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Official: Antonio Rudiger stars for Germany vs Denmark | UEFA Euro 2024

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Having recovered from an injury, Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger starts for Germany in their UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash against Denmark tonight.

The 31-year-old centre-half suffered a muscle strain in Die Mannschaft’s previous match against Switzerland and throughout the week, there were doubts over his availability for the game against the Danes.

But, Rudiger returned to training on Friday and earlier today, it was reported that the green light had been given for the Real Madrid centre-half to start and play at Signal Iduna Park.

The 31-year-old starts at the heart of the defence alongside Nico Schlotterbeck, who steps into the team in the absence of Jonathan Tah, who misses out through suspension. Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos also features.

Interestingly, long-term Real Madrid target Florian Wirtz has been left out of the team by Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann.

Another player on the Merengues’ radars, Jamal Musiala, starts for the hosts.

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Spain’s in-form forward ‘not afraid’ of Real Madrid rising star ahead of Euro 2024 final

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After a month full of jam-packed action, Spain and England are set to battle it out in the final of the European Championship on Sunday.

All eyes will be on Jude Bellingham and whether or not he can guide England to their maiden Euro title.

On the flip side, the resurgent Spanish side will be banking on Dani Olmo to weave his magic once again, as the two teams collide at the iconic Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Dani Olmo on the Bellingham threat

Heading into this game, Dani Olmo was asked about the threat of Bellingham. But the RB Leipzig star appeared quite unfazed, despite acknowledging the talents of the Real Madrid sensation.

“I’m not afraid of Jude Bellingham, like Morata, he is a reference. Football goes through his boots,” Olmo said when asked about the Englishman (h/t Cadena SER).

A player to keep an eye on? (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It must be remembered that Bellingham has been one of England’s crucial components in their gritty campaign so far, with the midfielder notably scoring an important late goal in the Round of 16 tie against Slovakia.

Dani Olmo, though, clarified that the Spanish team won’t be afraid of any individual, though he did point out Bellingham as a player to keep an eye on.

“Like others, he is a player to keep in mind, Bellingham is always in the middle of everything but we are not afraid of anyone,” he said.

It is perhaps fair to assume that England, for their part, will be keeping an eye on Olmo as well.

With three goals and two assists, the Spaniard has been one of the top performers in the competition so far and between him and Bellingham, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this Sunday.

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