Euro 2020 Diary: That was fun – what happens next?


Hands up who thinks it was nice of UEFA to give everyone a couple of days without any European Championship games? Anyone? Thought not.

The round of 16 was completed on Tuesday, leaving us waiting for the best part of three days before we see any more action.

We’ve had to watch normal television for a change, and that is not a good thing. However, the weekend will soon be here, so this is a good time to look at what we’d like to see.

A Swiss win for Xhaka

His hair is a mess and he’s not everyone’s cup of tea as a footballer, but wasn’t it great to see Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka make France look daft the other night?

The Arsenal star’s sublime assist for Mario Gavranovic’s late equaliser was a thing of beauty, perfectly highlighting the ability he possesses.

However, the 28-year-old will miss the quarter-final tie against Spain after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against France.

Let’s hope the Swiss can go again without Xhaka and upset the odds against a much-improved Spanish outfit.

More McCoist please

Regular readers of this column will know that we’ve not been happy with some of the pundits and co-commentators at Euro 2020.

Robbie Savage, John Hartson, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy are amongst the group who have been stealing a living during the tournament.

However, the same cannot be said for Ally McCoist, who has been a breath of fresh air alongside Clive Tyldesley on ITV.

Tyldesley and McCoist for the Euro 2020 Final and FIFA 22? Yes please.

Grealish should start

Speaking of McCoist, he is bang on the money with his opinion on whether Jack Grealish should start against Ukraine on Saturday.

England manager Gareth Southgate was praised for delivering a tactical masterclass against Germany, but it is a spurious narrative.

He allowed the game to drift and but for two big saves by Jordan Pickford and Thomas Muller’s shocking miss, the result could have been different.

There is a reason why Manchester City want to pay £100 million for Grealish – he makes things happen. He should be in the team on Saturday.

Read: Euro 2020 Fixtures & Results – Full Euro 2020 Schedule & Dates.

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