‘Worst player on the pitch’: Fans fear for England star Harry Kane after woeful showing in Euro 2020 draw with Scotland

Kane was substituted in the 74th minute and replaced by Marcus Rashford as the Three Lions skipper labored for most of the match and failed to manage a single effort on target.The limp showing was the second from Kane at this summer’s Euros after he was also disappointing in the opening game victory over Croatia.  “England completely lacking in creativity and a willingness to take risks.”  10 – Harry Kane had just 10 touches in the first half; the fewest of any player in the match, while just one was in Scotland's box and the England forward completed just two of five passes attempted. England completely lacking in creativity and a willingness to take risks.— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) June 18, 2021“Harry Kane will get more criticism, but the service into him was almost non-existent,” wrote Spurs reporter Alasdair Gold. 😅 pic.twitter.com/11ix0JrETy— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) June 18, 2021England fans moaning about Grealish not playing should consider moaning about Kane not playing— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) June 18, 2021The first half had seen England almost take the lead after 10 minutes as center-half John Stones headed against the post when the Manchester City player should have done better.But Scotland were fired up and far more energetic, with Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour catching the eye in midfield in particular.Billy Gilmour is some player. Follow RT on

England fans voiced concerns over the form of key man Harry Kane after the Spurs striker put in another woeful display in the 0-0 draw against Scotland in their Euro 2020 Group D meeting. Can’t wait for all the Kane pieces!”Not creating chances for Kane is about others not him.The problem in the two games is he doesn’t look fit or he’s tired at the end of a season. Can’t wait for all the Kane pieces! #ENGSCO— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 18, 2021England pressed towards the end of the game but were fortunate on several occasions not to go behind.Jordan Pickford saved well from Stephen O’Donnell, before Che Adams slashed the ball wide when well-placed inside the final 15 minutes.Three Lions defender Reece James was also called on to head the ball off his line as Lyndon Dykes sent an effort goalwards and England lived dangerously. #ENG#EURO2020pic.twitter.com/hDwf3F7wGf— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2021Former England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also defended the 27-year-old. “Not creating chances for Kane is about others not him,” he wrote.”The problem in the two games is he doesn’t look fit or he’s tired at the end of a season.  England looked flat across the park against a fired-up Scotland, who ended the game with more efforts on target than the hosts.READ MORE: Dire England held by fired-up Scots at Euro 2020 as Southgate’s men stutter at WembleyMuch of the reaction online focused on Kane, who had been expected to be his team’s main goal threat this summer – just as he was at the World Cup three years ago.“Kane the worst player on the pitch,” wrote one fan.Harry Kane, for the 2nd game in a row, is by far the worst player on the pitch!#ENG#ENGSCO#EURO2020— Laurenz Vescoli ⭐️⭐️ (@Laus1507) June 18, 2021Harry Kane still hasn’t had a shot on target at #EURO2020#ENG#SCOpic.twitter.com/G64EmGGWUR— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2021“Kane wants to leave Spurs so badly he driving his own price down,” added another, referring to the England man’s desire to leave his club this summer.“Kane looked well off the pace,” added another observer, while football writer Jonathan Liew asked mockingly: “Is Kane actually wearing his golden boot?”It wasn’t just Kane who was coming in for flak.England manager Gareth Southgate was accused of getting his tactics wrong by deploying both Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in what looked like deep-lying positions.That meant a lack of creativity moving forward, with an increasing clamor from fans to see Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish – who was finally introduced for the disappointing Phil Foden in the 63rd minute.Even that failed to spark England as Scotland claimed a deserved point in what was the 115th meeting between the two nations.The moment every #ENG fan was asking for. “I said this after the Croatia game & got a bit of stick but it was the same tonight. I said this after the Croatia game & got a bit of stick but it was the same tonight. Isolated. © Reuters © Reuters The 0-0 result means England are still well-placed to qualify for the knockout stages as they head into their final Group D game against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday.The Czechs are also on four points from their opening two games after a 1-1 draw with Croatia in Glasgow earlier on Friday.Scotland picked up their first point of the tournament following their opening game defeat, and find themselves level with Croatia – who they meet in their last group game at Hampden Park.Both teams will be in search of the win which could see them sneak into the knockout stages.For England though, their status in some quarters as among the pre-tournament favorites will have been dented by a meek showing – and the fact that Kane appears to be struggling so badly will delight their rivals but equally fill Three Lions fans with fear. Reece James was called on to save his team. Only 20, but running the show…— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) June 18, 2021After Kane looked badly out of sorts in the first half, he wasn’t much better in the second and scuffed a shot which was blocked by Grant Hanley when the England man could have done better. However, some refused to blame the Spurs striker for the shortcomings, saying it was an issue of service to him from elsewhere on the pitch.Harry Kane will get more criticism, but the service in to him was almost non-existent.

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Dire England held by fired-up Scots as Southgate’s men stutter in Euro 2020 clash at Wembley

