kids were younger, I didn’t want them to experience that.

    “We have to learn how to win and also  learn how to win those big games consistently.

    “We have started to beat some of the top teams sporadically over the last couple of years.

    “We have to do it more consistently if we want to win tournaments.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT'S TOM BARCLAY

    James Ward-Prowse has missed out on a place in England's Euros squad.

    SunSport understands Gareth Southgate told the Southampton captain of the heartbreaking news on Monday.

    Free-kick expert JWP, 26, has six caps for his country, four of which have come this season.

    He netted his first goal for the Three Lions in March's 5-0 win over San Marino.

    He was included in the original 33-man squad named last week.

    Yet despite being well liked by Southgate, who has an extended squad of 26 to select, the England chief has snubbed him for this summer's tournament.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEY JUDE

    Jude Bellingham is still so young, Gareth Southgate has to ask the midfielder’s dad for permission to speak to him.

    The England boss revealed: “We have to make sure we look after all the players but I have to talk to his dad to talk to Jude, on a child protection basis.

    “That is still the process, yet he is a first-team player who is playing at a massive club in Europe.

    “It is a reminder of how young he is. He deals with things really maturely but we must never take that for granted.

    “We have always got to bear in mind his age in terms of how we look after him. If he is in the squad, it’s a long time away from home.

    “He is a very mature boy but at times you forget how young he is.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    IRON BRU

    Kevin De Bruyne could miss the group stage of Euro 2020 following his Champions League final injury.

    The Belgian suffered a nose and orbital fracture after colliding with Antonio Rudiger.

    ESPN reckons De Bruyne will be out for at least three weeks.

    And that means he is in danger of missing Belgium's group games against Russia, Denmark and Finland.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BALE OUT?

    Gareth Bale has refused to rule out retiring after the Euros.

    The Real Madrid ace and Spurs loanee said: “Obviously there's been a lot of things written about whether I'm doing this and doing that.

    "For me, the main thing is I don't want to say anything that's going to cause more chaos or more drama or cause a distraction. I just want to focus on this Euros.

    "I don't want to say anything that is going to cause any problems on what I am doing or what I am not doing. My focus is just on the Euros.

    "When the Euros finishes for us then I will sit down and decide what I want to do.

    "If I say something then it's just going to cause even more chaos so there's no point.

    "Now is the time to solely focus on the Euros and I don’t want to be thinking about other things I have said in the past.

  • Anthony Chapman

    VARD LUCK

    Wayne Rooney says he would loved to have seen Jamie Vardy come out of retirement for England's Euro 2020 campaign.

    He told the Sunday Times: “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.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    VA VA BOOM

    Thierry Henry has made a sensational return to Belgium's coaching staff ahead of Euro 2020.

    The Arsenal legend cut his teeth at Roberto Martinez's assistant before delving into management.

    However, Henry failed to impress with both Monaco and Montreal Impact.

    And the Frenchman is now with Belgium's backroom team once again.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PLAY THE PRICE

    Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling have been warned they are not guaranteed starting places at the Euros after their poor club form.

    Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate said: “There are two guys you have mentioned there who have consistently played well with England and we hope that we can see that through the summer.

    “But there is real competition for all players in all positions.

    “There is an element of them having to deliver because we have got that competition and we are also going to have to be able to refresh the team.

    “You of course have guys who have regularly delivered and you give them opportunities but it has to be a meritocracy.

    “If you’ve got a team where the players know that the players playing the best aren’t in the team, then they will question the decisions and fairness of that.

    “There are some more experienced players but all players have to be playing well to get in the team.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ASTON MARTINS

    Aston Villa trio Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings are nailed on to make England's Euro 2020 squad.

    And the stars can have a huge impact if Gareth Southgate involves them from the get-go.

    Former Villa man Stephen Warnock told the 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.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BRAZIL-IANT

    Hold that thought…

    Brazil have JUST been confirmed as the new hosts of next month's Copa America.

    The Samba stars hosted the last tournament in 2019 before winning the trophy with a 3-1 final win over Peru.

    And with original co-hosts Colombia and Argentina dropping out due to coronavirus concerns, Brazil will once again take up the mantle.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAN'T COPA

    Copa America chiefs are frantically searching for a new host after Argentina pulled the plug due to coronavirus concerns.

    Colombia had previously been set to co-host before also dropping out due to the Covid pandemic.

    And after a surge in cases, Argentina have now pulled out as well.

    There is now less than TWO weeks until the tournament is supposed to start.

    And it remains to be seen if a new host venue can be found in time.

  • Etienne Fermie

    EUR ON

    With the Euros just around the corner, why not get acquainted with all the various host cities?

    England's group games are all taking place at Wembley, while Wales will have to travel all the way out to Baku!

