Portugal defender Ruben Dias said a gruelling season with club side Manchester City had motivated him for Euro 2020 and he hoped to outdo himself in the national team's title defence. Centre back Dias, who was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, played 50 matches for City in all competitions in the 2020-21 campaign apart from his national team commitments. The Euros were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 crisis, which delayed the start of the 2020-21 season and forced European leagues to complete the demanding season in time for the summer tournament.
England manager Gareth Southgate said he substituted Harry Kane in Friday's 0-0 draw with Scotland in the European Championship to inject much-needed energy into the team after yet another subdued display by the skipper. Kane looked leggy and starved of service as he struggled to make an impact in the Group D game at Wembley Stadium, managing only 19 touches throughout before being replaced by Marcus Rashford in the 74th minute. "I felt we needed a few more runs in behind and Marcus would give us that energy," Southgate told reporters, explaining his decision to replace Kane for the second straight match.
Spain got its most experienced player back after missing the side's EURO 2020 opener.