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    FOOTBALL fans were left baffled by Kylian Mbappe's pep talk with Hugo Lloris ahead of Harry Kane's first penalty against France. The France superstar chatted to his goalkeeper as Kane prepared to step up from 12 yards. 3Kylian Mbappe talks to Hugo Lloris before Harry Kane's first penalty against FranceCredit: Getty 3Hugo Lloris chatted to Kylian Mbappe just before the penaltyCredit: Getty 3Harry Kane was unfazed and made no mistake from the penalty spotCredit: AP Fans felt Mbappe must have tried to offer his goalkeeper some last-minute advice, despite Lloris being Kane's team-mate at Tottenham. It made no difference as Kane stepped up to blast the ball past Lloris and draw England level. Supporters were baffled why Mbappe felt the need to dish out advice to the keeper. One fan said: "Mbappé wants to give advice to Lloris who has been playing with Kane for 10 years he is MARBLED." Another added: "Nah why did Mbappe go up to Lloris to give him advice as if he doesn’t train with Kane everyday????." And a third said: "Mbappe walking over to...
    ENGLAND Wags enjoyed a Robbie Williams concert on Thursday night ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against France. The Brit musician also performed a surprise gig for Gareth Southgate's squad earlier in the week. 7Sasha Attwood was seen leaving a Robbie Williams gig in DohaCredit: Dan Charity 7Luke Shaw's girlfriend Anouska Santos also headed to the eventCredit: Dan Charity 7Harry Maguire's girlfriend Fern looked stylish in a grey blazerCredit: Dan Charity 7Conor Gallagher's girlfriend Aine May Kennedy donned a pair of sunglasses as she made her way outCredit: Dan Charity But on Thursday night he entertained the Wags in a concert at Doha Golf Club. Jack Grealish's girlfriend Sasha Attwood was pictured leaving the event clutching a bottle of water. The fashion model and influencer looked chic in a beige one-piece as she headed back for her hotel. Meanwhile Harry Maguire's wife Fern was spotted holding a cup in each hand while on her way out of the concert. Luke Shaw's girlfriend Anouska Santos and Conor Gallagher's partner Aine May Kennedy were also seen leaving the event. A number of...
    THREE Lions fans are crowing because France’s lucky cockerel mascot has deserted them. French supporters reckon victory is assured if rooster Balthazar crows tomorrow morning — but they face defeat if he keeps quiet. 2England rejoices as it still has Chesney Hawkes and our own Harry ManeCredit: Dan Charity 2Balthazar was at earlier matches in Qatar but is now thousands of miles away on the Cote d’Azur after owner Clement Tomaszewski, 74, returned home He was at earlier matches in Qatar but is now thousands of miles away on the Cote d’Azur after owner Clement Tomaszewski, 74, returned home with him. He will be back if France get past England — but we still have Chesney Hawkes and our own Harry Mane. The One and Only singer was adopted as a lucky charm when England beat Wales 3-0 after he sang on the pitch at half-time. Nineties heart-throb Chesney, 51, said: “I’ll bring as much luck as possible to the England team. “Lots of players are superstitious so any lucky mascot that can help could be worth their weight in...
    DECLAN RICE has MISSED England's latest training session ahead of their crunch clash with France. The Three Lions will face the defending World Cup champions in the quarter-finals on Saturday night. 1Declan Rice was absent from England training todayCredit: AP Gareth Southgate's troops have been hard at work on the training ground preparing for the star-studded France team. But midfielder Declan Rice was absent from today's training session. Illness kept the West Ham United man out of the team's latest sweltering training session. It's currently unknown if he'll be fit for Saturday's clash with the French. Rice, 23, wasn't the only player missing from the training field. Newcastle United hitman Callum Wilson was also absent with a minor niggle. The Toon target man missed Southgate's training session for his reserve players on Monday. But the former Bournemouth man allayed concerns over his fitness in a recent Instagram post, saying he was "recharging and recovering." Most read in FootballKICKED OUT Wendy's son, 22, evicted from $2M apartment after she 'is cut off from fortune'WAR OF WORDS Aaron Carter's fiancée reveals all...
