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Euro 2024 news as England star speaks out after Liverpool ace told he should be ‘disappointed’

England are preparing for Wednesday's semi-final vs the Netherlands
-Credit: (Image: Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


We are now in the final week of Euro 2024 and England still remain in the competition. The Three Lions take on the Netherlands in Wednesday’s semi-final with the winners to face either Spain or France in the showpiece.

The latter defeated Portugal in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw, remarkably meaning that none of their players are still yet to score from open play. But the latest win may well have meant we have already seen Cristiano Ronaldo play his final match at a European Championships.

He went throughout this edition without scoring, and Ian Wright says his game time might have irked one of his teammates given the amount of times he was played over him. Here are today’s Euro 2024 headlines.

Jota 'must be disappointed’

Speaking on the Overlap, Wright reckons Diogo Jota will be annoyed not to have got more game time when Ronaldo started every match. Jota failed to start any matches and was only afforded 97 minutes of action by Roberto Martinez.

In response to whether Ronaldo should hang up his international boots, Wright said: “I think the way he played at this Euros, despite how great he has been… surely Diogo Jota must be disappointed that he can’t get on that pitch.”

Jota has not been a regular starter for Portugal during their qualification campaign, being named in the line-up just twice in their 10 matches. Ronaldo, now 39, started each match he was available for.

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Foden hits back at penalty critics

Phil Foden has batted away suggestions he was taken off before England’s penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals to prevent him taking a spot kick. The playmaker was taken off for match-winner Trent Alexander Arnold with five minutes of extra time to go.

Some have suggested that Foden would not have been one of the early penalty takers and was taken off to avoid being on the list. "I would have taken one if I was still on the pitch,” he responded to talkSPORT.

"It makes sense for them to take it. I think that is what Gareth [Southgate] done, put the best penalty takers on the pitch. I am glad he did that, now, as it definitely worked in our favour.

"I think it is a confidence thing. If you believe you are going to score, then you can definitely be a penalty taker. I wouldn't have minded taking one if I was still on the pitch but there are probably better penalty takers than me [in the team]."

Bowen: I’m ready to play

Jarrod Bowen has only made two substitute appearances for England at the tournament, and has not featured since the 1-1 group stage draw with Denmark. The West Ham star says he is still fit and will be ready for whenever he is called upon.

He told England's media team: “For all of the players who haven’t had as many minutes, the energy we can bring to the other lads goes a really long way. We have to be ready to come on, and we have to be able to lift the team up another ten to 20 per cent so they can keep going and going.

“The work we do in training is aimed towards a match, and for me I’m just preparing myself for the moment I’m needed next, which could come at any time.”

Luke Shaw’s return from injury has meant all 26 players trained ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with the Dutch in Dortmund.