It gives me the utmost joy to learn that someone who once wrote the line “Spread your wings and let me come inside” has become a knight of the realm.
Vladimir Weiss had just turned 24.
Celtic, Aston Villa and Hull City are all reportedly interested in signing released Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.
Gareth Bale had already spoken about what it really means to be Welsh, right down to the way that his country sings the national anthem, when the conversation turned to facing England and, with no encouragement needed, the world’s most expensive footballer saw a chance to light the touchpaper.
José Mourinho sent Paddy McNair a good luck text for the European Championship and may have received a brusque reply but for an alert from Manchester United, the Northern Ireland international has disclosed.
Chris Coleman has called on his Wales players to rediscover the same qualities that helped them to qualify for Euro 2016, in particular the need to be ruthless and horrible as they seek to get off to the best possible start in their opening group game against Slovakia.
On the front page of L’Equipe there was a portrait of Paul Pogba and a headline that doubled up as a demand. The accompanying photographs were of France’s legendes.
Eight months to the day after Taulant Xhaka anchored Albania’s midfield as they sealed a place at Euro 2016 with a 3-0 win over Armenia – while his brother, the Swiss international Granit, sent supportive messages on social media – the pair face a scenario neither could have seriously expected when cheering one another on in the qualifiers.
The Department of Financial Services is requesting information pertaining to the bank's Malaysian 1MDB dealings.
The Everton defender looks set to miss out in favour of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill.
Tony Blair is expected to defend his decision to join in the invasion of Iraq by asking his critics to think through the consequences for stability in the Middle East had Saddam Hussein been left in power, capable of developing weapons of mass destruction.
Brexit campaigners have complained that EU rules have stopped the UK from deporting 50 foreign criminals, including the Italian murderer of headteacher Philip Lawrence.