Euro 2020 LIVE: Pickford sees psychologist to make him 'calmer', Bale 'to RETIRE' after comp, Spain draw with Portugal

GARETH BALE is ready to announce his retirement after Euro 2020, according to stunning reports from Spain.

Meanwhile the Spanish national team were held to a 0-0 draw by Portugal in a pre-tournament clash of the Iberian titans.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING EUROS FANS

    Gaerth Southgate has been given a major boost ahead of the Euros as Jordan Henderson has returned to full training.

    The Liverpool captain, who’s not played for FOUR months, is in a race to be fit for England’s first group game against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

    The 30-year-old joined in with the bulk of the squad as they continue their preparations for Euro 2020.

    Meanwhile, Southgate is expected to deploy a FIVE-MAN defence in tonight’s friendly against Romania.

    Kyle Walker could feature as a right-sided centre-back, with Kieran Trippier at wing-back and Luke Shaw deployed on the opposite flank.

    Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden are also in line to start either side of Harry Kane.

    Finally, Nigel Winterburn believes Ben Chilwell should be England’s No1 left-back ahead of Shaw at the Euros.

    He told SunSport: “I wouldn’t mind if either of them played, but if I’m to pick one I’d go Chilwell just based on the feel-good factor.

    “He’s been in great form and Chelsea had an unbelievable finish to the season, so I’d go that way.

    “The question is whether Southgate goes with four or five at the back and if he prefers one or the other based on the system.

    “[Bukayo] Saka is another player who could equally play in that position, so England have some good options there.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EURO STARS

    Harry Redknapp believes England can WIN Euro 2020!

    SunSport columnist Redknapp exclusively wrote: “We have been here  before — but I have never been so certain as I am right now, this time England really CAN go all the way.

    “In fact never mind can, I honestly believe we WILL. So much so that I’ll genuinely be very disappointed if we don’t win the Euros.

    “Not a brave defeat in the semi-finals, another near miss and  ‘what if’ — but the sight of Harry Kane lifting the trophy at Wembley on July 11.

    “We all know there hasn’t been much to smile about over the last 15 months, so what better way to give the whole country a lift?

    “I really do think it’s our time at long, long last.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY WILLIAM PUGH

    Nigel Winterburn says Ben Chilwell should start ahead of Luke Shaw at the Euros for England.

    But Bukayo Saka could also fill in at left-back for the Three Lions.

    He said: "I wouldn't mind if either of them played, but if I'm to pick one I'd go Chilwell just based on the feel-good factor.

    "He's been in great form and Chelsea had an unbelievable finish to the season, so I'd go that way.

    "The question is whether Southgate goes with four or five at the back and if he prefers one or the other based on the system. 

    “[Bukayo] Saka is another player who could equally play in that position, so England have some good options there."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOTORHEAD

    Olivier Giroud has poked fun at his chequered past with Karim Benzema by claiming the pair will go GO-KARTING together if France win Euro 2020.

    In March 2020, Benzema was asked to compare himself to Giroud, before infamously replying: “This won’t take long. You don’t confuse F1 with go-karting. And I’m being kind, I know I’m F1.

    “It works because he’s there, that’s all, it’s not going to be spectacular. It’s not going to be anything crazy, but in his way you see more of Griezmann or Mbappe because he will put the work in.

    “Does everyone like that way of playing? I don’t know.”

    But the Blues ace has played down any talk of a lingering feud by joking the forwards will spend a day go-karting together if they can fire France to Euros glory.

    That’s after Giroud and Benzema were reportedly forced to SIT TOGETHER at meals by Deschamps in a bid to heal old wounds.

    Giroud told Le Figaro: “If we win the Euros, we will celebrate with a go-kart race.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROONEY CONTINUED

    "Elizondo did nothing and I planted my foot down on Carvalho — it one of those moments when you’re not thinking.

    "I knew it was a red card and back in the dressing room I watched the rest of the game on a little TV, thinking: 'If we win this, I’m suspended for a World Cup semi-final and final and if we lose it’s my fault'. It was the worst, weirdest feeling I’ve had in football.

