Euro 2024

Euro 2024 friendlies: Sane impact + Robertson’s assists

Our coverage of the pre-Euro 2024 friendlies continues here, with a round-up of Friday’s international action.

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ENGLAND 0-1 ICELAND

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In their final friendly before Euro 2024, England slumped to a disappointing 1-0 home loss against Iceland.

Harry Kane (€11.0m) should have done much better with his effort inside the box after a lovely Cole Palmer (€7.5m) cross, but the Three Lions looked rusty throughout, registering just one shot on target.

Phil Foden (€9.0m), deployed in his favoured number 10 role, was particularly quiet.

He will surely start against Serbia on Sunday, but it is more likely to be in a wider role, with Jude Bellingham (€10.0m) set to step up his Euro 2024 preparations this week, having been given additional time off.

As for Bukayo Saka (€8.5m), he made a substitute appearance after missing much of England’s recent training, with Palmer deputising well on the right up until that point.

Defensively, however, it was a bit of a shambles.

Iceland were able to cut through England’s midfield far too easily, with little protection offered to centre-back pairing John Stones (€5.0m) and Marc Guehi. The latter is the favourite to partner Stones in Matchday 1 and costs just €4.5m in the official game.

Stones was replaced at half-time after getting a knock to his ankle, although Gareth Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live that the reason to replace him was “mainly precautionary”.

“He took a bit of a knock to the ankle really early in the game, but at half-time there was no point taking any chance. We’re too close to the start of the tournament, there’s no point risking it.” – Gareth Southgate on John Stones

Meanwhile, the introduction of Trent Alexander-Arnold (€5.5m) for Kyle Walker (€5.5m) in the second half meant England were immediately more threatening.

The Liverpool man racked up three key passes in just 26 minutes.

“We learned a lot. We know the performance wasn’t good enough. Equally, so many of the players needed the game. A lot of players… we’re managing their minutes. They’ve had a break since the end of the Premier League and we’re trying to refresh them, but they’re out of the rhythm of playing. And so, it was obviously a disjointed and disappointing performance and we didn’t show enough character.

“But, actually, I think it’s a really good focus for us ahead of the tournament. People are saying we’re going to go there and walk through with no problems. The reality of international football isn’t that. We’ve got to be far better without the ball than we were today, and we’ve got to show more composure with the ball.

“We didn’t get our pressing right. We were too stretched without the ball and there were questions asked that we weren’t able to answer. No matter how much talent you have with the ball, if your out-of-possession game isn’t right, it can make it feel like you don’t have a foothold in the game. But we’ll be ready. Tonight hasn’t gone as well as we hoped, but we have to stay very calm.” – Gareth Southgate

England XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Walker (Alexander-Arnold 64), Stones (Konsa 64), Guehi, Trippier (Gomez 64); Mainoo, Rice; Palmer (Eze 77), Foden, Gordon (Saka 65); Kane (Toney 64)


GERMANY 2-1 GREECE

  • Goals: Kai Havertz, Pascal Gross
  • Assists: Leroy Sane

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Germany emerged victorious in their 2-1 friendly win over Greece.

The visitors took the lead shortly before half-time, but Die Mannschaft hit back, with second-half strikes from Kai Havertz (€7.5m) and substitute Pascal Gross (€7.0m).

Julian Nagelsmann made two changes to his starting XI from last week’s draw against Ukraine.

Antonio Rudiger (€5.5m) swapped in for Waldemar Anton (€4.0m) at the back, while Toni Kroos (€6.5m) took the place of Gross in the engine room.

However, it was the second-half substitutes which proved to be the difference, with Leroy Sane (€7.0m) in particular impressing. He assisted the first German goal after finding Havertz in the box and continues to push for a Euro 2024 starting berth.

David Raum (€4.5m) also replaced Maximilian Mittelstadt (€4.0m) for the second period.