pic.twitter.com/NUKCs3NO3T— England (@England) June 18, 2021The Three Lions came back out for the second half with more of a spring of their step, but once a Mount shot from range had been palmed out by David Marshall, they fell back into their old ways and seemed to lack both urgency and inspiration. James hit just over on 55 minutes and should have done better, and as Kane yet again struggled on a counter attack when Adams couldn’t get his shot off near the six-yarder, midfielder Grealish who might offer him better service could be seen warming up to cheers.Scotland had England supporters wincing when a pin point delivery would have landed square on Lyndon Dykes’ head were it not met by Mings first, and a volley from the number nine was cleared off the line by James.Finally Grealish entered to fan fare, but there wasn’t any immediate impact from the Aston Villa man while ever the Scots held on to possession to limit any influence he could have.The moment every #ENG fan was asking for. 😅 pic.twitter.com/11ix0JrETy— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) June 18, 2021Far too late, but better late than never, Kane was hooked for Marcus Rashford with a quarter of an hour to spare.Adams then had arguably Scotland’s best chance of the affair when alone at the back post, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.As boos circled around Wembley and Scots fans bellowed terrace anthems, both sides started to appear happy with a point.There was a goalmouth scrap near the death involving Declan Rice, Sterling and McTominay, but England were pulled up for a foul in any event as either white shirt struggled to shoot. The evening ending 0-0, both outfits head to their last matches on Tuesday with England needing to beat the Czech Republic to top the group and Scotland requiring a win against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia to stand a chance of progressing.Here’s how the Group D table looks after tonight’s draw with Scotland.Next up: Czech Republic on Tuesday! In a crucial clash for Scotland, who were aiming to score their first goal at a major tournament since France ’98, manager Steve Clarke made four changes as Callum McGregor, Che Adams, Kieran Tierney and Billy Gilmour came into the side.Though Champions League winner Reece James and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw were called in at right back and left back respectively, England were relatively unchanged from the side that beat Croatia 1-0 last time out.One interesting stat is that England were fielding their youngest ever side in either the Euros or World Cup with an average age of 25 years 13 days.And before kick off, fans from either country booed each other’s national anthems as any minor booing, if there was any, of the knee both teams took was drowned out.25y 31d – England's starting XI against Scotland has an average age of 25 years and 31 days; their youngest ever in a game at a major tournament (World Cup & Euros). One step at a time and we go again.”Harry Kane still hasn’t had a shot on target at #EURO2020#ENG#SCOpic.twitter.com/G64EmGGWUR— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2021On the other side of the ball, however, Scotland skipper Andrew Robertson felt that his side deserved to win the game.”I don’t think many can argue that we had the big chances, at times we kept the ball superbly well, frustrated them. #ENG#EURO2020pic.twitter.com/OHr4wa1hRi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2021Navigating a slippery surface in the pouring rain, it was a cagey opening 10 minutes with just a single chance enjoyed by the Scots when Adams was unchallenged from 10 yards out but blocked by John Stones.Raheem Sterling began to work his trickery down the left wing, and when Mason Mount’s shot was deflected out after Phil Foden had laid it off to him on the edge of the box, the resulting corner was headed on to the post by Stones to get Wembley roaring.Sterling was again key in quick succession when nutmegging Scott McTominay on England’s next move. 💥England should be 1-0 up 😱#EURO2020 | #ENG#SCOpic.twitter.com/ZWYB0opdHr— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2021As Tierney volleyed wide from long range, Scotland managed to regain their composure.There was an intriguing midfield battle with plenty of bite between Chelsea teammates Mount and Billy Gilmour in his first ever international start. And when Tierney crossed the ball over to O’Donnell who had found space, Scotland almost took the lead when a volley nearly beat Jordan Pickford and the rebound couldn’t be directed towards goal by Adams shortly after.As there were calls to hook an evidently unfit Harry Kane and introduce Jack Grealish in some capacity, the Scots ended the first half in better shape.Their patience against a hesitant foe was paying off as England fans were left frustrated upon the half-time whistle without stoppage time. The half-time whistle goes at @wembleystadium, where it's all square between the #ThreeLions and Scotland at the interval. It is what it is.””It was a tough game – Scotland defended really well, made good blocks at the right times when we know no game is going to be easy it’s a European Championship and Scotland are playing for their lives,” he went on.”We’ve got another big game in a few days against the Czechs, we want to finish sharp – it’s a point, not what we wanted but it’s one step closer to qualifying. We just have to recover and look forward to next game in a few days,” he added.On being substituted, Kane pointed out: “It’s part of the game, the manager felt that was the right decision so you just have o take it. It’s important that it’s not a pointless result, we need to use it and get out of this group.” Verve. pic.twitter.com/Pl3NgmU7TF— England (@England) June 18, 2021Interviewed by British television post-match, Kane said it was a “fair result”.”Fair play to Scotland they defended well. On another night we could’ve came away with more – but we take a point, keeps us alive, it’s important to use this feeling and the fans being happy into Tuesday and try and use it to get a positive result.””Harry [Kane] is one of those players you have to keep a watch on, there’s a few out there, Phil Foden we kept him quiet and Raheem Sterling,” he continued.”The whole crowd erupted when Jack Grealish came on but we managed to keep him quiet as well down that right hand side. Follow RT on

England and Scotland played out a Euro 2020 stalemate at Wembley as the visitors frequently got the better of their hosts and the Three Lions failed to secure early passage to the knockout stages. It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s another point closer to qualification and that’s our ultimate goal. But Mount couldn’t convert from close range, as England had two huge opportunities in a matter of minutes.John Stones hits the post with a free header from a corner!

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‘The man’s a magician’: Neymar dazzles with sublime passage of skill against Peru as he closes in on Pele record (VIDEO)

