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    Spain ‘break bizarre German law’ in Euro 2024 final win against England

    SPAIN broke a little-known law after Lamine Yamal featured in his nation’s Euro 2024 success.The winger, who turned 17 on Saturday, played 89 minutes as La Roja beat England 2-1 in Berlin to lift their record fourth Euros.Spain broke a little-known German law as they deservedly won Euro 2024Credit: GettyYamal played 89 minutes as Spain beat England 2-1 in the finalCredit: APYamal was subsequently named the young player of the tournament following his stellar performances in Germany.But the Barcelona winger reportedly broke a German employment law while at Euro 2024, according to German outlet Bild.It’s claimed that under-18s in the country are not allowed to work past 8pm local time.Athletes are given exemptions allowing them to play until 11pm.READ MORE FOOTBALL NEWSBut this must include all post-match exercises including showering and media obligations.As Germany is an hour ahead of the UK, it means the final kicked off at 9pm local time and the celebrations went well into midnight.Yamal was interviewed with Williams by beIN SPORTS France after the game, with Spain’s celebrations continuing beyond 11pm.There had been concerns that Yamal may not have been permitted to continue playing had the game gone to extra time.Most read in Euro 2024BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSThe report stated if the Spanish team broke the rules they could reportedly be hit with a fine of up to £25,390 for the infraction.They would, however, not face any sporting sanctions. Fuming Jude Bellingham kicks water cooler after England suffer Euro 2024 final heartbreak againEngland ratings: Palmer the super sub but captain Kane struggles yet again in Spain heartbreakCOLE PALMER came off the bench to be England’s star man – but his heroics were unable to stop heartbreak against Spain, writes Tom Barclay.Mikel Oyarzabal struck a late dagger through the hearts of the Three Lions to seal a 2-1 Spanish victory.And that ensured that 58 years of hurt will go on.Here’s how SunSport’s Tom Barclay rated each England player in the crushing defeat:Jordan Pickford: 8Carefully controlled a blast of a backpass from John Stones on his line in the first half. Could do little to stop Williams’ opener but made two terrific stops to deny Yamal, only for Oyarzabal to poke home at the death.Kyle Walker: 6Had his hands full with Williams but managed the Spanish livewire pretty well but could not get near his powerful opener. John Stones: 8A colossus again as he played every single minute of this Euros, despite lack of Manchester City game-time. Superb block on early Williams shot, was often in the right place at the right time and at one point dribbled all the way up the pitch.Marc Guehi: 6Solid alongside Stones and overall it has been a brilliant first tournament for the Crystal Palace star. But Oyarzabal nicked in front of him for the winner.Bukayo Saka: 7Most consistent attacker for England across the tournament and had a good battle with pantomime villain Marc Cucurella here. It was his cross that Bellingham laid off for Palmer to work his magic.Declan Rice: 7Went past his boss Gareth Southgate’s cap haul by winning his 58th here and he is still only 25. Was in the thick of it in the midfield battle throughout. Kobbie Mainoo: 5Just 19 and starting a major final for England in the middle of midfield. Fewer bursts forward though than in recent games as his side struggled for possession and was subbed for Palmer as Southgate searched for a leveller. Luke Shaw: 7Looked so sharp for a player making his first start since Luton away on February 10, winning his battle against Lamine Yamal in the first half. But Yamal got the better of him after the break to tee up Williams’ opener.Phil Foden: 6Out of possession it was his job to man-mark Manchester City colleague Rodri, until the Spanish maestro went off injured at half-time. Had a half-chance just before the break but could not beat Unai Simon.Jude Bellingham: 7Shunted wide left when England did not have the ball – which was a lot of the time. Riskily flew into a few tackles, but it was his clever lay-off that teed up Palmer.Harry Kane: 4His lack of involvement was summed up by England fans calling for Ollie Watkins in the 57th minute. They got their wish on the hour.SUBS: Ollie Watkins: 6Semi-final hero was introduced far earlier here to get some legs in behind, though he did not have too much impact this time.Cole Palmer: 9What an impact after emerging with just twenty minutes to go. Yet another of Southgate’s subs paid off handsomely as Palmer curled a peach of an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining, sending most of the Olympiastadion potty.Ivan Toney: 6Thrown on right at the end but could not make an impact.Gareth Southgate: 7The game was a chess match for the first half and Southgate was never going to go early with his bold moves.His subs were excellent to be fair, with Palmer brilliantly getting his team back into it.Critics will say England did not play attacking enough but Spain are one hell of a side – and Southgate’s men pushed them all the way.During Euro 2024, Yamal scored once – a superb strike against France in the semi-finals – and also provided four assists.One of those assists came in the final as Yamal set up fellow winger Nico Williams to open the scoring in the 47th minute. Cole Palmer equalised for England before Mikel Oyarzabal scored the winner for Spain.Yamal with his Young Player of the Tournament trophyCredit: Getty More

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    Lipreader reveals Prince George’s shock 3-word reaction after Three Lions LOSE Euro 2024 final with agonising late goal

