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 Everton defender looks set to miss out in favour of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill.
West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet, Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny revel in France’s win against Romania at the Euro 2016 finals.
France are away, just about and not without a stutter and the odd clanging false step. On a steamy, occasionally fraught night at the Stade de France Euro 2016 kicked off with a gathering roar as the tournament favourites grappled their way to a 2-1 win against a gnarly and capable Romania.
The 23-year-old Portuguese talent was expected to leave this summer, and still might.
Tottenham Hotspur duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will feature for England at the Euro 2016 finals in France.
The former England international is critical of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker and Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored for France against Romania at the Euro 2016 finals on Friday evening.
The Aston Villa youngster rates the West Ham United and France star highly.
A number of Newcastle United players have been linked with leaving the club.