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    ENGLAND Wags Sasha Attwood, Megan Davison and Anoushka Santos looked game-ready as they kitted themselves out in England shirts. They all posed for the camera and looked positive ahead of the crunch quarter-final clash against France. 2Sasha Atwood (left) and Megan Davison got ready for the game together 2Anoushka Santos (left) showed her best game face ahead of kick-off More to follow... Topics World Cup 2022 England France YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunRON DOWN Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not playing for Portugal?HEALTH CRISIS Grant Wahl complained of serious illness days before his death at 48Live BlogSHOCK DEATH Wife breaks silence after reporter dies suddenly while covering World CupLatestTRAGIC DEATH Soccer journalist Grant Wahl dead aged 48 in Qatar while covering World CupFollow The SunServices Sign Up To The Sun About Us Editorial Complaints Clarifications and Corrections News Licensing Advertising Contact Us Help Hub Topic A-Z Cookie Settings Contact Preferences © 2020 THE SUN, US, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY | YOUR AD CHOICES | SITEMAP
    FRANCE'S stars have been practising their poker faces ahead of tonight's quarter-final clash against England. Didier Deschamps' side are reported to have been enjoying playing poker at their World Cup base in Qatar. 5France have been working hard in training ahead of their quarter-final meeting with EnglandCredit: PA 5Senior players are alleged to have enjoyed playing poker in the eveningsCredit: PA 5French staff are reported to have shown footage of England games to Didier Deschamps' players during their time offCredit: AP A group of France's more experienced heads have gathered every night to play cards, according to L’Equipe. Olivier Giroud, Raphael Varane, Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann are alleged to have grown close with while still enjoying "fierce competition" with each other. But the reigning champions aren't just sitting around playing poker as they prepare to take on England. Les Bleus have been hard at work on the training pitch, and have also spent time extensively studying tapes of the Three Lions. L’Equipe say France staff have even been showing England games to the players during their time off. Although the...
    TYSON FURY fancies sparring Wayne Rooney in preparation for his Oleksandr Usyk undisputed decider. The Manchester United and England legend was ringside at Wembley for the 34-year-old WBC Gypsy King’s one-sided defence against Derek Chisora on Saturday. 2Wayne Rooney has been invited into the ring the heavyweight championCredit: Alamy 2Tyson Fury says he wants to spar with the Man Utd and England legendCredit: Getty The boxing-mad Scouser - who was infamously knocked out by fellow player Phil Bardsley in a friendly 2015 sparring session - hailed the Morecambe giant and put him forward for a knighthood. And Fury responded by offering 37-year-old Wazza the chance to impersonate the 6ft 3in southpaw in the ring over a few rounds, ahead of their spring showdown. Man United fan Fury told talkSPORT: “Wayne Rooney is a proper legend. “I grew up watching him as a youngster for England and United. So, that’s an amazing speech from him. “He’s a massive boxing fan, he comes from a boxing family as well. So, hopefully, we can have a little spar in the future sometime.  “I do...
    ENGLAND players are using a muscle gun to help them maintain peak condition at the World Cup. The Three Lions will face defending champions France in the quarter-finals on Saturday after a stellar 3-0 win over Senegal in the last-16. 3Jordan Henderson has been spotted using the muscle gun before gamesCredit: Reuters 3The Liverpool captain was pictured with the device before the USA and Wales matchesCredit: Getty 3The England players use it to directly treat areas of discomfortCredit: Getty While Ben White and Raheem Sterling have both returned home due to personal issues, Gareth Southgate is yet to experience any major injury concerns since his squad jetted off to the tournament. And one way the Three Lions stars are keeping themselves in perfect shape is through the use of Therabody's muscle gun. Jordan Henderson was seen putting the device on his back and hamstrings before the USA and Wales games, before he applied it to James Maddison. The Athletic have reported that Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold also uses it. Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka and Australia's Bailey Wright are other fans of...
    ENGLAND'S World Cup heroes have been taking a well-deserved rest after beating Wales 3-0 to top the group. The Three Lions are set to face Senegal in the World Cup round of 16 on Sunday, but before then they are taking the opportunity to relax and take in some sun before getting back to work. 5Harry Maguire showed off some of the team's recoveryCredit: Instagram 5Declan Rice and Callum Wilson appeared to be in good spiritsCredit: Instagram 5Jack Grealish showed off the luxurious pool the team hasCredit: Instagram @jackgrealish 5His post even captured Jordan Pickford lazing around on the poolCredit: Instagram @jackgrealish Members of the squad posted pics to their Instagram stories. Defender Harry Maguire posted a picture by the pool with the caption: "Recovery Day," and paired the text with a trio of emojis. Declan Rice captured a snap with himself and Newcastle forward Callum Wilson. Rice donned a backwards cap and a beaming smile as he captioned the image of the pair: "Recovery settings." Jack Grealish added his own lazy day post. The Man...
