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Ronaldo will be Portugal’s star man again but it’s all about teamwork if they want more Euros glory

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PORTUGAL is full of massive individual talents – but let’s hope that the team’s ability is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be the big star, even at 36, with his enormous quality meaning that the team revolves around him.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Portugal’s Euros campaign once again[/caption]

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Carlos Carvalhal is in charge at Braga and used to coach at Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday[/caption]

His team-mates have to accept that it is worth foregoing some teamwork from Ronaldo because they know that he is capable of making the difference at any moment.

That has been the case in the past – such as that amazing hat-trick against Spain at the 2018 World Cup – and will be once again at this tournament.

Ronaldo will offer little on the defensive side but contribute everything in the final third, so he is a luxury worth having.

But beyond the Juventus striker and the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva, there are some emerging stars in Portuguese football too.

The latest example is Pote, a young midfielder who played in behind the striker for title-winning Sporting Lisbon and finished top-scorer in the Primeira Liga.

Let’s see if he’s given the opportunity to demonstrate his great talent. He’s a rebellious and bold young player who’s not afraid of any opponent or atmosphere.

I know three members of the squad really well because they played for me in the past. I had Rui Patrício and João Moutinho at Sporting and Renato Sanches at Swansea.

Rui Patrício holds the all-time record for international caps won by a Portuguese goalkeeper so is very experienced and assured.

He rarely makes big mistakes and there’s no question that he’s a big asset to the national team.

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Portugal are in Group F with France, Germany and Hungary this summer[/caption]

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Ronaldo will hope to lead them to more glory after Euro 2016 success[/caption]

His excellent performances at Wolves have confirmed just how reliable the best goalkeeper of the decade really is.

João Moutinho is a machine! I was once asked to give my thoughts about him and I remember saying, “He plays with an antenna on his head”.

He understands the game, he plays and gets others playing, he covers for players who are out of position and is a tireless worker for the team.

He’s already in second place in the all-time appearance records for the national team, ahead of Luís Figo and second only to Ronaldo.

Having played at three European Championships and two World Cups, this will likely be his last major tournament.

Renato Sanches is an explosive box-to-box midfielder who regained his best form in France with surprise Ligue 1 champions Lille.

A player who plays with great intensity at both ends of the pitch, the French league has proved the ideal platform for him to prove his ability.

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When there are a lot of transitions in the game is when we will see the best of Renato.

Portugal are in Group F with Hungary, Germany and France. It’s going to be very difficult and very tight.

In theory, Hungary will be the team that gets left behind and the other three sides will battle for the top two spots.

Portugal have historically struggled against what, on paper, are weaker teams and excel against stronger opponents.

This is why the first game, against Hungary on Tuesday, is so important and the team simply cannot afford to drop any points.

I think that in this match the coach Fernando Santos will take risks to win the game and go with three attacking players up top who have an eye for goal.

He will set up with a four-man defence and three midfielders, two of whom are more attacking players.

He will also go with two attacking wing-backs who will have the flanks to themselves with the wingers playing more on the inside.

In the other two games, against France and Germany, I expect to see Portugal try to control the game from midfield with two holding midfielders, a more attack-minded midfielder (possibly Bruno Fernandes) and a winger who is a good all-round midfielder, such as Bernardo Silva.

This will allow Santos’s men to dominate the play in the middle third and create good attacking play to provide Ronaldo with the best supply, whilst not giving the opposition the time to launch counter-attacks.

We attack together, and we are a unit when we lose the ball.

Portugal are the defending Euro champions. The team has some really talented players, a very able and experienced coach as well as huge desire and belief to successfully defend their crown.

Everything in the group will come down to beating the big boys, France and Germany, and not slipping up against Hungary, as sometimes can happen.

We hope to see Portugal produce some great football. We want to see technical, creative football but good discipline at the same time.

That is what they showed five years ago and it took them all the way.

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Harry Maguire back in training and Jordan Henderson sprinting in huge Euro 2020 boost for England ahead of Croatia game

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ENGLAND were boosted by the return of Harry Maguire in training today ahead of their Euros bid.

And Jordan Henderson was also seen sprinting at the Three Lions base in a major boost for boss Gareth Southgate.

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Harry Maguire in training at St George’s Park on Thursday[/caption]

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Jordan Henderson joined the Man Utd defender in a massive boost for England[/caption]

The Man Utd centre-back and Liverpool midfielder both had injury doubts hanging over them heading into the tournament.

It’s too early to tell whether either man could feature in Sunday’s opener against Croatia at Wembley.

But seeing two senior men and leaders back among the rest of the group is a shot in the arm for Southgate.

