SOCCER – An octopus named Iker predicts the winner of the Champions League semi-final match between Real Madrid and Barcelona to be played on May 3, choosing a sardine from a glass cylinder with Real’s badge. The greatest fear of the medical staff of the national team is that Chiellini may suffer fatigue in the calf just before the big match or during the big match: his muscle fragility is one of the main reasons for Mancini’s sleepless nights – he hopes his captain is in excellent physical shape to counter Kane. An increasingly reliable goalkeeper also internationally who will have the task of hypnotising Kane and Sterling. Bonucci will be Chiellini’s main ally in the defensive grip that will have the task of caging Kane. Bonucci and Chiellini will have to live the perfect match to neutralise the two centre-forwards of the English national team. England will find in their way the worst possible opponent in a big match. In the States, your entire identity, social group and way of thinking is defined by whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican and, as a result, many basic norms have been thrown out the window.
To make a miserable Monday even worse, if you switched on much of the broadcast media or open up a cesspit social media site like Twitter, you probably came away believing England football supporters are a bunch of racist scumbags solely motivated to cause violence and hurl insults at Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho. Although he will likely travel to the Euros, it seems unlikely that we are going to see the best version of him, which is something opposing teams could look to exploit. And after Freedom Day on July 19 that prospect becomes a logistical possibility, with anyone who was double jabbed in England being allowed to travel to amber list countries without the mandatory ten-day home quarantine. Van Rooyen was in position to win at one shot out of the lead, and his travel schedule suddenly became a lot less complicated. We may as well just go home now,’ joked Kroos at one point during Monday’s press conference, before dutifully insisting that the opportunity to win the group gave his side ‘extra motivation’ against Northern Ireland. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old has demonstrated enough to suggest that if his raw ability can be harnessed by Mourinho, he may well prove to be another valuable addition to their attacking arsenal.
3. Football may not be coming home but, clearly, neither are Harry or Meghan. Forecasters are predicting a long week of hot and dry weather, with temperatures and conditions peaking at the weekend with sunny skies and a glorious 27C in the south. Singletons across England will be celebrating that snogging strangers on a dancefloor will be legal again as nightclubs can reopen their doors from next week with no limitations. It will be right-back Di Lorenzo who will have to watch out for Sterling. Geoff Thompson, the owner of South Shields, who were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League, has threatened to take legal action. I was very clear in my own mind, if there’s no immediate fix, then the season needs to be voided and started again next season afresh,’ Ferdinand said this week. The need to renew the national team became clear when Spain failed to get past the group stage in the 2014 World Cup with a team that still included the likes of Iker Casillas, Raul Albiol, David Villa, Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres. The 1990 World Cup was played in Turin but the national team failed to win then: this episode gives the English team an advantage but it is not considered fundamental by the team.
He missed a penalty in the group stages in the win over North Macedonia. The Tottenham striker dreams of winning by scoring a goal, he wants to triumph with his national team by rightfully entering the history of England and to do so he must be able to win the close duel with ‘King Kong’ Chiellini. He will mainly deal with Kane; it will be a challenge between two players with the same physique who will be able to finally try their hand at a great international competition with the jersey of their national teams, having experienced numerous Champions League matches in the challenges between Juventus and Tottenham. Christian Eriksen, his wife and the six paramedics who saved his life have been invited by UEFA to the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley on Sunday. A sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach that can’t be shaken with the memory of the Three Lions coming that close at Wembley Stadium but falling at the final hurdle, damned by mishit penalties again.