Jeremy Doku shines as Belgium storm past Finland

We keep hearing that Belgium's golden era is on its way out, but on the evidence of Monday's victory over Finland, the future doesn't look too bad at all.While the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard may be coming towards the end of their international careers, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois are going nowhere any time soon. The peaks of Youri Tielemans, Jason Denayer and Leandro Trossard are yet to come. Against Finland, the latter duo looked like capable international players, who could provide the foil for their world class talent in the tournaments that lie ahead. And then coming through underneath all of that is the rapidly emerging Jeremy Doku. The Rennes forward

Mikkel Damsgaard announces himself on the European stage

A general method of measuring how good a footballer is to people who aren't big fans of the sport is a simple eye test. Do they look like they're talented?It's sometimes been rebranded and rehashed as 'the alien test' - would x player impress an other worldly being? Would they fear them if they had to face them in a Space Jam-like standoff?Mikkel Damsgaard is a player who has obvious quality. The Sampdoria man has a jink and a twist and a turn that most flair players possess, a reading of the game that at the very least earned him a start for Denmark in their crucial Euro 2020 match against Russia on Monday evening.If you asked a casual fan

Finland 0-2 Belgium: Player ratings as Romelu Lukaku fires Red Devils to top spot

Belgium edged to a 2-0 win over Finland that secured their status as winners of Euro 2020 Group B. And heartbreakingly for Finland, they are now unlikely to progress to the last 16 due to Denmark's superior goal difference.It was far from a pretty game in St Petersburg as both sides settled into a rhythm early on that screamed 'a draw suits both sides'.But Belgium's superior quality began to shine through as the game wore on, and they found themselves in front deep in the second half when Thomas Vermaelen's header cannoned off the post and in off the despairing Lukas Hradecky. As news of Denmark's rampant lead over Russia began to spill through, Finland knew they needed something from

Russia 1-4 Denmark: Player ratings as Denmark sneak into Euro 2020 last 16

Denmark secured an unlikely place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 with an emphatic 4-1 win over Russia, whose own hopes of qualifying are over after finishing bottom on goal difference.Belgium's victory over Finland meant that Denmark crept into second place in group B - a scenario thought unthinkable after their first two games at the tournament.Aleksandr Golovin had the first big chance of the match, slaloming his way through the Denmark defence before Kasper Schmeichel saved his shot from close range.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's effort from distance almost found the back of the net on the half-hour mark, and Denmark took the lead not long after through Mikkel Damsgaard. The Sampdoria man curled one from 20 yards over the helpless

Ryan Gravenberch looks firmly at home in the Netherlands midfield

OK, it may only have been North Macedonia, and it may largely have been a dead rubber game in Group C.But there is plenty to be excited about after Ryan Gravenberch's first start for the Netherlands. Frank de Boer's team had already sealed qualification to the next round of Euro 2020 when the time came to face the Lynxes in Amsterdam. But there wasn't to be a host of changes, as the Dutch looked to make absolutely sure of their passage as group winners. There were only two tweaks to the side who comfortably dispatched of Austria, and much to the excitement of the home fans, one of them saw Gravenberch step in for Marten de Roon. Did the 19-year-old

North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands: Player ratings as Oranje maintain 100% record

The Netherlands cruised to a routine 3-0 victory over North Macedonia as they warmed up for the last 16 with their third straight win at Euro 2020.North Macedonia threatened early on with Goran Pandev - making his final ever appearance for his country - bringing some neat one-twos to the table. But after a shakey Dutch start, Pandev's farewell party was spoiled on 24 minutes, when Donyell Malen teed up Memphis Depay to stroke in the opener.Two goals in seven minutes for @GWijnaldum ?#NED are ?????? now ✈️#MKDNED | #ITVFootball | #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/BHAkDnYaFQ— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 21, 2021It wasn't all plain sailing from there. Macedonia twice had the ball in the back of the net over the course of

Christoph Baumgartner offers brief glimpse of Austria’s bright future

Austria had never won a match at the European Championships prior to this summer. They were once again viewed as rank outsiders, the dark horse pick that you're not too confident about.Sure, they have a few nice players from the Bundesliga plus Real Madrid's newest galactico in David Alaba, but until you see an international team play well, it's hard to believe they're anything but pretenders.They stumbled to a first group win against minnows North Macedonia before being well beaten by the Netherlands, and the recent love-in of Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine made them a rather unfavourable pick going into their last group game.Austria needed a hero, someone to help share the load with their star left-back. Christoph Baumgartner proved for

