Former England captain Shearer claims nobody fears the Three Lions, League Cup draw gives Championship sides trips to League 2 opposition, and could this be the best England themed parody song ever?


1. Former Newcastle and England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer has launched a scathing attack on Roy Hodgson’s team, claiming that no other nation in the European Championship would be afraid of playing them.

2. Senior officials at Middlesbrough have denied reports that striker Jordan Rhodes is to be made available for transfer. Scottish international Rhodes only moved to the Riverside Stadium from Blackburn Rovers for £9m in January 2016.

3. In the first round draw of the revamped English League Cup, freshly relegated Championship club Aston Villa will travel to League Two side Luton Town and fellow fourth tier outfit Exeter City welcome Championship innovators Brentford to St James’ Park.

4. A report in the Daily Mail suggests Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer Gareth Bale a contract for life which would make him on of the highest paid players in the world and keep the Welsh international at the club until he retires.

5. Radio station Talksport are reporting Zlatan Ibrahimović has already signed for Manchester United, but the club and player are waiting until Sweden end their involvement in Euro 2016 to announce the deal.

6. A reporter for the Italian version of Sky Sports News got more than he bargained for when two police officers and the criminal they were chasing ran through the back of his live piece to camera during a report from France (Mirror).

7. Another day, another story of a brilliant incident involving an Irish fan at the Euros. This time, the man in question got stuck up a tree whilst retrieving a stray ball and got cheered by a gathering crowd (

8. Sergio Ramos’ penalty miss may have been the responsibility of Real Madrid team-mate and Croatia international Luka Modrić after the midfielder tipped off his national team’s ‘keeper on Ramos’ preferred spot kick technique (ESPNFC).

9. It seems Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t enjoying Euro 2016, and he’s taken to abusing inanimate objects to relieve some pent up frustration. Here he is throwing a reporter’s microphone off a bridge (BBC).

10. And finally… a comedian has released a tongue in cheeky parody song to support under-fire England coach Roy Hodgson. The track, which is a reworking of Let’s Hear It For The Boy, makes light of the coach’s pronunciations of certain words… (YouTube).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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