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PSG star and the game’s most expensive player Neymar has dazzled the football world and fans online with a sublime piece of skill during a Copa America group win for his country Brazil over Peru in Rio. We’re never going to say ‘No’ to the national team shirt, it’s just that I got emotional before about saying what the national team represents.”I will never say ‘No’ to my country. It is contagious. And I’m rooting for him to get there, with the same joy I’ve had since I saw him play for the first time.””Thank you…you’ll always be our KING,” replied Neymar, with a crown emoji also thrown in. pic.twitter.com/yN5VGoBtMJ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 18, 2021Neymar also brushed on recent player opposition towards hosting the tournament in Brazil, after organizers Conmebol took it from Argentina and Colombia at the last minute to the coronavirus-hit country.”We came here without knowing much that was happening. It was very complicated, difficult, but the joy of being on the pitch for the national team will always exist. Magic  dribble,” it was also remarked.But as is always the case with such a divisive figure, good vibes weren’t universal for the former FC Barcelona man.Some thought the showboating was counterproductive as it amounted to nothing in the end, while a large chunk of detractors pointed to his fondness for going to ground before reminding us of his theatrics in Russia three summers ago at the World Cup.There was no other way this sequence was going to end than with a classic Neymar roll. I never thought I’d [reach] those numbers. You can’t make a challenge without the risk of him dropping after contact,” highlighted one more.Pelé praises Neymar on Instagram.Great words from the king!🤴🏿 pic.twitter.com/v8gkOLfxVP— 𝗡𝗲𝘆𝗺𝗮𝗿 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 (@Neymoleque) June 18, 2021Still the 29-year-old himself was happy with his display, and the lofty feat of surpassing Ronaldo’s goal tally in the famous yellow and green shirt made him emotional at the full-time whistle.”It is obvious that for me it is a great honor to be part of the history of the Brazilian national team,” he began in his post-match interview.”To be honest, my dream was always to play for the national team, to wear this shirt. For me it’s kind of exciting, because I’ve been through a lot [in] these two years which were really hard, [and] complicated, and those numbers are nothing [compared to] the happiness that I have to play for Brazil, to represent my country, my family.”Most goals scored all-time for Brazil:🇧🇷 Pelé (77)🇧🇷 Neymar (68)🇧🇷 Ronaldo (62)One step closer to reaching the record. We expressed it. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Pelé (@pele)Now just 10 away from the all-time great’s tally of 77, Neymar also received praise in the highest of places from three-time World Cup winner Pele.”Every time I see this boy, he is smiling. Today they do not have players of that type. We didn’t know if there was going to be a Copa America or not,” he said.”From the beginning we have respected the hierarchy very much. It’s impossible not to smile back. Facing their 2019 final foes in this competition once more, who they beat 3-1 at the Maracana to lift their first trophy in 12 years, the Selecao made easier work of their assignment on Thursday evening.Juventus left back Alex Sandro opened Brazil’s account on 12 minutes, and then thanks to second half strikes from Neymar, Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison, Tite’s men sealed a 4-0 romp that demonstrated their dominance over South America once more, and kept them top of their group.Making more headlines than the win itself, though, was a piece of skill from the Man of the Match that has already been seen and enjoyed 1.5 million times on the competition’s official account.Neymar was having fun against Peru 🤩 (via @CopaAmerica)pic.twitter.com/qimKwxlx94— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 18, 2021With less than 10 minutes to spare, ‘Ney’ was still having fun as the points appeared to be safe through a 2-0 cushion.Faced back to goal, he puts his foot on the ball and then uses his other to nutmeg Renato Tapia.Using his weaker right to hook the ball back into his path, and his upper body strength to keep a physical Tapia at bay, he then employs a variation of Zinedine Zidane’s Marseille turn to beat Christian Ramos and Tapia once more.Performing stepovers as the pair approach again with Aldo Corzo lurking, the humiliation is brought to an end as Neymar is finally hacked down.The damage had already been done, though, and fans took to the social media to shower the Santos academy product with compliments.#CopaAmérica 🏆@Neymarjr fazendo suas artes 👏🏼🇧🇷 Brasil 🆚 Perú 🇵🇪#VibraElContinente#VibraOContinentepic.twitter.com/ZwwNgXYoyv— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 18, 2021″The man is a magician,” beamed one.”On his day, he’s something else….a joy to watch,” said another.”The last exponent of the jogo bonito (beautiful game). But we’re here. We had our opinion. To disagree or have a different opinion from the others I think [we must have] respect for on another. I, like all Brazilians, am always happy when I see him playing soccer,” the aging idol wrote on Instagram while sharing a photo of the pair.”Today, he took another step towards my goalscoring record for the Selecao. pic.twitter.com/DVgyNZxI8W— He Who Should be Named but isn’t (@metal_geek5) June 18, 2021″There was no other way this sequence was going to end than with a classic Neymar roll,” a critic pointed out.”The last two seconds of that clip show you EXACTLY why he gets away with that footwork. I don’t know what will become of Brazil when Ney retires. Both me and our group, we’re happy,” he finished.

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Mexican fans BANNED from two World Cup qualifiers after making homophobic gay prostitute chants

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FIFA has banned Mexico fans from the stands for the country’s first two home qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup after homophobic chants were heard during two Olympic qualifiers earlier this year. “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Mexican Football Association (FMF) with a fine of CHF 60,000 ($65,000) and an order to play its two official upcoming matches behind closed doors,” a statement read on Friday.FIFA statement makes it official: Mexico will have to play two World Cup qualifiers in empty stadiums as punishment for homophobic chants pic.twitter.com/eYUlm5AWRD— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) June 18, 2021FIFA went on to cite “homophobic chants by Mexican fans at the Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers against Dominican Republic and the USA played in Guadalajara on 18 and 24 March 2021 respectively.“The committee has also opened separate proceedings against the FMF in relation to homophobic chants by Mexican fans at their team’s friendly match against Iceland played in Arlington, Texas, on 29 May 2021,” it added.The ruling means Mexico fans are set to be banned from attending games against Jamaica on September 2 and Canada on October 7 in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Also on rt.com
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It’s not the first time Mexico fans have fallen foul of FIFA due to chants deemed homophobic. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Mexican football association was fined for language directed at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Neuer was labeled “puto!”, which is slang for a homosexual male prostitute.   The FMF was fined over a dozen times during its qualification for Russia 2018, including for the same chant, and FIFA is clearly continuing to crack down on the language from fans. The current ban also stems from the use of “puto” in the stands, FIFA confirmed to Yahoo Sports. Some fans have argued that the phrase has nothing to do with homosexuality when screamed in unison at opposing goalkeepers. However, FIFA has deemed it derogatory for several years. 

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‘The slogan on the kit was a provocation’: Russian fan supports Ukraine at Euro 2020 in St. Petersburg (VIDEO)

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Despite lingering political tensions between the two neighbors, football fans in St.   

