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The hectic Premier League campaign drew to a close on Sunday but there’s no time to rest on our laurels and reflect on one of the strangest seasons in Premier League history.
Instead, with just 17 days until the start of the tournament, we’re thrown head first into Euro 2020 fever.
A lot will happen between now and 8pm on Friday, 11th June and to help you cut through the noise we’ve put together a handy guide of all the key dates to watch out for.
Remember, we’ll be covering the build up to Euro 2020 in depth and providing tips and analysis throughout the tournament. Bookmark our Euro 2020 section to keep up to date with all our coverage.
Tuesday, 25th May – England squad announcement
A number of nations, including Scotland and Wales, have already announced their 26-man squad for Euro 2020 but we’re still waiting on word from Gareth Southgate.
Fortunately we won’t have to wait for long. The England manager is set to name his squad on Tuesday, and there are still a few question marks surrounding certain players.
Will Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Maddison make the cut? What about the injured Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson?
FST will have a whole article dedicated to England’s Euro 2020 squad predictions later on today, so keep an eye out for that!
Tuesday, 1st June – Squad announcement deadline
It’s expected that almost all of the teams at Euro 2020 will have announced their final 26-man squad by the time the deadline rolls around on 1st June, but it’s worth keeping in your diary.
Barring any late injuries or positive Covid tests this will be the day we know the final squads for all 24 nations involved and, with pre-tournament friendlies following shortly after, when we can truly start to build up to the long-awaited tournament.
Wednesday, 2nd June – England vs Austria
England’s first of two scheduled pre-tournament warm up games takes place in the north east as Austria head to the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
This will be our first look at how Gareth Southgate is planning to line up his side in the competitive games, with his preferred first choice XI expected to start against an Austria side that includes David Alaba, Aleksandar Dragovic, Konrad Laimer and Marko Arnautovic.
Sunday, 6th June – England vs Romania
Gareth Southgate remains at his old stomping ground as Romania become the latest side to visit the Riverside just five days before Euro 2020 kicks off in earnest.
This should represent a chance for some of England’s fringe players to impress Southgate, although you would hope he has a pretty good idea of his first choice side at this point.
Friday, 11th June – Euro 2020 kicks off!
A momentous occasion! A year delayed and three years in the making, Euro 2020 kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Turkey face Italy.
Starting two days before Copa America 2021 in Argentina, Euro 2020 will be the first major international tournament in the post-Covid world and will be sure to attract the attention of football fans across the globe.
Sunday, 13th June – England vs Croatia
England’s Euro 2020 campaign kicks off two days later and it couldn’t be a more fitting fixture. Croatia, the side that dumped the Three Lions out of the World Cup Semi-Final three years ago, visit Wembley for the second time since that extra-time victory in 2018.
England came from behind to beat Croatia in their last visit to Wembley in November 2018 and the World Cup finalists look a shadow of their former selves right now after winning just four of their last 11 matches.
Friday, 18th June – England vs Scotland
This is a big one, and once again the stage is the glorious Wembley Stadium.
England and Scotland haven’t locked horns in a major international tournament since Euro 1996. And guess where that was played? The old Wembley Stadium, with England running out 2-0 victors after second-half goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne.
Can Harry Kane follow suit ahead of the undoubted transfer saga this summer?
Tuesday, 22nd June – Czech Republic vs England
For the third time in nine days the country’s attention will be firmly fixed upon Wembley Stadium as England play their final group game against Czech Republic.
Hopefully the top spot in Group D will be wrapped up by now, but if not there’s plenty of reason for optimism. England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley in their 2019 Euro 2020 qualifier and the underdogs have lost to Wales, Scotland (twice) and Germany in the last year.
Saturday, 26th June – Euro 2020 knockout rounds begin
The Euro 2020 group stages end on the 23rd June and all being well England will have a full week of rest before their first knockout round.
Top spot in Group D will face the Group F runners up, although with Group F containing France, Germany and Portugal a runners up spot might be preferable for Gareth Southgate.
That would see the Three Lions lock horns with the runners up in Group E, which contains Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden, although one downside is that it would see England play away from Wembley for the first time in the tournament.
Friday, 2nd July – Euro 2020 Quarter-Finals begin
None of the Quarter-Finals are to be played at Wembley so if England manage to navigate the Round of 16 they will definitely be heading abroad in the first few days of July.
A runners up spot in Group D would likely see England face Germany, Spain or Portugal in Saint Petersburg in the Quarter-Finals, while the top spot in Group D would likely pit them against Spain in Rome.
Tuesday, 6th July – Euro 2020 Semi-Finals begin
We’re getting to the business end of the tournament now. Both Semi-Finals and the Final are to be played at Wembley so, should England make it this far, now is the time the fans will start to truly believe.
Whatever happens, with France, England, Belgium, Germany and Spain among the favourites we’re bound to see some incredible action across these two days.
Sunday, 11th July – Euro 2020 Final
Time for the big one. At 8pm on Sunday, 11th July two nations will face off at Wembley for the chance to lift the European Championship trophy.
Will London be bouncing? Will offices around the country face a raft of sick calls on the Monday? Only 48 days until we find out!
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