    KYLIAN MBAPPE missed France training just DAYS before their huge World Cup quarter-final clash with England. The 23-year-old is leading France's World Cup title defence and the race for the Golden Boot. 3Mbappe missed training days before France's quarter-final date with EnglandCredit: Getty 3Deschamps was seen in long conversation with France's doctorCredit: Reuters 3France will play England on SaturdayCredit: Getty Mbappe has scored five and assisted two in four games. He scored a brace in the 3-1 round of 16 win over Poland to set up a date with Gareth Southgate's free-scoring England. However, according to L'Equipe, via Get French Football News, Mbappe missed France training days before Saturday's clash. And boss Didier Deschamps was seen in a long discussion with Les Bleus' doctor at the start of the session with Mbappe doing work in the recovery room. Whether Mbappe's absence is injury-related is yet to be seen. But the Frenchman avoided an ankle injury scare ahead of the tournament while playing for club Paris Saint-Germain. Mbappe was withdrawn before the 90th minute in the 2-1 win over Lorient after...
    FRANCE have given a warning for Kylian Mbappe's failure to turn up for his post-match media duties at the World Cup. The superstar was prepared to front up the cash himself if they were fined however. 2Kylian Mbappe was named man of the match against PolandCredit: Getty 2The Frenchman has scored five goals at this World CupCredit: Rex According to Fifa rules, players named man of the match must attend a post-match press conference. But the the 23-year-old didn't show up after scooping the awards against Australia and Denmark. He finally broke his silence after claiming the accolade for his devastating performance against Poland. Mbappe explained his decision, although El Parisien confirmed that FFF have been warned. He said: "People have been asking why I haven’t appeared in front of the media. I just needed to focus on the tournament and on football. “When I want to concentrate, that is how I do it. "I heard the FFF is going to get fined, so I will pay it as I don’t think the FFF should pay on my behalf. “This...
    ENGLAND fans have already packed out pubs ahead of tonight's World Cup clash against Senegal. Supporters are out in force across the country to cheer the Three Lions on in their first knockout match of the tournament. 7England supporters gather at a fan zone at Central Park NewcastleCredit: NNP 7Football fan Emily Henson ready for the big game Scores of football nuts dressed in red and white are in prime position at a Wetherspoon's at London Victoria. And Newcastle's Central Park fan zone is filling up - despite the game not kicking off until 7pm. Boozers will sink 15 million for the occasion, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has estimated. And a staggering £22million will be spent in the nation's pubs, and up to £175m in supermarkets for matchday essentials, according to experts at vouchercodes.co.uk. Matt Todd, who runs the Wonston Arms in the village of Wonston, Hampshire, said a successful England World Cup run is like an "early Christmas present" for small venues. The 54-year-old, who had a difficult period...
    SENEGAL are under investigation for breaking FIFA rules prior to their crucial World Cup win over Ecuador. Aliou Cisse's men booked themselves a tie with England on Sunday after beating the South Americans 2-1 in their final group game. 1Senegal beat Ecuador to reach the last 16 on TuesdayCredit: Getty But they have landed themselves in hot water with football's governing body following their pre-match conduct. This is in relation to boss Cisse attending his pre-match press conference WITHOUT a player from his squad. Fifa rules dictate that the day before a game every team must conduct a presser in one of two press conference rooms at the main media centre. The team's head coach must attend, along with one player from his squad. Before their first two games, Senegal manager Cisse went to the press conferences with Krepin Diatta and Kalidou Koulibaly respectively. But ahead of the crucial match with Ecuador, he came alone - defying the Fifa regulations. And Fifa subsequently confirmed on Wednesday that they will be investigating the matter. A statement read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee...
    LUKE SHAW says the support of Gareth Southgate and his team-mates has helped him overcome the death of his grandmother, who passed away before the opening game of England's World Cup campaign. After the Three Lions' 3-0 win over Wales, Shaw revealed that he was grieving for his grandmother but had received the full support of his colleagues in Qatar. 1Southgate and the England squad have helped Shaw overcome his lossCredit: PA The Manchester United full-back said: “My Nan sadly passed away.” “She had cancer for a long while and unfortunately she passed away just before the first game. “Gareth was really good with me. He spoke to me said, 'okay, you need to have time away and just focus on that' but I'm out here, this World Cup means so much to me and I didn't want to miss anything.  “Of course, I've had time to grieve and now it's time to fully focus on the World Cup.” Shaw says her passing will motivate him to achieve his best with England. “Yes, you could say that. She was a...