    A LIP reader has revealed Prince George’s reaction as the referee blew the final whistle at the Euros 2024 final.The Prince of Wales and his son Prince George couldn’t bare to look as Spain snatched victory from the jaws of the Three Lions.The pair were devastated as England lost to Spain 2-1Just moments before they had been celebrating Cole Palmer’s goalLip reader, Jeremy Freeman has analysed the moments before England’s crushing defeat and revealed what was said between the two.He told The Sun that Prince William cried out “Oh my days. Oh my days”, as his son shared his frustration.Prince George then said: “Go on. Oh My God”.The pair were devastated.Euro 2024 FinalsFreeman also caught the interaction between Princess Kate and daughter Charlotte over at yesterdays women’s Wimbledon game in Kate’s first public appearance in almost a month.He told The Sun that Princess Kate asked Charlotte to “come over here”, as they got to their seats.Kate then thanked the lady who had accompanied them and proceeded to wave to the crowd, who were up on their feet applauding.The Princess of Wales said “hi” to the spectators and later turned to the lady next to her, saying “so sweet”.Most read in Euro 2024Royal fans were delighted to hear that she had made a brave public return while she undergoes her cancer treatment.But for William and George tension ran high.The father-son duo who had been thrilled moments earlier when Cole Palmer’s goal brought the score to 1-1, were left in utter disbelief as Mikel Oyarzabal’s late strike sealed Spain’s 2-1 win. Prince William and his son had leapt to their feet in joy, embracing as Palmer’s goal hit the back of the net.The young prince was even seen strategizing with his father, pointing eagerly towards the pitch.Final WhistleBoth William and George had their heads in their hands, mirroring the collective heartbreak of a nation yearning to end 58 years of footballing hurt.Despite a strong first half where Jude Bellingham’s skill created promising chances, England’s hopes were dashed as Oyarzabal’s goal shattered their dreams.The scene was set for a fairy tale ending. As the game progressed, Gareth Southgate’s side grew in confidence. Cole Palmer’s equalizer ignited hope, but it was short-lived. The agony was visible on Prince George’s face.Fans spot what England stars did immediately after receiving runners up medals following Euro 2024 finalTaking to social media, Prince William expressed his pride and resilience in the face of defeat. He told the team: “This time it just wasn’t meant to be. We’re all still so proud of you. Onwards England,” reassuring the team after their loss.King Shares SupportKing Charles, offering his support, also sent a heartfelt message to Southgate and the team.It read : “Although victory may have eluded you this evening, nevertheless my wife and I join all my family in urging you and your support team to hold your heads high.“All those who have participated in sporting activities at any level will know how utterly despairing such a result can feel when the prize was so near – and will join me in sending heartfelt sympathy, even as we congratulate Spain.“But please know that your success in reaching the European Championship final is a really great achievement in itself, “and one that brings with it the pride of a nation which will continue to roar for the Three Lions today – and in the many triumphs which I have no doubt lie ahead. Charles R”England fans, despite their disappointment, held their heads high, celebrating the incredible journey of Southgate’s squad.The stadium, awash with red and white banners, echoed with the support of over 30,000 English fans singing their hearts out.As the team regroups, the focus now shifts to the World Cup in 2026, with the promise of new triumphs on the horizon.Prince William, a staunch supporter, has been a constant presence, cheering the team on through their journey.From the group stage draw with Denmark to the thrilling quarter-final victory over Switzerland, and the semi-final win against the Netherlands, his support has been unwavering.New Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer also sent a letter of encouragement to Southgate and his men before the final, reflecting the nation’s pride and support for the team.He wrote: “On behalf of the whole nation, I wanted to wish you all the very best ahead of tonight’s game.“You should be proud of all you have achieved so far, even though I know you, like the rest of the country, will be hungry for more. We are all behind you on this journey.”The PM, who is also at the match, refused to commit to an extra Bank Holiday if the Three Lions win because he does not want to “jinx anything”.Despite the heartache, the future remains bright for the Three Lions. As they prepare for the next challenge, the nation stands firmly behind them, ready to cheer them on to greater glory.It seemed to be an emotional rollercoaster for England fans everywhere – including the royals, as they fell from ecstasy to agony in the nail-biting match.READ MORE SUN STORIESMeanwhile, England’s players were consoled by their Wags and families cheering from the stands despite their heart-breaking loss.Elsewhere, whilst the father-son duo enjoyed their time in Spain, Princess Kate and daughter Charlotte attended yesterdays Wimbledon women’s finals.They hugged each other in this heart-warming momentThe father-son duo leapt into the air and pumped their fists as England scored their first goalThe pair cheered on the Three LionsQueen Sofia of Spain shook hands with the young RoyalSir Keir Starmer was captured along side the royals ecstatic just moments before the game took a devastating turnThe Royals and Prime Minister Starmer couldn’t bare to look as the ref blew the final whistleEngland ratings: Palmer the super sub but captain Kane struggles yet again in Spain heartbreakCOLE PALMER came off the bench to be England’s star man – but his heroics were unable to stop heartbreak against Spain, writes Tom Barclay.Mikel Oyarzabal struck a late dagger through the hearts of the Three Lions to seal a 2-1 Spanish victory.And that ensured that 58 years of hurt will go on.Here’s how SunSport’s Tom Barclay rated each England player in the crushing defeat:Jordan Pickford: 8Carefully controlled a blast of a backpass from John Stones on his line in the first half. Could do little to stop Williams’ opener but made two terrific stops to deny Yamal, only for Oyarzabal to poke home at the death.Kyle Walker: 6Had his hands full with Williams but managed the Spanish livewire pretty well but could not get near his powerful opener. John Stones: 8A colossus again as he played every single minute of this Euros, despite lack of Manchester City game-time. Superb block on early Williams shot, was often in the right place at the right time and at one point dribbled all the way up the pitch.Marc Guehi: 6Solid alongside Stones and overall it has been a brilliant first tournament for the Crystal Palace star. But Oyarzabal nicked in front of him for the winner.Bukayo Saka: 7Most consistent attacker for England across the tournament and had a good battle with pantomime villain Marc Cucurella here. It was his cross that Bellingham laid off for Palmer to work his magic.Declan Rice: 7Went past his boss Gareth Southgate’s cap haul by winning his 58th here and he is still only 25. Was in the thick of it in the midfield battle throughout. Kobbie Mainoo: 5Just 19 and starting a major final for England in the middle of midfield. Fewer bursts forward though than in recent games as his side struggled for possession and was subbed for Palmer as Southgate searched for a leveller. Luke Shaw: 7Looked so sharp for a player making his first start since Luton away on February 10, winning his battle against Lamine Yamal in the first half. But Yamal got the better of him after the break to tee up Williams’ opener.Phil Foden: 6Out of possession it was his job to man-mark Manchester City colleague Rodri, until the Spanish maestro went off injured at half-time. Had a half-chance just before the break but could not beat Unai Simon.Jude Bellingham: 7Shunted wide left when England did not have the ball – which was a lot of the time. Riskily flew into a few tackles, but it was his clever lay-off that teed up Palmer.Harry Kane: 4His lack of involvement was summed up by England fans calling for Ollie Watkins in the 57th minute. They got their wish on the hour.SUBS: Ollie Watkins: 6Semi-final hero was introduced far earlier here to get some legs in behind, though he did not have too much impact this time.Cole Palmer: 9What an impact after emerging with just twenty minutes to go. Yet another of Southgate’s subs paid off handsomely as Palmer curled a peach of an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining, sending most of the Olympiastadion potty.Ivan Toney: 6Thrown on right at the end but could not make an impact.Gareth Southgate: 7The game was a chess match for the first half and Southgate was never going to go early with his bold moves.His subs were excellent to be fair, with Palmer brilliantly getting his team back into it.Critics will say England did not play attacking enough but Spain are one hell of a side – and Southgate’s men pushed them all the way. More

