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Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Beijing,

Aston Villa set to confirm Roberto Di Matteo as new manager on Friday

The former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa on Friday, with Steve Clarke to act as his assistant. The Italian will sign a two-year contract and take over from Rémi Garde, who was sacked in March having won just two of the 20 Premier League matches he was in charge for.

England's Chris Smalling scores their first goal

Chris Smalling swoops to give limp England victory over 10-man Portugal

As sendoffs go, it is probably fair to say Roy Hodgson hoped for better in England’s final match before Euro 2016 than seeing his team look so leaden, the crowd so bored they resorted to making their own entertainment and a tetchy press conference when the questions centred around whether his team were heading into another tournament without any clarity about their best way of playing.