Ibrahimović set to finally sign for United, UEFA decide against a minute’s silence for the victims of terrorist attacks in Turkey, and Ray Wilkins gets so upset that he calls a football phone-in…
1. Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović looks set to complete his long-awaited move to Manchester United by the end of the week.
2. The Football Association is considering appointing Gareth Southgate as an interim manager to replace Roy Hodgson whilst they search for a long-term successor, with Arsène Wenger surprisingly in the frame for the permanent role.
3. Championship club Newcastle United are closing in on the £8.5 million signing of Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle. The newly relegated Magpies have also recently signed goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side Gent.
4. Manchester United are close to signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after the Old Trafford club offered a deal worth £30 million to the German side.
5. Wales’ players have “no regrets” over a video being released showing the Euro 2016 quarter finalists celebrating Iceland’s winner against England on Monday night. Reading’s Chris Gunter said they were simply happy to see another underdog to progress.
6. Fans of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are to be honoured by the City of Paris for their good behaviour during their stay at Euro 2016. A ceremony featuring fan groups will take place soon (DailyMail).
7. Iceland co-manager Lars Lagerbäck has dismissed suggestions that he might be in the running to replace Roy Hodgson as manager of England. Instead, he seemed to be hoping to have a rest after the tournament.“Every time I look at myself in the mirror I realise that I should take it easier in the future”, he said (TheGuardian).
8. UEFA has decided not to hold a minute’s silence before the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 for the victims of the attacks on Turkey’s Ataturk airport because Turkey are no longer in the tournament… (101GreatGoals.com).
9. Ray Wilkins got in a huff after a Dutch fitness coach criticised the standards of coaching in England and blamed them for England’s continual failure at tournaments. Wilkins took exception to this and called TalkSport from his car to argue his point with the Dutchman (TalkSport).
10. And finally…We have all heard about Iceland’s small population and have heard the stat about how many Icelanders are in France to watch the tournament, but this stat is just as impressive. According to a Spanish newspaper, 99.8 percent of Iceland’s TV’s were tuned in to watch their team qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Championships for the first time (AwfulAnnouncing.com).
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