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Since then, Ukraine had lost six matches straight at the finals, failing to score in the first half of any of those games until Thursday’s win against tournament debutants North Macedonia.The victory means Ukraine have put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in their history.Next up for Shevchenko’s men is a meeting with Austria in Bucharest on Monday, with fans over in St. Also on rt.com
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Over at the Euro 2020 Fan Village in St. Petersburg – which is one of the 11 host cities for this year’s tournament – the yellow and blue of Ukraine’s national colors were on display as football supporters cheered on the team as they watched the action on a giant screen.Celebrations were heard after each of Ukraine’s goals as well as at the final whistle.One Russian fan, Artur, was dressed in a Ukraine shirt told and RT Sport that he was offering his support to the country’s western neighbors.”Why not support Ukraine?” he said. Petersburg still turned out to show their support for Ukraine in their Euro 2020 match against North Macedonia on Thursday. #UKRpic.twitter.com/Rnw0goUFD3— Liam Tyler (@tyler_lj) June 17, 2021The scenes of support in the St. Also on rt.com
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Artur was wearing an older version of the shirt which differed to the controversial versions released by Ukraine on the eve of the tournament. “The new version is provocative, but this one apparently isn’t,” he said.”But it does have the writing [Glory to Ukraine]… I think that’s wrong.”   More support for Ukraine at #Euro2020 Fan Village in St Petersburg. They want to bring politics into it. There are a lot of families that are separated, they have mixed blood, Russian and Ukrainian.” The build-up to Euro 2020 was marred when Ukraine revealed their new kits for the tournament, which featured a map of the country drawn across the front including Crimea – despite the peninsula being part of Russia following a 2014 referendum.The kits also featured slogans linked to nationalist forces which sided with the Nazis during World War II.Ukraine was subsequently told by UEFA to cover up one of the phrases – ‘Glory to Heroes’ – on the inside collar of the shirts. “A lot of people live here. Petersburg likely to be out to support the team again. I think the label was put on to provoke unfortunately. Ukraine earned a vital 2-1 win against their Group C rivals in Bucharest thanks to first-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.The result saw Andriy Shevchenko’s team bounce back from their opening game defeat to the Netherlands, and put Ukraine back in contention for qualification with one more match to play against Austria on Monday. Petersburg sunshine on Wednesday were similar to those during Ukraine’s first match at this year’s tournament, when they were on the wrong end of a thrilling 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in Amsterdam.Shevchenko’s men earned a long-awaited win on Thursday which was their first at the Euros in nine years – since they won their opening match at the 2012 edition of the tournament against Sweden.

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Denmark star Eriksen discharged from hospital after cardiac arrest – and has already been to see teammates at Euro 2020 camp

More here ⬇️#ForDanmarkpic.twitter.com/jzF338XiC1— DBU – En Del Af Noget Større (@DBUfodbold) June 18, 2021After requiring 13 minutes of CPR with help from his captain Simon Kjaer, Eriksen regained consciousness after using a defibrillator and the moment has been described by one of the first doctors to treat him, Jens Kleinefeld.”About 30 seconds later, he opened his eyes and I could talk to him directly,” explained Kleinefeld to Fox Sports.”That was a very moving moment, as in such medical emergencies in everyday life, the chances of success are much lower.”The German then asked the Dane: “Well, are you back with us?”, to which Eriksen answered: “Yes, I am back with you. Today he also visited the national team in Helsingor – and from there he will go home and spend time with his family,” read their part of the statement.”Christian sends a greeting,” it continued, before some words from the 29-year-old were shared.BREAKING: Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital after a successful operation—and he was able to visit his teammates at their training ground 🙏 pic.twitter.com/E7txJi3LgI— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 18, 2021″Thank you for the massive number of greetings – it has been incredible to see and feel,” Eriksen began.”The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances.””It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night. Also on rt.com
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Health experts and pundits have written off Eriksen’s chances of ever being able to play again.Now fitted with a heart-starter, though, he has been boosted by tales of other players with similar devices such as current Ajax and former Manchester United Daley Blind soldiering on.  The Danish football union (DBU) uploaded a statement of their own and one from Eriksen on Friday afternoon, which indicates that the Inter Milan star has even been to see his teammates at their training base after their 2-1 defeat to Belgium yesterday where a tribute was paid to him before kick-off and in the 10th minute.”Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was today discharged from Rigshospitalet. For f*cks sake, I’m only 29 years old.””That’s when I knew the brain wasn’t damaged and he had fully returned,” Kleinefeld finished. Follow RT on

Denmark star Christian Eriksen, who last week shocked the football world when slumping into a cardiac arrest in his team’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland, has been discharged from hospital in Copenhagen. No need to say, that I will be cheering them on Monday against Russia,” he vowed.Christian Eriksen has been discharged from the hospital.

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‘We’ll batter the Scots’: England fans in confident mood as Scottish invasion descends on Wembley ahead of huge Euro 2020 clash

