Month: June 2021

Euro 2020 group permutations: Who needs what to reach last 16…

The final matchday of the Euro 2020 group stage kicks off on Sunday, with 23 teams still retaining hope of reaching the knockout phase. Here’s who needs what to qualify for the last 16… Confirmed qualifiers: Italy, Belgium, Netherlands Heading home: North Macedonia   Group A 1) Italy: 6 pts, +6 GD...

Liverpool should move for Sweden star Isak, says Enrique

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has urged the Reds to bid for Sweden international Alexander Isak. The centre-forward reached 17 La Liga goals for Real Sociedad in 2020/21, despite being just 21 years old. He’s since starred at Euro 2020 and is already attracting comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Six...

Kane plays down fitness concerns after Scotland substitution

Harry Kane has dismissed rumours that a lack of fitness has been hampering his displays at the European Championships, insisting he feels “as good as [he’s] felt all season.” Kane, the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner, is yet to open his account for England at the Euros, having...

Do we all owe Mourinho an apology over Harry Kane?

The fallout to England’s draw with Scotland continues in the Mailbox. Get your views in to theeditor@football365.com…   What’s happened to Harry Kane? Watching last night, it’s hard to see how Kane won the golden boot, was it a Mourinho masterclass? Is he injured? Does he want to devalue...

Italy boss Mancini unwilling to settle for a draw against Wales

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that they will not be willing to settle for a draw against Wales even though they are already through to the last 16. Italy have already qualified for the round of 16 after winning their opening two games and would top Group A...

Hamilton pleased to dispel chassis change ‘myth’

Lewis Hamilton was pleased to put an end to gossip about whether the chassis he had picked up from Valtteri Bottas this weekend was fatally compromised in some way. The chassis switch between the pair was made after Bottas suffered a wretched time in Baku. The Finn has been...

Fabregas warns Grealish about ‘big move’ to Man City or Man Utd

Cesc Fabregas has sent out a warning to Jack Grealish ahead of his potential “big move” from Aston Villa to Manchester City or Manchester United this summer. Grealish had injury problems in 2020/21 but he still shone for Aston Villa. He notched six goals and ten assists from just...

Shaw defends ‘crucial’ Kane after Keane criticism

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has labelled Harry Kane as England’s “most important” player after the forward was criticised by Roy Keane. England won their opening group game 1-0 against Croatia as Raheem Sterling netted the winner. Kane struggled to make an impact in the game which led to...

Verstappen faster than Bottas and Hamilton in FP2

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took charge of the times in second practice for the French Grand Prix, the first time Red Bull has topped a practice session at Circuit Paul Ricard since F1’s return here in 2018. Verstappen finished the day with a slender 0.008s advantage over morning pace...

Mourinho calls for McTominay to start in defence against England

Jose Mourinho has called for Scott McTominay to start in defence for Scotland against England, with Billy Gilmour taking his place in midfield. Gilmour is yet to start a game for Scotland, winning both his caps from the bench, but Mourinho feels the 20-year-old’s desire to constantly get hold...