Players from West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion and Real Betis have spoken about what it’s like to represent your country at a European Championship.
Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and right-back Vladimir Coufal, Brightons Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana and Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho recalled their memories of international competitions.
All three clubs are sponsored by Betway, so they sat down with their sponsor to talk to your national team about participating in a major tournament.
Hammer’s right-back Vladimir Coufal is currently playing for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020, including in the group stage against England. He spoke of wanting to repeat the success of his compatriots, including Karel Poborsky, who shone in reaching the final of 96 euros.
The currently injured central defender Angelo Ogbonna played for Italy at the 2016 European Championship.
Goalkeeper Fabianski, who came on unused in Poland’s three games in the group stage, said hearing the national anthem before the games was an indication that the game means more than usual.
The seagull duo Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana spoke about the pride and pressure that comes with a tournament for England. Welbeck said his training at Manchester United Academy taught him to be positive about the pressure and focus on the game rather than the occasion.
Welbeck played and scored for England at Euro 2012 and was also involved in the 2014 and 2018 World Cup squads. Teammate Lallana was also at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and replaced Welbeck in the group game against Uruguay.
Sporting’s William Carvalho is the only player interviewed with experience of winning a major tournament. He was part of the Portuguese squad that triumphed at Euro 2016 and is currently involved in Euro 2020, starting two of his team’s three group matches.
He spoke of the “unforgettable experience” of lifting the trophy five years ago.
You can see the players talking about their experiences in the video below.