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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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CZECH REP

Euro 2020

■ THE BOSS JAROSLAV SILHAVY SILHAVY’S side were hit by a coronavirus outbreak in September before facing Scotland. The Scots won that meeting 2-1 and Silhavy, who later contracted Covid himself, denounced that defeat by saying the team he fielded ‘wasn’t us’. That tees up their Euro 2020 opener with Scotland nicely. The losers can have no excuses this time around. ■ THE STAR TOMAS SOUCEK WEST HAM ‘won’ the World Cup in 1966. Maybe they can have a say in Euro 2020, too, if Soucek (above) and his team-mate Vladimir Coufal put in those warrior type performances we know they’re capable of. Soucek enjoyed a stellar first full season in the Premier League and made a big impression. For a deep midfielder, he carries a real goal threat which rival coaches will have noted and, in Gareth Southgate’s case, hopefully planned for! ■ MY VERDICT IN qualifying for this tournament, England beat the Czechs 5-0 in London, then the Czechs beat England 2-1 in Prague. It’s good news (for England) then that their final group game is at Wembley.

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