Ukraine 0-1 Austria: Player ratings as Franco Foda’s men reach last 16 of Euro 2020

Austria secured their place in the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time with a 1-0 win over Ukraine, who face a nervy wait to find out if they will join them in the last 16.The Burschen qualify as runners-up in group C, while Ukraine will have to wait and see if they will advance as one of the four best third-place teams.Austria took the lead midway through the first half when Christoph Baumgartner's studs met David Alaba's corner, and his improvised effort was enough to beat George Bushchan in the Ukraine net.Marko Arnautovic missed a glorious opportunity to double the lead just before half-time, but skewed substitute Alessandro Schopf's cross wide.Franco Foda's men largely kept Ukraine

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell to self-isolate after contact with Billy Gilmour

The FA have announced that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are isolating after coming into contact with Billy Gilmour during England's Euro 2020 clash with Scotland. Gilmour, who was named as man of the match on Friday at Wembley, will miss Scotland's final group clash with Croatia as well as any potential last 16 tie after it was announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.As things stand no other Scotland players have been identified as close contacts, and no positive tests have been returned within the England camp. But Mount and Chilwell have both gone into isolation as a 'precaution' after coming into close quarters of Gilmour during the clash at Wembley. An FA statement reads: "As

The greatest international captains of all time – ranked

It takes more than just obscene skill and endless flashy technical ability to lead a side, not least an entire international team.Leadership at the highest level is a rare asset, but also one that is vital to a strong national team when heading into major tournaments. You can have all the talent in the world, but if there's no major motivator in the side ready to set the 'do or die' tone and rally the troops, then it's a waste of time.90min has compiled a list of 30 of the top captains to do it at international level. Some seriously strong CVs in this one. Pandev is the man / Vadim Ghirda - Pool/Getty ImagesThe world's smallest nations are often

Scotland predicted lineup vs Croatia – Euro 2020

Scotland take on Croatia in front of a home crowd in their Group D finale on Tuesday, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wales and progress to the second round of Euro 2020. Steve Clarke's side were beaten by the Czech Republic at Hampden Park in their opener despite turning in an encouraging performance, and although they only managed a point against England on Friday, there was plenty to suggest they can give the 2018 World Cup finalists a game.Croatia haven't clicked into gear yet at this summer's tournament but Scotland will be wary of the quality within their squad, so while they shouldn't necessarily be fearful, they'll have to show them some respect in this do or die

Ryan Gravenberch is ready to shine on first Netherlands start

It's time.Since 2018, when he won the first Abdelhak Nouri Trofee for his success in Ajax's academy, Ryan Gravenberch has been deservedly heralded as one of the finest young players on the face of this planet, and he's been on an upwards trajectory every since.He was handed his senior debut in 2018/19, became a squad player in 2019/20 and a first-team star in 2020/21, and the next step is a first international start for the Netherlands.The hope is that we'll get that on Monday when the Netherlands face North Macedonia. An eagle-eyed camera operator for NOS clocked some notes from Dutch assistant Dwight Lodeweges which appeared to show Gravenberch as a first-time starter alongside Donyell Malen, who is in for

EURO records: most appearances, top scorers, key stats

Key facts• Spain and (West) Germany have won the most EUROs (three each)• Only Spain (in 2012) have successfully defended the title• Cristiano Ronaldo is the EURO finals' top scorer• Ronaldo is also the first player to feature at five EUROsPlayersMost appearances23: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)18: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)17: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)Most appearances (including qualifying)58: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)58: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)51: Mario Frick (Liechtenstein)Most goals12: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)9: Michel Platini (France) 7: Antoine Griezmann (France), Alan Shearer (England)Most goals (including qualifying)43: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)25: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)23: Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)Most goals in a single finals game3: Dieter Müller (West Germany 4-2 Yugoslavia, semi-finals 17/06/76)3: Klaus Allofs (West Germany 3-2 Netherlands, group stage 14/06/80)3: Michel Platini (France 5-0 Belgium, group stage 16/06/84)3: Michel