    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...
    TENSIONS are high ahead of the World Cup’s first home nations clash between England and Wales.  The historic match, dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’, could eliminate the Dragons from the tournament after they qualified for the first time in 64 years. 12England's John Stones, Eric Dier and Jude Bellingham were snapped topless on a beach ahead of the Wales gameCredit: Channel 5 News 12John Stones and Bellingham battle it out during a game of water poloCredit: Twitter / England The Three Lions are under the cosh too after a dull 0-0 draw against the USA, but have been finding plenty of ways to unwind ahead of tonight's showdown. Yesterday, team members including John Stones, Eric Dier and Jude Bellingham were snapped soaking up the sun at the beach, while others lapped up luxury in the palm-tree-laden Souq Al-Wakra Hotel. But it’s not the only way England’s World Cup squad have let their hair down - here we reveal what they’ve been up to... when they're not trying to bring it home. Posh grub and massages The Three Lions are staying in...
    EXCITED England fans hit the pubs early as the Three Lions prepare to take on Wales in a historic Battle of Britain World Cup clash. Gareth Southgate's men will face off against the Dragons at 7pm to secure a top spot in the group. 5England and Wales fans hit the pubs early in DohaCredit: Dan Charity It is the first time two UK teams have ever met in the World Cup - with the game already being dubbed the "Battle of Britain". The two countries will come to a standstill tonight as 16million Brits tuning in at home splurge £215million on booze and takeaways. Others will head to the pub to roar their support for the Three Lions as Harry Kane and Gareth Bale go head-to-head. Fans are expected to sink 12million pints to give the struggling hospitality sector a £75million boost. The roads will be busy as workers skip out the office early - with traffic 13 per cent worse at 3pm last Friday ahead of the USA clash. Savvy Brits have already planned for their sore heads tomorrow...
    Families of Iranian soccer players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime by their own country's government if they fail to adhere to pre-match rules ahead of a tense, final group match against the US on Tuesday.  A source told CNN that a meeting between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and all 26 soccer players was called upon after the starting XI that faced England on November 21st refused to sing the Iranian national anthem before the start of the match. Players were told that their families would be subjugated to 'violence and torture' if they stay quiet during pre-match rituals and if they joined any groups protesting against the Islamic Republic's regime.  Families of Iranian soccer players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime by their own country's government ahead of their final Group B against the US on Tuesday Players of Iran stand during their national anthem prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha...
    IRAN have been left fuming after USA scrubbed the symbol of the Islamic Republic off the badge. The move came amid nationwide women's rights protests in Iran challenging Tehran’s theocratic government. 3USA posted an image without the Islamic Republic's emblemCredit: Twitter 3Iran's team were warned of potential punishment for not singing the national anthemCredit: AP 3An Iranian fan in tears ahead of the Wales gameCredit: AP USA's official Twitter account posted an image of the World Cup Group B standings but decided to remove the Islamic Republic's "Allah" emblem and the "takbirs" from Iran's three-coloured flag. The USMNT say the gesture was to show "support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights" and they added it was a one-time display and it will restore the symbol moving forward. This has allegedly breached Fifa guidelines, as pointed out by Iran's state-affiliated media Tasnim News Agency. They have called on Fifa to kick USA out of the competition. READ MORE IN FOOTBALL QATAR LATEST Rooney URGES Southgate to rest Kane, Gary Neville SLAMS Messi They tweeted: "According to section...
    England and the USA are known around the world for their special relationship.  But tonight the Three Lions want to teach the Stars and Stripes a lesson on and off the pitch.    From suspect terminology and cringey chants to an apparent difficulty understanding the offside rule - leading to the New York Times producing its own handy guide - there's still a lot that the Americans get wrong about the Beautiful Game. And that's even before we get started on Diana Ross's shocking penalty at the 1994 World Cup opening ceremony (yes, we've still not forgotten)... With England and the USA preparing to face off against each other in Qatar tonight, it's time to iron out these issues once and for all. Below, we reveal our light-hearted guide of all the times Americans have shot wide of the goal...  US manager Gregg Berhalter raises his finger during a pre-match press conference ahead of the England match on Friday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next England heads to the pub! Streets empty as fans...
