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Trippier: England have progressed since 2018

Kieran Trippier believes England have progressed since their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat and is relishing Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash with Denmark.

The 30-year-old’s free-kick had the nation dreaming of reaching a first major tournament final since 1966, only for Croatia to turn things around and snatch a 2-1 extra-time win in Russia.

It was England’s third major tournament semi-final loss since lifting the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s side have the opportunity to end that hoodoo against the Danes on Wednesday.

“I think from the two years the team has changed a lot and we are in a position now where we just want to create our own history. That’s all we want to do,” Trippier said.

“There are only maybe six or seven of us from that World Cup team, we have got so much good young talent now.

“It is there for everyone to see the attacking players we’ve got and I think we’ve taken that step forward from 2018.

“The Nations League we were in the semi-final and now we are playing Denmark – we have made a real good progression over the years.”

Wednesday’s semi-final opponents have been brought together by distressing circumstances after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their opening game.

Southgate said Denmark were “riding a wave of emotion” into the semi-final, when Eriksen’s former team-mate at Tottenham Harry Kane will present Denmark captain Simon Kjaer with a signed England ‘Eriksen 10’ shirt.

Trippier, another former team-mate of Eriksen, said: “We were on the coach, before the Croatia game. We saw it on the screens.

“It’s just important that he is here with us. He’s getting better, he’s making progress. It’s just hard to put into words because I have played with him. I was close with Christian.

“The most important thing is he is getting better. I messaged him. I didn’t do it straight away, I messaged him through social media.

“This is the time to give him privacy, with his family and his children. We just want him to make progress in his recovery.”

Euros podcast: England vs Denmark tactical analysis

In the latest Sky Sports Football Euros podcast, Peter Smith is joined by Ben Ransom, Nick Wright and Gerard Brand to preview England’s Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

Will Gareth Southgate go to a back three? What threats do Denmark pose on England’s watertight defence? What can England learn from October’s Nations League defeat against the Danes? And has Raheem Sterling been the overall player of the tournament so far?

Plus, we preview the other semi-final as Italy face Spain on Tuesday night at Wembley.

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Chinese yuan reaches strongest level against US dollar since 2018

China’s currency, the yuan, has nearly hit a three-year high against the US dollar. The rally comes shortly after weak US jobs data weighed on the greenback, and as China continues its strong recovery from Covid-19.

The onshore yuan gained as much as 0.3% to 6.4114 a dollar on Monday, according to Bloomberg data. It means the Chinese currency has recovered all its losses seen earlier this year, and hit its strongest level against the greenback since June 2018. The yuan also surged against other currencies. The CFETS RMB Index, which tracks the yuan’s performance against the US dollar as well as 23 other currencies, was almost at a three-year high. 
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The yuan’s appreciation comes after disappointing US jobs data on Friday. The report showed that 266,000 roles were created in April – only around a quarter of what analysts had expected – triggering concerns about the pace of the US’ economic recovery and pushing down the dollar. The dollar briefly hit its lowest in more than two months on Friday.

“The yuan will continue to strengthen, as, apart from a weaker dollar, the Chinese currency is also being supported by capital inflows and large trade surplus,” the managing director for treasury and markets at DBS Hong Kong, Tommy Ong, told Bloomberg. 
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However, the analyst believes the Chinese central bank will try to slow the yuan’s rapid gains, albeit without direct intervention. If the Chinese currency strengthens too fast and by too much, it will affect the competitiveness of China’s exports.

The yuan is becoming increasingly attractive, as the world’s second-largest economy continues to rapidly recover from the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest customs data, China’s foreign trade jumped 28.5% in the first four months of 2021 compared to a year ago, and the Chinese economy expanded by a record 18.3% in the first quarter.

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Klopp opens up on feelings towards Ramos after 2018 Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp believes his team of Champions is made for the challenge they face against Real Madrid[1].

And the Liverpool[2] manager has vowed to come out punching on the front foot against the Spanish giants, as he insisted the anger he felt at Sergio Ramos has disappeared.

Klopp made clear he still doesn’t like what the Madrid skipper did to his star striker Mo Salah in the 2018 Champions League final, but claims his Reds “are not on a revenge tour”.

Instead he believes his team terrified Madrid with an attacking mentality until Salah was injured. Now, he wants to do it again.

Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018
Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018

“It’s true, with Mo we were really good and (on the front foot) yes, and after he was injured we were not that good any more, Real came up and started dominating,” Klopp explained.

“But actually, our team is built for these kind of games. We face a football playing side which is very helpful for football in general, but for our kind of defending as well.

“It’s how I said, we want to give it a proper go.”

Klopp still believes the outcome of the 2018 final would have been different but for Ramos’s cynical foul which put Salah out of the game.

But he holds no anger any more – just a blueprint of how to beat Real after scaring the life out of them.

“We know we were good that night, but 25 minutes of being really good in a final was never enough. And no-one is interested, when they look back in 10-15 years, how we played the first 25 minutes,” he said.

