Euro 2020’s postponement
There will be no international football during the summer of 2020. Euro 2020 retains its name, but has to all other purposes become Euro 2021. The coronavirus has slashed its way through the sporting calendar, and the scheduled major tournament for 2020 has been delayed by 12 months. For Gareth Southgate and England, however, there may be reasons to be positive.
Where there were previously concerns surrounding injuries to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, they both now have a further year to recover their form and fitness. Jordan Pickford and John Stones, also among those struggling for consistency, will have more time to correct that.
There are also the potential benefits that will come from so many of Southgate’s promising young players having a further year’s experience of senior football. Maybe, for England, Southgate and so many of his leading players, Euro 2020 would have actually come a year too soon.