    If any member of the USMNT group needs extra inspiration before Friday's game against England, they should speak to Antonee Robinson. The Fulham defender has stoked the fires on the eve of his USA team's World Cup tie with England and told them they can not only cause a shock against Gareth Southgate's team but they can also go on and win the whole tournament in Qatar. 'Yes. Everyone in our squad believes we can beat any team on our day, so why not think we can get out of this group and then go and win every knockout game?' Robinson told The Times. Antonee Robinson is in confident spirits before the USA's World Cup game against England He believes his team is good enough to beat England and go on and win the World Cup But first, USA needs a result against England unsurprisingly, the defender who plays club football for Fulham in the English Premier League is confident. Robinson's inspiration, he says, comes from England's bad form in Europe's Nations League this year, where they failed to win...
    CARLOS QUEIROZ has accused an Iranian media outlet of helping the England team by revealing his starting line-up. Sports news website Varsesh 3 published what it predicted would be Queiroz’s Team Melli XI on Monday morning. 2Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has blasted a news outlet for leaking his teamCredit: Getty 2His side were smashed 6-2 by England in their World Cup openerCredit: Rex That was just hours before the opener against Three Lions kicked off. Iran went on to lose 6-2 at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. England ran riot thanks to goals from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and a Bukayo Saka double. Queiroz was not best pleased and sarcastically congratulated a reporter today at the end of his press huddle following the team’s training session. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST Kane undergoes ankle SCAN while Southgate fears England are 'targets' The former Manchester United assistant said: “I cannot finish my statement without congratulating Varzesh 3.  “Congratulations. Because you did a good job putting our starting line-up in the press for the morning for the...
    ENGLAND fans were reportedly allowed in for FREE for the Iran match after a Fifa ticketing app error. Supporters faced a ticketing nightmare after the Fifa app CRASHED this morning. 2England fans celebrate in the Khalifa International StadiumCredit: PA England fans just walking in now … no ticket checks at all. @MirrorFootball pic.twitter.com/dpOJjz3KWC— Andy Lines (@andylines) November 21, 2022 Many fans claim that their tickets DISAPPEARED from their phones. It caused several to miss the start of kick-off but eventually they filtered through and filled up the Khalifa International Stadium. But amid the chaos, fans were even allowed in without even having a ticket, with no checks taking place. One supporter told The Mirror: “They have just let everyone through. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTHREE LIONS NIGHTMARE England fans in ticket chaos and could MISS Iran clash as app crashes "There was a f*** up with the app and many people were stopped but they have now just opened the gates.” Fans who were delayed getting into the stadium were helped by the fact there was a massive...
    PAIGE SPIRANAC showed off the USA's kit ahead of their World Cup showdown with England in Qatar - by stripping down to her bra. The golf beauty, 29, has traded clubs and putting greens for football. 6Spiranac has slammed the USA World Cup shirtCredit: Twitter 6Instead of wearing the jersey, Spiranac wore a tight sports braCredit: Twitter 6Spiranac will be supporting the USA regardless of her thoughts on the jerseyCredit: Instagram / @_paige.renee 6USA kick off their World Cup campaign against Wales on November 21Credit: Instagram / @_paige.renee And despite Spiranac undoubtedly supporting the USA on their World Cup journey, she's not a big fan of the kit. Sports bra-wearing Spiranac slammed the mostly white jersey as "quite boring". In a Twitter video, the social media sensation said: "Hi everyone it’s Paige and I have here the World Cup USA kit. "A lot of people are very disappointed because they think it's quite boring. READ MORE ON PAIGE SPIRANACFAKE PAIGES Paige Spiranac almost pops out of shirt as she warns fans about fake accounts “Honestly, I have to agree....
    ENGLAND fans lit up Wembley with a classy tribute to the Queen. And they roared out the new national anthem for the first time at home on an emotional night under the arch. 4England paid tribute to the Queen with a perfect minute's silenceCredit: Reuters 4Fans lit up their phone torches as the lights dimmed at WembleyCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun 4Sir Geoff Hurst laid a wreath at the side of the pitchCredit: Reuters The Three Lions play at home tonight for the first time since Her Majesty passed away on September 8. And they marked her sad death with a touching reflection ahead of kick-off against Germany. World Cup-winning hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst as well as English and German FA chiefs laid wreaths at the side of the pitch. There was then a rousing rendition of God Save The King, the first time the national football team have sung the new lyrics - although the Test cricketers were the first sport team to do so. A minute's silence was then...