England face Scotland next Friday at Wembley before taking on Czech Republic in their final group game on June 22.

Henderson played 45 minutes in the friendly win over Romania on Sunday having missed the end of Liverpool’s season.

Maguire, meanwhile, hasn’t played since May 9 and missed the last few games of Man Utd’s campaign including the Europa League final.

Henderson’s inclusion in the final 26-man squad was a talking point after his injury problems.

ITV pundit Roy Keane questioned the decision to select the Liverpool midfielder after missing the last few months of the Premier League season.

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Speaking before Sunday’s game against Romania, Keane said: “Clearly Jordan’s not fit – I don’t think he should be involved.

“If he can’t start the game against Romania – because physically and mentally today’s game won’t be that tough for him – having not kicked a ball for three-and-a-half months he can’t be right.

“I’ve heard people say they want him around the place – for what? Does he do card tricks? Does he have a sing song? Does he do quizzes in the evenings?

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Jordan Henderson’s experience and leadership are a massive asset for Gareth Southgate[/caption]

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Man Utd defender Harry Maguire both took part in training on Thursday[/caption]

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Gareth Southgate was boosted by seeing two leaders on the training pitch[/caption]

“What does he do? Jordan’s an experienced player.

“Surely Jordan doesn’t want to be around the place as some sort of cheerleader – you want to play and he’s clearly nowhere near it.”

Henderson came on at half-time in the 1-0 win in Middlesbrough.

It was the first 45 minutes Henderson had played since he appeared for Liverpool four months ago as he continued his bid to return to full fitness before England face Croatia in their first group game next Sunday.

But all did not go to plan as he missed a penalty inside the final 15 minutes, with Romanian keeper Florin Nita denying him a first international goal.

Southgate chose the Reds skipper ahead of other midfielders in his provisional squad which included Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard.

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Mbappe and Giroud in public spat, Denmark and Romania to release extra tickets, Benzema injury update – Euro 2020 LIVE

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KYLIAN MBAPPE was reportedly left fuming after Olivier Giroud publicly criticised him for failing to pass.

The PSG star was so angry with the Champions League winner’s comments after the friendly with Bulgaria that he reportedly wanted to call a press conference to explain his point of view.

And things didn’t turn out much better for France’s other striker Karim Benzema, who went off injured.

Meanwhile Denmark and Romania are set to announce an increase in the number of fans that can attend their Euro 2020 games – to 65 and 50 per cent respectively.

Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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Upcoming boxing fights 2021: Fixture schedule – Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 DATE, Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

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BOXING is set for a brilliant few months of ring action with some of the biggest names in the sport in action – including Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua lacing up their gloves.

Check out SunSport’s extensive boxing schedule for 2021 below…

Full boxing schedule 2021

Sky Sports (UK) – ESPN (US)

June 12 – Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila (12 rounds – super-featherweight)

Triller PPV (US) – Fite TV PPV (UK)

June 19 – Miami, Florida

  • Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr (12 rounds – lightweight, WBC Franchise, WBA, WBO, IBF, Ring Magazine titles)
  • Evander Holyfield vs Kevin McBride (6 rounds – heavyweight)

Showtime (US)

June 19 – Houston, Texas

  • Jermall Charlo vs Juan Macias Montiel (12 rounds – middleweight, WBC title)
  • Isaac Cruz vs Francisco Vargas (10 rounds – lightweight)

ESPN (US)

June 19 – Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Naoya Inoue vs Michael Dasmarinas (12 rounds – bantamweight, IBF & WBA titles)

Showtime PPV (US)

June 26, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Gervonta Davis vs Mario Barrios (12 rounds – super-lightweight)
  • Erickson Lubin vs Jeison Rosario (12 rounds – super-welterweight)

ESPN (US)

June 26, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani (12 rounds – lightweight)
  • Robert Brant vs Janibek Alimkhanuly (10 rounds – middleweight)

Showtime (US)

July 3, Venue: TBC

  • Chris Colbert vs Yuriorkis Gamboa (12 rounds – super-featherweight)

DAZN (UK & US)

July 9, Los Angeles, California

  • Gilberto Ramirez vs Sullivan Barrera (12 rounds – light-heavyweight)
  • Joseph Diaz Jr. vs Javier Fortuna (12 rounds – lightweight)

Showtime (US)

July 17, Brooklyn, New York

  • Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano (12 rounds, super-welterweight, WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, Ring Magazine titles)

BT Sport Box Office (UK) – ESPN/Fox PPV (US)

July 24, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III (12 rounds – heavyweight, WBC, The Ring titles)

Showtime (US)

August 14, Venue: TBC

  • John Riel Casimero vs Guillermo Rigondeaux (12 rounds – bantamweight, WBO title)