© RT Sport / Ben Miller Inevitably, many here have not been able to secure a hallowed ticket for the game. I’m a Southampton fan so I want to see Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong do well [for Scotland], but I’m a diehard England fan and I don’t want to lose to them.”Even to romantics in tartan, the question of whether Scotland can avoid defeat is shrouded in doubt after their first match at the finals. “Scotland might just get a result tonight,” they say. “We’d be happy with a draw – 1-1 or 0-0, even.“Obviously, on paper England are better but we’re optimistic. It’s good.“Honestly, we’re optimistic for tonight. Hopefully we’ve got here early enough to get into the pub for some banter.“We’ll batter the Scots, they’re awful – they lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic. Scots in kilts and England fans bedecked in flags making clear their club loyalties diverge on the national stadium, which looks glorious even on a distinctly grey day.”3-0,” predicts a member of England’s Block 109 club, who have produced a special beer, ‘Wembeerly’. The 115th episode of the oldest international football fixture is taking place against a backdrop that is as strange as it is familiar.Huge pride on both sides is at stake and arch antagonism is a given as England face Scotland on a night when Wembley would undoubtedly have been brimming had full capacity been allowed at the Euro 2020 host venue.As it is, with the capacity set to 22,500, thousands of Scots have made their way south, intent to build and absorb the reliably feisty atmosphere ahead of one of the sport’s most evocative rivalries, even if they cannot be at a match they are desperate to win. These games don’t come around often, and with everything closed abroad, we thought we’d make a little break of it and watch the game. “We don’t have tickets, but we’re staying just round the corner and we wanted to taste the atmosphere.“It’s Scotland-England, right? “I’ve come in shorts because if you’re going to get wet, why do you want to be in a pair of jeans?” he reasons.“I’m going 3-0 today: Harry Kane twice and Jack Grealish first goalscorer.” “I got here nice and early and I’m flying the flag high for my hometown,” he says.“We’ve got tickets today for the game. Even fans who didn’t get tickets are buzzing with excitement. McTominay is among the main men for Scotland. Brushed aside by a Patrick Schick brace featuring an audacious long-range strike that could prove to be the goal of the tournament, the visitors will need to be considerably improved if they are to avoid a repeat of their famous last meeting with England at a major tournament, when they missed a penalty with the score goalless before losing 2-0 to opponents inspired by maverick midfielder Paul Gascoigne.That game has achieved immortal status during the decades since, and Scotland would dearly love to avenge that agony by creating a new, more surprising piece of history with a win that would reignite their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages.While the likes of Champions League-winning Liverpool defender Andy Robertson and immensely promising Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour are among the ample talents in their squad, there is no argument that England, who are considered title contenders at the finals, have a far superior team.If it would be inaccurate to suggest that the emotion of this clash will render form irrelevant, the rarity and resonance of the occasion should give Scotland every motivation to pounce in the event of England misfiring or even suffering stage fright.The underdogs are, on paper, no slouches: seven of their expected starting 11 play for Premier League clubs, with Adams scoring an impressive nine times for midtable Southampton last season, Scott McTominay and John McGinn being mainstays in midfield for Manchester United and Aston Villa and, at full-back, Arsenal’s swashbuckling Kieran Tierney being pronounced fit to return from injury for a showdown that is likely to be crucial for his nation. But I think we’ll batter them all over the park.”His brave choice of attire is better suited to a tropical beach than the vagaries of a English summer weather. Also on rt.com
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A reputed large gathering of descending Scots in Hyde Park disperses quicker than they might have liked thanks to torrential downpours during the day that do more for the surrounding wildlife than wild pre-match preparations.Fans crowd in pockets under umbrellas, including a group who stayed overnight in the English city of Sunderland, which is nearer to Scotland than London, before taking a train at 5.30am to be here.”The traffic is the worst thing here,” says one, sounding unimpressed with being so far south. “However, because of Covid it went to reduced capacity and through the ballet, unfortunately, my ticket got canceled.“I’m gutted because it’s a lifetime ambition and I’d been looking forward to the game for a long time.“I thought, ‘why not come to Wembley?’ I wanted to come to soak up the atmosphere. © Reuters Even a draw would be a significant result for Steve Clarke’s side – fans would undoubtedly claim bragging rights with a point in light of the lesser resources they have to choose from, not to mention the opportunity it would set up to reach the round of 16 by beating England’s first victims, Croatia.A fan brandishing a flag for Premier League Brighton is in no doubt that Scotland have no chance of grabbing a point or three. They’ve got a little bit of a threat going forward and Robertson and McGinn are good players. It’s a big game and we’re playing for pride, not just for points.”
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The biggest group stage derby of Euro 2020 takes place on Friday, when England and Scotland clash at Wembley for pride and points in their second games of the campaign. © Reuters Daisy and her husband have traveled from Glasgow to be here. Some, painfully, had tickets in the original ballot but found their luck was out when a draw was introduced after the crowd limit was heavily reduced.“I originally had a ticket, back in 2019,” says Dan, wearing a shiny new England shirt and tracksuit. “That and trying to cross the road – no one talks to you.”At Wembley Stadium, the mood is raucous. We still don’t know where we’re going to watch it.”In a sign of how momentous this match is, the family have made the sizeable journey to Wembley without tickets. “Sterling, Rashford and Kane.”
One England fan predicted a 3-0 win for the Three Lions.

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‘He can be better than Zlatan!’ Sweden fans salute Isak as young star shines again in Euro 2020 win over Slovakia

He’s totally ready for a big club. #EURO2020#SWEpic.twitter.com/FJBs9jNImf— OptaIvan (@OptaIvan) June 18, 2021As he broke a competition record for the most completed dribbles (6) thus far, and the most by a Swedish player in a Euros game since the great USA ’94 semifinalist Tomas Brolin at Euro 1992 against eventual winners Denmark, Isak was dubbed a “talent” and a “baller” from all corners.What has impressed the most is his agility despite being such a tall man, with his strength, as shown in the clips below, also helping him to hold off the opposition and pass them with ease while skillfully knocking the ball from one foot to the other. He’s so quick, guy just glides. 😅#EURO2020#SWE#SVKpic.twitter.com/Ga8zxaGvl1— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 18, 2021Yet at this rate, unless one of Spain’s Big Three snap him up, he won’t be long for a move away from the Iberian Peninsula.Also important to consider is that Borussia Dortmund can beat everyone to the chase by exercising a measly $35.5 million release clause to see him back in the Bundesliga, with many parties encouraging them to cash in on Erling Haaland now for around $180 million and keep the change before a clause of his own is activated next summer for a lesser $89 million. @Heineken | #EUROSOTM | #EURO2020pic.twitter.com/TtB2ash5fH— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 18, 2021Flooding out of Krestovsky Stadium after witnessing Isak’s performance first-hand, Sweden fans were no less gushing in their praise. “He deserved to score at least one today,” one Sweden fan crowed.“He was the number one player. #SVK ◉ =Most passes ending in final third (23)◉ Most touches in the opp box (8)◉ Most take-ons completed (6)◉ Most shots (4)◉ =Most aerial duels won (4)Everything but a goal. Exceptional talent,” remarked BBC pundit and England legend Gary Lineker, while ESPN quipped that he had the “whole Slovakia team on strings”.Certified baller ✅ Alexander Isak = Star of the Match after another majestic display 🥇🤔 Did you predict that? The 21-year-old illuminated what was otherwise a pretty drab affair at Krestovsky Stadium.  Long before Emil Forsberg’s 77th-minute deciding penalty, which Isak won through his trickery, the imposing 6ft 3in target man had already won over supporters.Along with Italy’s Manuel Locatelli, the former Borussia Dortmund man is already being touted as one of the tournament’s leading breakout stars. 6 – Aleksander Isak completed six dribbles today (six attempted); most by a player in a game at EURO 2020 so far, and most by a Swedish player in a game at the tournament since Tomas Brolin at EURO 1992 (7 v Denmark). He’s got that strikers selfish gene as well 🤣 pic.twitter.com/bq41H8nsKA— Don Daig (@Don_Daig) June 18, 2021His 71st minute run reproduced above, where Isak took out a handful of hapless foes, many of who ended up on their backs, while he somehow kept his balance, was dubbed an instant goal of the tournament had it gone in.Yet even without a successful strike to his name today, the youngster had already done enough to convince the jury.”Don’t think there’s much doubt that Alexander Isak will attract a lot of attention from clubs across Europe. 💎 @alex_isak 💎@RealSociedadEN | #LaLigaSantanderpic.twitter.com/7eeemDsAGU— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) June 18, 2021Aleksander Isak vs. Follow RT on

Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak has been hailed as one of Euro 2020’s breakout stars after another strong display in Sweden’s 1-0 Group E win over Slovakia in St Petersburg wowed football fans on Friday. But no one can compare to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. © Reuters Others, though, were a bit more cautious in the praise. “He’s so good, so many clubs are interested in him. It’s so nice to see him changing the game.”When asked if Isak had the potential to match all-time Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the fan replied with a smile, “he’s already better than Zlatan!”“He’s always good, he’s our main man,” agreed another fan.“He could be [the next Zlatan]. Talent. Close, but not at the same level,” said one fan.    Unsurprisingly, Isak won the Star of the Match gong thanks to completing the most passes ending in final third (23), the most touches in the opposition box (8), the most completed take-ons (6), the most shots (4) and the most aerial duels won.La Liga were quick to post highlights of his finest exploits in a La Real shirt, and capitalize on his newfound popularity.A giant in attack for #SWE! He’s already scored a lot of goals in La Liga.”
Isak won the penalty which led to Sweden’s win.

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‘First one to shoot’s a dusty b*tch’: McGregor takes cheap dig at Poirier ahead of UFC 264 showdown

View this post on InstagramA post shared by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier)When the Russian retired on 29-0 last October, the stage was set for McGregor to take a run at the 155lbs strap once more. Yet Poirier seriously derailed those plans when knocking out the Irishman in January in the second round.Charles Oliveira has since become the ruler of the division by defeating Michael Chandler in thrilling comeback fashion, while appearing at one point close to having his own lights put out.Yet despite his slip, ‘Mystic Mac’ will likely face ‘Do Bronx’ before the end of 2021 should he defeat ‘The Diamond’ on July 10.With the UFC headline bout three weeks away, billboards of already gone up to promote it in Sin City, and McGregor took to Twitter to share a photo of one and take a dig at Poirier.First one to shoots a dusty bitch. In their first showdown in 2014, McGregor beat the New Orleans native by a first-round TKO at UFC 178.And as part of one of the most phenomenal rises to stardom ever witnessed in combat sports, McGregor then needed a further two victories before dethroning the long-reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo at the end of 2015.Since then, though, despite also becoming a lightweight champion by seeing off Eddie Alvarez, McGregor boasts a 3-3 record which includes the 2018 humbling received by all-time great Khabib Nurmagomedov. Follow RT on

Conor McGregor has taken to social media to have a dig at lightweight rival Dustin Poirier ahead of their meeting in Las Vegas on July 10, which will settle a seven-year trilogy currently tied at one win for each man. pic.twitter.com/pO7WdCTsGu— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 18, 2021 View this post on InstagramA post shared by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier)”First one to shoot’s a dusty b*tch,” the 32-year-old wrote. This has been understood as a reference to Poirier shooting for the whiskey entrepreneur’s legs, and taking their last fight to the ground during the last fight.Despite being made to eat the canvas, McGregor seems to want an all-out striking war to put their rivalry to bed for once and for all.

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Got their bottle back? Euro 2020 teams threatened with fines unless stars stop moving sponsors’ drinks

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“We are never fining players directly from the UEFA side,” Kallen said.“We will do this always through the participating national association and then they could look if they will go further to the player, but we are not going directly for the moment to the player.”While the likes of Ronaldo are among the corporate refuseniks, Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov became a viral smash when he was seen happily swigging on a bottle of Coke at a press conference before his team took on Finland.pic.twitter.com/NMwQZlQMFN— Out Of Context Football (@nocontextfooty) June 16, 2021Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko also made light of the situation after his man-of-the-match display against North Macedonia on Thursday.The West Ham forward moved the Coca-Cola and Heineken bottles closer to him, jokingly urging the companies to “get in touch” with him for sponsorship opportunities.   

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But UEFA has now stepped in to threaten fines to associations whose players don’t toe the corporate line.“UEFA has reminded participating teams that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to ensuring the development of football across Europe, including for youth and women,” read a statement.Euro 2020 director Martin Kallen said he understood the religious reasoning of players such as Pogba, but noted that stars were contractually obliged “through their federation of the tournament regulations to follow.”According to Kallen, quoted by the BBC, disciplinary action was a “possibility” – although no sanctions would be taken against players directly, and instead would be levied at the relevant national associations.

