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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.

Marcus Rashford for England’s Euro 2016 Squad

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Marcus Rashford for England's Euro 2016 Squad

Roy Hodgson, manager for the England National Squad had hinted at the possibility of including Marcus Rashford into the team ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign.

The Manchester United teen was just 18 when he scored twice in his Europa League debut against FC Midjytlland and 2 more against Arsenal in his Premier League debut.

However, he did not score in the mid-week match against Watford, and has only featured for England in their under-18 squad.

“I would neither rule him in or rule him out, I just hope he can do well,” Hodgson said.

“I have been watching Rashford for two years, so I have known about him for a long time. He is in our system.”

He added he was delighted that an England Under-18 player was getting chances in Manchester United’s first team.

“Most of all, I hope he is allowed to develop as an 18-year-old should and people don’t try to put him under enormous pressure,” he said.

“Scoring four goals in three games is a great achievement and if he can keep that up, it is great for Manchester United and England.”

Rashford came into Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United amidst an injury plagued team, with forwards Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial unable to play. Still, he looks set to remain a part of the first team at Old Trafford as he impresses everyone with his skill and unprecedented maturity.

United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League

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United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League

Manchester United’s tally of losses this season is extended yet again after their defeat by FC Midtjylland at 2-1 in the first leg of their Europe League last-32 tie.

The visitors were coming off another 2-1 loss at the hands of Sunderland last weekend, and travelled to the MCH Arena without Wayne Rooney. The team also lost goalkeeper David De Gea during warm-up.

Still, the Red Devils managed to take the lead through a Memphis Depay shot – only to be equalized by a Pione Sisto effort. Romero, De Gea’s replacement was unable to keep it out.

Then Paul Onuachu scored the winner at 77 minutes, giving the Danish side a record win coupled with the fact that the club’s last competitive match was 71 days ago.

Being sixth place in the Premier League also meant that United had little hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Winning the Europa League represents the best chance to fill their empty trophy cupboard and retain a place in Europe’s elite club competition.

The team is going to need to do more than performing well in their second leg to do so.

United, Livepool fail to win in Europa League 2

Comparatively, Liverpool may not have won their fixture against German side FC Ausburg, but they had better fortunes compared to United as they managed a goalless draw.

The Reds performed better marginally in what was a lengthy match, with clear chances in the first half from striker Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino being saved from Ausburg keeper Marwin Hitz.

The visitors appeared more intent on scoring after the break and would have opened the scoreboard if not for Surridge’s near miss at close range.

On the other hand, Ausburg’s Ji Dong-Won came close to scoring as his effort hits the woodwork, while Kostas Stafylidis found space in the box but poked wide.