    TAMMY ABRAHAM was left red-faced after his attempt at showboating went disastrously wrong. The Roma striker, 24, was showing off his silky skills during the warm-up for England's Nations League clash in Germany. 2Tammy Abraham fall flat on backside while attempting skill before Germany clash leaving England pals in stitchesCredit: Twitter 2Tammy Abraham fall flat on backside while attempting skill before Germany clash leaving England pals in stitchesCredit: Twitter But as Abraham - a summer transfer target for Arsenal - performed some sumptuous keepy-uppies, disaster struck. The former Chelsea man attempted an around the world before getting ball tangled in his feet. As he scrambled to keep the skill alive, he trod on the ball and was sent bum-first flying to the ground. A sheepish Abraham looked at his England pals to see who'd spotted his hilarious blunder. READ MORE SPORT STORIESTransfer 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 And he got absolutely no sympathy, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Jude...
    OWEN FARRELL has been ruled out of the Six Nations, England boss Eddie Jones has confirmed. The Red Rose's campaign is set to get underway in just ten days when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on February 5. 1Owen Farrell will miss the Six NationsCredit: PA But they will have to do so without their captain Farrell, after he suffered an injury setback. Farrell, 30, suffered an ankle injury in the Autumn international against Australia last year. And after a fresh training ground injury he will miss his side's Six Nations campaign. Courtney Lawes is expected to take the armband in his place. MORE FOLLOWS... Most read in SportSZIL SHOCK Anti-vax Olympic rings king Csollany dies of Covid after having jab to keep job'DEEPLY SADDENED' Movie star racehorse dies aged 24 after role in Oscar-nominated filmMIKE DROP WWE legend Michael Cole's incredible body transformation after dropping 65 LBSTRIBAL CHIEF Roman Reigns shows off amazing body transformation leaving Rock 'proud'
    LAUREN HEMP has given Manchester City a boost by agreeing to a two-year contract extension with the club. The new deal will see the England starlet, 21, remain with the Academy Stadium giants until the summer of 2024. 2Gareth Taylor says Lauren Hemp is one of England's brightest young talentsCredit: Getty It comes seven months on from the forward being named the PFA’s Young Player of the Year after a successful end to a season initially hampered by a hamstring injury. Hemp, whose side face Brighton next, said: “I’m surrounded by some of the best players and coaching staff in the world and having them around me will only help to develop me even further over the coming years. “It’s a club where we’re constantly competing for trophies and success. “I’ve already enjoyed some amazing moments here since joining three-and-a-half years ago, and I know that there is much more to come from this team.” Hemp, who made the move north from Bristol in 2018, has netted 28 goals in 81 appearances for City across all competitions. Her tally includes...
    ROBBIE SAVAGE believes it would be a failure if England do not reach the Euro 2020 final. He also hinted at The Three Lions playing "dull" football, but was impressed with England beating Germany despite Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish not being named in the starting lineup. 3Robbie Savage believes England must make the Euro 2020 finalCredit: Getty 3Savage says Gareth Southgate is his man of the tournamentCredit: Reuters Savage also praised the balance Gareth Southgate has struck between defence and attack, but expects the quarter-final against Ukraine to be a tight affair. In his column for the Mirror, Savage wrote: "Make no mistake: England have a fantastic chance of lifting the trophy at Wembley next weekend, but it would be a massive failure if they don't reach the final now. "Some people think England's results have been better than the performances, and it's true they have sometimes been dull. "But Southgate has to strike a balance between staying solid and reckless misadventure, and so far he has walked the line well. "I admire Southgate for ignoring the...
    EAGER England fans have already hit the pub ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 showdown with old enemies Germany. Three Lions fans have joked they will call in sick as they were filmed sinking pints at 7am today. ⚽ Follow ALL of the latest news and updates from Euro 2020 with our live blog 11England fans have already hit the pubCredit: gmb Supporters in England shirts have already flocked to Big Tree pub in Sheffield which has pinned up 500 flags. Adam Chamberlain, general manager, reckons his boozer is the "most decorated in Britain". Pubs are expected to be packed out with punters for tonight's 5pm clash at Wembley. And the The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) believe England fans will neck 5million pints for the mighty clash. 11Fans at the Big Tree Pub in Sheffield this morning 11England fans are predicted to drink 5million pints Capacity at Wembley Stadium will double to 45,000 tonight with England given the home advantage. Bosses have also been urged to let their workers finish early today so they can make it home in time for...
