FOOTBALL - Below the review of the Euro 2012 match between Sweden and France.
FOOTBALL – Ahead of Euro 2012, we will present you a short profile of all teams taking part. We continue with England who have won the FIFA World Cup, but never the European Championship. England will play their opening match of the tournament when they face France on Monday, 11 June.
CRICKET - It is Day Two of the First Test of the 1993 Ashes Series. The venue: Old Trafford, Manchester. The batsman: England’s Mike Gatting. The bowler: Australia’s Shane Warne. The outcome: something that is referred to as “The Ball Of The Century” or simpler even “That Ball”. Today, 19 years ago.
FOOTBALL - Frank Lampard (90 caps and 23 goals) misses EURO 2012 due to a thigh injury. The Chelsea midfielder will be replaced by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. Lampard made three goals at England’s previous ECh appearance (2004 in Portugal). He was named in the team of the tournament by UEFA.
FOOTBALL - Steven Gerrard is 32 years old today. He is the current England captain, as he captains Liverpool, the club he has represented for his entire professional career. He has won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup three times, the UEFA Champions League once, the UEFA Cup once, the UEFA Super Cup once and the FA Community Shield twice.
Shares birthday with: Peter Carl Fabergé, Mel Blanc, Tom Morello
FOOTBALL - Paul Gascoigne is 45 years old today. He was as much one of the most brilliant as he was one of the most controversial players that England has ever produced. One of the stars of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996 (which England hosted), he represented nine clubs at domestic level. He was capped 57 times by England.
Shares birthday with: Christopher Lee, Henry Kissinger, Neil Finn
FOOTBALL - England have included 19-year-old Jack Butland in their Euro 2012 squad to replace the injured John Ruddy. Butland has never played a top flight match. Which need not be an issue, because only one of 116 European Championship campaigns (Portugal in 2000) even used three goalkeepers. At the FIFA World Cup, this has not occurred in 18 years, since Greece used three goalkeepers in 1994.
RUGBY UNION - Jonny Wilkinson is 33 years old today. He is an English rugby union player and former member of the England national team. He was the talisman that won England the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The 22nd of November 2003 was to become his day. The score in the World Cup final knotted at 17-17 and with 26 seconds to go Wilkinson kicked a drop kick that ended Australia’s hopes and earned ‘Wilko’ a place in history.
Shares birthday with: Ian McKellen, Frank Oz, Paul Weller
FOOTBALL - Roy Hodgson will unveil England’s Euro 2012 squad on Wednesday and a persistent rumour has it that Rio Ferdinand will not be among the 23 on the plane to Poland and Ukraine. The career of the defender will thereby take another bizarre turn as he has been named in four World Cup squads and not a single European Championship squad. His next chance at a major championship would be the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
FOOTBALL – Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes have plummeted ever since Fabio Capello resigned and the rumours started about Spurs manager Harry Redknapp taking over the England job. When the Italian announced his decision on February 8, Spurs were third in the Premier League table after 24 match rounds, only seven points behind then leaders Manchester City.
RUGBY UNION - On Saturday, 17 March, the grand finale of the 2012 Six Nations season will take place in stadiums across Europe. In the feature match Wales host France in a bid to clinch their third Grand Slam in the Six Nations era. Click below for previews on all three matches.