Lacazette and Martial Fail to Make France Squad, Payet Ruled Out by Injury

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Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial have been left out of France’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Dimitri Payet misses the tournament through injury.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s last stand?

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Euro 2016 will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth European Championship and possibly his last. The Real Madrid man has won nearly all there is to win at club level but how has international success eluded him for so long?

 The Panenka looks at the three-time player of the year’s record at the European Championships.
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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Northern Ireland

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Despite making three appearances at the World Cup, Northern Ireland have never sent a team to a European Championship. All-time top marksman David Healy and one of the greatest ever players ever, George Best, sadly never graced a major tournament either. The current crop though, under manager Michael O’Neill, will get that opportunity to shine on the big stage in France. Expectations might be none existent so, whatever happens, happens. The boys from the Northern part of The Emerald Isle will no doubt be hungry to spring an upset.

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Euro 2016 Team Preview: England

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Perennial underachievers of major tournaments, a new era for England beckons with a number of high profile retirements in the recent past. Too good for the qualifiers, but not good enough for the tournament itself is a familiar story for England. However, a new hunger within England’s ranks is becoming very clear. After some surprisingly fantastic performances by English players in an unforgettable Premier League this season it still might prove a little too difficult NOT to allow England to expect glory this time around.

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