  • Etienne Fermie

    'GOING TO BE DIFFICULT'

    Wales star Gareth Bale has opened up on his side's chances of replicating their famous semi-finals run of 2016 this time around.

    He said: "'We'd love to replicate it but we're realistic.

    "We know it's a different tournament playing different teams and we also have a very different team to what we did have.

    "It's going to be difficult going in against all these top nations.

    "But we're confident in our own ability what we can do on the pitch, and we'll be doing everything to make it as much of a success as we can."

    Gareth Bale is optimistic going into Euro 2020Credit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    SCOT TO BE DONE

    Croatia have ditched plans to stay in Scotland during the Euros.

    The 2018 World Cup finalists were planning to stay at St Andrew's for the tournament.

    But, upon recommendation by Uefa, they have elected to stay in Croatia instead, because of Scottish Covid-19 regulations.

    A statement read: "The federation received a recommendation from UEFA to change the location of its team base camp, due to the potential impact of the Scottish Covid-19 regulations on the national team’s daily routines."

  • Etienne Fermie

    'BREATH OF FRESH AIR'

    Wales manager Robert Page has admitted that 19-year-old Rubin Colwill 'blew him away' in training.

    The Cardiff youngster, who has played just 191 minutes of senior club football, who surprisingly included in Page's 26-man Euro 2020 squad yesterday.

    Of the selection, Page revealed: "He's been a breath of fresh air since he's come in.

    "He just blew us all away with how he was and how he conducted himself. He's a top professional already and a great lad to have around the place.

    "He's really impressed me, he's got a presence and maybe something we've not got in the middle of the park.

    "He can play off the right, he can play as a 10, he can play in midfield – and that's a bonus as well when you're looking to pick a squad."

    Colvill, left, is in the squad alongside his hero Gareth BaleCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    LOCKED IN

    Wales star James Lawrence has withdrawn from Robert Page's 26-man Euro 2020 squad.

    The St Pauli defender, 28, has won nine caps and was due to play in the finals this summer.

    Now ruled out due to a so far undisclosed injury, Lawrence has now been removed from contention, and replaced by Luton Town ace Tom Lockyer.

  • Etienne Fermie

    LIONS IN WAIT

    Manchester City are plotting a sensational double swoop on England's superstar pairing Harry Kane and Jack Grealish, according to reports.

    Boss Pep Guardiola is ready to open the cheque book after missing a golden opportunity to end the club's wait for a Champions League trophy.

    SunSport exclusively revealed earlier in May how City are ready to splurge £100million on Aston Villa's Grealish.

    But a new striker remains top of his priority list with club legend Sergio Aguero playing his last game for the club.

    Tottenham captain Harry Kane is the man that City want to fill his boots.

    Kane has made it no secret of his desire to leave Spurs this summer in search of silverware.

    Rivals Man United are also interested in both players but the Athletic write how they would rather sign for the blue half of Manchester.

  • Etienne Fermie

    PAYING THE BILL

    Scotland star Billy Gilmour could win his first cap this week… after lifting the Champions League last weekend.

    The midfielder burst onto the scene in 2020, producing classy, mature performances for Chelsea under Frank Lampard and then Thomas Tuchel.

    Having lifted the famous cup at the weekend, Gilmour is set to join up with Steve Clarke's squad for the first time this week.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RUD CHALLENGE

    Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was left raging at 'reckless' Antonio Rudiger after his challenge in the Champions League final which has left Kevin De Bruyne a doubt for Euro 2020.

    The German defender blocked off the Manchester City playmaker's run during the second half of Chelsea's European triumph in Porto on Saturday night.

    Martinez, who is now less than two weeks out from Belgium's first group game against Russia, believes Rudiger should have been punished harsher than the yellow card he received.

    “For me, Rudiger is very, very fortunate,” he said. “When you look at the replay, there's no clash of heads.

    “He’s properly leaving the shoulder against Kevin. He seems concussed and we will see the state of that.

    “But that leaves a sour taste, because Rudiger’s holding his head, it’s almost that he wants to show that he’s hiding something.

    “For me, it was excessive force and it was reckless. And it should have been a red card.

    “Kevin is not a player that goes down for no reason. You can see the pain and it’s a swollen eye.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    FEEL THE BERND

    Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is gearing up for Euro 2020.

    The German has been called up by his country for the finals, and is staying ready in training.

    Manuel Neuer will be first choice for the tournament.

    But with Marc-Andre ter Stegen missing through injury, Leno could be next in line.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SAK TO BUSINESS

    Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is doing his best to impress Gareth Southgate, ahead of the England boss’ trimming of his squad tomorrow.

    The Gunners teenager impressed this season, but is in danger of missing out on the Three Lions 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

  • 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.

    Credit: AP
  • 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

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