It may be a year later than planned, but we can now look forward to Euro 2020 taking place this summer in 2021.
We’re still not sure how many fans will be able to attend games on account of coronavirus restrictions which remain in place, but that won’t detract from the action as Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates look to defend the title they won five years ago.
Latest squads as they are announced
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The Euros are drawing ever closer and we are bringing you the latest squads as they are announced.
Sergio Ramos has been left out of Spain's squad for Euro 2020, taking place in the summer of 2021, making it the first time the defender has not been in the squad since Euro 2004.
The 35-year-old won the last of his 180 caps in March, but his season at Real Madrid has been blighted by injury and he has played just seven times for the La Liga club this calendar year.
Spain boss Luis Enrique revealed his Spain squad player by player in a press conference on Monday with Aymeric Laporte getting called up after he switched allegiances from France to Spain earlier this month.
There are no Real Madrid players in his squad and Enrique has left two spaces unoccupied, even with Ramos not making the cut.
"It was a very difficult decision but Ramos has not been able to compete or train very much recently," Enrique told reporters.
You can see all the latest squad announcements with our dedicated page.
UEFA confirms squad increase from 23 to 26 players for Euro 2020
National teams competing at this year's European Championship will be allowed to increase the size of their squad from 23 to 26 players, European football's governing body UEFA confirmed on Tuesday. The move has been made to help with the risk around possible Covid-19 cases and players being unable to play in matches.
The rule change is being brought in to mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible Covid-19 cases and subsequent quarantine measures. The matchday squads will remain at 23 players, in accordance with Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game permitting a maximum of 12 substitutes to be named for A-national team matches, including three goalkeepers.
UEFA confirmed last month that teams will be allowed to make five substitutions per game at the Euros, scheduled for June 11-July 11. Nations will also be able to select an unlimited number of standby players who can be swapped in before their first game of the tournament, including if a member of the squad has Covid-19.
"The UEFA Executive Committee today approved special rules for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament in order to guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the Covid-19 pandemic," a statement read.
“Squad lists will be submitted on June 1, but teams will be able to make unlimited replacements in case of serious injury or illness before the first match."
When is Euro 2020 in 2021?
The tournament gets underway on June 11, with Turkey facing Italy, and the action is unrelenting until the final on July 11.
Where is it?
The easier question would be, where is it not?
With Euro 2020 the 60th anniversary of the European Championship, then UEFA president Michel Platini wanted to celebrate with the whole continent so it was decided that 12 cities in 12 countries would play host to the event.
Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy) and St Petersburg (Russia) were the 12 host cities, with the semi-finals and final slated to take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
However, Seville will replace Bilbao as a host city for Euro 2020 with St Petersburg in Russia taking the three games from Dublin, UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek said on Friday. Boniek is an official of the Polish FA and Poland were due to play games in Dublin and Bilbao, meaning that both their venues have now been relocated.
What are the groups?
- Group A: (Rome/Baku): Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
- Group B: (Copenhagen/St Petersburg): Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
- Group C: (Amsterdam/Bucharest): Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
- Group D: (London/Glasgow): England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
- Group E: (Seville/St Petersburg): Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
- Group F: (Munich/Budapest): Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
Euro 2020 schedule in 2021
It’s a feast of football, with two or three games a day up until the final round of group matches.
