The Belgian international failed to make a big impact in English football.
It may have been a wilful attempt to keep expectations at rock bottom but pre-tournament discussion in Albania centred for the most part on the nation’s happiness to have reached their first tournament.
Hungary may still have to prove they are big enough to merit sharing a pitch with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Frankly it was hard enough for them sharing a pitch with Iceland. In this meeting of two of Euro 2016’s surprise teams Iceland were less than three minutes plus added away from etching their names into the history books as they pumped every muscle to protect a 1-0 lead. But as has become typical of this tournament, a late twist wrestled away the storyline.
Twenty-two years ago to the day since Ray Houghton scored that famous goal against Italy at the 1994 World Cup finals, the Republic of Ireland went in search of another memorable victory against a European powerhouse. This time, however, there was no fairytale ending and unless Martin O’Neill and his players can summon something spectacular against the Azzurri in Lille on Wednesday, all roads point to home for Ireland.
The Portuguese forward played under Garry Monk at Swansea City.
The new Villa owner has big plans for his new club.
Players of Fiorentina, Monaco and Nacional feature in the list.
Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton would be doing well to bring the American teenager to Ibrox.
Jordan Botaka joined Leeds United in the summer of 2015.
Crowd trouble steals the headlines as the Croats collapse.
A CITY banker who blew nearly all his family's money on spread betting because he did not want to be seen as a "wimp" by co-workers has been ordered to hand every penny that is left to his ex-wife.
After a disappointing 2014 World Cup, the nation is eagerly awaiting the start of Euro 2016. With a 100 per cent record in the qualifiers, and currently priced at 8/1 fourth favourites, England are quietly confident that they can at least emulate their semi-final appearance 20 years ago.