England’s Euro 2020 last-16 match against old rivals Germany will be broadcast live on BBC One next Tuesday.
The public-service broadcaster has revealed its picks for the last-16 round, which also include Wales’ clash against Denmark in Amsterdam. ITV will broadcast all games on Sunday and Monday, while the BBC will show Saturday and Tuesday’s matches.
Historically, England’s win percentage during tournaments is significantly lower for games on ITV than BBC.
That’s a pretty big ‘if’, Michael
A cautionary tale
If you have tickets to a football match in Budapest, always book flights and accommodation in the Hungarian capital rather than the capital of Romania, Bucharest, which is around 800km away.
Otherwise, you will be repeating yesterday’s actions of six French fans, according to RMC Sport [link in French], who arrived in Bucharest with tickets to France’s 2-2 draw with Portugal, which was being played in Budapest.
TV details confirmed
The BBC and ITV have now confirmed their broadcast selections for the last-16 stage of Euro 2020.
Saturday, June 26
Wales v Denmark – BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 5pm
Italy v Austria – BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 8pm
Sunday, June 27
Netherlands v Czech Republic – ITV, 5pm
Belgium v Portugal – ITV, 8pm
Monday, June 28
Spain v Croatia – ITV, 5pm
France v Switzerland – ITV, 8pm
Tuesday, June 29
England v Germany – BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 5pm
Ukraine v Sweden – BBC One and BBC iPlayer, 8pm
Covid in Denmark
Danish health officials have urged soccer fans who attended the Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Belgium on June 17 in Copenhagen to be checked for coronavirus after they found at least three people who later tested positive for the delta variant.
The Danish health minister says about 4,000 people sat near those who have tested positive.
Denmark has reported 247 cases of the variant since April 2.
All those attending the final Euro 2020 game in Copenhagen on Monday must show valid documents that they are not infected with Covid-19 before they can enter Parken Stadium.
In other news…
The Cristiano Ronaldo/Coca-Cola saga (as expected) continues to rumble…
Ronaldo equalled the goalscoring record in men’s international football as his brace in Portugal’s Euro 2020 draw with France last night took him to 109 goals.
Ronaldo was already one of only two men with a century of goals to his name and now sits alongside Iran’s Ali Daei atop the all-time list.
«At last, one thing we can agree on – fearing and loathing the German football team»
For sure Southgate will look to the future not the past, even his own traumatic experience of the tie. He will point out to his players that, given the draw, there is everything to play for. Win this one and the route to the final opens up as it did in Russia two summers ago.
The trouble is, however much we gaze at the possibilities, this is England against Germany. And we all know what happens next.
Read Jim White’s piece on how an England victory would allow a divided nation to put aside its differences and unite around one thing: gloating about beating Germany.
Starting XI for Germany
Gary Neville has had his say, and has boldly gone with no goalkeeper. «Let’s see it it pays off…»
Agree with Gary? Let us know in the comments!
England’s route to the final
Let’s all get dreaming.
If England beat Germany on Tuesday, then there will be a potential quarter-final against either Sweden or Ukraine on Sat Jul 3.
If Gareth Southgate’s side navigate through the last eight, then the winner of the quarter-final featuring two from Wales, Denmark, Netherlands and Czech Republic will be the semi-final opponents. Right now, the safe cash would be on the Dutch.
Then, in the final, it could be any from: Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Croatia or Spain.
But, if recent form is anything to go by, you’d say the favourites would be Italy, with France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium all in with a shot.
In case you missed it last night…
A protestor disrupted the Hungarian anthem with a rainbow flag.
This was due to Uefa attracting criticism for opposing plans to light up Allianz Arena in rainbow colours.
The authorities in Munich wanted to light up their stadium for the Hungary match after the Hungarian parliament last week outlawed the sharing of information considered to promote homosexuality or non-binary gender identities among under-18s.
Germany responded superbly by lighting up its landmarks in rainbows instead.
What the German papers are saying about England
A mixed bag.
Bild.de: We’re through… but nobody knows why
«2-2 against Hungary. We are into the last 16 as second in the group. On Tuesday we meet England. At Wembley. In our favourite stadium. A classic. But it must get better. Much better.»
«I think we are favourites against England,” suggested Michael Ballack on Magenta TV. “They haven’t convinced me yet and they suit us better. Going forward, we don’t have to be afraid of them. But of course we need an improvement in performance.»
We now know that England will face their old foe, Germany, in the last-16 next Tuesday at 5pm. Redemption for Southgate 1996?
It comes as England players are warned by public health experts to stop throwing their shirts into the crowds because of the potential Covid-19 risk to fans (Tom Morgan writes).
Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and Jack Grealish were all pictured handing over match shirts after Tuesday’s victory against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
While the gesture was warmly welcomed by the crowd, Prof John Ashton, the former director of public health for the North West, said he was concerned by the prospect of sweaty shirts carrying residues of breath.
“We have to remember that the important thing is that they’ve just played 90 minutes of football and they will be panting and exhaling,” Prof Ashton said. “If he’s carrying the virus, he’s likely to be spreading it. I think by now, the players ought to know what they should and shouldn’t be doing.”
England players and staff had been careful to observe protocols at a match which took place just hours after Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell had gone into isolation.
With the incident fresh in their minds, Declan Rice was handed a face mask as he spoke to Czech Republic players after the game – even though the conversation took place outside.
Mount and Chilwell were ruled out until Tuesday morning after consultation between the Football Association and Public Health England concluded they had been “close contacts” of Billy Gilmore, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
Following Gareth Southgate expressing dismay over the “bizarre” orders for the England pair, the FA was understood to be seeking Premier League advice about allowing the pair to train with the squad in some socially distanced, outdoor circumstances. As it stands, the pair are said to be “following individual training programmes elsewhere on site”.
Video cameras in the Wembley tunnel on Friday are understood to have captured Mount and Chilwell spending between 15 and 20 minutes unchecked talking face to face with Gilmour while Southgate did his media rounds.
The situation facing Mount and Chilwell has prompted criticism of the Government’s 10-day self-isolation rules for those who have come into significant contact with a potential Covid sufferer.
However, Prof Robert Dingwall, a public health specialist at Nottingham Trent’s School of Social Sciences, suggested football would struggle to justify involvement in the same daily-testing trials that allowed Michael Gove to continue working after he was alerted by the NHS app following a trip to the Champions League final.
He added that anger over images showing Scotland players embrace Gilmore after the goalless draw with England on Friday was a red herring.
“Generally, the message would be that there is near-zero risk of transmission outdoors, especially with brief and transient encounters,” the scientist said.