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England vs Netherlands live updates

England vs Netherlands live updates

As Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji stepped up to take the first penalty of the shootout against England, he looked like a nervous wreck. With a place in the European Championship semi-finals on the line, Jordan Pickford took his time and gingerly made his way to his goal. He knew just how important the first kick was...

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England penalty shootout history: Three Lions’ record at World Cups and other major tournaments ending on penalties | Sporting News United Kingdom

England penalty shootout history: Three Lions’ record at World Cups and other major tournaments ending on penalties | Sporting News United Kingdom

England, despite being one of the strongest footballing nations in the world with top players and support, have struggled to win major tournaments over the years. Aside from winning the World Cup they hosted in 1966, they had not won a major honour before or since then, with fans desperate for that to change at...

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England vs Switzerland live updates

England vs Switzerland live updates

When Wayne Rooney came to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, he was 20 years old but a preternaturally mature 20. It was his second major tournament having dazzled at Euro 2004, and he had just completed his second season at Manchester United. He too was talked of as one of the best players in...

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England v Switzerland Euro 2024 team news, H2H record, prediction and betting tips

England v Switzerland Euro 2024 team news, H2H record, prediction and betting tips

England face their stiffest test at Euro 2024 when they play Switzerland in the quarter-finals this weekend. The Three Lions have failed to impress in Germany but their dramatic comeback against Slovakia in the round of 16 means they are still standing. All the pre-match talk has been about Gareth Southgate potentially rolling back the...

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Gareth Southgate may be England’s greatest ever manager. So why the hate?

Gareth Southgate may be England’s greatest ever manager. So why the hate?

They have a word for it in German: der Briefcasetrainerparadigm, a phrase used to describe a person who is self-evidently good at what they do, but who is still universally regarded as a disaster. OK, there is no such actual word word. The phrase “there’s a German word for it” is in itself a longstanding red...

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Friday Headlines: Dawayne Galloway Day

Friday Headlines: Dawayne Galloway Day

Dawayne Galloway is now planning to announce his decision Friday evening on Instagram. Committing today 5:30 toon into my ig live @85deej — Dawayne Galloway Jr (@DeejGalloway85) July 5, 2024 Greetings, BBN. We here at A Sea Of Blue hope you’re having a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! The work never stops for...

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Political football: How soccer has shaped the UK general election

Political football: How soccer has shaped the UK general election

A generous estate agent might describe the two-up, two-down terraced houses on the cramped side streets that lead towards Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium as “snug”. On this warm day, the windows of several are open and the smell of frying mince and onions hangs over the turnstiles in the Brian Moore Stand, an open ‘temporary’ structure...

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Ealing youngsters will fly the NFL flag for UK in America

Ealing youngsters will fly the NFL flag for UK in America

It follows their victory, for the second time, at the NFL Flag National Championship at Loughborough. A total of 260 children from 28 schools took to the field in the centrepiece of the UK NFL Flag Calendar. The competition has grown markedly, with 343 schools entering events at local level, a 78% increase on last...

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Full England squad in training, Shaw update later, Bellingham ban latest

Full England squad in training, Shaw update later, Bellingham ban latest

Arsenal legend says Germany will beat Spain Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has claimed that Spain are ‘too small and inexperienced’ to win Euro 2024. La Roja have cemented themselves as tournament favourites having become the only team to win all of their games. In comparison, England and France have both struggled to...