The Republic of Ireland are back at the Stade de France for what has the feel of a do-or-die match. What could possibly go wrong? The Irish have Sweden in the opening tie of their Euro 2016 group phase campaign and the sense of anticipation, as the manager, Martin O’Neill, said on Sunday, is palpable. And yet the demons lurk. The choice of venue has seen to that.
Rangers newboy Joey Barton has stoked the Old Firm fire with comments about Brendan Rodgers.
One game gone and, as usual, three points chalked up.
It was a small thing in the context of the numbing deflation that pursued England from the Bouches-du-Rhône back to sleepy Chantilly, but it still irked.
As the Wales players made their way on to the team bus after the game, fuelled with optimism but looking physically and mentally spent, three million people back home were saluting their heroes. Yet for Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and everybody else connected with Chris Coleman’s team, it was the 24,000 Wales fans inside the stadium who deserved all the praise.
Wayne Hennessey will have an injection in his back to enable him to be fit to face England on Thursday after he was ruled out of the opening group game against Slovakia only a couple of hours before kick-off. The Wales No1 suffered a back spasm, forcing Chris Coleman to give Danny Ward, the 22-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper, his first start for his country.
David Thompson suggests that Liverpool should not sign Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
Roy Hodgson has told his England players to rise above the “disrespectful” comments from their Euro 2016 opponents after showing his disdain for Gareth Bale’s assertion that Wales will play with more national fervour when the two sides meet in Lens on Thursday.
Here is how we predict Arsenal and Swansea City will line up this weekend:
The Gunners star has been answering fan questions on Twitter.
West Bromwich Albion reportedly made a bold move for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal target Bruma on transfer deadline day.
Leeds United striker Chris Wood has earned praise from New Zealand fans for his display in their 1-1 draw with USA yesterday.
The South Korea international has found his groove in his second season at Tottenham Hotspur.
Will the would-be Aston Villa boss finally get his hands on Ross McCormack?
Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers' winger Barrie McKay did not feature as Scotland lost 3-0 yesterday.
Garry Monk has restored a feel-good vibe about Leeds United.
Tottenham would like to beat rivals to Fulham highly-rated duo.
Should Leeds United boss Garry Monk make a late move for the 31-year-old?
After Granit Xhaka was among Switzerland’s better performers in this close-fought win, Valon Behrami told of informing Arsenal’s new midfielder he may enjoy a drop in his yellow card count because his abrasive style is more suited to the Premier League.
Brazil have been knocked out in the group stages of the Copa América after an extraordinary Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium.
In the countdown to their opening game at Euro 2016, Sweden’s players have been subjected to a poll. It has been straightforward, featuring one question and one question only, and most of them have been asked it by now, at their various media appearances. Who, it has been put to them, is Sweden’s second best player?