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Euro 2020: Football is just a game but it’s our game. And now it’s coming home, again

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A WISE old sage once quipped that football isn’t a matter of life and death,­ ­it’s much more important than that.

In this year of years we know that’s not true. The toughest battles have been fought not by those in Three Lions white but in green medical scrubs and blue nurses’ tunics.

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Harry Kane is England’s captain as they compete at Euro 2020[/caption]

Football is just a game but it’s our game. And now it’s coming home, again.

A melodrama that has given us gilded ’66, Gazza’s Tears in ’90, ’96’s Dentist’s Chair and Pickford’s 2018 Shootout Save.

Now it’s our summer. 2021 is your turn to unite this rainbow nation of ours and write history.

Wear your shirts with pride. Each of you is already a winner.

Fewer than 1,300 men in history have ever won a cherished England cap.

There will be pitfalls along the way, but 56million of us are with you.

We’ll be there as you kick every ball. We’ll have your back when things go wrong.

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Marcus Rashford is one of the squad’s many talented strikers[/caption]

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Jack Grealish is part of the talented squad competing to bring the trophy home[/caption]

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Football-mad England will be cheering on Raheem Sterling[/caption]

In return you can give this football-mad nation hope, unity and, perhaps, some joy.

This is not the time for boos, only cheers.

Many years from now, let us look back fondly and say . . . 

Whatever 2021 threw at the world, that summer brought out the best in us.

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Wear your England shirts with pride as Mason Mount fights to write history[/caption]

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Jordan Pickford was an England hero and helped the Three Lions win their first ever World Cup penalty shootout[/caption]

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Gareth Southgate will lead the team to victory at Euro 2020[/caption]

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England will be there for the squad – even when things go wrong[/caption]

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Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest ‘one of scariest moment of my life’, says Denmark star Martin Braithwaite

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CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN’S cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland was one of the scariest moments of Martin Braithwaite’s life.

The Barcelona forward was leading the line for the Danes when the Inter Milan playmaker collapsed and needed CPR on the pitch.

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Denmark’s No 9 Martin Braithwaite says Christian Eriksen’s on-field cardiac arrest was one of the scariest moments of his life[/caption]

Eriksen’s team-mates – including Braithwaite – looked distraught as they formed a protective ring around the stricken Inter Milan star.

The former Tottenham star was eventually stretchered off the pitch after 13 minutes of intense medical treatment.

And the Danish FA confirmed on Sunday morning Eriksen was stable in hospital and would undergo further tests.

The Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed on Sunday afternoon the 29-year-old underwent a cardiac arrest.

Braithwaite, 30, played the full game – including after it was resumed – and took to social media on Sunday to share the impact it had on him.

He posted a photo of the Denmark team in a huddle and wrote: “Last night was one of the scariest moments of my life.

“My thoughts are with Christian, his wife, kids and family. I’m grateful that he’s stable and alive.

“Right now, that’s all that matters. Hope to see you soon my friend.”

Distraught Danish players formed a circle around Eriksen after he collapsed

On Sunday, Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand slammed Uefa for giving his players a tough choice to make after they were told to choose between playing the game on Saturday night or Sunday at midday.

The 49-year-old also said the decision to restart the game at 7:30pm on Saturday night was wrong.

He said: “I think it was the wrong thing to make the decision between the two scenarios in this case.

“The players didn’t know if they lost their best friend and they had to decide [whether to play].

“I have a feeling we shouldn’t have played, to just get on the bus and go home and see what the next days brought.

“It was a tough message that the players had to try and make a decision. I have a sense that it was wrong the players were put in this situation.

“I am really proud to be the coach of a team that responded the way they did. Football showed its best face. Team spirit, compassion and love is what football is really about.”

Denmark’s players received psychological help after watching Eriksen collapse.

And Wembley sent its best wishes to the Dane before England got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a perfect start on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Croatia.

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Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand blasted Uefa for giving his players a ‘tough decision’ to make and said the game should not have been resumed

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Netherlands vs Ukraine: Live stream FREE, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TONIGHT’S Euro 2020 game

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THE Netherlands get their Euro 2020 campaign going against Ukraine having qualified for the tournament under Ronald Koeman.

