Marcus Rashford issues England rallying call ahead of Germany showdown

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Marcus Rashford says there is “no point fearing the past” as England face Germany in the last-16 of the European Championships with the players able to make “history” rather than be affected by it, writes Jason Burt.

The 23-year-old went on to point out that many of Gareth Southgate’s squad were not even born when the England manager missed his decisive penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against the Germans at Euro 96 and are unconcerned by previous disappointments.

“Some of the players weren’t even born!” Rashford replied when reminded of previous failings which includes the 1990 World Cup – when England also lost on penalties in the semi-finals – and added: “We are being put in a position where we are blessed to be part of that history.

"Our main focus is to win the game, but if we do it gets put in history. That's how great teams are remembered for many, many years.

“There is no point fearing the past. You can't go back and change it. What we can change is the result of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game.”

03:06 PM

That's all folks

That concludes our live blog today but I'll leave you with the predictions of our chief football writer Sam Wallace. Read them here.

And don't forget to stay with Telegraph Sport for the best coverage of the knockout stages.

02:49 PM

More stats...

  • All six of Spain’s goals in the Euro 2020 group stage were scored by different players, including two own goals. Indeed, Spain were the highest scoring side in the round not to see a player score more than once.

  • France haven’t lost a competitive match in over two years, with their last such defeat coming against Turkey in a European Championship qualifier in June 2019, winning 14 times and drawing five times since.

  • England have never won a European Championship knockout match in 90 minutes (D4 L2) – four games have gone to penalties, with England only progressing once via this method, against Spain at Wembley at Euro 96.

  • Sweden made the fewest successful passes (591) and had the lowest passing accuracy (69.9 per cent) of any side in the group stages at Euro 2020, while of the teams to reach the last 16 they also had the lowest average possession rate (29.6 per cent).

02:37 PM

Time for some stats (courtesy of Opta)

  • None of the 10 previous meetings between Wales and Denmark in all competitions have finished level, with Wales winning four to Denmark’s six. This is the first meeting between the sides since November 2018, with Denmark winning 2-1 in a Nations League match.

  • Italy had 60 shots across their three games in the group stages, with their average of 20 shots-per-game their highest on record in a single edition of the European Championship (since 1980).

  • Georginio Wijnaldum has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for Netherlands since the start of 2019, with no player scoring more for the country in that time. Wijnaldum had scored 10 goals in his first 53 appearances for Holland.

  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is now the top-scoring European player at major tournaments (World Cup & Euros), with his brace against France moving him beyond Miroslav Klose (19) to 21 goals. Indeed, that was Ronaldo’s second brace of Euro 2020 already – no player has ever registered three in a single tournament at the European Championship.

02:21 PM

'It should be points deducted'

England defender Tyrone Mings has been talking to West Ham striker Michail Antono on the subject of racism and suitable punishments.

Mings believes racist trolls would lose interest if the abuse they posted was filtered to be less visible.

He said: "When you filter (your social media accounts) better, and you stop people being able to see it as much, trolls will get bored - they just want to trigger you," he said as part of 'The Shop Talk' series sponsored by the PFA.

But Antonio called for a more significant sanction. He added: "At games, it should be points deducted. I don't think fines or anything is good enough. I think points deducted is when fans start dealing with it themselves.

02:08 PM

Bale and Wales in Amsterdam

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01:52 PM

Foden belief

Phil Foden admits he has been off his best at the Euros so far but set his sights on making an impact against Germany.

"To be honest, I expect a lot more from myself but I'm not going to be too harsh," Foden said.

"I didn't really get involved in the games as much I would have liked. Hopefully, I can get the opportunity to play again and show what I am about. I feel like I've still got so much more to show this tournament.

"Like I've done for my club, I've been scoring a lot of goals and I just want to continue that form into the national team.

"And I believe that, hopefully in the next game, I can start getting involved in the goals."

01:30 PM

Page says Wales 'not naive'

Speaking ahead of his side's last-16 clash with Denmark on Saturday, Wales boss Rob Page has suggested that his players understand the enormity of the task ahead of them.

"We're all ambitious and we want to go as far as we can, but we're not naive going into this game," he said. "We've watched Denmark play in their most recent game and you can't be anything other than impressed by what they're doing. We also know that, on our day, we can give anyone a good game."

Rob Page in the dugout ahead of Wales' 1-0 defeat to Italy at the group stage - GETTY IMAGES
Rob Page in the dugout ahead of Wales' 1-0 defeat to Italy at the group stage - GETTY IMAGES

01:15 PM

The cock-up, the anguish and that Pizza Hut ad

... England are playing Germany next Tuesday, in case you weren't aware, which means it's time to remember Gareth Southgate's missed penalty at Euro '96.

Here's our senior sports writer Thom Gibbs on one of the most memorable moments in the Three Lions' (semi-)recent history. Can Southgate redeem himself next week?

12:58 PM

Christian Eriksen visits Denmark team-mates

Whatever happens in the rest of the Euros, the only moment the tournament will be remembered for is Eriksen's collapse against Finland.

Fortunately, the talented playmaker is getting better each day and Kasper Schmeichel has spoken of the emotions in the squad when Eriksen visited them at the start of the week.

"I think the most important thing for us was to know that Christian was okay," Schmeichel told CNN. "It was great to see him, he came by the camp when he came out of hospital and that helped a lot of the guys, I think, just to see him and to just to erase the last image we had of him on the pitch.

"To see him in real life and to see that he was OK was really important, and it gave us the space to go and focus on the game because we were under pressure in a football sense, but I think, as you see, we didn't play like a side under pressure.

"We played with freedom and we played with an identity that was something that we've discussed for a long, long time and [I'm] really, really proud of everybody."

12:41 PM

Anybody better than him?

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12:25 PM

Anthony Taylor praise

Uefa have praised the Premier League referee for his quick and decisive action when Christian Eriksen collapsed earlier in the tournament.

“Everyone recognised that Anthony was perfect. He managed this difficult moment in a great way," UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said.

“We are proud about his behaviour, we are proud about his cold blood. We recommended to the referees that safety is first, it is the most important target for us. The referees must, and they are ready, to stop the match immediately in these situations. Anthony was amazing.”

12:08 PM

Morata abuse

Spain striker Alvaro Morata has revealed he's received social media abuse during Euro 2020 and that his wife and children have been shouted at on the streets of Seville.

Morata has missed a host of chances in the tournament but did score in the 1-1 draw with Poland. The Juventus striker has been backed by his team-mates and manager Luis Enrique but that hasn't prevented heavy criticism coming his way.

"I would like people to put themselves in my shoes and think what it's like to get threats towards my family, people saying 'I hope your children die'. I've had to leave my phone outside my room," Morata told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"My wife and children have come to the stadium in Seville with Morata on the back of their shirts and people have been shouting at them. It's complicated. I understand people booing me for missing chances but there's a limit."

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11:54 AM

Manchester City lining up £100m bid for Jack Grealish

Away from the Euros but a potential distraction for England, the Premier League champions are braced to make a major move in the transfer market.

Read more here.

11:38 AM

Throwback Friday

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11:20 AM

Uefa probe

Hungary are facing further action from Uefa over a “potential” homophobic banner held up by their fans following their final European Championship game against Germany, writes Ben Rumsby.

Disciplinary proceedings had already been opened against the Hungarian Football Federation over alleged homophobic banners and monkey chants during their opening two matches against Portugal and France.

The latest banner appeared during their 2-2 draw against Germany in Munich, which saw them eliminated from the competition.

The build-up to the game was dominated by a row over Uefa’s refusal to allow the Allian Arena to be lit up in rainbow colours in protest over anti-LGBTQ legislation passed by the Hungarian parliament.

That did not prevent similar demonstrations across Germany, including a pitch invasion before kick-off in Munich by a protester carrying a rainbow flag.

11:06 AM

What's on our website

Here's some lunchtime reading for you -

Cesc Fabregas column: England need to take the handbrake off - they seem scared and tense

Sam Dean: A decade after his death, Gary Speed's Wales legacy lives on

Jeremy Wilson: Meet Jamal Musiala - the former public schoolboy out to break England's hearts

10:50 AM

Wembley pitch woe

Italy and Austria will not be able to train at Wembley ahead of their Euro 2020 last-16 tie in order to preserve the quality of the pitch for the match.

Wembley hosted all of England's Group D matches and will also stage their showdown against Germany on June 29. The two semi-finals are also scheduled to be played at the north London stadium ahead of the final on July 11.

According to PA, training sessions at Wembley for Italy and Austria were cancelled on Thursday morning due to the playing surface suffering with the wet and fresh weather around the last two games.

The forecast over the next couple of days is of a similar outlook, which is likely to put the pitch under further strain - especially given the England against Germany game will follow less than 72 hours later.

10:32 AM

Boost for England

All 24 available England players trained this morning as preparations continue for the clash against Germany. Of course, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell continue to be held in isolation.

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10:18 AM

Speaking of England's boy wonder...

Here are some of the stories we've written about Saka this week

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10:08 AM

Stick to football, Bukayo...

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09:54 AM

Matthaus enters Sancho debate

Despite being one of Europe's top goal providers, Jadon Sancho has played just six minutes of football at the Euros.

Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling are favourites to start on Tuesday. But Matthaus believes the Borussia Dortmund forward could be the player to ignite England in the knockout stages.