    ENGLAND wags are gearing up for tonight's crunch Battle of Britain against Wales with a slap up meal. Gareth Southgate's side can seal top spot in Group B with victory over Wales. 4Sasha Attwood posts a selfie of her and Jack Grealish 4Harry Maguire's sister Daisy joined the rest of the Wags out for dinner 4Conor Coady's wife Amie took to Instagram ahead of the game 4Bukayo Saka's girlfriend Tolami Benson was also out for dinner And many of them will once again have their partners in attendance as they look to reach the last-16. Before the game, some of them met up and had a bite to eat to fill their stomachs. Amongst them were Bukayo Saka's girlfriend Tolami Benson. But the 22-year-old's food might not have tasted as good because the Arsenal man is set to start on the bench. read more on wagsABBEY CHRISTMAS! Peter Crouch's wife Abbey Clancy, 36, wows in racy lingerie for Christmas Harry Maguire's sister Daisy was also out for dinner, with the big defender expected to keep his place in the side...
    THE partners of England's World Cup stars have flown over to Qatar to cheer on their loved ones. The Three Lions made a perfect start to the tournament with a 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday. 4Raheem Sterling's partner Paige Milian in QatarCredit: @paigemilian 4She has flown over to cheer her Chelsea man on in the Middle EastCredit: @paigemilian 4Conor Coady's partner Amie is also out in QatarCredit: @amiecoady90 4Bukayo Saka's partner Tolami Benson is another to have flown out to the World CupCredit: @tolami_benson And it has made their other halves' time in Doha that bit more relaxing as they enjoy a break away in the Middle East. Raheem Sterling's partner Paige Milian posted snaps to her social media on a bed in Qatar. She then shared another snap catching some rays as the Chelsea forward's partner took in the glorious weather. And Paige is not the only Wag that has flown to support the England team. READ MORE ON WAGSCLEAN BREAK Wanda Nara poses naked in bath as she shows Mauro Icardi what he's missing Amie Coady, the...
    ENGLAND Wags have arrived in Qatar with packed suitcases ahead of boarding HMS Wag. Three Lions stars are staying in a strict Covid-secure bubble as they plot World Cup glory in Qatar. 6Megan Pickford beams as she arrives in QatarCredit: Dan Charity 6Kyle Walker's wife Annie Kilner has touched down in the Middle EastCredit: Dan Charity 6Annie appears to be expecting England to make a deep runCredit: Dan Charity This means that they will be kept separate from their loved ones throughout the tournament. But they will still receive plenty of support from their partners at the games. A number of Wags, including Jordan Pickford's wife Megan, arrived in the Middle East yesterday. Megan Pickford, 26, smiled as she went through customs at Doha International Airport. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPWONDERS OF THE WORLD CUP Meet England's Wags in Qatar include model and mum of two She clutched her handbag as she picked up her luggage at baggage reclaim. Also arriving at the same time was Kyle Walker's wife Annie Kilner. Annie wore white trainers with an all black...
    After a Week 6 loss to the Washington Commanders, the Chicago Bears will be back in front of a national audience when they play the New England Patriots on “Monday Night Football.” Barring an unforeseen flex game, this will be the Bears’ final prime-time game of the season and another chance to show progress. In the lead-up to Monday night’s game, here are a dozen eye-catching facts and figures. 46-10 Bears-Patriots. Jan. 26, 1986. You know what it is. 324 Career coaching victories for Bill Belichick, including the postseason, during his 23 seasons with the Patriots and six with the Cleveland Browns. The Patriots’ 38-15 victory over the Browns on Sunday moved Belichick into a tie for second on the NFL’s all-time wins list with Bears legend George Halas. Don Shula holds the all-time victories record — regular season plus playoffs — with 347. Halas still holds the distinction of winning the most regular-season games with one franchise with 318. Belichick has won 257 regular-season games with the Patriots. 16 Games started by Justin Fields — 10 as a rookie...