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    How England could line up at World Cup 2026 with NO Harry Kane – and will Gareth Southgate be picking the team?

    ENGLAND could make big changes for the 2026 World Cup – including replacing Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions fell agonisingly short of a trophy once again and for some stars it may have been their last shot at silverware.Gareth Southgate may not stick around for the 2026 World CupCredit: RexHarry Kane’s future is up for debateCredit: RexEngland may only make a few adjustments for the World CupEngland begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in March 2025, with the Nations League taking place in theautumn.Ireland are England’s next opponents in that competition and there could be some new faces in the team in Dublin.The likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier could be phased out of the squad, as they will be 36 and 35 respectively by the time the World Cup rolls around.Harry Kane will be 32 and his future is up for debate, with Gary Lineker pointing out his legs may have gone after he failed to live up to his usual high standards at the Euros.READ MORE ON EURO 2024The England captain won the Golden Boot alongside five other players but he had no impact in the final, making just 13 touches.Lineker raised doubts over whether Kane will continue for England, revealing he decided to call it quits at a similar age as he felt his legs had gone.The presenter said: “Part of [looking to] the future in my mind was what England do, what does Harry Kane do? He was not himself in this tournament.”He’s in his 30s now. When I was 30, 31, my legs started to go.Most read in Euro 2024CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe next major tournament could see the emergence of new youngstersThis felt like our time… but keep Gareth’s culture and we can win it in 2026 instead, writes Jack WilshereIT will take a while for me and every England fan to get over this, writes Jack Wilshere.To come so close to winning that trophy, only to be beaten in a second Euros final in a row, is a huge disappointment.Especially when it really felt like this was our time.It seemed that everything was coming together for us to end the long wait for a major title.But Spain deserved it. They were the better team in the final and the best team of the tournament.We will all — supporters, players, coaches, the FA — have to move on and go again.Because English football is still in a good position.Gareth Southgate has taken us to two finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in four tournaments. We have never produced a run like that before.The challenge now is to maintain this level of competitiveness and make England even better.Southgate and his staff have done a fantastic job in changing the whole environment and narrative around the national team.Whether Gareth carries on or not, the wider culture he has put in place must be preserved.This tournament was the biggest test of that culture the team had to go through.They overcame the problems and went all the way, only to fall at the final hurdle.But there is every reason to believe we can challenge at the World Cup in 2026 and beyond.We’ve got a really good group of players, many of them young, who can go on playing and performing for England for years.Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer — to name just five — have plenty more tournaments in them.This tournament will also be an inspiration for the next generations of players. Unfortunately there isn’t the trophy lift to take that to a completely different level.But England have delivered moments in Germany that will be replayed forever.The Bellingham overhead kick and Ollie Watkins’ semi-final winner will be recreated in playgrounds and cages up and down the country.What I would like to see now is England continuing to develop, to become a team that can consistently dominate opponents and can give a real identity to English football.We now have players who are comfortable on the ball and technically very good.The biggest disappointment of the tournament was that we didn’t see that as often as we would have liked. That leaves us with a ‘what if?’ feeling.England must not lose that old-school mentality of finding a way to win even when you’re not playing well — that never-say-die spirit which got us through this Euros more than once.But the next step is to allow other qualities to shine through, to give the players that our system is creating the platform to show  everything they can do.The job for me and for other coaches is to keep producing players that are comfortable on the ball and understand how to perform under pressure at a high level.English football is in a good place but we need to keep going. Then we will finally get over the line.Real all of SunSport columnist Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2024 columns…”I retired from international football at 32. At 31 that was happening [legs going] and it’s horrible, it’s horrible.”Maybe he was just tired or carrying a little something that affected him and that [his legs going] might not be the case.Trophyless Harry Kane really IS starting to look cursed as England captain’s horror Euro 2024 final stats revealedThe Three Lions team will very much depend on which manager is in charge”But I wonder. What is he, coming up to 31 now? That’s exactly the time when I started to feel that way.”If Kane makes way Ollie Watkins would be the obvious replacement after his semi-final heroics, while Ivan Toney is another option.Much like Watkins, Cole Palmer took his opportunity well throughout the tournament and scored a brilliant goal in the final – that combined with his club form could make him a mainstay in the team for years to come.The World Cup could also see the emergence of other young players such as Adam Wharton, Anthony Gordon and Jarrad Branthwaite.The trio will look to follow in the footsteps of Kobbie Mainoo who made himself a key player for Southgate at the Euros.Mainoo is another who could play for England at multiple tournaments, according to Jack Wilshere, who also expects Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Palmer to feature in the USA.While there could also be room for newcomers such as Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, both of whom came close to making the Euros squad after performing well for Liverpool.The World Cup squad will very much depend on whether Southgate will stay on as manager, with the expectation that he will step down after losing successive Euros finals.He said post-match: “I think England are in a really good position in terms of the experiences they’ve got now.”The age of the squad.READ MORE SUN STORIES”Most of this squad are going to be around not only for the World Cup but the next Euros as well.”There’s a lot to look forward to but this moment is not any consolation.” More

