These are intoxicating days for Christopher Patrick Coleman. Having masterminded Wales’s progress to a historic Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday, he can now be linked with the England manager’s job. Let it be said: Coleman has arrived.
This was France serving notice of their quality. A team who had rather huffed and puffed up to now, scraping through late in contests they had been expected to win at a canter, rediscovered their rhythm in the drizzle of Saint-Denis to cast Iceland from the tournament.
Chris Coleman did his best to sound diplomatic. “It’s disappointing but rules are rules,” the Wales manager said.
Few artists could turn a paddling pool into the crowning glory of a tour about politics, betrayal, female endurance and familial devotion.
Michael Gove cannot be trusted to be prime minister because he has “an emotional need to gossip, particularly when drink is taken, as it all too often seemed to be”, according to claims made by Boris Johnson’s former campaign manager.
It is beginning to dawn that in the wake of the Brexit vote there will be no such thing as a return to business as usual in British politics.
Labour MPs supporting Jeremy Corbyn are urgently seeking ways to avoid a historic split after their leader’s refusal to resign set the party on track for a ferocious leadership battle.
At the Stade des Bourgognes, England’s training ground on the outskirts of Chantilly, there was an unmistakable hint of irritation in Roy Hodgson’s voice. His players were going through a training exercise featuring two sets of players in one penalty area.
Juanfran admits overconfidence cost Spain their place at the top of Group D, leaving them in a position where they may have to overcome Italy, Germany and France if they are to reach the final of Euro 2016.
Man mountains at the foot of the French Alps, otherwise known as security staff at Iceland’s training camp in beautiful Annecy, joined the applause for England’s last-16 opponents as they disembarked from their team bus on Thursday.