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Coleman slates for Euro to proceed as planned

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Coleman slates for Euro to proceed as planned

Chris Coleman, who will lead Wales in Euro 2016 believes the tournament should continue.

Wales manager Chris Coleman says that Euro 2016 should proceed as planned even in the face of terrorist attacks.

Brussels was the target of suicide and bomb attacks within the Europe, with more than 30 people reportedly killed in the Belgian capital by explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station.

Coleman described the attacks were “incredibly evil” but said the attackers should not be allowed to win.

“It’s what everybody wants,” Coleman said. “It’s what the people want and we should make sure that happens.”

“I think these people would have us stay in our houses, locked up 24 hours a day if we let them have their way,” he added. “That shouldn’t happen.”

He believes that Euro 2016, which starts in France on the 10th of June, will be “incredibly secure” and said he was confident UEFA, European football’s governing body, would do its “utmost” to keep everyone safe.

But the former Fulham and Coventry City boss conceded that certain security risks remain.

“If somebody’s hell bent on walking into a crowded area and they want to blow themselves up or whatever, there’s only so much security can do,” he said.

“There’s always going to be a doubt in everybody’s mind. You’re hoping and praying that everything’s going to be OK.”

Joachim Löw vary of English threat in Euro 2016

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Joachim Löw vary of English threat in Euro 2016

Germany’s World Cup-winning manager Joachim Löw believes that England are serious contenders to win Euro 2016.

“This will be a taste of what we can expect at the Euros,” he said, as Germany prepares for England and Italy in friendly matches that were warm-ups prior to the European international tournament.

“The opponents are both interesting and are two of the favourites to win the European Championship. It will be a good test.”

“The battle for places in the Germany squad is seriously beginning now – there are still eight weeks until the end of the season.”

Emre Can, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the Premier League players that Löw has picked for Germany’s 26-man squad ahead of the upcoming friendlies.

“We have selected a large squad in order to speak with the players about what we expect. We are looking at their form and fitness as a whole.”

England qualified for Euro 2016 with a winning streak and was the only team to do so.

However, the level of opposition England faced on the way to Euro was hardly an accurate measure; whereas the match with Germany on Saturday would give a more accurate reflection of how England may truly fare in the tournament.

So far, Roy Hodgson had named a number of forwards for England that presented stellar performances, but is wary of the hype that comes with. He warns that although his new crop strikers of strikers that include Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane had performed brilliantly for club they have yet to gather enough experience on a national level.

City confident in luring Messi to Premier League

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City confident in luring Messi to Premier League

Should any club able to tempt Lionel Messi to move to the Premier League, Manchester City is confident that they will be the top choice.

City owners believe that working for Pep Guardiola once more is reason enough for the Argentinian to make a transfer, with the club’s senior executives having inquired about the Argentinian.

Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, and Ferran Soriano, the chief executive, also worked closely with Messi when in similar positions at Barcelona. Soriano, in particular, is thought to be close to Messi and his family.

However, it is doubtful if Messi would ever want to leave the Catalonians. Having won the treble with his boyhood club last year, Messi had gone on to win his fifth Ballon D’or, numerous other honours and enjoys a close relationship with his fellow forwards, Luis Suarez and Neymar in a team that features the most coveted forward lineup in the world.

He is also contracted with the Spanish giants until summer 2018, when he will be approaching his 30th birthday. He is thought to earn around €20m a year, or €385,000 a week, and to have a buyout clause of €250m.

Meanwhile, City would closely monitor the 28-year-old ace should he become unsettled, largely due to a tax issue in which he and his father, Jorge, are accused of defrauding the Spanish state of €4.2m (£3.3m) between 2007 and 2009, with a court hearing dated on the 31st of May.

Lionel Messi and his father had since deny wrongdoing and paid €5m in 2013 as a corrective measure, amounting to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest.

But Guardiola was also a factor against the move. Since joining Bayern Munich in June 2013 following a year’s sabbatical after leaving Barcelona, he was reluctant to make a move for any of his former players. In his three seasons with the Bundesliga champions, only Thiago Alcântara joined him from Barca.