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Official: Jude Bellingham starts for England vs Netherlands | UEFA Euro 2024

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England and Netherlands will face off against each other at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund in an hour for a place in the UEFA Euro 2024 final against Spain.

And, Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham features in the starting lineup for the Three Lions against Ronald Koeman’s men.

It will be a special occasion for the 21-year-old as he plays at his former stomping ground, returning to the home of his ex-club Borussia Dortmund.

As such, Bellingham, who has already scored two important goals for England, will be eager to step up and help Gareth Southgate & co. make it through to the finals where Spain await.

A strong display would also enhance his chances of bagging the Ballon d’Or award for 2024, especially with club teammate Vinicius Jr.’s Copa America campaign with Brazil coming to an early end.

Meanwhile, England have made a solitary change to the team that beat Switzerland in the quarterfinals, with defender Marc Guehi coming in for Ezri Konsa.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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