    GARETH SOUTHGATE has travelled to Vienna to watch Iran play Senegal in a friendly. The England manager is busy preparing for the Qatar World Cup after the Three Lions' Nations League campaign concluded with a 3-3 draw against Germany. 2Gareth Southgate travelled to Vienna to watch Iran vs SenegalCredit: Sky Sports News 2The England boss was accompanied by his assistant Steve HollandCredit: Sky Sports News And with England set to take on Iran in their opening World Cup fixture, Southgate is doing his homework in person. He was joined by his assistant manager Steve Holland at the behind closed doors match. Southgate, 52, was likely casting an eye over Iran's dangermen to work out how to nullify Carlos Queiroz's side. The England boss looked in good spirits despite mounting pressure on his team, and took time to pose for photos with fans ahead of kick-off. Despite a run of six matches without a win Southgate has belief in his squad and is re-assured by the leadership qualities some players have shown in recent days. He said after the Germany match:...
    REAL MADRID have made Jude Bellingham their No1 transfer target for next summer, according to reports. The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder has insisted he will remain at the Bundesliga club for one more season. 1Bellingham is attracting interest from some of Europe's biggest clubsCredit: Getty But Europe's elite clubs are already circling as they prepare to try and tie down one of the most talented teenagers in world football. Manchester City have been linked with him despite having just signed Leeds man Kalvin Phillips. Liverpool have been long-time admirers of the Dortmund star and are thought to value him extremely highly. And Chelsea also recently joined the hunt for the England international. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Barcelona close in on Lewandowski, Messi DISAGREEMENT with Mbappe over Neymar According to Marca, Real Madrid have now also identified him as a transfer target. Carlo Ancelotti is already planning for life after their legendary midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro. They have talented young blood waiting in the wings in the form of Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and...
    MANCHESTER CITY are set to contact Leeds over a transfer move for their England star Kalvin Phillips. The midfielder is currently on international duty but limped off injured during last night’s 1-1 Nations League draw in Germany. 1Man City are ready to step-up their pursuit of Kalvin PhillipsCredit: Rex The Cityzens face a huge fight to sign the in-demand ace as a host of other clubs chase his services. But City will officially approach Leeds once Phillips has finished his England duty later this month. Boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement for veteran Fernandinho following the Brazilian’s departure after nine years at the Etihad. And we previously reported how he is believed to view Phillips “as an attainable target” as he plots a transfer swoop.  READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live Tottenham 'Pau Torres-Lo Celso swap talks', Liverpool '£85m Nunez bid'Free bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners Guardiola and City sporting director Txiki Begiristain think he would be “ideal” for them and have already seen scouts to watch him several...
    KEVIN DE BRUYNE took no prisoners when it came to expressing his feelings on the UEFA Nations League. The Manchester City midfielder will need to complete four fixtures in 11 days with Belgium starting this Friday. 2De Bruyne has been capped 88 times by Belgium but doesn't like the Nations LeagueCredit: Reuters 2De Bruyne celebrates his fourth Premier League title in five seasonsCredit: Getty De Bruyne slammed the tournament for its lack of importance on the wider footballing scene and highlighted the need for players to have time to relax in the offseason. He said: "For me, the Nations League is unimportant. We have to play those matches, but it's a kind of practice campaign. "Everyone has had a very tough season. As soon as we are on the field, we do what we have to do. Then I want to win. Other than that, I don't have much to say about it. “We have nothing to say about it. As players, we can talk about vacation or rest, but we have no say. Read More on FootballDEVILS...
    FULHAM are lining up a shock transfer swoop for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, according to reports. The Cottagers are sat 12 points clear at the top of the Championship and are the favourites to win the division. 1Gomez is believed to be concerned with his lack of game timeCredit: AFP And according to reporter Graeme Bailey, Fulham would like to sign Liverpool defender Gomez upon their return to the top flight. The defender has fallen out of favour at Anfield and is Jurgen Klopp's fourth choice centre-back behind summer signing Ibrahima Konate. Gomez is said to be very concerned with his future at Liverpool as well as at international level with England. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is a big fan of Gomez but won't pick him if he's not playing. Read more on CheltenhamCHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Runners and jockeys CONFIRMED, latest betting offers - Day 1 updates And with the 2022 Qatar World Cup just around the corner, Gomez will need to get minutes to stand a chance of being selected. Gomez isn't short of suitors, with...
