The world is hit by COVID 19 pandemic and this has affected all sorts of sports. Football activity all around the globe has been suspended for the past three months. It has affected not only the ongoing tournaments but also the future campaigns. The World Cup qualifiers have been postponed and Euro 2020 has been postponed to next year.
The current problem that is pressuring by the Euro Cup committee is the problem of venues. The UEFA executive committee had scheduled the meeting on May 27 to discuss the conundrum regarding the venuesbut it was delayed and changed to June 17.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has admitted that he wanted to rush back to action from his back problem in order to represent the national side at Euro 2020. The England international sustained the injury at the beginning of the year and it was confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he may not return to the playing field until May at the least.
Speaking to the United Podcast, Rashford has now revealed that he would have definitely made the push for an early comeback such that he could feature for the Three Lions at the summer tournament, he told: “I was probably going to go back (to training) mid or end of April. That would have been a push because I didn’t want to miss the summer, so I doubt I would have been 100% fit going into that tournament. Since then a lot has happened (but) for my body it’s been good to give it its full duration to rest. I pay attention (to what Rooney says) but at the same time it’s tough to say no to something where you could give it a good go. You want to try to play every game you can.”
Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he would remain the head coach of the national team next summer after Euro 2020 was postponed. The Dutchman is understood to have mutually agreed to join the Blaugrana after the completion of Euro 2020 but he is now expected to continue with the national side after the continental competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Marca, Koeman revealed that he has a clause to join the Blaugrana after the European Championship but that won’t get active until 2021, he told: “The clause in my contract to go to Barça is after the Euro Cup. No date has been mentioned, so now it is after the European Championship in 2021. But anyway, I haven’t thought about it for a second.”
Former Premier League ace Jermaine Jenas has said that it would be embarrassing, should Jack Grealish miss out on the England squad for Euro 2020. The 24-year-old has yet to make his debut for the Three Lions but he has made a strong case for a call-up next month after his consistent showing for Aston Villa in the top-flight.
The Villains have not had the best of seasons on their Premier League comeback but Grealish has managed to catch the attention of fans and pundits alike with his tally of seven goals and six assists. His performances have contributed to the Villains staying just above the drop zone and Jenas believes the midfielder has matured into a much better footballer.
England international Marcus Rashford has said that the Three Lions pose a genuine threat to their opponents with their frightening group of attackers. Gareth Southgate’s side recently qualified for the Euro 2020 finals with relative ease and during the qualifying phase, they managed to score a staggering 37 goals from just eight matches.
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have been alone responsible for 20 of those goals and Rashford predicts the Three Lions will have a successful tournament next summer, he told: “I think it is a good combination. But we have played games without that particular front three and it is frightening what we can do as a group of attackers.I think all of these games are just gearing you up for the summer and if we go into the summer anywhere near the sort of form we have been in recently then it will be a successful tournament.”
Gareth Southgate has claimed that he has no intention of quitting the England job irrespective of the Euro 2020 performances. He has outlined his vision to stay in charge of the national team until the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. England were able to secure a place in the Euro 2020 after beating Montenegro 7-0. The team was also able to complete the qualification campaign in style after beating Kosovo with a 4-0 score. The national team was able to reach the semifinals of the previous World Cup and they have also been able to comfortably qualify for Euro 2020.
Southgate has also lowered the age of the national team squad during a difficult transitional period. The successes achieved under his regime mean that England will be one of the favourites at the Euro 2020, according to Southgate. The former Middlesbrough manager says that things could change swiftly if the national team perform well in the finals. Irrespective of the Euro 2020 performance, so it plans to stay in charge until the World Cup concludes. It will be a different World Cup since it will be held in the winter to combat the extreme heat in Qatar. During the recent qualifiers, England were able to have more debuts to players like Fikayo Tomori.