England predicted lineup vs Czech Republic – Euro 2020

England face Czech Republic in their final Euro 2020 group game on Tuesday night, knowing that anything other than defeat will secure them a place in the knockout stages.Manager Gareth Southgate could have some important personnel decisions to make after a disappointing and rather lacklustre performance against Scotland in the last game, with England fans calling for more of the squad’s attacking talent to be given a chance.Here’s a look at the starting XI Southgate could pick…Harry Maguire has a chance of starting after missing the first two games of the group stage / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty ImagesJordan Pickford (GK): Yet to concede a goal in England’s opening two games and made a particularly crucial save to keep

All 24 Euro 2020 home kits – ranked

From adidas x Netherlands in 1988, to Denmark x hummel in 1992, to Italy x Kappa in 2000, it is fair to say that some incredible home kits have graced the European Championships down the years.These days football jerseys are big business and designers are always searching for innovations that can take things to the next level. How many have succeeded in that ahead of Euro 2020? We took a look at all 24 home strips on display in the summer to find out... Dull / MICHAL CIZEK/Getty ImagesTrying to think of something, anything, to say about this kit was nigh-on impossible. That is never a good sign. If you disagree, you can buy it for £64.99 from Sports Direct.

Billy Gilmour to miss Croatia game after testing positive for COVID-19

The Scotland national team has confirmed that young midfielder Billy Gilmour has tested positive for COVID-19 and will now undergo a ten-day isolation period, meaning he will miss the crucial Euro 2020 clash with Croatia on Tuesday.The Chelsea starlet picked up the man of the match award against England, in what was his first start for his country, and it felt like the beginning of a glittering career on the international stage for Gilmour.Unfortunately, just a few days later, his momentum has ground to a halt as Scotland took to their official website to confirm that Gilmour had tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore miss their final group game against the Croatians.Gilmour is likely to be isolating until the

Ousmane Dembele ruled out of Euro 2020 through injury

France winger Ousmane Dembele has withdrawn from Didier Deschamps' squad with an injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of Euro 2020.The Barcelona man was a second-half substitute in France's recent 1-1 draw with Hungary but managed just 30 minutes before being forced back off with what appeared to be an injury to his right knee.Dembele was ruled out for France's final group game against Portugal, but there had been some hope that he would make it back in time for the knockout stages.Unfortunately, RMC Sport state that further checks on Dembele have revealed that he has suffered damage to a tendon in his knee and will not be fit in time to return this summer.The latest issue

Phil Foden reveals England teammates will copy Gazza haircut if they win Euro 2020

Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has revealed that the rest of his England teammates have promised to follow his lead and rock a bleach-blonde haircut if they win Euro 2020.Foden raised more than a few eyebrows when he appeared to take inspiration from Paul Gascoigne's iconic look from Euro 1996, starting a trend which has also seen Granit Xhaka pull out the hair dye for this summer's tournament.At the minute, none of Foden's England teammates have followed suit, but the City youngster has revealed that the Three Lions have all agreed to channel their inner Gazza and dye their hair if they can go all the way at Euro 2020.“You know what I said; if we win it, I told

Ryan Gravenberch looks set to start for Netherlands against North Macedonia

Ryan Gravenberch looks set to be handed his first start of Euro 2020 when the Netherlands take on North Macedonia on Monday. The highly-rated youngster enjoyed a breakout 2020/2021 season at Ajax, making 32 Eredivisie appearances and registering three goals along with five assists from central midfield. The 19-year-old's impressive form saw him called up to the senior Dutch side in March and he kept his place long enough to make the Euro 2020 squad. However, he has barely featured in Netherlands opening two games of the tournament, remaining on the bench during their 3-2 win over Ukraine before making a 16-minute cameo in a 2-0 win over Austria. With the Netherlands' progression to the round of 16 assured, Gravenberch's

Manchester City could break Premier League transfer record to sign Jack Grealish

Manchester City are interested in securing a Premier League record deal for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. Grealish has been sensational since returning to the top flight in 2019. Last season was his best to date, with the forward registering six goals and 12 assists in 26 Premier League appearances. Interest in the England international has been rife for some time with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United all linked in the past. More recently City have jumped to the front of the queue and according to The Telegraph, they are ready to break the Premier League transfer record to get their man. That figure currently stands at £83.1m, which United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba's services back in 2016. It