Euro 2016 – Revenge on Irish minds as they take on France

Coming into the final round of group matches, it looked an extremely tough ask for the Republic of Ireland to beat Italy and qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, particularly on the evidence of their previous outing against Belgium. However, a terrific display and a late headed goal from Robbie Brady saw them do just that, securing a berth as one of the four best third-placed teams. It sets up a rather enticing encounter with hosts France, which immediately evokes memories of the two-legged play-off these sides contested…

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Euro 2016 Group B – England in pole position to finish top

Whatever happened, there was always going to be a hefty list of talking points following the game between England and Wales. It did not disappoint, as Roy Hodgson’s bold decision to bring on two strikers from the bench at half-time paid off as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both scored to turn around a worrying deficit brought about by goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inability to field a long range free-kick from Gareth Bale. The last-gasp nature of Sturridge’s dramatic winner could be the catalyst for England to go a reasonable distance…

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Euro 2016 Group B – Pressure on England for battle of Lens

It is a great shame that events on the field during the opening round of Group B matches were overshadowed by the behaviour of so-called supporters of England and Russia both in the port of Marseille and in the stadium itself, after the two sides had drawn one apiece. It was so severe to the extent that Russia have been given a suspended disqualification from UEFA, and the manager and captain of England have had to record messages urging fans to stay out of trouble. There were no such problems…

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Euro 2016 Group B – The Wait is Over for Wales

The biggest headline when the draw was made for Euro 2016 in December was that England had been drawn in the same group as Wales in the latter’s first appearance at a major tournament since all the way back in 1958. There is pressure on both sides as they take to the field for their opening matches on Saturday, with England especially under the spotlight in their bid to make a long-awaited impression on the big stage. As soon as they qualified amid joyous scenes by beating Andorra eight months…

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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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