    ENGLAND have headed to a luxury pad to get pampered before their next clash with the Czech Republic. The team checked into Tottenham Hotspur’s Myddelton Lodge after they were booed off the pitch in Wembley this week for their shock draw with Scotland. ⚽ Follow ALL of the latest news and updates from Euro 2020 with our live blog 9Myddelton Lodge in North London 9Tyrone Mings of England smiles in the swimming pool following the England Training SessionCredit: Getty 9Each room boasts 100% noise cancelations The Three Lions, who had been based at Hilton’s St George’s Park in Burton, were taken straight to their new digs in North London after Friday’s match. They will hide out in the 40-bedroom swanky Myddelton Lodge until Tuesday when they will kick off against Patrik Schick’s side. Every player has their own room which is completely soundproof and they each have ­individual codes to open their doors. The rooms are packed with...
    JERMAINE JENAS was tricked into wearing a Scotland jacket ahead of Friday's Euro 2020 clash with England thanks to a cheeky stunt orchestrated by Heineken. The Three Lions take on their rivals on Friday in the second round of Euro 2020 Group D fixtures. 6Jermain Jenas was pranked by Heineken and Ally McCoist after being tricked into wearing a suit boasting a Scotland flag across its backCredit: PA 6McCoist was left in stitches after pranking his pal, but Jenas was less than impressedCredit: PA England won their tournament opener for the first time ever with a 1-0 victory over Croatia, while Scotland were downed 2-0 by Czech Republic. And with all eyes turning to Friday's fixture at Wembley, Scottish legend Ally McCoist looked to turn up the heat with a hilarious prank. Jenas, 38, was told he would be modelling the official suit commemorating the 60th anniversary of the European Championships. The 21-cap former England international-turned-BBC pundit had the bespoke suit created...
    LEGENDARY coach Terry Venables has sent a special message to England’s players ahead of today’s big game - urging them to better his Euro ‘96 side and win the tournament. Venables, 78 – Three Lions manager 25 years ago when we reached the semi-finals – told Gareth Southgate’s squad  he will be roaring them on along with the rest of the nation as they take on Croatia at Wembley this afternoon. 4Legendary coach Terry Venables has sent a special message to England’s players ahead of today’s big gameCredit: Rex 4Venables led a Gazza-inspired England team at Euro ‘96Credit: PA:Press Association Ahead of our tournament opener, the former Barcelona coach, nicknamed El Tel, said last night: “I can’t wait for the tournament to start for England. “Gareth knows only too well the excitement and buzz in the country during Euro ‘96 – and here’s hoping they do even better now. "Go out there boys, and really enjoy yourselves and we will all be cheering you on.” He issued the message of support exclusively via The Sun online. 4He issued the message...
    THE FA have delivered a final plea for England fans to support the Three Lions by not booing when they take the knee against Croatia. Harry Kane will lead his side in kneeling to make a stand against racism while Croatia will remain standing at Wembley for the Euro 2020 opener. 1FA delivered a final plea for England fans to support the Three Lions by not booing when they take the kneeCredit: AFP And the FA have attempted to explain in detail to those against the stance just why it is being taken – urging them to show respect by staying quiet. The statement said: “Today our England senior men’s team will begin their EURO 2020 campaign at our home, Wembley Stadium. “Major tournaments don’t come around often and when they do, it’s an opportunity to unite friends, families and the country. “This collective support is what spurs our team on during challenging moments and it gives them the best chance of succeeding. “As the team has reiterated many times, they will collectively take the knee ahead of their fixtures...
    POLAND did not take the knee before their England clash - after the Czech Republic ditched the gesture against Wales. Players have gone down on one knee across the world ahead of kick-off at sporting matches to highlight the fight against social discrimination and injustice. 1Poland's players decided against taking the knee before kick-off at WembleyCredit: Getty It started in support of the Black Lives Matter movement but, particularly among the English game, to champion the No Room For Racism campaign. And while Paulo Sousa's side opted out, the England team did take the knee ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley. As reported by Sport in Poland, the Polish FA president Zbigniew Boniek said on Monday: "I do not know if we will kneel with the English. "So far, this topic has not appeared at the training camp. "There were so many more important, more dangerous, that this is the last topic that interests us." Former Poland international goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski - who was his nation's hero between the sticks when England failed to...
