(From L-R) The Dutch Ronald Koeman, the Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko and the Austrian Franco Foda pose with the EM 2020 trophy (file photo). – Getty Images
There is a clue as to why England never won the European Championship. In nine attempts it has never won an opening game of the tournament. Not even when the first game was played at Wembley in 1996.
A quarter of a century later, England opened another continental campaign at their national stadium against the team that three years ago prevented Gareth Southgate’s side from making the World Cup. Final reached.
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Croatia will face a team on Sunday that has been refreshed after losing 2-1 and not having a chance to win another big title at the 1966 World Cup.
Seven years is a long, long wait. It’s been so many years since the Netherlands last played a major tournament, and that goes back to the way the orange-clad team made it to the World Cup semi-finals in 2014.
On Sunday in Amsterdam, the Dutch will finally be back on the field to play against Ukraine at the European Championship.
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Austria may be flooded with Bundesliga talents, but it will be under pressure on Sunday against the underdog North Macedonia as it expects its first ever victory at the European Championship.
Austria is at the start of the Euro Group C against the Balkan nation favorite, but in its only other appearances at the tournament, as co-host in 2008 and in France in 2016, the nation drew two and lost four times.
Defenders: Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker;
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho;
Defenders: Borna Barisic, Domagoj Bradaric, Duje Caleta-Car, Josko Gvardiol, Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Mile Skoric, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko;
Midfielders: Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Nikola Vlasic, Mario Pasalic, Ivan Perisic, Mislav Orsic, Luka Ivanusec;
Defense lawyers: Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Veltman, Owen Wijndal;
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Quincy Promes, Jurrien Timber, Georginio Wijnaldum;
Defenders: Oleksandr Karavaev, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Mykola Matviyenko, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Denys Popov, Eduard Sobol, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Illia Zabarnyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko;
Midfielders: Roman Bezus, Yevhen Makarenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Marlos, Mykola Shaparenko, Taras Stepanenko, Heorhii Sudakov, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Viktor Tsygankov;
Defenders: David Alaba, Aleksandar Dragovic, Marco Friedl, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Philipp Lienhart, Stefan Posch, Andreas Ulmer;
Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger, Christoph Baumgartner, Florian Grillitsch, Stefan Ilsanker, Konrad Laimer, Valentino Lazaro, Karim Onisiwo, Marcel Sabitzer, Louis Schaub, Xaver Schlager, Alessandro Schopf, Christopher Trimmel;
Defenders: Egzijan Alioski, Egzon Bejtulai, Visar Musliu, Kire Ristevski, Stefan Ristovski, Darko Velkovski, Gjoko Zajkov;
Midfielders: Arijan Ademi, Enis Bardi, Darko Churlinov, Eljif Elmas, Feran Hasani, Tihomir Kostadinov, Boban Nikolov, Milan Ristovski, Stefan Spirovski;
The matches between England and Croatia and Austria and North Macedonia start at 6.30 p.m. IST and 9.30 p.m. IST, while the game between the Netherlands and Ukraine starts at 12.30 p.m. IST (June 14th, Monday).
The Euro 2020 is broadcast in India on the Sony Pictures Sports Network. You can also watch the games live on the Sony LIV app.
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