England Daily: Legacy Lions, Croatia won’t kneel, Grealish talks, 4 full-backs in back 5 & Chelsea’s Mount in the Den

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England Daily: Legacy Lions, Croatia won’t kneel, Grealish talks, 4 full-backs in back 5 & Chelsea’s Mount in the Den

England Daily: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Euro 2020 kicks off tomorrow as Turkey take on Italy in the tournament’s opener.

England will have to wait until Sunday to begin their tournament, as they take on Croatia at Wembley, but already the news is coming thick and fast.

Here are the five stories you need this morning. If you missed yesterday’s, you can catch up with it here.

5) Players handed legacy caps ahead of tournament beginning

England’s Euros Squad have been handed commemorative caps to celebrate their participation in Euro2020.

In a statement on the FA website, they said:

From September 2021 onwards, all senior debutants will now receive a special red velvet cap with their newly-established legacy number embroidered on the front. 

To formally launch the initiative, Gareth Southgate brought his squad together on day one of their tournament base camp at St. George’s Park to present all with their own legacy caps.  

The tradition had been adopted to celebrate England’s 1000th game, which took place in November 2019. However, this squad were the first players to officially receive their caps.

As legacy Lions, Chris Powell and Gareth Southgate also received legacy caps in a ceremony that brought the whole squad together.

4) Croatia not going to take the knee on Sunday

The concept of taking the knee before games in a stance against racism is, bafflingly, polarising.

England fans have booed the players in both of the pre-tournament games against Romania and Austria at The Riverside Stadium for taking the knee ahead of kick-off.

Now, it’s been confirmed that England’s first Euro 2020 opponent, Croatia, will not be taking the knee on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Croatia did not take the knee for their 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Sunday, and they have stated their intentions not to do so again during the summer tournament.

3) Jack Grealish happy to “take the hits for the team”

Jack Grealish has played a starring role in both of England’s friendly victories over Romania and Austria, however it’s still unclear whether the Aston Villa star will start against Croatia on Sunday.

Grealish’s ability to carry the ball and desire to beat players means that he is often the most fouled player on the pitch.

And players that cannot stop the English creator legally often turn to fouling him in order just to stop him from threatening their goal.

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Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Grealish said that he was happy to be targetted by opponents if it could help the team.

Grealish’s performances, if he can sustain them, could well be crucial if England are to go the distance at Euro 2020.

Equally, England’s set-pieces may need to be worked on if he is on the pitch.