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Published 15/06/2021 at 07:06 GMT | Updated 15/06/2021 at 15:05 GMT

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16.05
JOIN HUNGARY v PORTUGAL BUILD-UP NOW: That’s it for our Euro 2020 blog for Day four. It’s time to countdown to kick off. Head over to our live match commentary as they guide you through to the first of tonight’s Group F action as Hungary host holders Portugal. Kick off 5pm BST.
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YOU CAN'T REPLACE ERIKSEN: Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand admits that his team will have to find another path without their talisman, Christian Eriksen. He told a media conference: “No-one can replace Christian. No-one. It's not possible. He's our best player on the ball. He's the rhythm on the team, he is the heart on the team, he feels the rhythm of a match. He is available for the one who has the ball. He dictates with his passing, with his eyes, with his decisions, with his enormous ability to take control of space and take advantage of that space with his passing and his vision. It's not possible to replace him. But together we will do something else, something different because you can't replace Christian Eriksen.”
Euro 2020: ‘No-one can replace Christian... no-one’ - Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand on Eriksen
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CONFIRMED STARTING XIs:
HUNGARY: Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At Szalai; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Schafer, Fiola; Szalai, Sallai.
PORTUGAL: Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Danilo, Carvalho, Fernandes; Ronaldo, Jota, B Silva.
15.45
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ALMOST SHOWTIME: Some of the game’s biggest stars are in action in Group F this evening. First up, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face Hungary. Team news isn't far away.
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MINGS ON ERIKSEN AND PLAYER WELFARE: “First things first, it’s obviously a huge relief he is okay. The scenes we saw were hugely distressing, not just for players, but anyone who was watching, so thankfully he’s okay, it seems. In terms of the monitoring of players and the well-being of players, we probably couldn’t be in a safer place when we are on the pitch in terms of how treatment is readily accessible. You see how quickly he was treated, had that been somewhere else perhaps people wouldn’t be so fortunate. On the pitch we are very fortunate to have specialist care around the pitch… and off the pitch there are a lot of tests done, a lot of technology, lots of scans we go through so medics know as much about our bodies as possible. For players it probably puts into perspective what is important and what isn’t sometimes..."

Schmeichel critical of UEFA's ''heat of the moment'' restart decision following Eriksen incident

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MINGS ON SCOTLAND: “We are aware of the history of the game and the rivalry it has around it, but at the end of the day our first aim is to qualify from the group and Scotland are the next team we play. It’s going to be a very difficult game, but at the same time it’s the next step in our progression in this tournament and that’s what we are thinking about at the moment."
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MINGS ON BACK FOUR SUCCESS WITH STONES: England’s Tyrone Mings is currently speaking to the media. He feels his partnership with John Stones as part of a back four – rather than a three-man defence – succeeded as a result of their fine form for their clubs this season. He said: “I think we played well together. I don’t think we did anything we haven’t done for our clubs all season. I don’t think there was necessarily any surprises from John or myself. I think it was the first time we played together in a back four. Obviously our whole back four was flooded with experience and that helped me."

Tyrone Mings

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15.05
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LOW TALKS UP GERMANY'S ATTACKING OPTIONS: "We have a lot of qualities in our team, a good balance, a good mix between attack and defence. In attack we have a lot of quality – Werner, Sané, Havertz, Müller and Gnabry, to name just a few, can decide a game on their own. Both sides have dangerous attackers, you have to be focused every second, and not take your eyes off any of them."