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    Harry Kane given brutal 3/10 rating by L’Equipe as Europe reacts to England losing Euro 2024 final to ‘super champions’

    HARRY KANE was rated as the worst player during the Euro 2024 final.The England captain was unable to inspire the Three Lions to victory at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.Harry Kane was given a 3/10 by L’EquipeCredit: RexNico Williams opened the scoring straight after half-time, but Cole Palmer raised hopes with a brilliant equaliser.However, the dreams of football coming home were ended as Mikel Oyarzabal netted a late winner.Reports on the match from around Europe have come in, and it makes for tough reading.Kane was slammed by French outlet L’Equipe as he was given a 3/10.READ MORE ON EURO 2024This was the lowest rating out of any of the starters on both sides.Kane struggled in the match and only had one touch inside the Spain penalty area before he was subbed for Ollie Watkins.They wrote: “Clearly tired, the Bayern Munich player made a series of bad choices, missing several passes that annihilated his team’s attacks, picking up a deserved yellow card for an avoidable foul on Fabian Ruiz and being too short on a cross.”The captain was logically replaced in the 61st minute by Watkins.”Most read in Euro 2024CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe paper also gave low ratings of 4/10 to the likes of Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw and Kobbie Mainoo.The best England players were given 6/10s and they were Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham.Fuming Jude Bellingham kicks water cooler after England suffer Euro 2024 final heartbreak againGareth Southgate was also given a 6/10 for his performance on the sidelines.Gary Neville agreed with the French during his analysis as he claimed that Kane did “not look right physically”.The Spanish news outlets obviously focused on a different aspect of the match as they celebrated Spain’s achievement.Both Marca and AS slapped big pictures of Spain’s trophy lift on the front page.Marca tagged the page wth “The Invincible Armada” while AS went for “Spain is in glory”.Sport also had a picture of the celebration as well as a big spot for Carlos Alcaraz after his Wimbledon triumph.The outlet wrote “super champions” as they hailed a famous day in the country’s sporting history.Sport hailed Spain as ‘super champions’Marca celebrated the victoryEngland ratings: Palmer the super sub but captain Kane struggles yet again in Spain heartbreakCOLE PALMER came off the bench to be England’s star man – but his heroics were unable to stop heartbreak against Spain, writes Tom Barclay.Mikel Oyarzabal struck a late dagger through the hearts of the Three Lions to seal a 2-1 Spanish victory.And that ensured that 58 years of hurt will go on.Here’s how SunSport’s Tom Barclay rated each England player in the crushing defeat:Jordan Pickford: 8Carefully controlled a blast of a backpass from John Stones on his line in the first half. Could do little to stop Williams’ opener but made two terrific stops to deny Yamal, only for Oyarzabal to poke home at the death.Kyle Walker: 6Had his hands full with Williams but managed the Spanish livewire pretty well but could not get near his powerful opener. John Stones: 8A colossus again as he played every single minute of this Euros, despite lack of Manchester City game-time. Superb block on early Williams shot, was often in the right place at the right time and at one point dribbled all the way up the pitch.Marc Guehi: 6Solid alongside Stones and overall it has been a brilliant first tournament for the Crystal Palace star. But Oyarzabal nicked in front of him for the winner.Bukayo Saka: 7Most consistent attacker for England across the tournament and had a good battle with pantomime villain Marc Cucurella here. It was his cross that Bellingham laid off for Palmer to work his magic.Declan Rice: 7Went past his boss Gareth Southgate’s cap haul by winning his 58th here and he is still only 25. Was in the thick of it in the midfield battle throughout. Kobbie Mainoo: 5Just 19 and starting a major final for England in the middle of midfield. Fewer bursts forward though than in recent games as his side struggled for possession and was subbed for Palmer as Southgate searched for a leveller. Luke Shaw: 7Looked so sharp for a player making his first start since Luton away on February 10, winning his battle against Lamine Yamal in the first half. But Yamal got the better of him after the break to tee up Williams’ opener.Phil Foden: 6Out of possession it was his job to man-mark Manchester City colleague Rodri, until the Spanish maestro went off injured at half-time. Had a half-chance just before the break but could not beat Unai Simon.Jude Bellingham: 7Shunted wide left when England did not have the ball – which was a lot of the time. Riskily flew into a few tackles, but it was his clever lay-off that teed up Palmer.Harry Kane: 4His lack of involvement was summed up by England fans calling for Ollie Watkins in the 57th minute. They got their wish on the hour.SUBS: Ollie Watkins: 6Semi-final hero was introduced far earlier here to get some legs in behind, though he did not have too much impact this time.Cole Palmer: 9What an impact after emerging with just twenty minutes to go. Yet another of Southgate’s subs paid off handsomely as Palmer curled a peach of an equaliser with 17 minutes remaining, sending most of the Olympiastadion potty.Ivan Toney: 6Thrown on right at the end but could not make an impact.Gareth Southgate: 7The game was a chess match for the first half and Southgate was never going to go early with his bold moves.His subs were excellent to be fair, with Palmer brilliantly getting his team back into it.Critics will say England did not play attacking enough but Spain are one hell of a side – and Southgate’s men pushed them all the way. More