“The second half was a lot better than the first. We were losing the ball too easily for long periods of the first half, playing too ponderously and too much through the middle. I made that clear at the break. We just needed a bit more bite all over the pitch in order to win the match. We brought the two wingers more into the game in the second period, which opened up more space in the middle.” – Julian Nagelsmann

Although Germany won the game, Manuel Neuer (€6.0m) and Ilkay Gundogan (€7.0m) both came in for criticism in the media after the match.

It was the former’s error which contributed to Greece’s goal, in a display which saw Germany concede four big chances.

Germany XI (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich (Henrichs 68), Rudiger (Schlotterbeck 68), Tah, Mittelstadt (Raum 46); Andrich (Fullkrug 69), Kroos; Musiala, Gundogan (Gross 68), Wirtz (Sane 46); Havertz


SCOTLAND 2-2 FINLAND

  • Goals: Arttu Hoskonen own goal, Lawrence Shankland
  • Assists: Andrew Robertson x2

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Scotland rounded off their Euro 2024 preparations with a 2-2 draw against Finland.

The Scots allowed a two-goal lead to slip at Hampden Park, but still, there were positives to take. Steve Clarke’s troops played well in the first half, for example, with Andrew Robertson (€5.5m) especially influential.

Playing as a wing-back, he was lively down the left flank and provided a couple of trademark deliveries that led to both the hosts’ goals.

Robertson was withdrawn from training on Monday but assistant coach John Carver explained “It’s just a precaution really”, easing any fears.

“It’s just a precaution really. The ball just caught his ankle and he will train tomorrow. He’ll be fine. At this stage we are being extra cautious. He’s okay and looking forward to tomorrow.” – John Carver on Andrew Robertson

Elsewhere, Lawrence Shankland (€5.5m) popped up with a goal, nodding in Robertson’s delivery. He took four shots overall and will now compete with Che Adams (€5.5m) for a starting spot at Euro 2024.

Scotland’s only win in their last nine matches was against Gibraltar but Clarke is clearly excited about the prospect of facing Germany in Friday’s opener.

“It’s a really difficult one because the players are human and they’re all thinking about what’s going to happen next week. The changes come, because I’m trying to manage the minutes, and it becomes a little bit disjointed towards the end, just because you make so many changes.

“The game drifted a bit and we lost two pretty poor goals. It’s a decent exercise and some of the play was good. I’ve been excited since we qualified, I just never show it. It’s going to be great.” – Steven Clarke

Scotland XI (3-4-2-1): Gunn (Gordon 69); Hendry, Hanley (McKenna 79), Tierney; Ralston, Gilmour (Jack 69), McGregor, Robertson (Taylor 63); Christie (Morgan 79), McGinn, Shankland (Conway 63)


ROUND-UP

Poland recorded a 3-1 win over Ukraine on Friday, with both sides choosing to field experimental line-ups.

Sebastian Walukiewicz (€4.5m), Piotr Zielinski (€6.5m) and Taras Romanczuk were on the scoresheet for the hosts, but it wasn’t all good news: Arkadiusz Milik (€7.0m) went off early in the match with an injury and will now miss Euro 2024.

As for Ukraine, Artem Dovbyk (€7.5m) got the goal, pulling one back for Ukraine just before the end of the first half.

Elsewhere, the Czech Republic cruised past Malta, thumping them 7-1.

Vladimir Coufal (€5.0m) registered a couple of assists, while Mojmir Chytil (€6.0m) found the net in each half. Czech coach Ivan Hasek chose to rest a number of key figures, including Tomas Soucek (€6.0m) and Patrik Schick (€7.0m), so given the changes, will be pleased with the outcome.

However, Michal Sadilek (€5.0m), who captained the Czech Republic here, has since been ruled out of Euro 2024, having suffered a “laceration in his leg” following a bike fall.

Finally, Nedim Bajrami (€6.0m) grabbed a goal and assist during Albania’s 3-1 win over Azerbaijan, where Armando Broja (€6.0m) started over Mirland Daku (€5.5m) up front. As for Romania, they largely dominated against Liechtenstein but failed to score and drew 0-0.

