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Euro's Put Back For 12 Months Could Help Jaaskelainen

23 March 2020

The postponement of the European Championships until the summer of 2021 could have a significant impact for Will Jaaskelainen.

The young Finn is currently his country’s Under-21 goalkeeper and another 12 months of experience in Crewe Alexandra’s first team could yet see himself force his way into the senior squad for Euros.

It is first time the proud football nation has qualified for the tournament and they have been drawn in the same group as favourites Belgium, Denmark and Russia. Their first game is now scheduled against Denmark in June 2021.

Jaaskelainen, 21, has established himself in the Under-21 side over the last year and would have been on International duty at the end of the month but for the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The former Bolton Wanderers trainee and son of Jussi, has now made 44 first team appearances for Crewe after beating Dave Richards to the number one spot in the summer.

Jaaskelainen would face stiff competition for a place in the Finnish squad from the more senior, Lukas Hradecky, of Bayer Leverkusen, Jesse Joronen of Italian side Brescia and Bristol Rovers’ 33-year-old goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.

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