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    Kolo Toure returns to coaching for first time since disastrous 59-day Wigan spell as he’s joined by Prem legend

    MANCHESTER CITY have added former defenders Kolo Toure and Richard Dunne to their academy backroom staff.The champions have announced a reshuffle to their youth and reserves set-up at the Etihad Campus as they prepare for the 2024/5 campaign.Kolo Toure has returned to coaching with Manchester City’s academyCredit: AlamyFormer City captain Richard Dunne has also joined the youth system’s backroom teamCredit: Action Images – ReutersAnd it includes Ivorian defender Toure – who helped the club to their first Prem crown in 2012 – taking a role as assistant manager of the Under 16s.The 43-year-old had a nightmare nine game spell in charge of Wigan after being appointed in November 2022.He failed to win a match during that ill-fated stay and was sacked after less than two months at the Latics helm.Prior to that he had forged a good reputation as a coach – and was part of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff at Celtic and Leicester.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLNow he has been given a route back into the game with his old club – working with current Under 16 coach Jamie Carr.Former City captain Dunne did some work back at his old club at the end of last season and has now been given a permanent role.The ex-Republic of Ireland defender will assist new Under 18s coach Oliver Reiss, who has joined from Hertha Berlin.Ben Wilkinson – son of management legend Howard – has been rewarded for leading City to glory in the FA Youth Cup last season.Most read in FootballCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSHe has been promoted to take charge of the club’s Elite Development Squad following the departure of Brian Barry Murphy.City’s academy director Thomas Kruecken said: “I am very pleased and excited to be able to confirm our coaching structure for the new season.Man City’s six key moments this season“This is part of our evolution and progression looking to the future and also illustrates that we are keen to promote from within and encourage a clear career progression and pathway.“We have enjoyed great success in recent seasons, but we want to continue to look to develop and improve.“Continuing Manchester City Academy’s development is vital, and these appointments leave us ideally equipped to meet the challenges of next season and beyond.” More

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    Plane flying England fans back from Germany after Euros defeat makes emergency landing after ‘strange smell’ in cabin