52 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Blow-In
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 15 hours ago

    Well this Turkey lineup didn’t help

    1. azz007
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      What way?

      1. FPL Blow-In
        • 11 Years
        14 days, 15 hours ago

        Striker spot. I was hoping the Yilmaz v Yildiz conversation would be clearer.

  2. azz007
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 15 hours ago

    No frimpong
    Dumfris is nailed

    1. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 15 hours ago

      Got the assist too

      1. azz007
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 15 hours ago

        Assist machine

  3. Dotherightthing
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 15 hours ago

    Are there any GK at 4 that should play beside moldovan?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 3 hours ago

      Strakosha. Maybe Pentz? Moldovan not predicted to start in the article here

      1. Dotherightthing
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanx, I might try strakosha, my other GK Pickford will play afterwards anyway

  4. el polako
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 15 hours ago

    Half way through 2nd pre Euros friendly and Poland have 3 x forwards injuries (Milik, Swiderski, Lewandowski) , you couldn’t make this shite up.

    Not that it matters much tbh 🙂

    1. FPL Blow-In
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Matters for Netherlands defenders

      1. el polako
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Don’t think we will get anywhere near their penalty area.

    2. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 11 hours ago

      Mind games with the Dutch?

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 3 hours ago

      Just when you think Poland couldn't possibly get any more boring to watch... 😉

  5. Count of Monte Hristo
    • 11 Years
    14 days, 15 hours ago

    Kvaratshelia or Calhanoglu?

    1. SM001
      • 8 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Cahlanoglu. On pens and set pieces. Add to that a decent amount of ball recoveries.

    2. PartyTime
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Kvaratshelia. Turkey usually get cooked.

    3. BUZZBOMB
      • 9 Years
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      Between those 2, Hakan. Georgia are rubbish and there for the taking MD1. Cal is the captain and on set pieces mainly. And cheaper.

  6. sankalparora07
      14 days, 14 hours ago

      14 out of 15 spots sealed... confused with the last spot...got 5.5m left and have to pick 1 defender...what should I do?

      A Frimpong (risky pick)
      B Di Lorenzo (already have Dimarco)
      C VVD (will have to downgrade Szoboszlai to get that extra 0.5)
      D TAA (risky pick)

      This is my team
      Pickford Moldovan
      Dimarco Mittelstadt Faes Theo ***
      Trossard Gundogan Jorginho Szoboszlai Bruno
      Lukaku Kane Mbappe

      1. BUZZBOMB
        • 9 Years
        14 days, 14 hours ago

        Not fancy Gvardiol or Grimaldo? Italy wont score many and Albania poor.

        1. sankalparora07
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            I will use my transfer to bring in Gvardiol in MD2.....might lose one of the Italian defenders to get him in.... don't need him against Spain

        2. Naby K8a
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 13 hours ago

          just a heads up, Jorginho is likely not going to be on pens. In case you didn't know

          1. Apollo Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Who is?

            1. Naby K8a
              • 8 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Raspadori perhaps. Jorginho missed his last 4 penalties for country

              1. I Member
                • 8 Years
                14 days, 12 hours ago

                Raspadori isn't expected to start.

          2. sankalparora07
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Still he is only 5mn and has a good first game

        3. fenixri
          • 8 Years
          14 days, 14 hours ago

          Depay or Hojlund?

        4. Scratch
          • 14 Years
          14 days, 13 hours ago

          Like the look of this although it'll no doubt change between now and Friday

          Dibusz, Casteels
          Mittelstadt, VVD, Dimarco, Guehi, T Hernandez
          Gundogan, Wirtz, Modric, Rodri, Calhanoglu
          Mbappe, Kane, Lukaku

        5. Moxon
          • 9 Years
          14 days, 13 hours ago

          Is anyone else completely uninspired by the midfield options?

