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Ahead of the England and Belgium clash on Sunday, the Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he expects England to win Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup, with the current form of the quality of players in their squad.

The Manchester City star is part of the Red Devils squad taking on the Three Lions in a UEFA Nations League game at Wembley on Sunday.

Being part of the Premier League, De Bruyne has seen at firsthand the talent currently in the England squad and is tipping them to win the two major tournaments.

He said, “I think they should be very excited. It is a very young team with a lot of potential and I think they should aim to win the next Euros and World Cup – I think they have that potential.”

“There are always a lot of teams who want to win it, but I think the team they have, the players who play in top clubs, they should do that,” he added.

Belgium currently the world’s top-ranked team beat England twice at the 2018 World Cup but they will be without key men Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard this Sunday.

In today’s clash, analysts say England may be looking to exact a small measure of revenge for their 2018 World Cup defeat.

Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten by the Red Devils in the group phase and the third-place match in Russia and the teams clash again now in the Nations League.

Belgium are currently top, with two wins from two, while England have a win and a draw after games against Iceland and Denmark.

Both teams played a midweek friendly with rotated teams, as England beat Wales and Belgium drew with Ivory Coast.

England will have Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham available again after they were forced to miss the Wales friendly having attended a party last week, but Ben Chilwell remains absent through injury.

However, captain Harry Kane could miss out after suffering a muscular injury in training.

Belgium fully rotated their side for the match against Ivory Coast and so are likely to revert to  full-strength line-up for this fixture, with the exceptions of Thibaut Courtois and Dries Mertens, who have withdrawn from the squad.

Predicted line-ups

ENG: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, Henderson, Winks; Sancho, Kane and Rashford.

BEL: Mignolet; Denayer, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Castagne; De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard.

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Violence mars Argentina’s Copa America victory celebrations

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Violence mars Argentina’s Copa America victory celebrations

Thousands of people celebrated in Buenos Aires on Monday morning after Lionel Messi’s Argentina team was crowned champion of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory over Colombia in an electrifying final that was decided in extra time.

Cheering fans, many wrapped in Argentine flags, partied around the city’s iconic Obelisk in the early hours of the morning despite the low temperatures of the southern hemisphere winter.

The party ended abruptly after more than four hours when police deployed water trucks and officers to clear the streets, causing a rush of people.

Some hurled stones at the police but many quickly dispersed in the face of advancing riot police.

The authorities reported no arrests or injuries.

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“We are champions of America, let’s enjoy this precious moment that is unique for us since we have the chance to celebrate with the greatest who is …Messi and the farewell of ‘Fideo’ (Angel) Di Maria,” a chanting Pablo Inigo told AFP.

President Javier Milei congratulated the two-time America’s champions posting “Let’s go Argentina carajo..!!!!! We are champions again…!!!!” on social platform X.

The win was the Argentine’s third straight major tournament title following their 2021 Copa victory and triumph in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Several hundred people had gathered at the site to follow the game but it was not broadcast on the screens, and they had to settle for watching it on their phones.

Others crowded the surrounding bars and cafes huddling around TV sets.

Celebrations were also marred by the death of a fan who, before the match, started climbed a structure in front of the Obelisk to wave a flag but lost his balance and fell six meters.

Firefighters removed the body of the 29-year-old victim.

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JUST IN: Argentina wins Copa America title despite Lionel Messi’s injury

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JUST IN: Argentina wins Copa America title despite Lionel Messi’s injury

Argentina has won the Copa America trophy, defeating Colombia in the final.

Lautaro Martinez scored an extra-time winner to win a record 16th Copa America title for Argentina at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

The ended in 1-0

A poor game which had been marred by security and crowd issues, forcing a 82-minute delay, was decided by a quality finish from Martinez — his fifth goal of the tournament.

There were tears before the celebrations though with Argentina captain Lionel Messi going off injured in the 66th minute watching the rest of the game distraught on the bench, while there was an emotional farewell for Angel Di Maria in his final game for the national team.

For Colombia, whose only title came in the 2001 Copa America, it was a disappointing night when little seemed to work for Nestor Lorenzo’s team.

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The win was the third straight major tournament title for Argentine following their 2021 Copa victory and their triumph in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

There was concern for Messi in the 36th minute when he dribbled to the byline but was halted by a sliding challenge from Santiago Arias which was ruled fair left the Argentine captain needing treatment.

Messi, who now plays his club football in Miami, then curled a free-kick in from the left flank but Nicolas Tagliafico’s header was just off target.

It had been a disappointing first half and it didn’t improve much after the break, when the fans had at least received some entertainment from Colombian singer Shakira.

Then came a major blow for Argentine hopes when Messi went down, without contact, as he ran in midfield, and clearly in pain he went off to be replaced by Nicolas Gonzalez in the 66th minute.

It was too much for Messi, in what may have been his last major tournament, as he sat in tears on the bench, unable to hold back his emotions.

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BREAKING: Yamal, Williams shine as Spain beat England to lift Euro 2024

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BREAKING: Yamal, Williams shine as Spain beat England to lift Euro 2024

Spain defeated England 2-1 to win Euro 2024 on Sunday night.

The first half ended goalless, but it was La Roja who took the lead immediately after the break.

Nico Williams finished off a fine team move past Jordan Pickford.

The Three Lions levelled the game in the 73rd minute, after substitute Cole Palmer drilled the ball in.

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Mikel Oyarzabal then slid in to tuck home Marc Cucurella’s low cross.

The result means England have lost back-to-back European Championship finals.

As the final whistle blew, the Spanish players erupted in joy, hugging each other and basking in the adoration of their fans, while the English team struggled to come to terms with their heartbreaking defeat.

The victory parade in Madrid the following day drew millions of fans, all united in their pride and celebration of Spain’s triumphant campaign.

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