    A FLIGHT packed with heartbroken England fans was forced to make an emergency landing due to a “strange smell” in the cabin.Just minutes after taking off from Berlin this morning, the flight heading for Manchester was forced to return to the German airport.The Eurowings flight was forced to make an emergency landing and was met by fire services on the tarmacCredit: X/@jhats90The flight was packed with England fans returning from GermanyCredit: GettyThe plane landed back at Berlin shortly before 8.30amCredit: GettyFlight radars showed that the Eurowings EW8470 took off at 8.09am and climbed to 10,000 feet before turning around and landing back at Berlin at 8.26am.The aircraft was met by the airport fire service upon landing.The flight was carrying several distraught England fans after their 2-1 Euros loss to champions Spain on Sunday night.Supporter Gareth Davies from Wigan, told The Independent: “A few minutes into the flight the captain came on and said we had to go back to Berlin due to a warning light flashing on the controls.Read more on Euros“Upon landing we sat there for a short period and :a smell of burning entered the cabin. “We were told not to worry about the fire engines, take our luggage and not to take photos or videos ‘because we don’t want to be on TikTok’.”We disembarked and gathered on the Tarmac surrounded by firefighters before buses took us to the terminal. “Upon arrival at the terminal there was no one there except passport control. Most read in Euro 2024″We hadn’t been told what would happen next so we all went through passport control.“People had no clue about their checked bags and many exited the baggage hall – I only had carry on.”Were you on Eurowings flight EW8470? Email Juliana Cruz Lima on juliana.cruzlima@the-sun.co.ukA Lufthansa subsidiary, Eurowings has its headquarters based in Dusseldorf.Operating a network of mostly domestic flights to and from Berlin, the airline had scheduled a number of additional flights from London and Manchester to Berlin to meet demand from England fans.Eurowings said in a statement: “Flight EW8470 from Berlin to Manchester made an unscheduled return to Berlin this morning due to an undefined odour in the cabin.England fans belt out incredible rendition of God Save The King in Berlin’s Olympiastadio ahead of England vs Spain“An ‘air emergency’ was declared, a standard procedure to obtain a prioritised landing. The aircraft landed normally at BER at around 8.30 am.“Passengers and crew left the aircraft via passenger stairs provided and were taken to the terminal by bus.”The aircraft was then inspected by the fire brigade. There were no findings. There was neither a fire nor smoke in the cabin.READ MORE SUN STORIES“There were 150 passengers on board the Airbus A319. There was no danger to passengers or crew at any time.”Safety is always the top priority at Eurowings. The passengers affected will be rebooked on alternative flights.”THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY..The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball.England fans were devastated after losing to Spain at the Euros final on SundayCredit: RexEurowings had scheduled extra flights to and from Germany to meet the demand of Brit supportersCredit: GettyFlight radars show the plane returning to the airport this morningCredit: Flight Radar24 More

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    Gareth Southgate to be offered top punditry job if he leaves England after Euro 2024 final heartbreak

    GARETH SOUTHGATE will be offered a punditry role by ITV if he leaves the England job, according to reports.The England man has guided England to back to back Euros finals.Southgate left England’s team hotel earlier todayCredit: RexBut after another gutting defeat, his future as England manager is now unclear.Southgate refused to make any immediate decisions on his future in the fallout of the game after England lost 2-1 to Spain.He told the BBC: “Now is not the time for me to speak about that. I need to talk to the right people and give myself a bit of time.”To get to another final… it was a privilege to have the opportunity. But to come up short is hard at the moment.”READ MORE ON EURO 2024Now the Daily Mail report that he will be offered a punditry role to cover England by ITV should he leave his post.Southgate’s England contract expires in December.While the FA are keen on him to extend his deal he is understood to be considering his options.ITV’s head honchos are said to be very keen on bringing Southgate on board although it is unlikely he would be able to join for their Nations League coverage which starts in September.Most read in Euro 2024Southgate’s quit hintGareth Southgate appeared to suggest he might move on as England manager by referring to the team as “theyHe said: “I think England are in a really good position in terms of the experiences they’ve got now. The age of the squad.”Most of this squad are going to be around not only for the World Cup but the next Euros as well.”There’s a lot to look forward to but this moment is not any consolation.”When asked if he would quit by the BBC, he said: “Now is not the time for me to speak about that. I need to talk to the right people and give myself a bit of time.”To get to another final… it was a privilege to have the opportunity. But to come up short is hard at the moment.”BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERSThat’s because Southgate is expected to take a break if he does step down in the immediate aftermath of the Euros.ITV have re-acquired the rights to the Nations League after it was previously shown on Channel Four.Gary Lineker destroys Gareth Southgate with brutal six-word comment after England’s Euro 2024 final defeatMaybe Kane really is cursed as trophy drought goes on… he may never get