"It's not only surprised me (how little he has played), it's surprised many football fans in Germany because he was one of the best players in the Bundesliga for the last two years," he said.

"If he's not good enough for England, we would like to give him a German passport."

09:38 AM

England vs Germany mind games

The mind games are already underway ahead of England vs Germany with Lothar Matthaus declaring English fans should not be fearful about facing Germany at Euro 2020 - unless the match goes to penalties.

Matthaus was captain of the West Germany side which beat England in a semi-final shoot-out at the 1990 World Cup and went on to lift the trophy with victory over Argentina in the final. England suffered further shootout heartbreak against the Germans at Euro 96, and also lost on penalties to Portugal at the 2004 Euros and the 2006 World Cup.

"England have a chance to win, but not with penalties," he said. "With penalties I'm sure Germany will win, (England) have to win before 120 minutes. Germany are always very good in penalties, it's a little bit of a joke between the Germans and the English.

"If we have to go to a penalty shoot-out I think Germany is the favourite because then you start to think about what's happened in the last 30, 40 years, Euro 96 and other penalty shoot-outs.

"This is a lot of pressure for the English players - they read the newspapers and they know the stories about penalties. England have the chance to win the game in 90 minutes or 120 minutes but when you go to a penalty shoot-out, I think Germany is the favourite."

09:22 AM

The path to Wembley

09:07 AM

The last 16

Saturday, June 26: Wales v Denmark (1700) Italy v Austria (2000) Sunday, June 27: Netherlands v Czech Republic (1700) Belgium v Portugal (2000) Monday, June 28: Croatia v Spain (1700) France v Switzerland (2000) Tuesday, June 29: England v Germany (1700) Sweden v Ukraine (2000)

08:47 AM

Covid scare

There was a minor Covid scare when a reporter for Sky Sports tested positive on his arrival at England’s training base.

The reporter and camera crew were turned away and are isolating in a hotel and did not have any contact with any players or FA staff.

08:30 AM

Henderson and Klopp's emoji chat

Henderson also revealed that he had received a text message from his manager at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, with the German sending him a smiling emoji face after it was confirmed who England’s opponents would be.

“We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing,” he said. “A lot of these lads just go out and play, enjoy the game, play with no fear. And that’s what they need to do again.

“I think we've shown over recent years that there's a lot (mental strength) of that in our game now, how we manage games how we see games out, how we always keep going right until the very end.”

08:15 AM

Ed Sheeran sing song

Our Mike McGrath exclusively revealed on Thursday that Ed Sheeran visited the England camp to give an outdoor acoustic performance with players sat around him after being given permission to be part of the squad bubble.

And it seems the players enjoyed themselves.

“I have to say he was a top, top man,” said vice-captain Jordan Henderson. “It was great to have him outside playing a few songs and speaking to him. It was a really good night.”

07:55 AM

Good morning

Hello and welcome to our daily Euro 2020 blog and it is the calm before the last-16 storm.

The knockout stages get underway on Saturday and we will bring you all the latest news ahead of those matches.

England play Germany on Tuesday and await news on whether Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell can come out of quarantine to train in a bid to play against the German.

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford says there is “no point fearing the past” as England face Germany in the last-16 of the European Championships with the players able to make “history” rather than be affected by it, writes Jason Burt.

The 23-year-old went on to point out that many of Gareth Southgate’s squad were not even born when the England manager missed his decisive penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against the Germans at Euro 96 and are unconcerned by previous disappointments.

“Some of the players weren’t even born!” Rashford replied when reminded of previous failings which includes the 1990 World Cup – when England also lost on penalties in the semi-finals – and added: “We are being put in a position where we are blessed to be part of that history. Our main focus is to win the game, but if we do it gets put in history. That's how great teams are remembered for many, many years.

“There is no point fearing the past. You can't go back and change it. What we can change is the result of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game.”

Rashford, whose first memory of England facing Germany was the defeat in the last-16 of the World Cup in 2010 when a ‘goal’ by Frank Lampard was wrongly ruled out even though it had crossed the line, insisted the players will not be affected by the frenzied build-up to next Tuesday’s meeting at Wembley Stadium although they fully accept the scale of the occasion and how much interest there will be.

“Outside will (be intense), which is right,” Rashford said. “Anyone who is a fan of football, you get built up for these type of games and rightly so. In camp, it is different because as a player you have to be focused. You don’t have time to get involved in that build-up because there’s just too much emotion in the game and if you go on the pitch with all that build-up, we could end up with eight men on the pitch. So we’re just concentrated.”

Rashford said the England players had watched the final group games – involving Germany and Hungary and France and Portugal – in two groups as they waited to find out their opponents. “We were watching the Portugal game and then some lads were watching the Germany game as well,” he said. “It was a little bit crazy, people just shouting over who scored and that.”

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