This week the Covid delayed 2020 European Football Championships will be under way.
Turkey and Italy open the tournament on Friday night at 8pm with the qualifiers from the home nations kicking off their first group games in the days that follow;
Wales v Switzerland Saturday 12 June 2pm
England v Croatia Sunday 13 June 2pm
Scotland v Czech Republic Monday 14 June 2pm
All three of our UK qualifiers have representatives in their squads with local links, although they are predominantly to Sheffield United.
England’s squad includes Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Maguire, and Kyle Walker who all came through the Blades’ Academy before playing for the first team. Aaron Ramsdale who fits the same criteria, made the provisional squad before being cut from the final 26. Former United loanees Dean Henderson and Conor Coady also got the call.
The only non-Blades link to the squad comes in the shape of former Barnsley player and Academy product, John Stones.
Scotland have Sheffield United player John Fleck in their squad with Oli McBurnie missing out through injury. Former player Che Adams also gets the nod.
The Blades theme continues with Wales as current player Rhys Norrington-Davies and youth product makes the squad, as does former player David Brooks who followed the same pathway.
Local Round Up
The financial woes at Hillsborough continue as it’s reported that the Professional Footballer’s Association are working with Sheffield Wednesday following players not receiving full pay for the third month running.
It’s understood some players are considering activating their 15 day notice period after a claim was made that the club had considered putting some of the squad on furlough for part of their wages to be paid by the Government under the Covid job retention scheme.
The club is still under a transfer embargo which hasn’t been helped this week with the news that young player, Osaze Urhoghide, has rejected a new contract. A number of senior players are already leaving the club at the end of the month when their contracts expire.
If relegation wasn’t bad enough, it looks like a rocky summer ahead for the Owls.
Barnsley’s Chief Executive, Dane Murphy, says he’s confident that both manager, Valerien Ismael and captain, Alex Mowatt, will still be at the club next season despite rumours of interest from other clubs.
Chesterfield completed a remarkable turnaround of their season to secure a play off place after Nathan Tyson scored a late winner at FC Halifax Town.
The 2-1 victory saw them to a sixth place finish and a one-off play off encounter at Notts County on Saturday 5 June. The winner will take on Torquay in the semi-final.