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U21 EURO daily bulletin: Monday 15 June

UEFA.com will bring you a daily one-stop wrap of how all the participating teams are faring in the Czech Republic throughout the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

German players enjoy a joke during their training session in Smichov, Prague
German players enjoy a joke during their training session in Smichov, Prague ©Sportsfile

Group A
Czech Republic

Despite emerging onto the Bohemians Stadium pitch under grey Prague skies, there were plenty of smiles as the Czech squad trained on Monday. After a high-spirited warm-up, coach Jakub Dovalil put his players through a pacy passing drill in their penultimate session ahead of Wednesday's opening game with Denmark.

Pierre Højbjerg, a late arrival with Denmark's other senior internationals, reported a hamstring complaint and so travelled to Munich to see a doctor and was due back in Prague on Monday evening. "We decided to act quickly because we don't have much time," team doctor Jesper Petersen told media. The Bayern midfielder may arrive back in time to enjoy the birthday celebrations of team-mate Yussuf Poulsen, who turned 21 on Monday.

Captain Kevin Volland, UEFA Champions League winner Marc-André ter Stegen and coach Horst Hrubesch were among those who visited the German school in Prague for a Q&A session with pupils. Max Meyer and Emre Can did not join them having already faced the media in the squad's daily press conference. Training took place in the late afternoon with the goalkeepers practising their footwork while the outfield players, ironically, used their hands in a netball-style game in which they could only score with their head.

Serbia are gearing up to meet the side that Filip Đuričić told UEFA.com are perhaps the favourites to win this tournament: Germany. "We are fully aware of who we will be up against, and we're ready for a big game," the Benfica striker said. "Being here is great. Being a semi-finalist would be an amazing result. Something more would be just a dream."

England U21s manager Gareth Southgate
England U21s manager Gareth Southgate©Getty Images

Group B

After Sunday's open training session, manager Gareth Southgate was playing his cards closer to his chest on Monday as he put his players through their paces behind closed doors ahead of their first game with Portugal on Thursday. However, the England boss has given his squad free rein to take in the picturesque centre of Olomouc. "We are staying in an area that is far enough out of town that we are not going to be swamped, but it is close enough for them to walk in and have a cup of coffee, meet locals or go and see their families," Southgate explained.

After a morning training session on home soil, the Azzurrini flew from Milan to Vienna early on Monday evening before making the short journey to their base in Olomouc.

Less than 48 hours after helping Portugal to a 3-2 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying win against Armenia, William Carvalho and Bernardo Silva arrived in the Czech Republic to team up with Rui Jorge's squad. "Our main objective is to qualify for the Olympic Games," Monaco midfielder Bernardo told Portuguese media. "After that, and depending on how the competition goes, we'll see whether or not we can set ourselves other objectives. There are no stars. We're all working towards the same thing."

Benfica's Victor Nilsson Lindelöf has been called into the squad to replace right-back Emil Krafth, who has a back injury. "I have had a back problem off and on for a little while now," said Krafth, who plays his club football for Helsingborgs. "We have really tested it, and we have decided that I won't be able to play. I'm really disappointed."

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