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(BBC) Mark Sampson: England women boss to 'improve communication style'

Mark Sampson: England women boss to 'improve communication style'

England boss Mark Sampson says he is "looking to improve" his "general communication style" after being cleared of alleged racial abuse.
Sampson was cleared of wrongdoing after striker Eniola Aluko made a complaint to the Football Association (FA) about "bullying and harassment".
Sampson allegedly asked a mixed race player if she had been arrested.
But the FA said an independent report found no evidence of wrongdoing by the 34-year-old or his staff.
In a statement released by the FA on Thursday, Sampson said he "fully understood and welcomed the need for an internal review".
He added: "It's incredibly important that matters like this are taken extremely seriously and investigated in the right way - with the right level of sensitivity and support for all involved.
"The barrister's final report said there was no case to answer and noted that my approach to all players is the same regardless of their background.
"I also appreciated that the report highlighted areas where I could improve my general communication style, and that is something I have taken on board and looked to improve."
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A far, far different place in a far, far different world...

The last time England played here was at the height of the Cold War, 1985, when Romania was a far, far different place than it is today.

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(BBC) Fifa awards: Harry Kane one of four Premier League players nominated

Fifa awards: Harry Kane one of four Premier League players nominated

Harry Kane is one of four current Premier League players nominated for the Best Fifa Men's Player 2017 award.
The Tottenham striker joins Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea midfielders Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante on a shortlist of 24.
Last year's winner, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, is nominated, as are Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Paris St-Germain's world record signing Neymar.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a Manchester United player last term, also makes the list.
The winners will be decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans.

Voting closes on 7 September and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 23 October.
Fifa, football's world governing body, is running its awards for the second year since ending its association with France Football's Ballon d'Or in September 2016.
The French magazine continues to run its own awards.
The Best Fifa Men's Player 2017:
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon)
  • Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan and Italy)
  • Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)
  • Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid and Spain)
  • Paulo Dybala (Juventus and Argentina)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (former Manchester United and Sweden)
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham and England)
  • Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)
  • N'Golo Kante (Chelsea and France)
  • Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland)
  • Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)
  • Keylor Navas (Real Madrid and Costa Rica)
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich and Germany)
  • Neymar (Barcelona and Brazil)
  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal and Chile)
  • Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Uruguay)
  • Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich and Chile)
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Summer of 2017 midterm travel tour continues

Gadsby's England midterm travel tour continues with a visit to this generation of fans' choices of most wanted England away fixtures. Number three on our list is Romania.

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A tumultuous few days in English football with the shock sacking of Sam Allardyce after -- unbelievably -- 67 days, the shortest reign of any manager of the national side. At possibly (and we have said this before) the lowest ebb ever for the national game, Gadsby and Carlos try to make some kind of sense of the miserable farce that is now English football.

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Euro 2016: The Final Word

Nick Basannavar
Senior England team correspondent, Gadsby's England

In the end – and this might not be a popular view – Portugal were utterly apt winners of Euro 2016.

UEFA’s unnecessarily bloated format begot a series of forgettable, cautious, and sometimes downright risible matches of football, including nearly – with thanks to Hungary – all of Portugal’s.

Maybe we got the champions we deserved, but not the ones we need right now.

Inevitably the story had to be about Cristiano Ronaldo, even though throughout this tournament he was only just about as influential as his much-maligned, erstwhile Manchester United colleague Nani.

Ronaldo, taken off in the first half of the final, took to shoving his boss Fernando Santos around on the touchline as he assumed the role of de facto Portugal coach during the 1-0 win over France, before lifting the Henri Delaunay trophy in an act John Terry must have been salivating over from a beach hut somewhere.

Maybe Portugal gave us what we deserved, but not what we need right now

If anything, Portugal looked more cohesive without Ronaldo on the pitch. It remains one of the great footballing quirks that neither of the two great players of the age, Ronaldo or Messi, has won an international tournament with a deciding influence in the final.

Some argue that international football is nowhere near the level of club football any more, so to measure players by the yardstick of tournament success is an antiquated and unrealistic device.

Certainly this tournament produced a randomness at times that stood in sharp contrast to the daily, familiar regimen of club football: step up Éderzito António Macedo Lopes, a player who looked out of his depth at Swansea City, to win the cup with a majestic sweep of the right boot.

Nothing ignites the passion like a summer international engagement. Portugal’s victory will no doubt have been bittersweet for Ronaldo, for all his European Cups and Ballons D’Or.

The freshness of Wales and Iceland’s campaigns took everyone by pleasant surprise, but there was a certain glory, too, in Éder’s winner, and vindication for a country which has done all but win a major trophy over the last 15 years.

Nonetheless, Portugal is a side nowhere near the winning standard of the previous four international tournaments. This year Germany were again the best team, but totally lacked in cutting edge when it counted. In the round, we had patchy episodes of gripping football, set against a backdrop of some of the best fan support seen in some time.

How grimly, desperately ironic that the tournament – Russia vs England aside – should go off without major incident only for the senseless attack in Nice to bring a pall upon Europe again just days after the final.

Let’s remember some of the good times. From Irishmen fixing cars, to the Icelandic slow clap, to Will Grigg’s combustive state, this was a great tournament to be a fan – unless you were stuck along one of Marseille’s claustrophobic alleyways on 11 June.

Whilst England’s fans managed to move on from the brutality of their Russian encounter, the players they were there to support regressed entirely as the tournament went on.

It’s all been said already about the ineptitude of this England team. The only thing more disturbing than sitting through their Euro 2016 campaign might just be waking up to find out that Sam Allardyce is the man entrusted with putting it right.
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Gadsby's England at Euro 2016: au revoir and adieu, it's the final review with Gadsby and Carlos

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Euro 2016 video webcast: Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer of The Times

Saggers, Millsy, how could we possibly top that? Well, it's an honour today to welcome Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer of The Times, to Gadsby's England for the first time. 

Henry Winter is one of the most respected and influential football journalists of our time; his insights, criticisms, unique analysis of the England team in particular resonates more than any other UK football journalist. If there is one column that managers and players take note of, it will be Henry's.

Henry has covered England at tournaments for many years, but not only is he the most outstanding England correspondent, he is also a passionate fan, caring -- and worrying -- deeply about the state of English football. It is a privilege for myself and Gadsby's England to have him join us for a special Gadsby's England Euro 2016 video webcast.

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Euro 2016 video podcast, Special Guest -- Former England Defender Danny Mills

Thanks to Danny Mills (apart from the p***-taking!) for a brilliant live video podcast from Paris. Available to view again now.

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