a better chance with EnglandIT now seems as though he really is cursed. Along with the rest of us, writes Charlie Wyett.Tragically, unbelievably, Harry Kane’s agonising search for a trophy still continues and you know have to wonder whether he will ever actually manage it.Certainly for England, in any case.Kane has now suffered defeat in three major club finals and two finals of the European Championships.Last night, the Three Lions captain was so ineffective that he was replaced by Ollie Watkins just after the hour.Like much of this tournament, he really struggled to make the impact when England needed him, not that he had much service.He had one shot in the first half and that was Rodri, who subsequently injured himself and went off at the break.When Cole Palmer struck that brilliant equaliser, Kane was off on his feet from the bench, only for the national team to get another kick in the bo**ocks at the end.Kane was substituted in both the games against Switzerland and Holland which England went on to win but on this occasion, he could only witness a gut-wrenching twist just when it looked as though Gareth Southgate’s team had dug their way out of trouble.The Bayern Munich striker suffered the World Cup 2018 semi-final loss against Croatia, endured heartbreak against Italy in the Euro2020 final and then missed from the spot in the World Cup 2022 quarter-final against France.He really thought that this was his time, even though England did not play well in Germany.Kane will know that he will have more opportunities with England. But not many more.The World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico seems a long way away and it will surely be under a new manager. Will England be better than they are now? Probably not.And we are all left to wonder how much better England would have been with a fit and firing Kane at his very best.Read the full verdict on the curse of Harry Kane…Or check out all of Charlie Wyett’s Euro 2024 stories…They also have the rights to show England’s World Cup qualifiers.Southgate is understood to favour a punditry switch to ITV rather than the BBC.That’s because the BBC’s harsh punditry of Southgate at this tournament is understood to have “stung” him according to The Mail.By contrast, ITV’s coverage, led by Gary Neville and Roy Keane has been a lot more conciliatory towards the England manager.Southgate may not take a punditry role at all though, if he decides to go back into a club management.Southgate has not managed a club team since he was sacked as Middlesbrough manager in 2009.Manchester United were rumoured to be interested in Southgate but have just given Erik ten Hag a contract extension.This felt like our time… but keep Gareth’s culture and we can win it in 2026 instead, writes Jack WilshereIT will take a while for me and every England fan to get over this, writes Jack Wilshere.To come so close to winning that trophy, only to be beaten in a second Euros final in a row, is a huge disappointment.Especially when it really felt like this was our time.It seemed that everything was coming together for us to end the long wait for a major title.But Spain deserved it. They were the better team in the final and the best team of the tournament.We will all — supporters, players, coaches, the FA — have to move on and go again.Because English football is still in a good position.Gareth Southgate has taken us to two finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in four tournaments. We have never produced a run like that before.The challenge now is to maintain this level of competitiveness and make England even better.Southgate and his staff have done a fantastic job in changing the whole environment and narrative around the national team.Whether Gareth carries on or not, the wider culture he has put in place must be preserved.This tournament was the biggest test of that culture the team had to go through.They overcame the problems and went all the way, only to fall at the final hurdle.But there is every reason to believe we can challenge at the World Cup in 2026 and beyond.We’ve got a really good group of players, many of them young, who can go on playing and performing for England for years.Jude Bellingham, Kobbie Mainoo, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer — to name just five — have plenty more tournaments in them.This tournament will also be an inspiration for the next generations of players. Unfortunately there isn’t the trophy lift to take that to a completely different level.But England have delivered moments in Germany that will be replayed forever.The Bellingham overhead kick and Ollie Watkins’ semi-final winner will be recreated in playgrounds and cages up and down the country.What I would like to see now is England continuing to develop, to become a team that can consistently dominate opponents and can give a real identity to English football.We now have players who are comfortable on the ball and technically very good.The biggest disappointment of the tournament was that we didn’t see that as often as we would have liked. That leaves us with a ‘what if?’ feeling.England must not lose that old-school mentality of finding a way to win even when you’re not playing well — that never-say-die spirit which got us through this Euros more than once.But the next step is to allow other qualities to shine through, to give the players that our system is creating the platform to show  everything they can do.The job for me and for other coaches is to keep producing players that are comfortable on the ball and understand how to perform under pressure at a high level.English football is in a good place but we need to keep going. Then we will finally get over the line.Real all of SunSport columnist Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2024 columns… More