    SARINA WIEGMAN warns England are preparing for increased scrutiny ahead of hosting the Women’s Euros this summer. Her squad kick off their preparation with tonight's Arnold Clark Cup opener against Canada  at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium. 3England are targeting their first win under Sarina Wiegman against CanadaCredit: Getty The round-robin competition will also see Wiegman’s aces pit their wits against Germany and Spain. The Netherlands-born England chief said: "The main thing is in this tournament is the pressure, the highest pressure in football. “That's all about decision making, position out of possession (on the pitch) and we have to do that quick and be connected as a team. “The other pressure is all the things around a team that will happen. 'We're preparing ourselves for that and have meetings and talk about it. "In English, you say you turn around every stone. Most read in SportCLEAN SWEEP Curling schedule, fixtures and results for Team GB at Winter OlympicsNIGHTCLUB 'BEATING' Kansas City Chiefs star wanted over 'attack' involving Alvin KamaraTIGER WOE Tiger Woods reveals his career as full-time golfer is OVER after his...
    ENGLAND will travel to Qatar in the winter looking to end 56 years of hurt. Gareth Southgate's men will head to the Middle East believing that this can be their time. 24England will hope to go one better than their Euro 2020 showing this winterCredit: PA Each and every one of them will have dreamt of earning glory for England as wide-eyed kids. And now they will have the opportunity to make those ambitions a reality. The Three Lions have been getting closer and closer since Southgate replaced former boss Roy Hodgson. Under the Watford-bound gaffer England were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016. But things have been a lot better since. Southgate and Co reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup, having their hearts broken in extra time by Croatia. They then went one better last year, reaching the Euro 2020 final. CASH CLAIM Automatic $1,400 payments can be claimed TODAY after $660 monthly boost deadlineLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side as tributes pour inXXX-RATED Most Pornhub-obsessed cities revealed –...
    ENGLAND will travel to Qatar in the winter looking to end 56 years of hurt. Gareth Southgate's men will head to the Middle East believing that this can be their time. 23England will hope to go one better than their Euro 2020 showing this winterCredit: PA Each and every one of them will have dreamt of earning glory for England as wide-eyed kids. And now they will have the opportunity to make those ambitions a reality. The Three Lions have been getting closer and closer since Southgate replaced former boss Roy Hodgson. Under the Watford-bound gaffer England were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016. But things have been a lot better since. Southgate and Co reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup, having their hearts broken in extra time by Croatia. They then went one better last year, reaching the Euro 2020 final. LEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side as tributes pour inROLLING IN THE DEEP END Adele cancelled Vegas residency after furious rant over pool stuntAQUA VAN! Jason Momoa looks...
    LONDON (AP) — England’s National Health Service is building temporary structures at hospitals around the country to prepare for a possible surge of COVID-19 patients as the highly transmissible omicron variant fuels a new wave of infections. The U.K. reported a record 183,037 confirmed new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, 32% more than the previous day. While early data suggests omicron is less likely to cause serious illness than earlier variants, public health officials think the sheer number of infections could lead to a jump in hospitalizations and deaths. In response, the NHS will begin setting up “surge hubs” this week at eight hospitals around England, each with the capacity to treat about 100 patients. Staff are preparing plans to create as many as 4,000 “super surge” beds should they be needed, the NHS said Thursday. “We do not yet know exactly how many of those who catch the virus will need hospital treatment, but given the number of infections we cannot wait to find out before we act, and so work is beginning from today to ensure these facilities are...
    PUB landlords in England are gearing up for an invasion of Scottish and Welsh drinkers on New Year’s Eve as anger grows at the nations’ different Covid curbs. Up to 100,000 could cross borders after Boris Johnson announced no new limits, in contrast to Scotland boss Nicola Sturgeon and Wales’s Mark Drakeford. 8British pub landlords are gearing up for an invasion of up to 100,000 Scottish and Welsh revellers on New Year’s EveCredit: NB PRESS LTD 8Partygoers are set to cross borders after Boris Johnson announced no new restrictions ahead of 2022, deserted streets as new limits kick in on Monday in GlasgowCredit: Robert Perry Revellers desperate to escape Wales and Scotland’s Covid clampdowns have already planned trips to England to see in 2022. Scottish and Welsh landlords are fuming at the crackdowns driving drinkers into boozers of delighted English publicans. Scots will shun a homeland Hogmanay for England party cities. Brian Meighan tweeted: “Coach loads of us going to Newcastle to celebrate New Year, absolutely shocking c**p up here in Scotland.” Laura Bryce who owns a pub five miles...
