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Off the Pitch: Euro 2020 – Day 15

Sat 26 June 2021 | 15:30

What happened in day 15 of Euro 2020? What did the players do without football? Follow us below as we take a look at some of the best and even horrifying things shared on social media.

Another day passed without any football and fans got even thirstier for more Euro 2020 action. While some national teams got ready for their Round of 16 campaigns, others gave their players some freedom to cool off before their crucial games. England were the primary focal point of most of the media, as England players had a bit of a laugh or two. Read on to find out more about everything that happened in Euro 2020 day 15.

Euro 2020 – Day 15 Review

From Bukayo Saka failing to live up to the expectations of his teammates on the golf course, to Alvaro Morata revealing the horrifying truth behind his cyberbullies, we have many things to cover for today. So without further ado, here is everything you should know about yesterday.

The not-so-talented golfer

When you’re trying to do something new, don’t try it in front of your friends, or else you will be mocked both at the scene and on social media. That is the lesson Bukayo Saka failed to learn as he tried his hand in golf. With golf enthusiast

Harry Maguire

filming the entire event, Saka failed to take a decent shot as both his attempts were air shots with hardly any back swing.

It’s safe to say that while Saka is a bright and talented football star in the making, he might have a thing a or two to learn from Harry Maguire or even

Wales

international Gareth Bale, who plays for Arsenal’s city rivals Tottenham. Even though the 19-year-old had a stellar performance against Czech Republic, it didn’t stop his teammates from mocking his attempts at taking a shot in golf. Maybe Saka would be wise to stick to football instead.

The English midfielder is one of the most promising youngsters in

England

, who already has a whopping €65 million market value, having already made a total of 88 appearances for Arsenal since 2019. He has also managed to score a total of 11 goals and provide 21 assists in the process, which is quite promising for a player of his age.

Saka is also one of the immensely versatile players in Gareth Southgate’s roster as he can virtually play anywhere on the pitch. He is probably too young to find his sweet spot, which is why he has been deployed on a whole array of positions, including as a left-back, in all three parts of the midfield and on both wings.

The death threats

Alvaro Morata reveals the horrifying death threats that he got from seemingly

Spain

"supporters", who threatened to kill his wife and children after he failed to deliver in Euro 2020. With several chances missed during crucial games for Spain, it would be only right that people would get upset or angry about Morata’s state of play, but it would never be justifiable enough for actual people sending real death threats to an international star.

Even though many have protested against online abuse that many stars face these times, such horrifying trends are still ongoing and the social media corporations just don’t seem to care enough to do anything about it. Morata admitted that he’s had sleepless nights when he worried something might actually happen, which only worsened his performance.

The 28-year-old Spaniard scored his national team’s only goal in the 1-1 draw against Poland and showed everyone that he has not lost his form at all. But it seems that a single goal is just not enough for some people as they like to be cyberbullies in the most disgusting way possible.

Gary Neville’s horrible XI

It seems that while Gary Neville is a fan-favorite amongst those watching his show, his favorite XI for the match against

Germany

is just not that good at all. Fans and even world-class footballers voiced their concern and anger over Gary Neville’s choice of players for the England national team, with many being thankful that Neville is not the manager of the Three Lions.

Neville named James, Walker, Stones, Maguire and Shaw in defense; used Rice and Phillips together and fielded Sterling, Kane and Saka in the front as he asked everyone what they thought on Twitter. People were absolutely shocked over Neville’s choices as even Jack Wilshere tweeted: “No Grealish or Foden? At least one has to play! Probably Grealish to us retain ball and carry it up the pitch. Come on Gaz.”

One England fan replied to Gary Neville’s Tweet by saying: “the state of that! Some of the best attacking talent this country’s ever seen and we’re running scared of a bang average German side. Pitiful! Going out with a whimper.”

Unwinding before the showdown

It’s always good and even crucial to unwind and cool off before a vital match against a historical rival. That’s exactly what the England national team did as they took some of the game’s pressure off their shoulders in the pool where they stayed afloat using inflatable killer whales. The squad did anything they liked. While Declan Rice enjoyed some darts, Reece James,

Marcus Rashford

and Bukayo Saka took part in a squat-jumping competition, in which they all won a championship belt.

One detail that caught the eye of the media, however, was the fact that the England national team had previously used inflatable unicorns in the pool, but they had switched over to killer whales despite the unicorns having found their fans amongst England supporters.

It seems that the England national team squad has been all over the news and social media prior to their Round of 16 clash against Germany. Will this extra attention towards the team put extra pressure on the players? Will they manage to go past the 2014 World Cup champions? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think down in the comments section below. Thanks for watching. If you liked our video, don’t forget to subscribe and turn on the notifications to get notified of all our daily uploads.

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