It was a small thing in the context of the numbing deflation that pursued England from the Bouches-du-Rhône back to sleepy Chantilly, but it still irked.
As the Wales players made their way on to the team bus after the game, fuelled with optimism but looking physically and mentally spent, three million people back home were saluting their heroes. Yet for Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and everybody else connected with Chris Coleman’s team, it was the 24,000 Wales fans inside the stadium who deserved all the praise.
Wayne Hennessey will have an injection in his back to enable him to be fit to face England on Thursday after he was ruled out of the opening group game against Slovakia only a couple of hours before kick-off. The Wales No1 suffered a back spasm, forcing Chris Coleman to give Danny Ward, the 22-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper, his first start for his country.
David Thompson suggests that Liverpool should not sign Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
Roy Hodgson has told his England players to rise above the “disrespectful” comments from their Euro 2016 opponents after showing his disdain for Gareth Bale’s assertion that Wales will play with more national fervour when the two sides meet in Lens on Thursday.
The defender, linked with Premier League sides, impressed against Northern Ireland.
The Leeds United defender has been linked with a host of Italian clubs.
After Granit Xhaka was among Switzerland’s better performers in this close-fought win, Valon Behrami told of informing Arsenal’s new midfielder he may enjoy a drop in his yellow card count because his abrasive style is more suited to the Premier League.
Brazil have been knocked out in the group stages of the Copa América after an extraordinary Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium.
In the countdown to their opening game at Euro 2016, Sweden’s players have been subjected to a poll. It has been straightforward, featuring one question and one question only, and most of them have been asked it by now, at their various media appearances. Who, it has been put to them, is Sweden’s second best player?