    "I had my phone in my hand and I was getting all these messages about Ronaldo. Of course, when he ran over to ask Elizondo to send me off I pushed him away. In that moment I couldn’t believe what he was doing. But sitting in that dressing room gave me time to calm down and think.

    "I put myself in Ronaldo’s shoes. Would I do the same? Probably. Would I be in the ref’s face to make sure he got sent off? If he deserved the red, if it would help us win — yes, no question. I’d do it tomorrow.

    "I thought: 'Actually, I tried to get him booked in the first half for diving'. And the wink thing, I didn’t see anything in that at all. It was nothing. So I calmed down."

  • Jake Lambourne

    WINK ABOUT IT

    Wayne Rooney admits getting sent off in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final as the "worst feeling" he has experienced in football – but doesn't blame Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And incredibly, the Old Trafford legend says his moment of shame actually brought him and the Portuguese icon closer together after clear-the-air talks in the tunnel after the game.

    England faced Portugal in the Gelsenkirchen showdown feeling confident of progressing but were dragged to penalties and knocked out with their star striker dismissed.

    After 61 minutes of the stalemate, Rooney tangled with Ricardo Carvalho and stamped on then Chelsea defender, receiving his marching orders from referee Horacio Elizondo.

    But much of the furore back home was focused on the striker's Manchester United team-mate Ronaldo, for protesting to the referee that Rooney had to walk and soon after being seen to deliver a cheeky wink.

    Writing in the Sunday Times in April 2020, now-Derby manager Rooney recalled: "The game was going OK. Then, early in the second half, came my red card.

    "It was a reaction to the referee not giving me a free kick. There was a clear foul, the former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho was pulling and pushing me and Petit came in from the other side."

  • Jake Lambourne

    JES THE MAN

    Man Utd ace Jesus Lingard is one of the favourites to replace crocked Trent Alexander-Arnold in England's 26-man squad for Euro 2020, but Arsenal icon Nigel Winterburn is not surprised he missed the cut first time around.

    Lingard's £100,000-a-week United contract still has a year to run and he is said to want a four-year deal on the same wages if he is to walk away from his boyhood club this summer.

    After joining West Ham on loan in January, he scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 games for the Irons .

    Lingard's form saw him force his way back into Gareth Southgate's England squad with many tipping him to be a surprise inclusion in the final 26-man group once it was whittled down from 33.

    But he narrowly missed out with Bukayo Saka and the fourth right-back – one of Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James – generally considered to have taken his spot.

    Despite his sparkling form, Lingard's exclusion came as no shock to two-cap ex-Three Lions left-back Winterburn, 57, who said: "I didn’t think Lingard would make the cut with the type of players England have in their squad and I’m not surprised he missed out."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GAME ON

    England face Romania on Sunday night in their final warm-up game ahead of Euro 2020.

    The Three Lions host the Romanians at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium and Gareth Southgate is set to play a strong team before England's curtain raiser against Croatia on Sunday June 13.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold has been forced to withdraw from the tournament with a thigh injury picked up against Austria on Wednesday.

    Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire are also out injured but both hope to be back at some stage during the Euros.

    Liverpool skipper Henderson was expected to feature in the 1-0 win at the Riverside against the Austrians but he had a setback in his recovery from the groin injury picked up in February which saw him miss out.

    And Maguire's ankle ligament injury is still keeping him out of action.

    Here's how SunSport predicts England could start against Austria.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KNIGHT OF THE REALM

    Sir Geoff Hurst is backing the country’s leading emergency services mental health charity in a major new campaign to celebrate the efforts of frontline emergency service workers battling Covid-19.

    The Laura Hyde Foundation is joining forces with We Remember Them 2021 (WRT2021) to organise the UK’s largest ever virtual relay.

    Hurst said: “The efforts of frontline emergency workers during this pandemic is truly inspiring. I'd urge everyone to go out and take part in this event to mark the remarkable service they've provided to all of us in this pandemic.”

    Former goalkeeper Shilton, England’s most capped footballer, added: "Time and time again during this pandemic we've seen lives  kept in safe hands by selfless emergency service workers.