But the Dutch are now under new management with Frank De Boer taking the reigns following Koeman’s departure for Barcelona.

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Holland came second to Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign[/caption]

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Ukraine triumphed over Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in qualifying[/caption]

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And De Boer will not have Virgil van Dijk available with the Dutch captain ruled out of Euro 2020 through injury.

Ukraine meanwhile were one of the most impressive sides in Europe in qualifying, topping their group ahead of European champions Portugal.

What time does Netherlands vs Ukraine kick off?

  • Holland vs Ukraine takes place on Sunday, June 13.
  • The match kicks off at 8pm.
  • That’s 9pm in Amsterdam and 10pm in Kiev.
  • The match takes place at the Amsterdam ArenA.

What TV channel is Netherlands vs Ukraine on and can I live stream it?

  • Holland vs Ukraine is live on ITV1.
  • To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • NOS are the Dutch broadcaster for Euro 2020 while Ukraiyna have the TV rights in Ukraine.

Can I watch Netherlands vs Ukraine for free?

Team news

Get all the Holland vs Ukraine team news here.

Holland squad

  • Marco Bizot (GK)
  • Tim Krul (GK)
  • Martin Stekelenburg (GK)
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Nathan Ake
  • Daley Blind
  • Denzel Dumfries
  • Matthijs de Ligt
  • Jurrien Timber
  • Joel Veltman
  • Stefan de Vrij
  • Owen Windal
  • Donny van de Beek
  • Ryan Gravenberch
  • Frenkie de Jong
  • Davy Klaassen
  • Teun Koopmeiners
  • Martin de Roon
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (c)
  • Steven Berghuis
  • Cody Gakpo
  • Luuk de Jong
  • Donyell Malen
  • Memphis Depay
  • Quincy Promes
  • Wout Weghorst

Ukraine squad

  • Andriy Pyatov (c) (GK)
  • Heorhiy Bushchan (GK)
  • Anatoliy Trubin (GK)
  • Mykola Matviyenko
  • Oleksandr Karavayev
  • Serhiy Kryvtsov
  • Eduard Sobol
  • Vitaliy Mykolenko
  • Illya Zabarnyi
  • Oleksandr Tymchyk
  • Denys Popov
  • Andriy Yarmolenko
  • Taras Stepanenko
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • Ruslan Malinovskyi
  • Serhiy Sydorchuk
  • Viktor Tsyhankov
  • Roman Bezus
  • Marlos
  • Yevhenii Makarenko
  • Mykola Shaparenko
  • Oleksandr Zubkov
  • Heorhiy Sudakov
  • Roman Yaremchuk
  • Artem Besyedin
  • Artem Dovbyk

Latest odds

Holland 4/7

Draw 11/4

Ukraine 5/1

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Who is Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena and how many children does French Open 2021 finalist have?

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC is gunning for a second French Open crown at to Roland Garros.

The Serb was hammered by Rafael Nadal in last year’s final but got revenge on the Spaniard in this year’s semi-final with wife Jelena cheering him on.

Jelena Djokovic is a regular at her husband’s matches
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Novak and Jelena Djokovic have one son, Stefan, pictured, and one daughter
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Who is Jelena Djokovic?

Jelena Djokovic – formerly Ristic – has been Novak’s wife since July 2014, having first met him in high school.

The couple began dating in 2005 and got engaged in September 2013.

Their son Stefan was born in October 2014 and Djokovic confirmed he was a father again three years later.

The pair announced daughter Tara was born in September 2017, with Jelena having been noticeably absent from the player’s box during her husband’s matches at Wimbledon the same year.

Jelena is a huge fan of Instagram, regularly sharing loved up snaps with her husband on her profile.

She is also the director of their charity, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which aims to help children in Serbia realise their dreams by improving the country’s education system.

Who is Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic is one of the most famous and successful tennis players in the world, and considered among many as one of the greatest players of all time.

The Serbian has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon five times.

After winning the 2016 French Open, the 33-year-old became the third man to hold all four major titles at once, and the first ever to do so on three different surfaces.

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