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    Argentina vs Colombia – Copa America final 2024: Lionel Messi breaks down in tears as he leaves game with injury

    ARGENTINA’S Lionel Messi has left the Copa America final with an injury after falling to the ground chasing the ball.Messi was shown on the sidelines in tears after he shortly walked off the field.This comes after Messi suffered an injury scare late in the first half after falling to the pitch and grabbing his ankle after diving for the ball.Argentina has taken a 1-0 lead late in extra time after a Lautaro Martinez off a turnover.Follow along with our live blog as The U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner and Bob Williams will be on the ground from Miami to provide all the latest updates.GOALLLLLLLautaro Martinez nails a right-footed shot into the center of the goal!The goal comes off a turnover forced by Argentina.Giovani Lo Celso assists on the goal.Score: Argentina 1-0 ColombiaCopy linkCopied15 more minutesET. The Copa America continues to stay gridlocked at 0-0 as Argentina attempts to secure the title without star Lionel Messi.If neither team can score in the final 15 minutes of extra time then the game will be decided by penalty kicks.Copy linkCopiedAnalysis during extra time from the standsThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner shares his thoughts as the Copa America final remains tied 0-0 in extra time.”This game has been brutal to watch – and to play in. Reckless tackles have been flying in from all over the place.”The quality on show, however, has been severely lacking.”This game has been brutal to watch – and to play in.”Copy linkCopiedArgentina 0-0 ColombiaET. Colombia’s Camilo Vargas makes a diving save to keep the game tied at 0!Argentina’s Nicolas Gonzalez came so close to a game-changing goal.Copy linkCopiedArgentina 0-0 ColombiaET. 30 minutes of extra time will be played instead of going to penalty kicks immediately.If neither team scores in extra time the Copa America final will be decided on penalty kicks.Copy linkCopiedExtra time in the Copa!We are headed to extra time in the Copa America final after Colombia and Argentina fail to score in regulation.The U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner believes Argentina will have to play better to secure the victory.”Argentina is attempting to be the first South American team to win three consecutive trophies.”They will need to play a hell of a lot better in extra time to create their own piece of history.”And, of course, they will have to do it without Messi.”Copy linkCopiedLionel Messi watches onLionel Messi watches the Copa America final from the sidelines after leaving the game with a non-contact injury.Lionel Messi watches the Copa America final from the sideline after leaving with injuryCredit: GettyArgentina’s Lionel Messi grimaces in pain during the Copa America final soccer match against ColombiaCredit: APCopy linkCopiedPlaying it safeThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner believes both teams will play cautiously in extra time.”Extra-time wasn’t used in the knock-out rounds in the lead-up to the final.”Shame really, this should go straight to penalties because extra time, with heavy legs on both sides, will surely be cautious from both teams.”Copy linkCopiedMore analysis from MiamiThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner gives his take on the Copa America final as it seems surely headed to extra time.”This has been really poor.”Both teams seem to be happy just arguing with the officials rather than trying to get the round thing into the net.”Argentina have been a shadow of the team which some were trumpeting as the world’s new favorite side.”They have never got going.”Copy linkCopiedArgentina 0-0 Colombia85. The game is still nodded at 0 as extra time may be upon us.Argentina is trying to find a way to win without their superstar Lionel Messi.Meanwhile, Colombia is attempting to extend their 28-match unbeaten streak and secure a Copa America final title.Copy linkCopiedAnalysis more than halfway through the second halfThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner shares his thoughts late in the second half of the Copa America final.”Just over 20 minutes left of what has been a very disappointing final so far.”All the madness beforehand soured the evening before a ball was kicked.”The game has been dire and now Messi has exited stage left. Right now, this has penalties written all over it.”Copy linkCopiedOffside!75. Argentina’s Nicolas Tagliafico is called for offsides after nailing in what could’ve been the winning Copa America final goal.Copy linkCopiedLionel Messi is injured on the floor AGAINLionel Messi is down on the pitch again and has signaled for a substitute.Messi fell to the floor with a non-contact injury after running after the ball.Copy linkCopiedArgentina 0-0 Colombia60. Argentina is putting relentless pressure on Colombia and continues to nearly miss taking a lead.Angel Di Maria and Alexis Mac Allister each have their shots blocked in the 57th and 58th minute.Copy linkCopiedAnalysis from Hard Rock StadiumThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner shares his latest thoughts on the Copa America final.”Davidson Sanchez, the Colombian defensive rock, just headed over.”The boys in yellow carry on creating the best chances. They just need to take one.”If they don’t Argentina have the quality to make them seriously pay.”Tempers beginning to boil over here on a typically sultry Floridian night.”Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni had to be held back after Angel Di Maria was fouled. It’s the liveliest Argentina have looked all night.”Score: Argentina 0-0 ColombiaCopy linkCopiedArgentina 0-0 Colombia51. Colombia’s Luis Diaz goes down for a short moment with an injury scare but play continues shortly later.We are eight minutes into the second half and still locked in a 0-0 tie.If the game ends in a tie, extra time will be played.Copy linkCopiedWe are back!The second half has begun with a bang.Colombia’s Santiago Arias nearly nails a right-footed shot from the right side of the box.Argentina misses an opportunity of their own as Angel Di Maria’s left-footed shot is saved.Score: Argentina 0 Colombia 0Copy linkCopiedLionel Messi given extra time to recoverThe U.S. Sun’s Bob Williams shares some insight on Messi’s injury heading into the second half.”Lionel Messi has been given an extra 10 minutes to work on his injured ankle thanks to the extended 25-minute halftime break.”Could prove crucial for Argentina in the second half.”Copy linkCopiedOpinions of the halftime show from inside the stadiumThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner shares some insight on what Shakira’s halftime show meant to Colombia.”Penny for the players’ thoughts as they wait in the locker rooms for this to finish.”The Colombia coach argued beforehand that the extra time taken to stage this “show” could affect his side’s performance.”The regulation break is normally 15 minutes. This will take it to 25 minutes.”Unacceptable really. Let’s see how the second half starts, if it ever starts..”And there she goes. Now, hopefully, a soccer match will break out.”Copy linkCopiedFans praise the halftime showSoccer fans are raving about Shakira’s halftime performance.Shakira is a legend! Ain’t this like the 10x halftime show she’s performed at lol and she killz it everytime.— Hernando (@Hernan_Corte69) July 15, 2024

    Copy linkCopiedShakira graces the stage!Shakira has opened her Copa America final performance with her hit song Hips Don’t Lie.The minute the music played the crowd erupted.Copy linkCopiedIconic announcer introduces ShakiraBoxing announcer Michael Buffer, who is known for his phrase ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’ announces Shakira.Let’s see if she packs a punch with her halftime show – a first for a Copa America Final.Copy linkCopiedMiami-Dade Sheriff candidate Joe Sanchez makes a statementJUST IN: Miami-Dade Sheriff candidate Joe Sanchez issues statement asking @MayorDaniella to have the county’s public safety director James Reyes step down after tonight’s fiasco at Copa America Final.Reyes is also running for county sheriff. pic.twitter.com/SruDQYf9lZ— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 15, 2024

    Copy linkCopiedFirst-half analysis from inside the stadiumThe U.S. Sun’s Steve Brenner shares his thoughts on the Copa America final first half.”Pretty forgettable first half there.”Colombia looked the more lively, but Martinez only really made one save of note.”Anyway, enough of this soccer nonsense. Here’s the reason everyone is here – it’s Shakira.Score: Argentina 0 Colombia 0Copy linkCopiedMessi is back on the fieldLionel Messi is back on the field and in the game after suffering an injury scare just moments ago.Messi is walking with a clear limp.Copy linkCopied More