    "They deserve a day where we will all say thanks. This event is a great way to go and show your appreciation."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Ince was Paul Gascoigne's 'minder' at Euro '96 – helping the mercurial midfielder reach his potential the last time England hosted a major tournament.

    But the Three Lions legend doesn't think Gareth Southgate has a 'one off' Gazza in his ranks – and reckons the manager should go defensive in his team's opener against Croatia.

    He told SunSport: "It's a hard one to answer because I don't think England have a Gazza in their team. I think they might have a potential [Gascoigne] in Jack Grealish, but Gazza was a one-off.

    "You look at the number of fouls that Grealish gets – and the number of people that foul Grealish – it's probably the same [number that fouled] Gazza.

    "When I look at the make-up of the squad, there's going to be some protectors. I'm hoping Jordan Henderson will be fit, I think he's vital to England's chances of getting as far as they'd like to.

    "He's grown and grown and grown… He does the kind of things that I do; he keeps it simple, doesn't overdo it.

    "He's a character; he gets on to people and he's got a bit of nastiness to him – a bit of naughtiness – which you've got to have as a holding midfielder."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK LINE

    EXCLUSIVE – England should follow Chelsea’s blueprint for European glory as they look to cope with the absence of Harry Maguire, says Arsenal legend Martin Keown.

    He said: "Maguire is a huge loss for England because he’s very dominant in the air, he’s never ruffled in possession and he has that quality on  the ball that you need at international level.

    “But if he’s not going to be fit then we are better off  playing with a back three because I can barely  remember a time when the back-up central defenders had so few international caps.

    "Gareth was looking to get more creative players into the team higher up the pitch, which is better suited to 4-3-3.

    “But now we should look at what Tuchel has done at Chelsea and ask if it is something which England can copy?

    “There are three Chelsea players in the squad who are used to playing that way and I don’t think we’d go far wrong going into a tournament  playing like that.

    “I’m not saying that guys like Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings aren’t good enough. I think they lack international experience so a back four is a problem for England.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HEND-GO

    Gaerth Southgate has been given a major boost ahead of the Euros as Jordan Henderson has returned to full training.

    The Liverpool captain, who's not played for FOUR months, is in a race to be fit for England's first group game against Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

    The 30-year-old joined in with the bulk of the squad as they continue their preparations for Euro 2020.

    Henderson remains a doubt for the opener next weekend having not played since undergoing groin surgery in February.

    The midfielder was initially expected to be back within eight weeks but missed Liverpool's run-in as they finished third in the Premier League.

    His absence will have worried England boss Southgate, who was unable to pick him for the warm-up match against Austria on Wednesday after he felt some discomfort hours before kick-off.

    Jordan Henderson has resumed full training to give Gareth Southgate a boost
  • Kostas Lianos

    MAGUIRE UPDATE

    Manchester United star defender Harry Maguire has been training on his own ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Romania.

    England have stated that the reason behind it is to “manage load” ahead of the summer's delayed Euro 2020.

    But Maguire has also been practicing alone due to his ankle injury.

    Tottenham superstar Harry Kane and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka have also been doing the same by undergoing a different training routine

  • Kostas Lianos

    MANCHESTER TRIP

    Atletico Madrid ace Kieran Trippier has been looking at houses in the north-west of England.

    Trippier has been linked with a £10million transfer to Manchester United this summer transfer window.

    According to The Athletic, the full-back has been seen trying to find a new house near Old Trafford.

    However, the England international may just be looking to buy a property in the area because he’s originally from Bury, a town in Greater Manchester.

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHO SITUATION

    Manchester United are growing confident of landing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho in the summer.

    According to The Athletic, United continue their pursuit to sign Sancho and negotiations have started with the star winger.

    The England international has a “gentlemen’s agreement” to exit Borussia Dortmund this summer if their terms are met.

    The 21-year-old is focused on Euro 2020 with his England team-mates

  • Kostas Lianos

    MOUR PRAISE

    Jose Mourinho has praised Gareth Southgate's England squad ahead of Euro 2020.

    Mourinho is impressed with the depth in the roster as Southgate has a lot of players to pick for each position in case there is an injury or suspension.

    The new Roma boss told SunSport: "The squad is very good, full of options.