“But we knew it anyway. It was a different time. We were in a different place. Since then a lot of things happened so we feel good in our situation.”

Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos
Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos

Ramos misses the game through injury, but Klopp insisted it didn’t matter anyway. “It has nothing to do with 2018.

“I said after that if I was asked to invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday I would say no. Not because he’s not a great footballer, but because I didn’t like what happened that night.

“But it is long ago. I cannot get that feeling back, that anger, so I don’t even try. What I try is to prepare my team for tomorrow to show how good we are as a football team.”

Klopp is not interested in revenge…but he does want his side to show Liverpool fans they still have the passion and desire to win trophies. “I don’t believe too much in revenge..I want to show our fans that we are still fighting.

Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday
Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday

“That is much more important to me. If people think because we don’t play a good season I am a worse manager then I don’t like that but I don’t care to be honest.

“It’s not about that. We want to get whatever is possible out of this season.”

Madrid are also without star forward Eden Hazard, who has been left out of the squad despite recovering from injury, and manager Zinedine Zidane said: “The important thing is for Eden to be calm, and fully recovered when he does return.”


  1. ^ Real Madrid (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Liverpool (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Analysis: Texas’ proposed voting restrictions have more to do with 2018 than 2020

In spite of their public anguish over drive-thru voting, expanded early voting and efforts to allow more people to vote by mail, Texas Republicans were happy with the results of the state’s 2020 elections[2].

They held steady in the Texas House, with 83 of 150 seats both before and after the election. They lost a seat in the Texas Senate, one that they were lucky to have won in the first place, but still have the majority there, too. And they won all of the statewide races, continuing a streak that is now more than a quarter of a century long. Donald Trump won in Texas, too; the streak of Republican wins in that category extends all the way back to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory. And they did it all with the kind of high turnout they had feared would favor Democratic candidates.

Even so, the party’s legislators are working hard to make voting in Texas more difficult. Legislation approved by Senate Republicans over the unanimous objection of Senate Democrats[3] in the wee, small hours of Thursday morning would prohibit drive-thru voting, make it illegal for election officials to send vote-by-mail applications unless people ask for them and block the kind of 24-hour early voting offered in Harris County last year.[4] It would prohibit voting in tents and other temporary structures. It allows poll watchers — usually people brought in by the political parties — more freedom at polling and vote-counting locations.

What’s to worry about? They got the results they wanted.

It’s the 2018 election that alarmed the state’s majority party. The legislation they’re pushing would arguably tilt the table their way in the 2022 elections that are up next.

Those two non-presidential election cycles are when most of the statewide seats in Texas are on the ballot — and where a number of the this-is-supposed-to-be-a-layup contests turned into close calls.

The promoters of the new law say they want to protect “election integrity,” a premise with two problems. First, they haven’t produced evidence of widespread or election-changing voter fraud in Texas elections. Second, though the idea is popular with Republican voters, recent polling finds Texans suspicious about voting practices elsewhere, but not in Texas.

In the February University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll[5], 52% of Texas voters said they think the official U.S. election results are accurate — a number that included 89% of Democrats and just 23% of Republicans. But when asked about Texas elections, 78% said they think the results are accurate, including 88% of Democrats and 76% of Republicans. Only 40% wanted election laws left alone, but the proponents of change were not in agreement: 46% of Republicans think they should be stricter, while 50% of Democrats would make the laws less strict.

Turnout is almost always higher in presidential elections. Months of national attention and advertising and the general din all raise voter engagement. A race for governor or lieutenant governor just doesn’t do that, although the pitched battle between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz[6] and then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke in 2018 raised turnout to near-presidential levels.

The big swing in the 2018 election was down the ballot, where Democrats won a dozen House seats and two Senate seats that had been held by Republicans.

The statewide races all went to the Republicans. But Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick[7], Attorney General Ken Paxton[8] and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller[9] all won close races — each within 5 percentage points of their Democratic foe. Four years earlier, Patrick won by 19.7 percentage points; Paxton and Miller each won by more than 20 percentage points.

Some might attribute the shift to national politics: When a Democratic administration was in power in Washington D.C., Republicans in Texas did well; when a Republican was in the White House, Democrats did better. But turnout was dramatically different in those two elections, too, raising Democratic hopes and Republican fears of a change in the Texas electorate.

In 2014 — the year all of the statewide Republicans were winning so easily — 33.7% of the state’s registered voters turned out. In 2018, when the margins were so thin and Republican legislative strength waned, 53% turned out.

They apparently liked 2014 better.


  1. ^ here (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ the results of the state’s 2020 elections (apps.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ Legislation approved by Senate Republicans over the unanimous objection of Senate Democrats (www.texastribune.org)
  4. ^ offered in Harris County last year. (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ February University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ Ted Cruz (www.texastribune.org)
  7. ^ Dan Patrick (www.texastribune.org)
  8. ^ Ken Paxton (www.texastribune.org)
  9. ^ Sid Miller (www.texastribune.org)

Ross Ramsey