Things continue to roll on Friday in Euro 2020 action, with another trio of crucial group-stage matches taking place at the showcase event.
There are three games on the docket, including: Sweden vs Slovakia (Group E); Croatia vs Czech Republic (Group D); and, the much-anticipated meeting between the United Kingdom’s England and Scotland battling in a Group D showdown at Wembley Stadium.
Sweden vs Slovakia: Sweden winger Dejan Kulusevski has returned to the squad following a positive Covid-19 test but may not feature against Slovakia. Midfielder Matthias Svanberg is still isolating following a positive test.
Slovakia will be without defender Denis Vavro, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Croatia vs Czech Republic: The Czech Republic have no new concerns, but injured goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka has been replaced in the squad by Tomas Koubek.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is hopeful of being available following a knee problem but Rangers left-back Borna Barisic will not be available as he continues to manage a persistent back problem. Dalic has also suggested he would make wholesale changes to the starting line-up.
England vs Scotland: Gareth Southgate has said Harry Maguire will be involved in the England squad, having been out since May with an ankle injury.
“We are really pleased with his progress, he has trained with the team for four or five days now and he has had no reaction,” he said.
“He is on a really good path. We want everyone available, it causes difficult decisions but we have 26 players on the training pitch and that is a great position to be involved in.”
Steve Clarke declared Kieran Tierney fit and available for Scotland. The Arsenal defender missed the 2-0 defeat by Czech Republic at Hampden Park in the Group D opener with a niggle.
Clarke said: “It is good news for Kieran, good news for us and good news for the Scottish supporters. Hopefully we can back all that up with a good result. He has trained fully the last two days. He is available for the whole game.”
Who needs what to qualify?
Group D: For England, the equation is simple. If Gareth Southgate’s side beat Scotland they will be through to the last 16. They will be confirmed in the top two of the group if they secure victory over Scotland at Wembley on Friday and Croatia do not beat Czech Republic. It’s also a huge game for Steve Clarke’s side, who will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose to England and Croatia do not beat Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, Czech Republic, who beat Scotland in their opener, will be through to the knockout stages if they beat Croatia. They will be confirmed in the top two if they win and Scotland do not beat England. For Croatia, they will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose to Czech Republic and Scotland do not beat England.