Scotland national team boss Steve Clarke and his players will need to improve if they want to achieve big things at Euro 2020 going by their performance against Austria at the start of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Group F. Steve Clarke and his players had to show a bit of fighting spirit to record a 2-2 draw at home to Austria in the first game of ten qualifiers as far as Qatar 2022 World Cup is concerned.
VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic scored a brace for the Austrian team to give his side the lead on two occasions in the second half of the game played at Hampden Park. Norwich City central defender Grant Hanley scored the first equaliser for Scotland, while Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn scored a very good goal in the final minutes of the qualifier to earn a point for his country. On the basis of the home game with the Austrians, Scotland will need to improve a great deal ahead of the start of Euro 2020. Scotland have been drawn with home nation rivals England in the group stages of Euro 2020. Scotland and England are in Group D ahead of Euro 2020 alongside Czech Republic and Croatia.Apart from being in the same group, England and Scotland are also two of the 12 host nations for the European Championships.
England u-21 manager AidyBoothroyd has revealed why the duo of Reece James and Jude Bellingham were left out of his squad for the group stage of the Euro u-21 Championship later this month. AidyBoothroydnamed the squad for the group matches in the coming weeks with the duo of Chelsea right-back James and Borussia Dortmund teenager Bellingham missing. According to AidyBoothroyd, James and Bellingham were left out of his squad because they are both in contention to represent the Three Lions of England at Euro 2020 this summer.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham has been able to play his way into Euro 2020 contention as a result of his good form for his German club. Bellingham played an important part to help Dortmund into the Champions League quarterfinals ahead of Spanish top flight team Sevilla. Borussia Dortmund won 5-4 on aggregate over two leagues at the end of their last 16 tie. For Reece James, the Chelsea defender is also in contention for Euro 2020 though his lack of playing time in recent weeks could be a big problem. Since Thomas Tuchel became the Blues manager in January, Reece James has seen his playing time reduce significantly in comparison to the one under Frank Lampard.
Leicester City attacker Harvey Barnes has scored a big point as the race for who makes the final England squad for Euro 2020 gathers momentum. Harvey Barnes made a big statement with England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance during the Premier League clash between hosts Aston Villa and Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. Harvey Barnes would have made a big impression on Gareth Southgate with his performance during the game at the weekend as the England manager continues to scout potential players for Euro 2020 later this summer. Ahead of Euro 2020 this summer, Gareth Southgate and his England players have been drawn in Group D alongside home nation rivals Scotland, Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Croatia and Czech Republic.
West Bromloanee Charlie Austin has revealed that he would drop in-form Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount from his squad for Euro 2020 if he was the England national team manager. Gareth Southgate is the Three Lions of England manager and he has a lot of selection problems ahead of the Euro 2020 tournament this summer especially in the creative midfield department.
Charlie Austin is on loan at former club Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship having joined them last month from parent club West Brom, who are struggling to stay in the Premier League this season. Charlie Austin was recently featured on the Breakfast Show with TalkSports presenter Laura Woods and he was asked to briefly assume the role of England manager Gareth Southgate to select three players from the creative midfield quartet of Manchester City star Phil Foden, Chelsea player Mason Mount, Leicester City star James Maddison and Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish. Continue Reading
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe has been a breadth of fresh air at the club since he was introduced into the starting XI bymanager Mikel Arteta and he could play his way into the England squad for Euro 2020 later this year if he keeps up his form for the Gunners. The introduction of Emile Smith-Rowe into the Arsenal line-up has rescued the Gunners’ season up till his point. Some weeks back, it was unthinkable that Emile Smith-Rowe will even be in the conversation for Euro 2020 but this is no longer impossible due to his sensational form for his team. Emile Smith-Rowe is a graduate of the Arsenal academy and has supported the club all his years.
Emile Smith-Rowe has been able to forge a good partnership with fellow young midfielder Bukayo Saka to lead the Gunners away from the relegation zone and into contention for a Champions League spot on the Premier League table. Bukayo Saka is way ahead of Emile Smith-Rowe in the race to be a part of the England squad for Euro 2020 as he has made a handful of appearances for the Three Lions and he has been in very good form just like Emile Smith-Rowe in addition to the fact that the Nigerian-born player can feature effectively in defence, midfield and attack.
Belgium have been rocked with the news that key midfielder Axel Witsel could miss the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament in the summer after he suffered a long-term injury over the weekend in the colours of his club. Borussia Dortmund player Witsel suffered the injury in the league win over RB Leipzig over the weekend. Axel Witsel was in the starting XI for Borussia Dortmund during the game that ended 3-1 in favour of the 1997 Champions League winners away from home.
Axel Witsel is in serious danger of missing out for the top team in the FIFA rankings, the Red Devils of Belgium. The ex-Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder tore his Achilles tendon during the Leipzig game and he’ll need a miracle to be fit in time to make the squad for Euro 2020. He went down injured with the Achilles injury around the half hour mark and Borussia Dortmund have already confirmed that the player will miss be missing for the foreseeable future. Continue Reading