Roy Hodgson’s team selection gamble against Slovakia has left England facing a daunting set of potential knockout-stage opponents – with Germany, Italy, France and Spain all in the same side of the draw.
Argentina is a country that loves a dichotomy. Its entire history is the story of opposing poles: unitarian against federalist, Peronist against anti-Peronist, menottista against bilardista. On Wednesday, in the Copa America semi-final, will be played out the latest battle between the two predominant schools of the modern Argentinian game.
Cristiano Ronaldo reacted angrily after being approached by a television reporter while out walking near Portugal’s hotel in Lyon – grabbing the microphone and throwing it into a lake.
For Hungary, the dream goes on.
Rangers are seemingly close to securing a deal to bring Matt Gilks to Ibrox.
From a Portakabin to the Parc des Princes, Neil Taylor painted a portrait of Welsh history in the making, outlining the extent of their achievement.
It was definitely no disgrace.
The two formed a strong partnership last season despite Everton struggling.
As the Russian saying goes, another town another temper.
Switzerland had shouldered a great weight of history, and the parallels had been clear. One of the nation’s greatest results had come against Romania, in the second group tie at the 1994 World Cup, when a thumping 4-1 victory got them through to the last 16. A guy called Roy Hodgson was their manager at the time.
Michael O’Neill has told Northern Ireland to improve “the ugly part” of their game on Thursday yet taken exception to Ukraine’s Ruslan Rotan describing his team as reliant on physicality, high balls and scrambles.