Kalvin Phillips has become a key player in England’s European Championship campaign and the biggest compliment manager Gareth Southgate could pay his second-half performance against the Czech Republic was that the 25-year-old performed like he does for Leeds United. Phillips is the only outfielder to have played every minute of the group stage for the Three Lions and when Southgate decided to bring on vice-captain Jordan Henderson for much-needed second-half minutes on Tuesday he opted against the more like-for-like choice of taking off Phillips and instead withdrew holding midfielder Declan Rice.
Patrik Schick (€8.2m), one of two EURO 2020 Fantasy players who had a double rise in price this week, starts up front for the Czech Republic against Croatia this afternoon. The striker scored a brace against Scotland in a 2-0 win during Matchday 1, including an audacious lob from just inside the Scottish half.
GLASGOW, June 18 (Reuters) - Dejan Lovren returns to the heart of the Croatian defence for their second Group D game of the European Championship against Croatia on Friday, with Duje Caleta-Car dropping to the bench. Lovren missed Croatia's opening game, a 1-0 defeat by England, after suffering a knee ligament injury in the build up to the tournament.
Lovren was a stalwart of Croatia's memorable run in Russia three years ago, but had been dropped for Marseille's Duje Caleta-Car for Sunday's 1-0 defeat to England. Josip Brekalo replaces Marcelo Brozovic in Croatia's only other change. The Czechs make just one alteration to the side that broke Scotland hearts on home soil on Monday.
Follow all the action live from Eden Arena Follow all the action as Arsenal take on Slavia Prague in the second leg of their finely poised Europa League quarter-final tie.The Gunners thought they’d snatched victory in the first leg at the Emirates last week when Nicolas Pepe cooly finished a sharp counter-attack with less than five minutes remaining.
MAIN MAN Of players still involved in the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League, only Roma’s Borja Mayoral (9) has been directly involved in more goals in the competition this season than Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé (7 – 4 goals, 3 assists).GOOD EVENING And welcome to the live blog for Slavia Prague vs Arsenal!
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces crucial team selection decisions as he looks to strike a delicate balance between attacking threat and defensive solidity for the Europa League tie A goalless draw will not be enough.Defeat would be so calamitous it does not bear thinking about.The success of Arsenal's season is at stake and Mikel Arteta knows his side must score against Slavia Prague to have any chance of progressing to the Europa League semi-finals.
ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta is facing the SACK if he doesn't win the Europa League, according to former Tottenham and England star Darren Bent.The Gunners travel to Slavia Prague for their quarter-final return leg, with the teams tied 1-1.Nicolas Pepe had fired Arsenal into an 86th minute lead, but a stoppage time equaliser from Tomas Holes gave the Czech side a precious away goal.
Arsenal are still sweating on the fitness of Martin Odegaard ahead of a crucial week, while Emile Smith Rowe has emerged as a doubt for Sunday’s match against Sheffield United.The Gunners’ Premier League campaign is effectively over following last week’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool with the European qualification spots now out of reach.
'We're beating ourselves': Hector Bellerin bluntly confesses that Arsenal can only blame themselves as they are not 'managing games' after Slavia Prague earned a last-gasp draw in Europe
Hector Bellerin admitted 'teams are not beating us, it's us losing the games' after Arsenal's dismal display saw them concede an injury-time equaliser against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
Arsenal were left kicking themselves after they surrendered an away goal in stoppage time of their Europa League tie with Slavia Prague on Thursday, and Martin Keown was quick to point the finger Thomas Partey has been slammed by Martin Keown for his performance in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Slavia
MARTIN KEOWN thinks that Arsenal need a 'slap' or 'punch in the face' before they start playing.The Gunners legend was left incensed by his old side's performance as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal 'need someone to punch them in the face', says as he criticises 'sloppy mistakes'... before Karen Carney claims Mikel Arteta 'looks lost' after 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague
Martin Keown says Arsenal's players need someone to 'punch them in the face' to wake them up after their dismal display saw them concede an injury-time equaliser against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
Arsenal 'need someone to punch them', claims Martin Keown as he slams their 'sloppy mistakes'... before Karen Carney says Mikel Arteta 'looks lost' after Europa League draw against Slavia Prague
Martin Keown says Arsenal's players need someone to 'punch them in the face' after their dismal display saw them concede an injury time equaliser against Slavia Prague.
Both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and midfielder Granit Xhaka were left fuming with their defenders – specifically Gabriel Paulista and Cedric Soares – after Slavia Prague pinched a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
'The final result leaves a difficult taste' - Arteta bemoans missed chances after Arsenal draw with Slavia
The Spaniard was disappointed to see his side fail to hold to a 1-0 advantage in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie Mikel Arteta bemoaned Arsenal's missed chances after a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague on Thursday night, while admitting that the "final result leaves a
Mikel Arteta was left to lament the chances his side passed up and sloppy defending that resulted in the Gunners drawing 1-1 with Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League quarter final.
Tomas Holes scored in injury-time to give the Czech side a first-leg advantage after Nicolas Pépé had scored for Arsenal Nick Ames’s match report from the Emirates Granada 0-2 Manchester United: read Sid Lowe’s match report Updated Slavia Prague’s Tomas Holes scores the equaliser deep into injury time. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters