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Off the Pitch: Euro 2020 – Day 23

Sun 04 July 2021 | 15:30

Did you catch the games yesterday? What happened off the pitch when teams locked horns at the stadiums? Follow us below as we take a look at everything that happened off the football field in Euro 2020 day 23.

Euro 2020 is still going strong as we inch ever closer to the final itself, with the four semifinalists already revealed. No matter where you are, you can hear England fans chant “It’s coming home” as their national team prepares to take on Denmark in the semifinals. The chants will be louder after they eased past

Ukraine

with a decisive 4-0 victory against Shevchenko’s men last night.

But while we lived through yet another beautiful night of football, many things happened off the pitch that caught the attention of the media and everyone active on social media platforms. Read on as we take a look at everything that happened in Euro 2020 day 23.

Euro 2020 – Day 23 Review

Yesterday was a good day for both

England

and Denmark as they managed to secure a spot in the semifinals. Denmark got to clutch a victory against

Czech Republic

, who had been the surprise underdogs of the tournament, managing to reach such a crucial stage even though they were not favorites at all. Later on, England locked horns with Ukraine and the Three Lions absolutely battered their opponents by running a rout over them. Harry Kane added two more goals to his tally with a brace as Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were also on the scoresheet.

But what went on off the pitch? From football WAGs supporting their significant others to Christian Eriksen being pictured outside of hospital for the first time and Declan Rice jokingly voicing his concern over Harry Kane’s rough celebrations, there is much to cover from everything that happened yesterday. Here is everything you should know about.

Football is for everyone

Football is for everyone and it is getting more and more inclusive every year, with teams celebrating and promoting respect and equality amongst all football fans. That is why no one was in a good mood when a security guard tried to take away a pride flag from a spectator during the match between

Denmark

and Czech Republic.

When the Danish fan raised his voice to stop the guard from taking away his pride flag, everyone around him circled the guard in support of the fan as they booed and protested against the guard, who eventually had to give up and go back.

Earlier in the tournament, Manuel Neuer had gotten into trouble with UEFA after wearing a rainbow-colored captain’s armband during Germany’s games. UEFA were even about to open investigations into the case as they believed the

Bayern Munich

goalkeeper had worn the armband with a political agenda rather than to support the LGBT community.

Of course they eventually dropped the investigations as social outrage stopped them from going any further, but UEFA went on to ban Allianz Arena from lighting up in rainbow colors prior to Germany’s clash against Hungary in the group stages, which started a movement where all the other landmarks and stadiums across Germany lit up in rainbow colors instead.

Glad to see you back

Christian Eriksen

has been pictured outside of hospital for the first time since he miraculously recovered from a sudden cardiac arrest during Denmark’s group stage clash against

Finland

. With Denmark set to meet England in the Euro 2020 semifinal, it seems that their star player is also doing fine as he is recovering more each day.

The

Inter

Milan star has been pictured at a beach as fans seem excited to see him in a better shape. The 29-year-old was given a heart starter to prevent any mishaps as he was discharged from hospital a couple of days after the accident.

Denmark national team have done Eriksen proud as they managed to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Finland in their opening game of the tournament and have since become a powerhouse and a serious contender for the trophy itself. Denmark’s success in Euro 2020 will surely motivate Eriksen to recover faster while resting at home.

The supportive WAGs

England stars are lucky to have such supportive WAGs as several were seen supporting their significant others on social media as they couldn’t fly off to Italy due to the recent travel restrictions put into effect by the Italian government.

Harry Kane

’s wife Kate Kane posted several images of herself and their three children supporting the England striker from inside what seems like a giant furnished tent. All their children wore number 9 England jerseys with the name “Daddy” written on all of them. Kane scored a brilliant brace as England eased past Ukraine with an easy 4-0 win.

England WAGs were previously seen wearing their significant others’ jerseys as they took a group picture at the stadium prior to England’s group stage match against Croatia. It was Jordan Pickford’’s fiancée Megan Davison who first shared the picture on Instagram, with the picture including Kieran Trippier’s wife Charlotte, Luke Shaw’s girlfriend Anouska Santos, Kyle Walker’s wife Annie Kilner and Harry Maguire’s fiancée Fern Hawkins.

The rough celebrations

Have you ever wondered how footballers feel when the goal celebration goes a bit rougher than expected? Well, Declan Rice has some things to say regarding the matter as he was seen suffering a “chokehold” by Harry Kane during Harry Maguire’s goal celebration. Rice shared a funny video of the incident with the caption saying: “Why always me?”

The video showed Harry Kane put his England teammate in a chokehold as he jumped on him from behind during the celebrations. Apparently it wasn’t the first time Rice was hurt during the celebrations as he suffered a cramp when he attempted to celebrate Kane’s goal against Germany.

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