    SARINA WIEGMAN wants England to show no mercy in front of goal against Latvia when the two sides clash in Doncaster later.  And the head coach praised Ellen White’s consistency with the Man City ace two strikes short of becoming the Lionesses' all-time top scorer. 3Sarina Wiegman's England side will play Latvia next following their 1-0 win against AustriaCredit: Getty Wiegman’s aces face Latvia in their second World Cup qualifier this month and following a 10-0 thrashing of their opponents back in October.  The England chief, 52, told reporters: “It’s about just getting our game to the next level again. "So, speed up the game, have a high ball tempo, but also being patient, having runs behind the defence - we're just putting emphasis on those things all the time.  “And then in the final third, stay aggressive, keep scanning and composed, and of course, ruthless, to get the ball in the net. "The team has to collaborate really well, stay connected and co-operate well so we can create many, many chances and score these goals." The hosts, who...
    THIS IS the moment England’s rugby squad took on the ultimate challenge - by embarking on a ‘Tug of War’ with an 8.5 tonne truck. Eddie Jones’ side are currently preparing to face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday in their final Autumn International. 3England's rugby squad embarked on an epic 'Tug of War' with an 8.5 tonne truckCredit: Red Bull and England Rugby 3Red Bull and England Rugby have released a short film titled ‘The Stress Test’ documenting the testCredit: Red Bull and England Rugby And to prepare for that, Red Bull and England Rugby have released a short film titled ‘The Stress Test’ documenting a unique and gruelling training session to help the team prepare for their rematch against the world champions. And the climax of it shows the beasting involved for all 28 players having a ‘Tug of War’ with an 8.5 tonne Dakar competitor, a legend of the sport capable of 1,150 brake horsepower. After coming agonisingly close to tasting World Cup victory in 2019 before losing the final to the Springboks, Jones’ men reported that...
    LEAH WILLIAMSON insists England's Women's captaincy is not a job she is chasing despite calling it football’s ‘most sought-after' role. The Arsenal ace will wear the skipper’s armband for the Lionesses' World Cup qualifier clash with Northern Ireland at Wembley later. 4Leah Williamson says the Lionesses captain's armband is not something she has chasedCredit: PA 4Williamson and her England team-mates hope to defeat Northern Ireland for a second time this yearCredit: PA It will be the third successive match in which the Bucks-born ace, 24, has skippered the side after leading them to crushing 10-0 and 8-0 wins in qualifiers against Luxembourg and North Macedonia.  Williamson, who will lead the team in place of the injured Steph Houghton, said: “I think it's probably the most sought-after job in football isn't it? “But like I've always said that it's not really something that I've ever chased, it's not something that's on the agenda “It's just a matter of circumstance is the way I see it at the minute. "I'm not looking past the game (against Northern Ireland), which I'll enjoy...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have made Declan Rice their number one transfer target, according to reports. But Manchester City are also keen on the England star, 22, and they are ready to fight their rivals for his signature. 2Declan Rice could be the subject of a transfer battle between the two Manchester clubs next summer United have held a long-term interest in Rice and were believed to be open to working out a deal in the summer transfer window. West Ham asked for £100million for Rice and that quickly killed any murmurings of a transfer. The Red Devils were unwilling to splash the cash on the midfielder after spending heavily on their priority target Jadon Sancho. Raphael Varane also arrived for a significant fee and Cristiano Ronaldo signed a £25m a year contract. But now Rice is at the top of United's transfer shortlist, according to The Independent. The report suggests people close to Rice are hinting that a move to United is almost certain to happen. Most read in FootballLive BlogFOOTIE LIVE Lionel Messi struggling to settle in at PSG, Wilshere...
    TOTTENHAM have entered the race for Southampton star James Ward-Prowse, according to reports. SunSport exclusively revealed in June that Aston Villa want to sign the Saints ace. 2James Ward-Prowse could wave goodbye to Southampton this summerCredit: Getty But now it would seem they have competition. According to the Telegraph, Spurs are 'preparing a bid' for the England international. The Lilywhites' interest dates back to Mauricio Pochettino's time at the club. And the midfielder has continued to go from strength to strength since - forcing his way into England contention and so far earning eight caps. Ward-Prowse, 26, could join former team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in Tottenham's midfield. Or he could potentially follow Danny Ings to Villa Park. Saints chief executive Martin Semmens is desperate to keep hold of Ward-Prowse. But he is set to come under pressure towards the end of the window. Ralph Hasenhuttl is also bracing himself for the loss of defender Jannik Vestergaard. BETTING SPECIAL - GET MO SALAH TO SCORE ONE OR MORE GOALS IN AUGUST AT 20/1 DREAM TEAM 2021/22PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON...
