Perhaps the best way to sum up the potential dangers for Roy Hodgson and his team is to imagine the reaction if Iceland – a country, we have learned in the past few days, with more volcanoes than professional footballers – were to produce the most unexpected result so far of Euro 2016 and where it would rank in the list of ignominious results England will never be allowed to live down.
When James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.
Adam Gemili described it as the “best feeling in the world” after straining to a narrow victory in the men’s 200m at the UK trials. There were smiles, too, for Danny Talbot, a hair’s breadth behind in second, who also secured his Olympic place. But at least one top British sprinter will shortly find his Rio ambitions shattered after a day of intrigue and drama in Birmingham.
Eddie Jones has demanded significant further improvement from his England players if they wish to feature at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
For years Marcus Willis has played doubles and a bit of singles for peanuts in empty arenas in every tennis backwater from Kuwait to Charlottesville, Virginia. His Tour earnings would not pay for a holiday in Tenerife or a three-course meal for him and his dentist girlfriend, Jenny Bate.
Fifty-four overs and no result was the gloomy outcome of another Bristol one‑day international.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck or Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge would fit Spain’s playing style, suggests Guillem Balague.
Anthony Joshua wants it all.
Serena Williams left Wimbledon a year ago heading for New York and history: the first calendar grand slam since Steffi Graf’s in 1988 was one win away.
George Osborne has sought to reassure financial markets by insisting Britain’s economy is in a strong position to adjust to life outside the European Union.
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, is flying into Brussels for urgent talks at the start of a crunch week for Europe as leaders struggle to contain the fallout from Britain’s seismic decision to leave the EU.
When Álvaro Morata reaches the Spain dressing room at the Stade de France on Monday afternoon, he will pull on a white shirt, shorts and socks and then put on his boots, his shin pads and a helmet.