    "It’s not like some others where you can field a good starting XI but then during the competition they will be in trouble with an injury or a suspension"

  • Kostas Lianos

    IT’S RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo is in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a potential move in the summer transfer window.

    That is according to AS, who claim that Ronaldo has “welcomed” PSG's approach.

    The star forward’s future at Juventus has become uncertain following a hapless campaign that saw the Bianconeri giving away their Serie A crown to Inter Milan.

    The 36-year-old has also been linked with a major return to Manchester United.

    The Real Madrid great is now set to compete in Euro 2020 with Portugal

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  • Kostas Lianos

    RICE TOUCH

    England boss Gareth Southgate has praised West Ham star Declan Rice's leadership qualities but warned the midfielder about taking on too much responsibility at such a young age.

    Southgate told the High Performance Podcast: "But what I said to him was, 'Look, these are brilliant experiences for you. I like the fact that you're standing, you feel the responsibility. You're not ducking after a bad performance, you're not looking to push the blame elsewhere. If anything, you've actually taken a bit too much on your shoulders. So keep a balance on that.'

    "But I think reinforcing that that's a good thing hopefully encourages him to keep doing it. So it's easy to pick up when people aren't doing those things, isn't it?

    "But if you can find them doing it well, I think that's equally if not more powerful"

  • Kostas Lianos

    TRENT REPLACEMENT

    England boss Gareth Southgate will have to choose a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Euro 2020.

    Alexander-Arnold suffered a devastating thigh injury during Wednesday's friendly against Austria.

    Southgate has five players, all axed from the provisional squad, to pick from.

    Those are Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Ben White and Ben Godfrey

  • Kostas Lianos

    T-A-A UPDATE

    Liverpool have confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will have regained fitness in time for pre-season training.

    Alexander-Arnold suffered a devastating thigh injury during Wednesday's friendly against Austria and was ruled out of Euro 2020.

    According to the Daily Mirror, however, the England international will be fit to start pre-season training on July 12.

    Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is set to pick a replacement

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOUTHGATE MESSAGE

    England boss Gareth Southgate condemned the section of English fans who booed the players for taking a knee against racism and stated that it feels like they are criticising black players.

    Southgate said: “I did hear it. It’s not something on behalf of our black players I wanted to hear because it feels as though it’s a criticism of them.

    "I think we have got a situation where some people seem to think it’s a political stand that they don’t agree with. That’s not the reason the players are doing it. We’re supporting each other. I was pleased that was drowned out by the majority of the crowd.

    “We can’t deny the fact that it happened. I think the most important thing for our players to know is all their team-mates and all the staff are very supportive. I think the majority of people understand it. I think some people aren’t quite understanding the message. I suppose we’re seeing that across a number of football grounds at the moment”

  • Kostas Lianos

    PFA TOTY

    Here’s the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, which includes three England internationals:

    Those are Manchester United ace Luke Shaw, Manchester City player John Stones and Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    As you can see, six City players are included after a stunning title-winning campaign.

    Two United players also made the cut.

    The line-up is completed with two representatives from Tottenham and one from Liverpool

  • Kostas Lianos

    ENGLAND SQUAD

    Let's revisit the players England manager Gareth Southgate has called up:

    Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

    Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (injured), Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker

    Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

    Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM PICKFORD

    England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford admits that he is in a much better place as he prepares for Euro 2020.

    Pickford told the Daily Telegraph: "I have to think how lucky I am; all of the work my family put in – from me being six, seven years old with my parents taking me to football all the time.

    "The amount they have invested in me. It's about how can I keep that level of performance and look back to where I have come from.

    "It's crucial and I feel that I have kicked on this year. I feel calmer, I feel in the moment and I feel great"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    FORD TO BE RECKONED WITH

    England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford revealed that he has upped his game by seeing a sports psychologist and is no longer the same hyperactive and bellowing player on the pitch.

    Pickford told the Daily Telegraph: "I just feel in a very good place. I began working with a psychologist at the start of the season.

    "You know in football, those little one or two per cent gains — just to raise your ability on the pitch and what you can achieve — are crucial.

    "Whether it's nutrition, psychology, extra gym sessions. I think it helps. So why not use it?"

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