One of the problems with exceeding all expectations is that some of the best-laid plans can go awry, as Chris Gunter and his family have discovered after Wales reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
When Halldor Einarsson’s sports kit company started selling shirts to Iceland fans for Euro 2016, they added a felt-tip pen to the deal.
Roy Hodgson is set to recall Raheem Sterling to his starting lineup against Iceland as England attempt to secure a first victory overseas in the knockout phase of a European Championship.
Antonio Conte was offering a lesson in life, not just in football. “Nothing is impossible,” he said, before pausing to add: “It would be a pity if it was: it would take away the very essence of life, the uncertainty that makes it.”
The Tottenham Hotspur winger seemed devastated after losing the Copa America.
Perhaps the best way to sum up the potential dangers for Roy Hodgson and his team is to imagine the reaction if Iceland – a country, we have learned in the past few days, with more volcanoes than professional footballers – were to produce the most unexpected result so far of Euro 2016 and where it would rank in the list of ignominious results England will never be allowed to live down.
When James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.
Adam Gemili described it as the “best feeling in the world” after straining to a narrow victory in the men’s 200m at the UK trials. There were smiles, too, for Danny Talbot, a hair’s breadth behind in second, who also secured his Olympic place. But at least one top British sprinter will shortly find his Rio ambitions shattered after a day of intrigue and drama in Birmingham.
Eddie Jones has demanded significant further improvement from his England players if they wish to feature at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
For years Marcus Willis has played doubles and a bit of singles for peanuts in empty arenas in every tennis backwater from Kuwait to Charlottesville, Virginia. His Tour earnings would not pay for a holiday in Tenerife or a three-course meal for him and his dentist girlfriend, Jenny Bate.
We continue our countdown of the greatest players in Aston Villa's history with a forward who netted a club-record 244 goals and sits second on the all-time appearance list.
Scotland take on Denmark at Hampden Park this evening...
He has scored 112 goals more than anyone else in Wolverhampton Wanderers' history, but Steve Bull has to make do with second place in our list.