    MIKKEL DAMSGAARD, Denmark's breakout star at Euro 2020, has had his transfer price set by Sampdoria amid interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona and Juventus are all reportedly interested in signing the 21-year-old winger this summer. 2Damsgaard has been one of the surprise stars of Euro 2020Credit: PA But they will have to fork out a big transfer fee if they are to prize him away from the Serie A side. According to La Gazetta dello Sport, Sampdoria have set Damsgaard's price at £34million. It comes after the Danes reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 before being eliminated by England. And Damsgaard was a key figure in helping them make it to the last four. The youngster netted the opener in his country's must-win group game against Russia which they went on to win 4-1. He then also scored a sensational free-kick in their semi-final clash with Gareth Southgate's men, before eventually being knocked out after extra time. Damsgaard was given his chance in Denmark's starting XI in tragic circumstances after Christian Eriksen collapsed in...
    SUMMER was the only star missing from England training on Tuesday as Gareth Southgate took charge of a fully-fit squad in chilly conditions. The Three Lions underwent their final workout at St George's Park before taking the trip to their London base. 7Scarves and gloves were the order of the day for England's workoutCredit: Getty 7Many players had to don a wooly hat for the July sessionCredit: PA All 26 players in Southgate's squad took part in the morning session, including Bukayo Saka who had missed the win over Ukraine with a knock. But the majority donned jumpers, scarves and gloves for a runaround that truly betrayed its July date. Temperatures hung around the 13°C mark on Tuesday with total cloud cover and occasional rain. Fortunately, the 8pm kick-off at Wembley is forecast to take place in dry conditions and sunny spells that could tip 20°C. While England took the trip to London in the afternoon, Denmark did likewise and were seen off by a crowd of thousands of adoring fans. Three Lions boss Southgate faces a tough selection...
    JORDAN PICKFORD and Kasper Schmeichel are preparing to go head-to-head in Wednesday night's Euro 2020 semi-final having BOTH started their careers at Darlington. England and Denmark will do battle at Wembley with a spot in Sunday's final against one of Italy or Spain on the horizon. 5Jordan Pickford and Kasper Schmeichel were both given their senior debuts by DarlingtonCredit: PA:Empics Sport 5Jordan Pickford has been excellent for England at Euro 2020, yet to concede a single goalCredit: EPA 5Kasper Schmeichel made his senior bow at Darlington on loan from Manchester CityCredit: EPA Both nations have been indebted to their goalkeepers this summer, with Pickford and Schmeichel both in top form. England and Everton ace Pickford is yet to concede a single goal at the Euros, making a string of fine saves along the way, including an astonishing stop to deny Kai Havertz in the last 16 win over Germany. Denmark's Leicester talisman Schmeichel has shipped an average of goal per game, but has been crucial in his side coming back from the brink of a group stage exit to reach...
    ENGLAND are stepping up their bid to bring football home after travelling to Rome to take on Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. The Three Lions secured a famous 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16 - their first in a tournament knockout stage since the 1966 World Cup Final. 8Gareth Southgate aims to steer England into the Euro 2020 semi-finalsCredit: PA 8Jack Grealish will hope to join Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in attack against UkraineCredit: AFP Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling netted in the historic victory at Wembley with the country beginning to dream again. And next up it's Ukraine in the Italian capital after Andriy Shevchenko's men beat Sweden in extra time. Playing away from home for the first time in the tournament, England will need to be at their best to avoid a shock upset like Iceland in 2016. Gareth Southgate has already revealed he was a 'party pooper' in the dressing room on Tuesday to stamp out any complacency. England's clash with Ukraine will kick off at 8pm at the Stadio Olimpico - the home...
    GERMANY have begun their preparations for the Euro 2020 clash with England – by giving the players an extra day off. Joachim Low’s side face the Three Lions on Tuesday with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs in a match which has caught the imagination of England. 2Germany players have been given an extra day off to rest after Wednesday's game against HungaryCredit: Getty But while Gareth Southgate’s squad are now working hard at St George’s Park on a game plan to beat the Germans, it is far more relaxed within Low’s camp. For the manager has decided to give his players a second day off to rest following the 2-2 draw against Hungary on Wednesday night which secured second spot in Group F. It has been decided the players will benefit more from an extra 24 hours of relaxation than being put through their paces on the training ground. Instead, Germany will only train properly on Saturday and Sunday before going through a light session ahead of making the flight to the UK on Monday. England, meanwhile,...