Friday 11 June
- Group A: Turkey vs Italy (20:00, Rome)
Saturday 12 June
- Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (14:00, Baku)
- Group B: Denmark vs Finland (17:00, Copenhagen)
- Group B: Belgium vs Russia (20:00, St Petersburg)
Sunday 13 June
- Group D: England vs Croatia (14:00, London)
- Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (17:00, Bucharest)
- Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (20:00, Amsterdam)
Monday 14 June
- Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (14:00, Glasgow)
- Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (17:00, St Petersburg)
- Group E: Spain vs Sweden (20:00, Seville)
Tuesday 15 June
- Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (17:00, Budapest)
- Group F: France vs Germany (20:00, Munich)
Wednesday 16 June
- Group B: Finland vs Russia (14:00, St Petersburg)
- Group A: Turkey vs Wales (17:00, Baku)
- Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (20:00, Rome)
Thursday 17 June
- Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (15:00, Bucharest)
- Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (18:00, Copenhagen)
- Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (21:00, Amsterdam)
Friday 18 June
- Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (14:00, St Petersburg)
- Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (17:00, Glasgow)
- Group D: England vs Scotland (20:00, London)
Saturday 19 June
- Group F: Hungary vs France (14:00, Budapest)
- Group F: Portugal vs Germany (17:00, Munich)
- Group E: Spain vs Poland (20:00, Seville)
Sunday 20 June
- Group A: Italy vs Wales (17:00, Rome)
- Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (17:00, Baku)
Monday 21 June
- Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (17:00, Amsterdam)
- Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (17:00, Bucharest)
- Group B: Russia vs Denmark (20:00, Copenhagen)
- Group B: Finland vs Belgium (20:00, St Petersburg)
Tuesday 22 June
- Group D: Czech Republic vs England (20:00, London)
- Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (20:00, Glasgow)
Wednesday 23 June
- Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (17:00, Seville)
- Group E: Sweden vs Poland (17:00, St Petersburg)
- Group F: Germany vs Hungary (20:00, Munich)
- Group F: Portugal v France (20:00, Budapest)
The top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams go through.
ROUND OF 16
Saturday 26 June
- 1: 2A vs 2B (17:00, Amsterdam)
- 2: 1A vs 2C (20:00, London)
Sunday 27 June
- 3: 1C vs 3D/E/F (17:00, Budapest)
- 4: 1B vs 3A/D/E/F (20:00, Bilbao)
Monday 28 June
- 5: 2D vs 2E (17:00, Copenhagen)
- 6: 1F vs 3A/B/C (20:00, Bucharest)
Tuesday 29 June
- 7: 1D vs 2F (17:00, London)
- 8: 1E vs 3A/B/C/D (20:00, Glasgow)
Friday 2 July
- QF1: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (17:00, St Petersburg)
- QF2: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (20:00, Munich)
Saturday 3 July
- QF3: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (17:00, Baku)
- QF4: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (20:00, Rome)
Tuesday 6 July
- SF1: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (20:00, London)
Wednesday 7 July
- SF2: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (20:00, London)
Sunday 11 July
- Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (20:00, London)
How to watch?
UK viewers can split their time between the BBC and ITV. The two terrestrial broadcasters share coverage, with each taking picks of games all the way to the final when both will cover the showpiece event.
Ronaldo’s Portugal are defending the title they won in France in 2016, but there have been 15 previous editions of the tournament.
- 1960: Soviet Union
- 1964: Spain
- 1968: Italy
- 1972: West Germany
- 1976: Czechoslovakia
- 1980: West Germany
- 1984: France
- 1988: Netherlands
- 1992: Denmark
- 1996: Germany
- 2000: France
- 2004: Greece
- 2008: Spain
- 2012: Spain
- 2016: Portugal
Brace yourselves people, the bookies think we may finally see an end to 55 years of hurt as England head the market in most lists.
- England - 23/4
- Belgium - 6/1
- France - 31/5
- Germany - 8/1
- Spain - 8/1
- Netherlands 21/2
- Portugal 12/1
- Italy - 25/2
- Croatia - 39/1
- Denmark 80/1
- Poland - 100/1
- Switzerland 100/1
- Turkey - 109/1
- Russia - 119/1
- Ukraine - 119/1
- Sweden - 125/1
- Austria - 150/1
- Wales - 150/1
- Czech Republic - 200/1
- Slovakia - 250/1
- Hungary 300/1
- Scotland 300/1
- Finland - 500/1
- North Macedonia - 750/1
(Odds are best price on each country from the leading UK bookmakers on February 9, 2021)
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