England's Raheem Sterling unbothered by Scotland rivalry

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Raheem Sterling says England will not be 'fighting old battles' when they face Scotland on Friday.

The two nations meet in the European Championship for the first time since 1996 when Paul Gascoigne scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the competition.

Scotland need a win after losing to Czech Republic on Monday while another three points for England will go a long way towards booking top spot in Group D. And Sterling insists the minds of the England players are firmly on the task at hand.

"For me, it is going to be another game," he told the Official England Podcast.

"Of course there is history but at the same time, in football you can't get too drawn into the history, you have got to be focused on the task ahead and the task ahead is to get three points.

"We can't be going in there fighting old battles, we've got to be really concentrated."

Meanwhile, Jack Grealish trained away from the main England group on Tuesday as they stepped up preparations for Friday's game.

England kicked off with a 1-0 win against Croatia on Sunday, when the Aston Villa captain was an unused substitute.

Grealish was part of the session on Monday but was conspicuous by his absence on Tuesday, when the Football Association said he was "working away from the group".

It is understood the 25-year-old did an individualised programme indoors as he continues to build full fitness after the shin injury that laid him low for three months.

There were 24 members of Gareth Southgate's squad training at St George's Park on Tuesday, when Harry Maguire was again involved as he continues to build fitness after ankle ligament damage.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale will soon be joining up with the group as replacement for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

The FA said Henderson withdrew "with a hip issue that would continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament" and returns to United for "further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021/22 season".

03:07 PM

That's all folks.

Thank you for joining me today. Stay with Telegraph Sport throughout the Euros for the best coverage.

In the meantime, join my colleague Jake Goodwill for build up and live coverage of Portugal vs Hungary here.

And Dan Zeqiri has building up to the biggest game of the tournament so far, France vs Germany, here.

Bye for now.

03:03 PM

Surely he will break the record?

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02:53 PM

Paulo Ferreira on Cristiano Ronaldo

He’s one of the best in the world. In my opinion, him and Messi are the two best players in the world. We talk so much about Cristiano and everyone knows who he is and what he can do and how much of a top player and professional he is. He wants to do well in every training session, every game and every competition. Even if he loses in training, he gets so upset.

Cristiano will be so important for us because he can decide the game at any point. The opposition have to respect him. “He is one of the top players I have played with. He became better and better through hard work and the goals he set himself. He is a big example for everyone. Deco was also one of the best players I’ve played with at club and national level. But to be honest, I was very lucky to have played with so many top players." (Ferreira was speaking to 101 Great Goals)

02:41 PM

Quick reminder

Don't forget to sign up for our big England vs Scotland event on Friday. Sam Wallace, Jason Burt and Ally McCoist will discuss the game and Euro 2020 so far this Friday lunchtime - here's how you can watch

02:34 PM

Raheem Sterling on playing Scotland

For me, it is going to be another game.

Of course there is history but at the same time, in football you can't get too drawn into the history, you have got to be focused on the task ahead and the task ahead is to get three points.

We can't be going in there fighting old battles, we've got to be really concentrated.

02:21 PM

Hungary vs Portugal

Just over 90 minutes until kick off between Hungary and Portugal.

Telegraph Sport are live blogging every game at the Euros and you can join my colleague Jake Goodwill for build up and live coverage here.

02:10 PM

Clarke on Tierney

Scotland boss Steve Clarke believes Kieran Tierney has a chance of facing England on Friday after coming through some light training.

The Arsenal defender joined his Scotland team-mates for training 24 hours after missing their Euro 2020 opener.

Tierney was filmed warming up alongside other players who did not start in Monday's 2-0 Hampden defeat to the Czech Republic.

Scotland head coach Steve Clarke revealed on Monday that Tierney had picked up a "little niggle" in training but was hopeful the former Celtic player would return for Friday's second group game against England at Wembley.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, Clarke said: "He did a little bit of light training and we will just see how he progresses. He's got a chance."

01:55 PM

Harry Kane on Christian Eriksen

I text him but I haven't got a response obviously. I think he's undergoing some tests. My wife managed to speak with his wife and she said they are doing OK and going through some checks. It was a scary time for him and his family. It was dreadful to watch. I wish him and his family all the best and speedy recovery. (ITV Sport)

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euros 2020 live news england christian eriksen team updates - REUTERS

01:42 PM

Sweden abuse

It is not just in England that footballers are abused online for their shortcomings, writes Jim White

The Swedish FA today submitted a formal report to the police in Stockholm after the striker Marcus Berg was subjected to a storm of social media unpleasantness after missing an open goal in his side's scoreless draw with Spain on Monday.

Berg was set up by his strike partner Alexander Isak early in the second half. Alone and unmarked, he ballooned his shot over high and wide. Immediately the abuse, including several death threats, started accumulating on his Instagram account. When alerted to it by a reporter at the after-match press conference, the Sweden manager Janne Anderson shook his head with weary resignation.