    ENGLAND welcome Germany to Wembley on Tuesday with a place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals at stake. But there will also be a healthy dose of pride on offer for two nations with a long and fascinating history of footballing rivalry. 7England's 1966 win over Germany won the Three Lions their only World CupCredit: Hulton Archive - Getty 7But Die Mannschaft have broken many English hearts over the yearsCredit: Getty - Contributor 7 An inaugural 3-3 draw in May 1930 was a strong hint of what was to come as the first four meetings between the pair threw out 22 goals. During this period, England's dominance showed with seven wins in a row, including an infamous visit to Berlin in 1938, that culminated in the 1966 World Cup final. Geoff Hurst's hat-trick at Wembley may have had a helping hand from a potentially dubious goalline decision (more of that later) but etched his name into English folklore. To this day, that 4-2 win at Wembley marks the Three Lions' only World Cup triumph. Die Mannschaft, then known as West Germany,...
    ENGLAND footie stars have been twisting their melons to sink Scotland tomorrow — by working out with fruit-patterned under­water balls. Players love kickabouts with “watermelon balls” at their training base. The soft, coloured globes can be kicked or thrown up to 10ft under water. ⚽ Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds 7Tyrone Mings of England smiles in the swimming pool following the England training session at St George's ParkCredit: Getty The team — managed by Gareth Southgate — had a splashing time at St George’s Park yesterday as the final countdown began to the Battle of Britain Euro 2020 showdown at Wembley. Coaching staff at the camp in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, introduced the bizarre balls in place of the unicorn pool inflatables which players loved at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They allow the stars to enjoy fun games with minimal impact on tired joints and muscles. Tyrone Mings, 28, Phil Foden, 21, Kyle Walker, 31, and Jordan Pickford, 27, were snapped with their new toys. A Three Lions source said: “The...
    HARRY KANE has warned Scotland he is eyeing up a 50-yard goal of his own, after watching England’s rivals being floored by Patrik Schick’s wonder strike. Scottish keeper David Marshall was embarrassed by Schick’s effort from the halfway line in Monday’s 2-0 defeat by the Czech Republic. 5Patrik Schick scored from 50-yards to stun the ScotsCredit: The Sun 5Harry Kane will look for the opportunity to score a wonder goal of his ownCredit: Getty And before Friday’s Euros clash with the Scots at Wembley, England skipper Kane admits he is looking to perform a similar trick. Kane told ITV: “It was unbelievable - to see the keeper off the line is one thing but then to be able to put it in the back of the net is another. It was probably the goal of the tournament - that will be a hard one to beat. “But every now and then I will look for that one. The keepers today like to play as...
    ENGLAND begin their preparation for this summer's Euros this a friendly at home to Austria. The Three Lions are one of the hot favourites to win this year's tournament and Gareth Southgate's young side will be pining for international success. 2Harry Kane will lead the line for England at the Euros this summerCredit: AP What time does England vs Austria kick-off? England's friendly clash with Austria will get underway from 8pm UK time on Wednesday, June 2. The game will be played at Middlesbrough's home stadium the Riverside. There will be around 8,500 fans in the ground for the game after the government's relaxing of Covid restrictions. What TV channel is England vs Austria on and can it be live streamed? England's home clash with Austria will be shown live on ITV1 and ITV1 HD. You can live stream the clash from the ITV Hub, which is available for download onto your mobile device, tablet or...
    PUBS across the country are shining pint glasses while restaurants are dusting off tables with businesses preparing to FINALLY open their doors tomorrow. Brits will get a well deserved taste of freedom tomorrow in a major easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown. 10Brits will get a well deserved taste of freedom tomorrow in a major easing of England’s coronavirus lockdownCredit: EPA 10Preparations at the Terrace Cafe and Bar in Plymouth, Devon, ahead of the company's reopening tomorrowCredit: SWNS Hairdressers, non-essential retail, as well as indoor gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen as lives take another leap back towards normality along the road map to ending restrictions. Libraries, zoos and nail salons will also reopen as greater outdoor interaction is permitted while mixing with other households indoors remains heavily restricted. Businesses and citizens eagerly anticipated the renewed freedoms, but any fanfare for the easings has been somewhat muted by the national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh. 10Pubs in north London prepare to reopen ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictionsCredit: Splash 10Shops are getting stock ready ahead of reopening tomorrowCredit:...
