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Ian  Baraclough: ‘“Whether he thinks it is time-wasting or not, you normally go up to a player and tell him to hurry up or you’ll do something about it. But he didn’t get any warning at all.’   Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

An angry Ian Baraclough was left “annoyed and appalled” by a controversial red card for Jamal Lewis which he felt proved decisive as Switzerland’s 2-0(...)

 Ian Baraclough: ‘At this moment it’s in our hands still. If we can beat Switzerland it puts us in a good position to grab second place and that’s what we’re aiming for.” Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Ian Baraclough insisted he was happy to embrace the challenge of guiding Northern Ireland into Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Switzerla(...)

 Ian Baraclough:  ‘If we can take three points from this game, the Swiss have to play Italy [on Sunday] so by the time we play the Swiss we could be two points behind.’  Photograph:  William Cherry/Presseye

Ian Baraclough has urged Northern Ireland’s youngsters to seize their chance after Stuart Dallas was added to an already lengthy list of absentees for(...)

England’s Harry Kane celebrates after scoring the third goal during the quarter-final match between Ukraine and England in Rome last night. Photograph: EPA

1) England (up 1) Gareth Southgate’s team moved into the semi-finals with an almost complete performance against Ukraine. Not only were they solid in(...)

Italy defender Leonardo Spinazzola takes a shot at goal against Austria  at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Leonardo Spinazzola is probably not the fastest at Euro 2020. And yet, nobody has run faster during the tournament. The Italy left-back was clocked by(...)

France’s manager Didier Deschamps at  a press conference in Bucharest, Romania,  ahead of the match against Switzerland.  Photograph: UEFA/ AFP

World champions France are facing mounting injuries ahead of their Euro Round-of-16 match against Switzerland on Monday, with coach Didier Deschamps s(...)

 Wales’ midfielder Aaron Ramsey during his team’s Euro 2020 last 16 defeat to Denmark. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Getty Images

Hal Robson-Kanu’s timeless Cruyff turn allowed Wales to walk on air at the last European Championship but on Saturday, in the arena renamed in homage(...)

France’s Paul Pogba  after the  Euro 2020 match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23th. Photograph:  Franck Fife/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Few would take exception with Didier Deschamps’ assertion that while other teams may have made a better impression at Euro 2020, France will really ge(...)

Gareth Southgate: the England manager remains lucid and likeable in front of the post-match cameras although with a sense of something a little stuck in his talk of the future. Photograph: Neil Hall/AFP/via Getty Images

More than this. There must be – don’t you think? – a little more than this. As England’s footballers exited the Wembley turf, as the tinny, triumpha(...)

  Ireland’s Shane Duffy   scoring the equaliser against Bulgaria in their Uefa Nations League   match  in Sofia, Bulgaria, on  September 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

If the Republic of Ireland manage to deliver the hatful expected against Andorra tonight, those goals accompanying the win will arrest an alarming dec(...)

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