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Ed Sheeran sing song
Our Mike McGrath exclusively revealed on Thursday that Ed Sheeran visited the England camp to give an outdoor acoustic performance with players sat around him after being given permission to be part of the squad bubble.
And it seems the players enjoyed themselves.
“I have to say he was a top, top man,” said vice-captain Jordan Henderson. “It was great to have him outside playing a few songs and speaking to him. It was a really good night.”
Hello and welcome to our daily Euro 2020 blog and it is the calm before the last-16 storm.
The knockout stages get underway on Saturday and we will bring you all the latest news ahead of those matches.
England play Germany on Tuesday and await news on whether Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell can come out of quarantine to train in a bid to play against the German.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford says there is “no point fearing the past” as England face Germany in the last-16 of the European Championships with the players able to make “history” rather than be affected by it, writes Jason Burt.
The 23-year-old went on to point out that many of Gareth Southgate’s squad were not even born when the England manager missed his decisive penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against the Germans at Euro 96 and are unconcerned by previous disappointments.
“Some of the players weren’t even born!” Rashford replied when reminded of previous failings which includes the 1990 World Cup – when England also lost on penalties in the semi-finals – and added: “We are being put in a position where we are blessed to be part of that history. Our main focus is to win the game, but if we do it gets put in history. That’s how great teams are remembered for many, many years.
“There is no point fearing the past. You can’t go back and change it. What we can change is the result of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game.”
Rashford, whose first memory of England facing Germany was the defeat in the last-16 of the World Cup in 2010 when a ‘goal’ by Frank Lampard was wrongly ruled out even though it had crossed the line, insisted the players will not be affected by the frenzied build-up to next Tuesday’s meeting at Wembley Stadium although they fully accept the scale of the occasion and how much interest there will be.
“Outside will (be intense), which is right,” Rashford said. “Anyone who is a fan of football, you get built up for these type of games and rightly so. In camp, it is different because as a player you have to be focused. You don’t have time to get involved in that build-up because there’s just too much emotion in the game and if you go on the pitch with all that build-up, we could end up with eight men on the pitch. So we’re just concentrated.”
Rashford said the England players had watched the final group games – involving Germany and Hungary and France and Portugal – in two groups as they waited to find out their opponents. “We were watching the Portugal game and then some lads were watching the Germany game as well,” he said. “It was a little bit crazy, people just shouting over who scored and that.”