Joachim Low

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THE VIEW FROM SPAIN: Felix Martin from our Spanish office provides his verdict on the draw with Sweden.
We honestly believe Spain are a better team than Slovakia, Poland and Sweden. But there are other things to focus on, like the poor performance of the team in the second half, the fact that the team feels really predictable and, most importantly, the difficulties we're suffering to score goals."
Euro 2020 - Luis Enrique got it all wrong as Spain turns against boss after Sweden draw – Inside
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MORE FROM CLARKE: Asked if the defeat to Czech Republic and the euphoric build to a game 23 years in the waiting would affect the approach to the England match, the Scotland coach added: “No, it’s the same approach as we had planned. We plan to go out and be competitive in every game. We try to play as well we can and then we see what the result is… I don’t think it (the big build up) had any bearing on the way we approached the game, everyone outside can get carried away a little bit if they want. We’ve been level-headed all the way through. We try not to get too high when things are going well and not too low when it’s a little bit negative, and just prepare for games the way we always prepare for them and that’s what we’ll do again…. The players are fine. They are completely relaxed and know what they have to do. I said before we need to get the points required to get out of the group and we’ve still got a chance to do that, so I think all the doom and gloom that followed the result should be put aside and we should concentrate on the next game.”
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CLARKE ON TIERNEY: "He did a little bit of light training today and we’ll see how he progresses. He’s got a chance (of playing v England)."
Clarke on England: "We’ll respect their ability. They are a top team. They were in the last four of the last World Cup. Gareth (Southgate) has done a great job. They’ve got a good young team, (it’s) exciting. They got off to a good start - we didn’t - so we’ll need to remedy that on Friday."

Patrick Schick's goal against Scotland

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STEVE CLARKE: Scotland's Tierney has 'chance' to face England after training
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Raheem Sterling on his match-winning strike v Croatia:
It was a great feeling to come back to London, Wembley. Being at Wembley, with England at a major tournament and to score and get the win, you know was a perfect start, so it was an incredible feeling for sure."
14.00
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DESCHAMPS EXCLUSIVE: Eurosport spoke to France's World Cup winning coach, Didier Deschamps about a variety of topics and ended by asking if the Euros could be considered successful if the French don't triumph:
That’s like asking me what happiness is. Happiness is total only when there is victory - you have your answer."
Didier Deschamps interview: I don't have an ego, I'm looking to win more ahead of Euros
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KAREMBEU ON PL DUO: The former Real Madrid and Middlesbrough star also had words of praise for midfield pair, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. He added: “In two friendly games we saw his (Pogba) ability to perform, not just deliver passes but to guide and control the game. He is a leader of the team, as is Karim Benzema, who came back again. But it’s not just Paul alone, along his side is N’Golo Kante. He is a key player who can player many positions. After this long season in the Premier League and Champions League, he gave what we expect from him. He is still at his best and I hope he’ll do that with the French national team too.”

Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante parade the World Cup

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KAREMBEU HAS CONFIDENCE IN FRANCE: Christian Karembeu, who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus as part of a squad blessed with the brilliance of the likes of Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane, acknowledges France’s spot as one of the favourites for the tournament and reckons being part of the supposed ‘Group of Death’ will focus them right from the off. He said: “Of course, I think they are one of the favourites for the competition. They already demonstrated they are capable of winning big tournament like the World Cup… They need to qualify from a very tough and competitive group, so we’ll see. I think it is good to start with a very difficult group. You need to be concentrated and deliver the best they can to qualify. That’s not only (the case) for France, but all of the teams.”
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IS PRESSURE A PROBLEM FOR PORTUGAL? Portugal coach Fernando Santos is well aware of the dangers Group F presents and believes his squad can handle the burden of expectation. He said: "Obviously, as contenders to win, if we don't get through the group phase it will be a failure. But I don't believe that will happen to Portugal. I think people have the right and are correct to demand that we do everything in our power to win, using our quality, organisation, commitment, and I believe we are prepared for that. Portugal have the ability to go toe-to-toe with any team that also has ambitions to win the tournament."

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Juventus gives the trophy to Fernando Santos of Portugalafter the UEFA Nations League Final football match Portugal vs Netherlands at Dragao stadium in Porto on June 9, 2019.

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FANCY A LUNCHTIME GIGGLE? Here's another look at Ronaldo snubbing a particular brand of soft drink in favour of water at the Portugal media conference on Monday.

Watch mischievous Cristiano Ronaldo replace UEFA sponsor drink with water!

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'WE DREAM': Hungary coach Marco Rossi is aware that his team will be seen as major underdogs in Group F but insists they will give it their very best shot and reach for the stars. He said: "We will do everything to push ourselves to the limit. We know who we're up against. We will keep our feet on the ground, but of course we want to achieve our dreams. Dreaming is free, so we dream. Our dream remains between us, of course. We talk about it and want to live that dream. Let's hope it continues during the EURO."

Marco Rossi (Hungary)

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