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Change of plan? Euro 2020 final could be MOVED from Wembley to full capacity Budapest if UK govt doesn’t alter rules for VIPs

At present, an isolation period of 10 days is required for anyone that arrives in Britain from a string of countries that are still on its amber or red list – which includes most nations taking part at Euro 2020.UEFA confirm they have a 'contingency plan' for the semis and final if travelling foreign fans aren't able to attend at Wembley due to quarantine rules. Still in talks with UK authorities and "confident final week will be held in London"— Simon Evans (@sgevans) June 18, 2021The Times reports that Boris Johnson’s government is now negotiating plans which will allow approximately 2,500 officials from UEFA and FIFA, plus politicians and sponsors, to evade the 10-day quarantine period others have to obey whenever arriving in England.It adds that ministers have expressed concerns that should restrictions not be relaxed, Wembley could lose both semi-finals as well as the final, which are scheduled to be held in the west London ground, with the Puskas Arena will profit from the debacle.At the same time, however, they are also well aware that removing restrictions only for VIPs runs the risk of causing public backlash, as many in the UK have been forced to scrap summer holiday plans in popular places for Brits such as Spain and Portugal due to the protocols currently in place.Asked if this was fair, policing and crime minister Kit Malthouse, said: “I haven’t seen the detail of that particular proposal. Follow RT on

UEFA could shift its upcoming Euro 2020 final from Wembley Stadium to the Puskas Arena in Budapest unless the UK government makes VIP attendees exempt from its strict quarantine restrictions, according to reports. One of the things we are trying to do though is obviously accommodate the Euros as much as we possibly can.”And while much of the concern around coronavirus regulations has been about whether one situation is fair compared with another situation, what we’re generally trying to do is make difficult decisions about the path of a virus, at the same time as trying to enable the ordinary operation of very special events like the Euros.”No doubt, health professionals and the immigration professionals at the Home Office and then the senior ministers who make a decision will take all of that into account as we proceed.”Look, it’s a great competition, we’re very lucky to have it, we’re trying to make it happen with as much kind of satisfaction all round as we possibly can and that will be taken into account in the decision over the next few days,” he finished.It's an unlikely scenario for Wembley to lose the semis and final, but if every other host nation in Europe prepared to waive quarantine for Euro fans, the UK is suddenly looking like an unwelcoming place for the Euros— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) June 18, 2021The UK government is also calculating the likelihood of a spike in cases which could be caused if the restrictions are already relaxed for a special group.While Wembley, which can hold a maximum of 90,000 supporters, will only be at half its capacity for the mentioned games, the Puskas Arena has been welcoming full crowds of around 61,000 for Euro 2020 games so far. Hungary’s tournament opener, lost 3-0 to defending champions Portugal, received such numbers on Tuesday.Similar figures are expected for the home nation’s game against World Cup holders France tomorrow, a potential Group F decider between Portugal and France, plus a last 16 encounter on June 27.Wembley is set to host up to 45,000 fans for the #EURO2020 semi-finals and final.🗞 Guardian pic.twitter.com/YOOIfJTrMm— EUROs Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 14, 2021On Friday, UEFA stressed it is confident that the semis and final can still go ahead in the UK capital, and confirmed it was in talks with British officials.”At the moment, we are in discussions with the local authorities to try to allow fans of the participating teams to attend the matches, using a strict testing and bubble concept that would mean their stay in the UK would be less than 24 hours and their movements would be restricted to approved transport and venues only,” said a spokesperson.”We understand the pressures that the government faces and hope to be able to reach a satisfactory conclusion of our discussions on the matter. There is always a contingency plan but we are confident that the final week will be held in London.” Believed to be Budapest.

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WATCH: Raucous Sweden fans MARCH on stadium in St. Petersburg before Euro 2020 clash with Slovakia

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Sweden fans were out in force in St. Petersburg on Monday came courtesy of an own goal from Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and a second-half strike from Milan Skriniar.After Friday’s game the Swedes close their Group E campaign against Poland in St. Sweden were taking on Slovakia in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, while Slovakia travel to Seville to meet Spain. © Reuters For Slovakia, Euro 2020 is a second appearance at the tournament after they reached the last 16 in France five years ago.Slovakia’s opening win in St. Petersburg #Euro2020pic.twitter.com/V80zH7U3r5— Liam Tyler (@tyler_lj) June 18, 2021Sweden fans March on St Petersburg #SWE 🔥 #EURO2020pic.twitter.com/JUbabyR3lE— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) June 18, 2021#Swe 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AV2GxCLfmD— Liam Tyler (@tyler_lj) June 18, 2021The Swedes are out in force in St. The Swedes take on Group E rivals Slovakia knowing that anything short of a win will leave their chances of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread.Janne Andersson’s team picked up a creditable 0-0 draw with Spain in their opening game in Seville despite being subjected to a passing onslaught.Slovakia meanwhile pulled off a shock 2-1 win against Poland in St. © RT Sport / Liam Tyler
Sweden fans formed a yellow wall to march to the stadium. © Reuters Before the game kicked off it was a sea of yellow as Swedish fans vastly outnumbered their rivals as they gathered in the bars around the stadium on Krestovsky Island.With around an hour to go before kick-off a mass of yellow shirts congregated near a fountain at the centre of a tree-lined alley leading to the arena, then making their way to the 67,000-seater venue in unison.Marching with a yellow wall of #Swe fans for their game against #Svk in St. Petersburg. Sweden fans were out in large numbers for their crucial Euro 2020 meeting with Slovakia. Petersburg – including this pair of blonde-haired beauties #Swe#Euro2020pic.twitter.com/nIu4hpZnIO— Liam Tyler (@tyler_lj) June 18, 2021Chants from the Swedes paid homage to manager Andersson as well as forward Alexander Isak – the 21-year-old tipped by many as a potential breakout star of the tournament.Sweden are appearing in their sixth successive edition of the Euros but have failed to make it out of the group stage since making the quarter-finals in 2004. Petersburg and will look for more magic at the same venue against the Swedes.