    ENGLAND should prepare for a surge in Covid cases as lockdown restrictions are lifted today, a minister has warned. People can now play team sports and have social gatherings outdoors - including in their own gardens - and the “stay at home” orders have been lifted.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 6Minister for sport and tourism Nigel Huddleston said England should prepare for a surge in Covid casesCredit: Rex Minister for sport and tourism Nigel Huddleston told Good Morning Britain: "We do expect as the measures ease for there to be a slow uptick in infection rates - that’s naturally to be expected." As people in England can look forward to mixing with friends and family, Mr Huddleston said today was a “really big day, (for) millions of people across the UK are just dying to get back to the things that they love”. But he described today’s lockdown easing measures as “cautious baby steps”. He warned the PM may not be able to press ahead with his plan to end restrictions on June 21...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Since Kendrick Bourne was 6 years old, the Patriots have spent nearly every year competing for — and winning — Super Bowls. Having watched that organization from afar, the wide receiver wasn’t sure what to think when the offer from New England came in last week at the start of free agency. READ MORE: Supreme Court Will Consider Reinstating Death Sentence For Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Fortunately, Bourne’s experience with a couple of former Patriots helped prepare him for what to expect. Bourne’s former quarterback — Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014. His receivers coach — Wes Welker — is one of the most prolific receivers in Patriots franchise history. “[Welker] told me it’s a great place, great decision I picked, and how they work hard there. Everything is earned,” Bourne shared Monday on a video conference call with Patriots reporters. “That was the biggest thing; when I heard that, man, coming to a place where you can earn everything, go out there and play, showcase and earn your...
    SANDY MACIVER is enjoying the battle to be England’s first-choice stopper after being tipped for the top by Everton boss Willie Kirk.   And the Toffees ace hailed the influence of Carly Telford and Karen Bardsley ahead of the Lionesses' match against Northern Ireland.  4Sandy MacIver is part of a 22-player squad taking part in an England Women's training campCredit: Alamy Live News 4MacIver, 22, is facing competition for an England starting place from Ellie Roebuck and Hannah HamptonCredit: Focus Images MacIver is one of a trio of top-flight keepers included in interim head coach Hege Riise’s England squad.  And at 22 the Everton player is the oldest of the three who include Man City starlet Ellie Roebuck, and Birmingham's Hannah Hampton, both 21.  MacIver said: “To be able to push myself alongside two really good goalkeepers in Ellie and Hannah just shows the strength of the group and I think the three of us pushing on now is only going to help us. “They have had different experiences from what I've had and I think together we'll be able to...
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For the second straight week, the New England Patriots are heading into a game after having their preparations disrupted by a teammate testing positive for the coronavirus. Last week it was Cam Newton, who tested positive two days before their matchup with Kansas City and was forced to sit out. This week the Patriots’ facility was closed for most of the week after reigning Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined Newton on the reserve/COVID-19 list along with practice-squad player Bill Murray. It altered New England’s game prep for its matchup with Denver to virtual meetings and film study. It’s also left the Patriots at a competitive disadvantage as they look to extend a four-game home win streak over a Broncos team that has gone through a normal, on-field practice schedule. The NFL helped out a little by postponing the game, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, to Monday at 5 p.m. “I think we knew at the beginning of the season that there were going to be challenges and there have been,” Patriots coach...
    WITH a number of clubs struggling for funds as a result of the coronavirus crisis, you can expect many to dip into the free transfer market to strengthen their squads. The likes of Edinson Cavani, Willian and David Silva are available for nothing, and you can be sure their futures will be decided imminently as clubs desperately try and snap them up. 4Here is a starting XI of the best players currently available on a free transfer With the 2020/21 Premier League season scheduled to start on September 12, expect a number of teams to bring in players for free. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals Here SunSport has compiled a starting XI made up of the best players available for nothing. GOALKEEPER Joe Hart At 33, the England shot-stopper is still more than capable of doing a job between the sticks for a top-flight side. Despite failing to appear for Burnley in the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign, Hart has taken to social media to show he is in impeccable condition. Last week...
    The Pakistan cricket team is set to arrive in England on Sunday for their summer tour, the ECB announced on Friday. The teams are set to play three Tests and three Twenty20s, with the competition starting in August. It will be some of the first cricket to be played in months, with international competitions and major leagues shutting down with the spread of the coronavirus. As Sky Sports reported, Pakistan’s players will start the tour with a 14-day quarantine at Blackfinc New Road, Worcester, before moving to The Incora County Ground in Derbyshire on July 13 to begin preparations for the first test. The breaking news on Friday of the team’s planned arrival ended a period of uncertainty, with a number of Pakistan’s players testing positive for coronavirus. As the BBC reported earlier in the week, seven more Pakistan players tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total to 10. The players who had tested negative were still slated to depart for England, with Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Waskim Khan saying the tour was still on track and the team...
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