    ENGLAND'S World Cup qualifier with Poland is in doubt following a coronavirus outbreak in the Polish ranks. Media officer Jakub Kwiatkowski confirmed players Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Piątkowski returned positive tests. 1Grzegorz Krychowiak was one of the players to test positiveCredit: Getty Kwiatkowski confirmed he had also tested positive although 'remaining members of the training staff had negative results.' England are due to take on their Group I opponents at Wembley tomorrow. More to follow... Most read in FootballGossipSPY STEPHENMan Utd set to raid City for top scout Ajewole 'with fears he may LEAK secrets'Forest delayTakover of Nottingham Forest by US group delayed again with further talks planned in London todayRevealedLION HEARTSMount equals Lampard England record after contributing in third straight gameWatch ItSean Dyche, Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho... who has the most expensive watch?TRUE ROCKPSG star has been in a coma for 39yrs after botched op but wife won't give upWRIGHT ATTITUDESacked Charlton star Wright returns to training after starting OnlyFans
    GARETH SOUTHGATE claims Raheem Sterling is ‘crucial’ to England’s Euros dream. The Three Lions had much less bite when the Manchester City star was absent through injury in the autumn. 4Gareth Southgate says Raheem Sterling is crucial for England's Euro hopesCredit: Marc Aspland - The Times Boss Southgate felt Sterling was trying too hard to score on his return against San Marino on Thursday. He added: “I think it’s because he probably knew he didn’t have 90 minutes to get his goal. “But he’s a very important player. He’s got the bit between his teeth. He wants to play well for England. “He missed out on the games in October and November. “But his will to win the game in Iceland when we went down to ten men, it was phenomenal drive and passion. “That’s a big part of Raheem’s game. He is a driven player and whenever there’s a challenge in front of him he wants to step up and take that on. “Now he wants to have a big summer with us. He’s a crucial part of us...
    CAROL Vorderman looked sensational in skintight leopard print leggings as she backed Wales to win the Six Nations clash at the weekend. The former Countdown favourite couldn't hide her excitement as she geared up for round three on Saturday. 4Carol Vorderman looked sensational in skintight leopard leggingsCredit: Instagram The 60-year-old showed off her incredible figure in a pair of leopard print leggings and matching trainers. Sharing her post-lockdown plans with her fans, Carol wrote: "Gone all giddy with the animal prints today #june21....excited. "Have I mentioned that I'm so excited #dresshowthefyoulike." Carol also shared a series of pre-pandemic clips, including one with her pal while camping, she wrote: "Me and my mate Clare camping...bring it on #freedom." 4The TV star said she is 'giddy' for lockdown to endCredit: Instagram It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's revealed his roadmap out of lockdown following a difficult year. Yesterday, Boris Johnson outlined his plan for unlocking England - which will start in just two weeks' time. He repeatedly stressed that lockdown will be eased cautiously, and he will be guided by "data not dates". Meanwhile, Carol...
    HARRY MAGUIRE was sent off for England against Denmark leaving Gareth Southgate with an early headache. The Manchester United defender was booked after dangerously lunging in on Yussuf Poulsen on five minutes. 3Harry Maguire was sent off for England against Denmark Credit: Sky Sports 3Maguire was shown a second yellow following a tackle on Kasper DolbergCredit: Sky Sports 3Maguire appeared to win the ball first but was penalised for the follow through which took out the strikerCredit: Reuters And on the half hour mark he was shown a second yellow following a tackle on Kasper Dolberg. Maguire appeared to win the ball first but was penalised for the follow through which took out the striker. Things worsened for England just minutes later as Kyle Walker conceded a penalty. Former Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen - who signed for Inter Milan in January - then converted from 12 yards past Jordan Pickford. ` MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in FootballPicturedVIVA LASS VEGAWWE star Zelina Vega poses in bikini and brands herself 'living Barbie doll'Live BlogENGLAND 0 DENMARK...
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