“Really? He is being abused for missing a goal? But he played so well.”

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euros 2020 live news england christian eriksen team updates - AFP

Matters clearly escalated after that. The Swedish team's security chief Martin Fredman said on Tuesday that he had already discussed the issue with the Swedish police, who had asked him to file a report.

"I have spoken to Marcus just now, we've sat down and collected what's on the internet, or what we can find, and it's more than enough to feel that it has gone over the boundaries that we can accept. So the next step is to go further with a police report, and the police are prepared to hear from us."

Fredman explained that it was now up to police to decide if there would be a case to answer for those who had made abusive comments.

Berg's team mates defended him strongly after the Swedes' backs-to-the-wall containment of Spain that earned them a point in the Group E collision.

"It's so ridiculous, I'm not even going to invest energy in it. I and everyone else in the team knows how important 'Mackan' (Berg) is for the team," goalkeeper Robin Olsen told reporters. "It's incredibly low to be carrying on like that. He knows that I and the rest of the team have his back," he added.

It is not the first time this sort of thing has happened to the Swedes. At the 2018 World Cup a public stand was made against racism when the national team's winger Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to a similar stream of abuse after conceding a free kick against Germany which ultimately led to a goal. It seems little has changed in the interim.

01:24 PM

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01:07 PM

Today's headlines

12:56 PM

A host of Premier League players in action today

Portugal - Rui Patrício (Wolves), João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

France - Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Lucas Digne (Everton), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

Germany - Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Koch (Leeds), İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Timo Werner (Chelsea)

12:38 PM

Parker to exit Fulham

Away from the Euros, our experts John Percy and Jason Burt understand Scott Parker will leave Fulham this week with Bournemouth his likely destination.

Parker and Fulham were relegated at the end of the Premier League season and there has been 'friction' behind the scenes.

Read more here.

12:26 PM

Nicola Sturgeon proves there is nothing worse than a politician pretending they care about football

'The truth is, any attempt by a politician to use football as, well, a political football is in immediate danger of being exposed as bogus. Little risks inviting charges of fraud as much as football.'

Jim White dissects Sturgeon's 'photoshoot' during Scotland's game with Czech Republic here.

11:57 AM

Denmark and Uefa row intensifies

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand stepped up his criticism of Uefa on Tuesday for not giving his players the option to postpone the game against Finland in the wake of Christian Eriksen's collapse.

Hjulmand said Uefa failed to "lead with compassion" and that his players were put "in a hugely difficult situation" after the incident on Saturday at the European Championship.

The Euro 2020 game resumed following a suspension of about 90 minutes after Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

Denmark was given the option by Uefa to either resume that evening or come back at noon on Sunday. That has led to widespread anger in Denmark and a spat between the team and Uefa about whether the players were pressured into coming back onto the field so soon.

Hjulmand pointed out that newly created coronavirus protocols for Euro 2020 allow Uefa to postpone a game for 48 hours if a certain number of players from one team test positive or have to self isolate.

"The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home. And then deal with it after," Hjulmand said. "With corona cases it's possible to postpone a game for 48 hours. But with cardiac arrest, apparently it's not. And I think that's wrong. You don't necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion."

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euros 2020 live news england christian eriksen team updates

Uefa on Monday defended its handling of the situation and has repeatedly said it wasn't possible to postpone the game for longer because Finland is due to play its second group game on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia. Denmark plays Belgium in Group B in Copenhagen on Thursday.

Finland scored after the resumption and won 1-0. Had Denmark refused to play, it would have risked being handed a 3-0 forfeit loss.

"Uefa is sure it treated the matter with utmost respect for the sensitive situation and for the players," the governing body of European soccer said. "It was decided to restart the match only after the two teams requested to finish the game on the same evening."

However, the insistence from Uefa that it was the Denmark players who requested the resumption on Saturday has rankled both Hjulmand and his players. They insist that it would have been worse to come back Sunday after a sleepless night and that they should have been given a third option.

"It's completely wrong to give the perception that it was we who came and said we wanted to continue playing as our first option. It was a choice between the two scenarios," Hjulmand said. "And then you can argue whether we were put under pressure. I felt that the players - and us close to them - were put under that pressure and were given that dilemma. It was a hugely difficult situation to be in."

11:40 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo and the coke bottles

Cristiano Ronaldo has been praised by anti-obesity campaigners for removing two bottles of Coca-Cola during a European Championship press conference before declaring: “Drink water", writes Ben Rumsby.

11:21 AM

Tierney boost for Scotland

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11:05 AM

Arnautovic in trouble

UEFA has appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate Austria striker Marko Arnautovic's reaction to his goal against North Macedonia.