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American motorbike daredevil Alex Harvill dies during practice run for 351ft world record jump

According to local media reports, Jessica Harvill had been at the airshow with their children Willis, 5, and newborn Watson.In an interview posted on the Moses Lake Airshow Facebook page just a few weeks ago, stunt rider Harvill said: “I’ve loved motorcycles my entire life and all this has started from racing dirt bikes.“Moses Lake sand dunes was a place I went quite a bit, especially in the winter when there was nowhere else to ride. Harvill, 28, had been bidding to fly more than 351ft (107 meters) through the air to break the record for a jump from a moveable, pre-built ramp onto a dirt ramp at Grant County International Airport on Thursday.However, Harvill suffered a bad landing on a practice run which sent him over the handlebars.  “It’s a little scary from time to time, but you’ve gotta trust that he knows what he’s doing,” she said.“I’ve been around it so long it’s kind of just normal in a way, even though that sounds weird, because it’s totally abnormal.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alex Harvill (@ah352) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alex Harvill (@ah352)The harrowing scenes came just one month after the arrival of the couple’s second child. The stunt rider landed about 20ft away from his bike and was without his helmet after it had flown off his head, the Columbia Basin Herald reports.Harvill was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries. The sand is really good.“That really started my jumping, was out at the Moses Lake sand dunes so it’s amazing to be able to have an event there that I can jump at.“It all started with a love of dirt bikes and me pursuing the dream of knowing what I can do jumping and the love of jumping that’s come from dirt bikes.“For me it just goes hand-in-hand, jumping as far as you can and racing and being as good as you can.”Harvill had previously set a world record in 2013 when he jumped 297ft from one dirt ramp to another. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alex Harvill (@ah352) Follow RT on

American motorbike stunt rider Alex Harvill has died after sustaining injuries during preparations for an ill-fated world record attempt at the Moses Lake Airshow in Washington State, local authorities have announced. Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kyle Foreman said an autopsy would be carried out on Friday, although it was not immediately clear whether Harvill had died at the hospital or had already passed away before his arrival.Footage circulating on social media and shared by the likes of US outlet TMZ showed the moment of the fatal crash.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alex Harvill (@ah352) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alex Harvill (@ah352)“Everyone was already here for him in case this happened,” said Grant County International Airport Director Rich Mueller.“Obviously we didn’t want to see him crash today, but we were ready for it.”In comments made before the tragedy, Harvill’s wife Jessica was quoted as saying that she understood the risks here husband took.

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WATCH: Scotland fan knocked down by motorbike while friend LAUGHS as Tartan Army invade London for Euro 2020 clash

 

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A drunk Scotland fan was knocked down by a motorbike as he staggered into oncoming traffic on a London street ahead of the Euro 2020 match against England on Friday. The Scots have traveled in large numbers despite being urged to stay away.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland fans arriving at London Euston station this afternoon 🎶 pic.twitter.com/sIsMsYjS75— Andrew Maclean (@AndrewMaclean_) June 17, 2021🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland fans definitely in London for a party… pic.twitter.com/7ENlbnlBMD— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) June 17, 2021On the pitch, Scotland and England will meet for the 115th time in what is the world’s oldest footballing rivalry. The Tartan Army – as Scotland fans are known – have been massing in the UK capital before the meeting with old rivals England at Wembley on Friday night in a crucial Group D match.One fan wearing a Scotland shirt escaped potentially more serious injury when he stumbled across a London street, apparently worse for wear.Appearing oblivious to the oncoming traffic, the man staggered directly into the path of a motorbike as he made his way across the road.The resulting collision sent him and the motorcyclist crashing to the ground, before the man got back to his feet and carried on his way.A Scotland fan crossing the road in London tonight… pic.twitter.com/MPjQoAqqRS— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) June 17, 2021Incredibly, the person filming the scene – apparently the man’s friend – could be heard laughing at the scenes.It’s not known if the motorcyclist was injured or his bike damaged in the incident, but a friend of the fan reportedly said that the Scotland supporter was fine, posting a message reading “He’s aw gid boys” (He’s all good boys). Thousands of Scotland fans are estimated to be making their way to London for a first major tournament meeting with England since the two nations met at Wembley in a Euro 96 group-stage game, which the Three Lions won 2-0.Following that tournament, Scotland went on to compete at the 1998 World Cup in France before a 23-year absence from major tournaments which was only ended by qualification for this summer’s pan-continental Euros.A restricted crowd of around 21,500 fans will be at Wembley to watch Friday night’s game, but that hasn’t stopped the Scots from massing in London.That included filling the famous Leicester Square with blue bubbles and congregating in Hyde Park. Scotland lost their opening game 2-0 against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

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‘Taking some personal time’: Naomi Osaka will MISS Wimbledon to continue mental health break – but WILL play at Olympics

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Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka will skip Wimbledon as she continues her break from the sport for mental health reasons, but will be back to compete at her home Olympics in Japan this summer.  However, Osaka’s mind now appears made up that she will be at the event, where she will be among its biggest stars. 

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Vaccinated Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka admits to mixed feelings over Tokyo Games as Covid fears linger  Osaka “is taking some personal time with friends and family,” her agent Stuart Duguid wrote in an email confirming the news.However, he added that the Japanese star “will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”You'll be greatly missed, @naomiosaka – wishing you all the best at home and the Olympics and hope to welcome you back next year pic.twitter.com/avQzhFDm8U— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 17, 2021The contentious Tokyo Games kick off on July 23, amid continuing concerns from locals over whether they should be going ahead in light of the Covid-19 situation.World number two Osaka has previously confessed to having mixed feelings about the event in her homeland. Osaka, 23, withdrew from the French Open in May after triggering a row with organizers when she refused to conduct her media duties after matches, citing the toll it took on her mental health.Threatened with fines and potential expulsion, Osaka opted to walk away from the tournament after the first round.Announcing her withdrawal, Osaka revealed in a message to fans that she had suffered “long bouts of depression” since the 2018 US Open and that she was “going to take some time away from court.”

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That break will include Wimbledon, which gets underway at the All England Club at the end of this month.

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