The latest: Christian Eriksen released from the hospital


England's Raheem Sterling during a training session at St. George's Park, Burton upon Trent, England, Thursday June 17, 2021. (Nick Potts / PA via AP)

England’s Raheem Sterling during a training session at St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, England, Thursday June 17th 2021. (Nick Potts / PA via AP)

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The latest about the European Football Championship:

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According to the Danish Football Association, Christian Eriksen has been released from the hospital.

Eriksen has been in the hospital in Copenhagen since he collapsed on the pitch during his team’s opening game at the European Championships on Saturday.

Eriksen says: “Given the circumstances, I am fine.”

The Danish Football Association had previously announced that Eriksen will be equipped with an implantable device that can act as both a pacemaker and a defibrillator.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has warned football fans not to travel to London for the later stages of the European Championship for fear of the coronavirus resurgence.

Helge Braun said to the editorial network Germany: “My biggest concern is the spreading delta variant”.

Braun says fans will have to be quarantined for two weeks after returning to Germany if they come from the UK.

The COVID-19 infections have fallen sharply in Germany in the last few weeks. But Health Minister Jens Spahn and other officials have drawn attention to the UK’s experience with the Delta variant. This variant has sparked another spike in infections in the UK, delaying plans to lift remaining restrictions until July 19.

The Euro 2020 semi-finals are scheduled to take place on July 6th and 7th at Wembley Stadium in London. The final is scheduled for July 11th.

Braun says, “We have to be careful until everyone has been offered a vaccination.”

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos says his team will be ready for any tactical line-up that Germany’s counterpart Joachim Löw will choose on Saturday at the European Championships.

Santos says he has noticed Löw tinkering with changes since Germany’s 6-0 defeat by Spain last November. Löw’s 3-4-3 line-up in the 1-0 opening defeat of his team against France is controversial in Germany. Many are demanding that Joshua Kimmich play a central role.

Santos says: “We have to be prepared for anything that is thrown at us.”

Portugal’s left-back Nuno Mendes is out with a thigh injury.

Portugal won their opening game against Hungary and would advance to the round of 16 with another win.

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Emil Forsberg converted a penalty in the 77th minute and gave Sweden a 1-0 win over Slovakia and a great chance for the round of 16 at the European Championships.

Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka brought down substitute Robin Quaison when the striker ran into goal after a clever shot from Alexander Isak.

Dubravka dived right into Forsberg’s penalty, but couldn’t save it.

Sweden have four points in Group E and that could be enough to qualify. Slovakia are three points ahead after beating Poland 2-1.

There was only one shot on goal in the first half.

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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says heat and noise will be factors when his team takes on Hungary at the European Championships on Saturday.

Temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) are expected for the afternoon kick-off in Budapest.

“Heat is an important factor that you have to take into account,” says the experienced goalkeeper and hopes for a water break.

Then there is the noise in the Puskas Arena, which can hold 67,215 spectators. Hungary is the only country that allows a full stadium at Euro 2020.

Lloris says it will be difficult “to speak to a striker and even an attacking midfielder”.

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Spain coach Luis Enrique says Álvaro Morata will be back when the team faces Poland at the European Championships on Saturday.

Morata had been criticized by fans and Spanish media for his failures in the 0-0 draw against Sweden. He had also been ineffective in the Spanish warm-up game for Euro 2020 against Portugal. That also ended goalless.

Luis Enrique says Spain’s starting line-up for Poland game will include “Morata and 10 others”.

The coach says captain Sergio Busquets will be able to play on Saturday. Busquets has returned to the roster after his absence with COVID-19.

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The visit of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander to an orange decorated street in The Hague during the European Championship attracted criticism because he mixed a little too closely with football fans.

The head of the House of Orange visited the street on Thursday when the Netherlands played against Austria in the late Euro 2020.

A video posted on social media and photos of the visit saw the king shake hands with at least one person and fail to abide by the country’s 1.5 meter social distancing rules.

The caretaker for medical care and sports, Tamara van Ark, says: “It was not for nothing that we introduced a social distance of 1.5 meters.”

She adds, “You can see that things go wrong sometimes. I think out of enthusiasm. “

It’s not the first time the Dutch monarch has been criticized during the COVID-19 pandemic. He apologized last year for taking his family on vacation to Greece. After a public outcry, the family rushed home.

The vacation didn’t violate coronavirus restrictions, but it came just days after the Dutch government put in place a so-called “partial lockdown” to curb the rise in infections.

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The Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer is back with his national team after visiting his wife and newborn daughter in Germany.

Sommer posted a photo on his Instagram account with the message “Welcome to the little sister NAYLA family”. The family now has two daughters.

Sommer flew to Cologne after playing in Rome in Switzerland’s 3-0 loss to Italy.

The Swiss Football Association published recordings of Sommer’s return to training in Rome. The team will fly to Azerbaijan for the final Group A game later that day.

Switzerland needs a win against Turkey to make it to the round of 16.

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Dejan Kulusevski is one of Sweden’s substitutes for the team’s European Championship game against Slovakia after ending his isolation phase after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Juventus winger tested positive for COVID-19 three days before the tournament started and missed Sweden’s 0-0 draw with Spain on Monday.

Mattias Svanberg was another Swedish player who infected the virus before Euro 2020. The midfielder isn’t ready to play Slovakia in St. Petersburg.

Slovak defender Denis Vavro will miss the game after testing positive for the virus after tests on Wednesday.

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Sergio Busquets will join the Spanish squad again at the European Championship after testing negative for the coronavirus.

Busquets has been in isolation since June 6 because of a positive result for COVID-19.

The Spanish Football Association says Busquet’s last negative test result came back on Thursday so he can be back on the team.

The association say he will be in Seville for Saturday’s game against Poland. Spain opened their Euro 2020 season with a 0-0 draw against Sweden in Group E.

Diego Llorente had also gone into isolation over the coronavirus, but the defender had already rejoined the roster after health officials discovered his test result was false positive.

Busquets is Spain’s most experienced player in the squad. He is the only one left from the 2010 World Cup squad.

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UEFA is negotiating with the UK government to allow foreign fans to fly to London to play games in the final stages of the European Championship.

The European Football Association still has an emergency plan that provides for bringing the semi-finals and the final to Budapest if no agreement can be reached with the authorities in London on admitting fans.

Plans to lift further coronavirus restrictions in England this month have been suspended until July 19. Tourists from all participating countries currently have to be quarantined for at least five days when entering the UK.

The semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020 will be played from June 6th to 11th at Wembley Stadium.

UEFA says: “We understand the pressures the government is facing and we hope we can bring our discussions on this issue to a satisfactory conclusion.”

UEFA has already increased attendance from around 22,000 to at least 40,000 for a round of 16, semi-finals and final at Wembley.

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England will play their second European Championship match on day 8 of the tournament at Wembley Stadium.

The English face old rivals Scotland and know that another win will give the team a place in the round of 16.

The first game of the day will be played between Sweden and Slovakia in St. Petersburg. The Slovaks can advance with a win.

The Czech Republic can also ensure promotion by beating runners-up Croatia in Glasgow.


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