The former Stoke and West Ham frontman, who is currently playing his football in China with Shanghai Port, was restrained by skipper David Alaba as he gestured angrily after scoring late in Sunday's 3-1 Group C victory in Romania

The incident came in the 89th minute of the game at the National Arena in Bucharest when, after beating North Macedonia keeper Stole Dimitrievski, Arnautovic, who is of Serbian heritage, appeared to make comments towards opposition players and then turned towards spectators.

Reports have alleged his initial remarks were aimed at defender Egzon Bejtulai and Gjanni Alioski, who both have Albanian roots. Arnautovic later apologised for his outburst, but insisted he was not a racist.

10:46 AM

England training pics

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10:33 AM

Maradona tribute

On the other side of the world, the Copa America is taking place and last night there was an amazing tribute to Diego Maradona before Argentina's clash with Chile

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10:16 AM

Grealish precaution

Grealish, who didn't get off the bench in the win over Croatia, is not involved in training this morning.

The Aston Villa midfielder had a shin injury in the second half of the season and it is a problem still being managing.

Grealish is instead working on an individual programme.

10:07 AM

BREAKING - Jack Grealish sits out England training

More to follow...

10:01 AM

Henderson reaction

With Jordan Pickford No 1, Henderson and Sam Johnstone were vying to be his deputy. The latter is now likely to be the clear No 2 with Ramsdale No 3.

Henderson becomes the second player to drop out of the England squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold.

09:45 AM

England statement

Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Dean Henderson in England’s Uefa Euro 2020 squad.

Henderson withdraws with a hip issue that would continue to limit his involvement in training throughout the tournament.

Under Uefa regulations, squads are permitted to replace goalkeepers on medical grounds at any stage.

The Manchester United goalkeeper will now return to his club for further assessment and rehabilitation ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Ramsdale was originally a member of Gareth Southgate’s pre-tournament group in Middlesbrough having played for England at this year’s Uefa U21 Euro in Slovenia in March.

The Sheffield United player, a 2017 Uefa U19 Euro winner, will now follow standard COVID-19 testing protocol before entering the camp.

09:43 AM

BREAKING - Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Dean Henderson in England’s Euro 2020 squad.

Big blow for Southgate.

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Dean Henderson - GETTY IMAGES

09:30 AM

How the US sports shows viewed Schick's goal

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09:14 AM

Join our England-Scotland Euros event!

Don't forget to sign up for our big event on Friday. Sam Wallace, Jason Burt and Ally McCoist will discuss the game and Euro 2020 so far this Friday lunchtime - here's how you can watch

09:01 AM

England vs Scotland build-up

Chris Bascombe has taken a look at where the crucial battles will be fought at Wembley on Frida. Read here.

08:48 AM

A Scotland tragedy in five acts

Once you watched Schick's goal, have a read here at how the opening game for Steve Clarke's side at Hampden Park became memorable for all the wrong reasons, unless you support Czech Republic

08:32 AM

ICYMI

If for some reason you missed Patrik Schick's goal against Scotland yesterday, see below. There won't be a better goal in the tournament surely...

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08:21 AM

The real 'N'Golinho' Kante

Viewers have enjoyed Cesc Fabregas' punditry on TV and you can read his thoughts on former Chelsea team-mate Kante, who is braced to start against Germany tonight, here.

08:06 AM

What's on the website

Here are a selection of the football stories currently on our website. Take a read and join me back here on the rolling blog -

07:47 AM

A message from Christian Eriksen

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07:42 AM

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to coverage of Telegraph Sport's daily Euros blog on what promises to be a mouthwatering day for the tournament.

It is the turn of the so called 'Group of Death' to get underway with World Cup champions France, Euro 2016 winners Portugal and Germany starting their campaigns.

Hungary take on Portugal at 5pm and Germany welcome France to Munich at 8pm. You can follow both matches with us.

France are bidding to become the first country to twice hold both the European and World Cup titles at the same time. France coach Didier Deschamps won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a player and could repeat the feat as coach.

They also boast a fearsome front three with Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema - the latter recalled by Deschamps after an almost six-year absence.

The 33-year-old Benzema has recovered from an injury picked up in France's 3-0 warm-up win over Bulgaria on June 8. He made his comeback in a 3-0 win over Wales four days before that, when he had a penalty saved and hit the post. Griezmann has also recovered from a minor injury.

Germany boss Joachim Low recalled the experienced Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels for this year's competition and their return appears to have had the desired effect. Germany looked solid in a 1-1 draw against Denmark and then filled up on confidence with a 7-1 rout of Latvia, when seven different players scored.

The goal conceded could prove to have been more valuable than those scored, however.

"These are situations, moments, not paying attention, not alert," Low said at the time. "Our opponents will punish exactly that. We have to keep our concentration high for 90 minutes in every situation. There's definitely room for improvement there."

But we begin today with some very good news...

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