IMAGE: An England fan celebrates after the match at Samara Arena in Samara, Russia on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters England have their best chance in decades to lift the World Cup, having fallen short in the semi-finals in 1990, and the nation's media are getting into a frenzy. Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave Gareth Southgate's side a deserved 2-0 last-eight win over Sweden on Saturday, and they must now prepare to take on Croatia in three days time for a spot in the World Cup final."Semi Gods," the Sunday Mirror declared with a picture of English players celebrating Maguire's thumping header to opening the scoring, while the Sunday People's headline urged the fans and the squad to "Keep calm and Harry on". The Observer said a nation hungry for joy has finally found its new heroes. The Sunday Express said a quietly confident nation has started to believe that football could really be "coming home", as England's 1996 soccer anthem goes. The last time England … [Read more...] about Optimistic media celebrate England’s World Cup semi-final spot
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DELE ALLI has been struggling with an ongoing thigh injury at the 2018 World Cup. The England ace has been pictured wearing special taping on his leg, as has Croatian Ivan Perisic. What is the tape called that Dele Alli wears? Eagle-eyed fans would have spotted that Alli was wearing colourful tape on his knee during the match. It is called Kinesio Tape and it is a thin, elastic cotton strip that is used to treat injuries. The method provides stability to muscles and joints while providing the support that Alli needs to patrol the pitch. One expert described it as: "A definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion." FROM RUSSIA WITH LIVE All the latest action, news, goals and gossip from the World Cup BEAUTIFUL DAMES Tall, blonde & sex mad... the science behind why Swedes are world's sexiest PicturedON … [Read more...] about What is the kinesio tape that Ivan Perisic and Dele Alli are wearing at the World Cup and what does it do?
FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. [ MORE: Gerrard extends contract amid strong start as Rangers boss ] Soccer’s international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host will be held at the organization’s meeting in Ethiopia next June. Anticipated bids from South Korea and South Africa were withdrawn before Friday’s deadline. The 2023 World Cup will feature 32 teams, up from the 24 that competed this summer at the tournament in France. The United States won its second straight World Cup title and fourth overall this year, and the event enjoyed unprecedented television viewership of 1.12 billion worldwide. “France 2019 was certainly a watershed moment for women’s football, and now it is FIFA’s responsibility to take concrete measures to … [Read more...] about FIFA considering four bids to host 2023 Women’s World Cup
Email By Dean Bilton and Jon Healy Updated June 26, 2019 11:44:00 Video: The hosts fell 64 runs short of Australia's tally (ABC News) Map: United Kingdom Australia has booked its ticket to the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup with an impressive 64-run win over England at Lord's. External Link: Australia v England match summary With a result and performance that will have sent a serious statement, both to the rest of the world at this tournament and to England ahead of the Ashes, Australia's fast bowlers and a fine Aaron Finch century combined to comprehensively outplay the much-fancied English at the home of cricket.Finch scored exactly 100 to set the game up for Australia, and though it may have been a little disappointed to only reach 7-285 from its 50 overs, the score proved to be enough as the travelling team went to work with the ball.It took only two balls for Australia to strike, with Jason Behrendorff — reinstated to the team and handed the brand new rock … [Read more...] about Australia crushes England at Lord’s by 64 runs to send Cricket World Cup statement
Saturday’s World Cup clash will mark David Warner and Steve Smith’s first meeting with South Africa since their tumultuous exits from the country last year. While the pair both received 12-month bans stemming from the ball-tampering scandal, that drama was just the climax of a spiteful series between the two teams. Live stream Australia v South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Get your 14-day free trial and start streaming instantly > Mitchell Starc tears New Zealand apart World Cup: Mitchell Starc became the first player to ever claim three five-wicket hauls at the World Cup with this stunning performance against New Zealand. Tensions first flared when Warner and Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock clashed in a stairwell in Durban, before Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja and Smith intervened. Smith also found himself at the centre of the action in the following Test in Port Elizabeth, when quick Kagiso Rabada was charged for intentionally … [Read more...] about Cricket World Cup 2019: Usman Khawaja expects ‘fair’ David Warner and Steve Smith treatment from South Africa