UEFA U21 Championship – Poland v England

Tonight sees the conclusion of group A as both countries hope to qualify for the semi finals. 

Fate is very much in England’s hands at the Kielce Stadium as they currently top the group with 4 points after an opening game draw with Sweden was followed by a 2nd half come back to win 2-1 against Slovakia. The hosts on the other hand may have to rely on other results, but nonetheless they are still in with a chance of advancing after a late equalizer salvaged a point against Sweden.

Aidy Boothroyd has a big decision to make on whether to play Jacob Murphy or  Mason Holgate at right back after the Norwich youngster impressed against Slovakia. They are expected to otherwise remain unchanged.

The White Eagles may well keep the same line up after making changes following defeat to Slovakia.
Sweden and Slovakia kick off at the same time (7.45pm GMT) and with all 4 countries vying for a Semi Final spot…. It is set to be a night of high drama.

Confirmed Line Ups 

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On This Day…. The Hand Of God

31 years ago the unthinkable happened. The quarter finals of the World Cup in Mexico saw England take on Argentina. Argentine talisman Diego Maradona was one of, if not THE best player in the world at the time. His sublime skills and ability were a joy to watch. However, one moment of cheating will never be forgotten and for those of us in England it is what sums him up.

He scored another goal that day. A goal that was one of the best solo goals you’ll ever likely to see. But it’s the ‘HAND OF GOD’ that will always define him for me and many other Englishmen. He coined the phrase himself by claiming ‘it was a little with the head and a little with the hand of God’ He also desperately wanted his team mates to celebrate with him for fear of the goal being disallowed. 

The referee and linesman have gone on record as saying they were waiting for each other to respond. 

Argentina went on to lift the trophy after beating Belgium in the semi finals, before the crowning glory with victory in the final against West Germany. 

The infamous moment is now well and truly in the past, but a huge moment that will never be forgotten.

 
https://youtu.be/-ccNkksrfls

21 Years Ago Today – Gazza Stole The Show


Yes, it was 21 years today that England and Scotland clashed at Wembley in a group game during Euro 96. I honestly can’t believe it was that long ago. I’m sure like me you all now feel a tiny bit older knowing that.
England had drawn their opening game 1-1 with Switzerland, and Scotland had the same fate with a 0-0 draw against Holland. The Dutch had then beaten the Swiss 2-0 and so it was time for these two rivals to face off.

See Wikipedia for line up’s

 

2017/18 Premier League Fixtures Announced 

The moment football fans worldwide have been waiting for….The Premier fixtures have been announced.

Last season’s champions Chelsea face Burnley meanwhile newly promoted Newcastle entertain Tottenham, Brighton entertain Man City and  Huddersfield travel to Crystal Palace.

Opening weekend…

  • Arsenal v Leicester
  • Brighton v Manchester City
  • Chelsea v Burnley
  • Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
  • Everton v Stoke
  • Manchester United v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Tottenham
  • Southampton v Swansea
  • Watford v Liverpool
  • West Brom v Bournemouth

All fixtures can be found on the Premier League official site

UPDATE: LINE UPS CONFIRMED             Scotland v England – Preview

Today at 5pm Scotland entertain England in a World Cup qualifier. England currently sit top of group F and will be hoping to take another step towards qualification for next year’s world cup in Russia. Scotland on the other hand currently lie 4th in the standings and are in need of morale boosting victory against the auld enemy.

Confirmed Starting Line ups – 

Scotland XI to play England: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Armstrong, Snodgrass, Griffiths #SCOENG

Scotland Subs: Hamilton, Marshall, R. Martin, Reynolds, Bannan, D. Fletcher, McArthur, Cairney, Fraser, Forrest, C. Martin, Naismith #SCOENG


England XI to play Scotland: Hart Walker Cahill Smalling Bertrand Dier Livermore Lallana Alli Rashford Kane #SCOENG

England Subs: Forster, Trippier, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland #SCOENG

Courtesy of Sky Football 


Team News

Jamie Murphy, Kenny McLean and Mark Reynolds have all been added to the squad but Oliver Burke, Matt Philip’s and Jordan Rhodes all miss out this time. Celtic’s Callum McGregor has not been called up despite many thinking the midfielder would be. Also Grant Hanley misses out through injury.

GoalkeepersCraig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Hull City), Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen), Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Kieran Tierney (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Jamie Murphy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Steven Naismith (Norwich City)

– BBC SPORT

England travel to Glasgow without Jamie Vardy and Nathaniel Clyne who have pulled out through injury since the original squad was named. Ben Gibson might well get his international debut.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

– BBC SPORT

Today’s game will be the 114th between the two rival nations…

Check out previous memorable matches between Scotland and England

Confirmed line up’s will be announced here when available…..