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Kalvin Phillips’ quiet excellence offers England something new and hopeful | Jonathan Liew

The Leeds player is that rarest of things, a midfielder who appears to prefer it when the midfield is packed to suffocationSomething strange happens as you approach Wembley Stadium. It vanishes. The sweeping white arch that you’ve been fixing your gaze…

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England 1-0 Croatia: player ratings from Euro 2020 Group D opener

Kalvin Phillips injected urgency into England’s midfield play while the Croatian schemer Luka Modric looked past his bestJordan Pickford (GK) The Everton goalkeeper did not have much to do. His back four shielded him well. 6 Continue reading…

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England up and running at Euro 2020 as Raheem Sterling’s strike sinks Croatia

Football’s coming home, according to the fans inside Wembley. We have heard that before and so the usual disclaimers must apply. But this was an encouraging start for England, at the very least; the first time they have won the opening match at a Europ…

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England v Croatia: Euro 2020 – live!

Group D updates from the 2pm BST kick-off at WembleyInteractive special: complete guide to all 622 playersBarney Ronay: England are victims of blame gameAnd you can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 12.11pm BST We have a separate liveblog for all the oth…

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Christian Eriksen stable in hospital after collapse: Euro 2020 latest news

Euro 2020 news and buildup to England v CroatiaFootball Daily: a harrowing day in CopenhagenAnd you can email Alex here or tweet @A_Hess 9.11am BST After opening the scoring against Russia last night, Romelu Lukaku made a beeline for the TV camera to s…

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Euro 2020: split loyalties as UK bars put up the bunting for Croatian fans

Despite Covid restrictions, pubs are getting ready for supporters to see their team take on EnglandEd Thomas has never shown the European Championships in his bar, but this time he’s hung up the bunting and will watch his team play their first Euro 202…

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How Croatia used ‘Three Lions’ as a weapon to beat England in 2018

Perceived arrogance of ‘It’s coming home’ motivated Croatia at the World Cup – but they get English humour better than mostWhen Michael Palin visited Split in the late 1980s, he was left baffled by a large group standing in the shallows on the city’s m…

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Mason Mount goes into midfield duel with Luka Modric on equal footing

After an outstanding season for Chelsea and England, the midfielder looks forward to taking on Croatia’s craftsmanMason Mount is not a person who likes to stand still. The Chelsea and England midfielder is a blur of movement on the pitch and he enjoys …

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Croatia talk up ‘big opportunity’ to beat England through superior midfield

Dominik Livakovic talks up Modric, Kovacic and PerisicDinamo Zagreb keeper: ‘Our midfield is better than theirs’Croatia have a “big opportunity” to beat England in their Euro 2020 opener due to their superior midfield, the goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic …

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Croatian FA lets players decide whether to take knee against England

CFF ‘believes players have right to their own opinion’England open Euros campaign against Croatia on SundayThe Croatian Football Federation has said it will let its players decide whether to take the knee when the team face England at Wembley on Sunday…

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England fans can use ‘vaccine passports’ for Croatia game, says Uefa

Proof needed of double vaccination or negative lateral testScotland game at Wembley on 18 June comes under same rulesEngland fans attending the team’s opening Euro 2020 group game against Croatia will be able to use a “vaccine passport” for the first t…

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Euro 2020 team guides part 13: Croatia

The World Cup finalists have rebuilt well since Russia but rumours of a dressing-room rift are a cause for concernThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 …

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Nikola Vlasic: ‘a thousand right decisions’ forged Croatia’s new hero

The dynamic No 10 comes from a successful sporting family and has his dad to thank for helping him realise his potentialThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from t…

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Croatia cancel plans to stay in Scotland for Euro 2020 over Covid rules

Isolation regulations prompt Uefa recommendation to moveCroatia follow Czech Republic in taking squad out of ScotlandCroatia have cancelled plans to stay in St Andrews during Euro 2020 over concerns around self-isolation regulations. The 2018 World Cup…

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Germany’s Ter Stegen misses Euros with injury but Witsel back in for Belgium

Barcelona goalkeeper needs procedure on his kneeAxel Witsel picked despite achilles surgery in JanuaryGermany’s Marc-André ter Stegen will miss next month’s European Championship after the Barcelona goalkeeper revealed he needs to undergo a procedure o…

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Spain v Germany, Croatia v Portugal and more: Nations League – live!

Nations League updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offsLive scoreboard: all the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd drop Rob an email with your thoughts, if you fancy 7.00pm GMT Malta v Faroe Islands team newsMalta (3-4-2-1) Bonello; Shaw, Agius, S Borg; J M…

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Nations League roundup: Kanté’s strike for France knocks out holders Portugal

Chelsea midfielder scores in Lisbon to put French in last fourWerner nets double for Germany, Spain’s Ramos fails from spotFrance handed the defending Nations League champions, Portugal, a rare defeat, winning 1-0 in Lisbon with N’Golo Kanté’s second-h…

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Cheeky one-step penalty in final moments of Croatian football match – video

There was an audacious penalty kick in the 95th minute of a game in Croatia, as NK Croatia Zmijavci’s Tomislav Mrkonji? took just one step back before firing the ball past the Cibilia keeper. In the build-up Mrkonji? was seen tying his laces and adjust…

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Luka Modric: ‘Things that aren’t nice happen in war but I don’t have hate’ | Sid Lowe

The Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder discusses the murder of his grandfather, living in exile and his fear as a child“The house is still there, you can see it from the road,” Luka Modric says, turning towards the iPad screen and his earliest memories…

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Nations League roundup: Mbappé gives France victory, Portugal hit four

Mbappé brilliance seals France’s 1-0 win over SwedenPortugal 4-1 Croatia; Denmark 0-2 BelgiumA slice of luck and a moment of individual brilliance from Kylian Mbappé gave France a gritty 1-0 win away to Sweden in their Nations League A Group 3 clash on…