          Feels like too many mids have been classified as forwards

          1. F4L
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            yes for sure. there's only 1 8mil mid lol

          2. Apollo Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            Yeah, the likes of Griezmann, Dembele, Chiesa and Yamal should definitely be mids and would be decent options if they were.

          3. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            14 days, 4 hours ago

            Often the case in UCL fantasy, I think with wide/inside 'forwards' in particular. But at least it's not as bad as the World Cup game; still enough options to tinker with that I've switched 10+ in/out

            1. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 4 hours ago

              The free bet365 game, based on fanteam, has better classifications if you want to try a different format

        6. Udogie-style
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            After that performance and with Poland's injuries, VVD and Dumfries double-up is an option?

            1. F4L
              • 9 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              read that Austria are decent offensively so hesitant to even get 1 tbh with France likely to score against them. for matchday 1 alone the double up looks good if you're planning on using a chip for gw2 or 3

          • Apollo Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            A. Lunin, Guehi and Jorginho

            B. Moldovan, Faes and Guler

            1. Apollo Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              14 days, 13 hours ago

              Actually, the midfielders could be Wirtz (A) or Trossard (B)

              1. Scratch
                • 14 Years
                14 days, 13 hours ago

                Trossard's one I'd like to get but he's just a touch too expensive for me

                1. Apollo Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  14 days, 12 hours ago

                  Okay I've sorted out the tinkering, final question is what to do with the 0.5-1m from downgrading to a 4m GK and potentially second 4m defender.

                  A) Guehi, Trossard, Jorginho

                  B) Faes, Wirtz, Guler

                  1. sirmorbach
                    • 8 Years
                    14 days, 12 hours ago

                    A

          • F4L
            • 9 Years
            14 days, 13 hours ago

            For GW1, who do you think scores more:

            A - Scamacca (Albania)
            B - Havertz (Scotland, should get to see if he starts)

          • Bitsketchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            14 days, 11 hours ago

            Am I right in thinking that I can sub out any player who has played but only for a player who hasn't played?

            So, I could take on 3 Germans (who play first in each matchday) and keep them if they play well, or swap to my subs for them?

            1. panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              14 days, 11 hours ago

              Yeah pretty much one your formation is a valid one.

              1. panda07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                14 days, 11 hours ago

                once*

            2. Alan The Llama
              • 14 Years
              14 days, 11 hours ago

              Your bench should be the three players who play last in the gameweek. You wouldn't just sub out the three Germans, if they didn't score well, as you might have other players who score less.

          • Pep Talk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            14 days, 3 hours ago

            Will Palmer start over Saka?
            Will Frimpong start over Dumfries?

            1. GreennRed
              • 12 Years
              14 days, 3 hours ago

              Doubt Palmer will start over Saka.

              Not sure about Frimpong or Dumfries.

              1. Pep Talk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                Seeing last few friendlies makes me think that Palmer will start over Saka. Or maybe sharing game time 60m:30m whoever starts first.

            2. PartyTime
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 3 hours ago

              Ideally, Palmer should start with Saka or even over him based on last season’s performance but I will assume the latter is more nailed.

              Dumfries more nailed for gw 1 imo.

              1. Pep Talk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                Really wish Palmer to start and prove he is at par (might be even better) with Saka. He looks sharp in the last 2 friendlies.

                Now on Dumfries but who know maybe Frimpong will start ahead of him. I think it will depend on the formation. If 352, Dumfries will start. If 433, Frimpong might start. Maybe.

                1. GreennRed
                  • 12 Years
                  14 days, 2 hours ago

                  Saka wide, Palmer more central. Unlikely but could play Palmer at 10 and Bellingham a bit behind him, somehow! Southgate has plenty of attacking talent. It's debatable if he can knit them into a very good team and make the right switches in games to win them.

            3. Chockky
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 1 hour ago

              possibly if the reports of Saka still carrying a injury are true