Fox PPV (US)

  • Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr (12 rounds – welterweight, WBC, IBF titles)

Showtime (US)

August 28, Venue: TBC

  • David Benavidez vs Jose Uzcategui (12 rounds – super-middleweight)

Showtime (US)

September 11, Venue: TBC

  • Stephen Fulton Jr. vs TBA (12 rounds – super-bantamweight, WBO title)

Results

June 6 – Miami, Florida

  • Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul NO RESULT (8 rounds – exhibition fight)
  • Badou Jack def. Dervin Colina TKO4 (12 rounds – light-heavyweight)
  • Luis Arias def. Jarrett Hurt SD10 (10 rounds – middleweight)
  • Chad Johnson vs Brian Maxwell NO RESULT (4 rounds – exhibition fight)

June 5 – London, England

  • Daniel Dubois def. Bogdan Dinu KO2 (12 rounds – heavyweights
  • Tommy Fury def. Jordan Grant UD4 (4 rounds – light heavyweight)

May 29 – Carson, California

  • Nonito Donaire def. Nordine Oubaali TKO4 (12 rounds – bantamweight, WBC title)

May 29 – Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Devin Haney def. Jorge Linares UD12 (12 rounds – lightweight, WBC title)
  • Chantelle Cameron def. Melissa Hernandez TKO7 (10 rounds – super-lightweight, WBC title)
  • Jason Quigley def. Shane Mosley Jr. MD10 (10 rounds – middleweight)
  • Azinga Fuzile def. Martin Ward TKO7 (12 rounds – super-featherweight)

May 22 – Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Josh Taylor def. Jose Ramirez UD (12 rounds – super-lightweight, WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF, The Ring titles)
  • Jose Zepeda def. Han Lundy UD (10 rounds – super-lightweight)
  • Kenneth Sims Jr def. Elvis Rodriguez MD (8 rounds, – super-lightweight)

May 8 – Arlington, Texas

  • Canelo Alvarez def. Billy Joe Saunders TKO8 (12 rounds – super-middleweight, WBA, WBC, WBO, The Ring titles)
  • Elwin Soto def. Katsunari Takayama TKO9 (12 rounds – light-flyweight, WBO title)
  • Souleymane Cissokho def. Kieron Conway SD12 (10 rounds – super-welterweight)
  • Frank Sanchez def. Nagy Aguilera TD6 (10 rounds -heavyweight)

May 1 – Los Angeles, California

  • Andy Ruiz Jr def. Chris Arreola UD12 (12 rounds – heavyweight)
  • Sebastian Fundora def. Jorge Cota TKO4 (12 rounds – super-welterweight)

May 1 – London, England

  • Joseph Parker def. Derek Chisora SD12 (12 rounds – heavyweight)
  • Katie Taylor def. Tasha Jonas UD12 (10 rounds – lightweight, undisputed world titles)
  • Dimitry Bivol def. Craig Richards UD12 (12 rounds – light heavyweight, WBA title)
  • Chris Eubank Jr def. Marcus Morrison UD10 (10 rounds – middleweight)
  • Jovanni Straffon def. James Tennyson KO1 (12 rounds lightweight)
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April 30 – London, England

  • Sunny Edwards def. Moruti Mthalane UD12 (12 rounds – flyweight, IBF title)
  • Michael Conlan def. Ionut Baluta MD12 (12 rounds – super-bantamweight)

April 24 – London, England

  • Felix Cash def. Denzel Bentley TKO3 (12 rounds – middleweight)
  • Callum Johnson def. Emil Markic KO2 (10 rounds – light heavyweight)
  • David Adeleye def. Kamil Sokolowski UD6 (6 rounds – heavyweight)

April 17 – Miami, Florida

  • Demetrius Andrade def. Liam Williams (12 rounds – middleweight, WBO title) UD12
  • Carlos Gongora def. Christopher Pearson (12 rounds – super-middleweight, IBO title) TKO8

April 17 – Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jake Paul def. Ben Askren KO1 (8 rounds – cruiserweight)
  • Regis Prograis def. Ivan Redkach TD6 (10 rounds – super-lightweight)
  • Joe Fournier def. Reykon RTD2 (6 rounds – light heavyweight)
  • Steve Cunningham def. Frank Mir UD6 (6 rounds – heavyweight)

April 10 – Uncasville, Connecticut

  • Jaron Ennis def. Sergey Lipinets KO6 (12 rounds – welterweight)
  • Eimantas Stanionis def. Thomas Dulorme UD12 (12 rounds – welterweight)

April 10 – Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Joe Smith Jr def. Maxim Vlasov MD12 (12 rounds – light-heavyweight, WBO title)

 

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