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Valve’s Steam Deck Hopes To Avoid Switch’s Joy-Con Drift Issues

Steam Drift

With all the lawsuits, official investigations, homemade fixes and fan complaints, it’s safe to say that controller stick drifting – especially on Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers – has been a heated talking point in gaming over the past few years.

Of course, plenty of controllers from a variety of manufacturers have the potential to suffer from drift (yes, even your fancy new PS5 DualSense could end up having problems), so conversation surrounding the topic has started once again thanks to the reveal of Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck, a system which some will consider to be one of Switch’s closest rivals going forward.

Keen to reassure potential customers that drifting won’t be an issue with the Steam Deck, Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat and designer John Ikeda have touched upon the system’s design process in conversation with IGN. When specifically asked about stick drift, Aldehayyat says:

“We’ve done a ton of testing on reliability, on all fronts really – and all inputs and different environmental factors and all that kind of stuff. I think we feel that this will perform really well. And I think people will be super happy with it. I think that it’s going to be a great buy. I mean, obviously every part will fail at some point, but we think people will be very satisfied and happy with this.”

Ikeda mentions that the team didn’t want to “take a risk” on the parts they selected:

“We purposely picked something that we knew the performance of, right? We didn’t want to take a risk on that, right? As I’m sure our customers don’t want us to take a risk on that either.”

The drift issues that have plagued Switch’s Joy-Con controllers have been a huge headache for Nintendo; the company has faced lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit, has been forced to apologise, and has been put under pressure from the European Consumer Organisation to investigate and solve the issue. It’s hardly surprising that Valve would want to avoid a similar nightmare with its new tech.

Do you have any interest in Valve’s Steam Deck, and would you choose it over a Switch OLED?

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National Perspective: West Virginia hopes to reverse a decade of decline

DRY FORK, W.Va. — There’s nobody here.

Well, almost nobody. This unincorporated community is in a magnificent corner of the world, garlanded by mountains, picturesque farms planted along the road, eight miles from not one but two ski areas and a state park that describes itself as a conference center and resort. Mostly the sounds here are of deep silences.
Some 1,085 people live here today. In 1900 — when loggers toiled amid the densely forested hills, a lumber mill sat on Red Creek, the community had its own railroad, and coal mines operated nearby — Dry Fork had a population of 3,224.

This is a fortunate part of the state, endowed with stunning beauty, a growing tourist industry and many advantages, including a median family income 10% higher than the rest of West Virginia and a rate of higher education double the state figure. And yet the population has fallen by two-thirds since the days when workers — the gandy dancers, as the men who worked the rails were called, or the pick-and-shovel men who dug for coal, or the logging crews from Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia who employed skidding tongs and peaveys to harvest the trees — filled the silences with their grunts. They extracted wood and coal from the area and sent the profits to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

That is the West Virginia story.

That story’s latest chapter is of fresh decline. Newly released Census Bureau data show that West Virginia suffered the largest population decline in the country, a drop of nearly 60,000 people, or 3.2 percent, in the decade between 2010 and 2020. It is one of seven states that will lose a congressional seat in next year’s midterm elections.

There are several explanations, all of them partial, all plausible. Poverty is one (about one in seven West Virginians qualify for the national definition). Job loss is another (especially in coal, which has lost more than half its jobs in the past dozen years). The two, of course are related. So is drug addiction (West Virginia has by far the highest rate of opioid addiction — four times higher than Texas, almost certainly the result of the astonishing fact that seven in 10 West Virginians have been prescribed opioids).

Unemployment is especially severe in the coal-oriented southwestern counties of McDowell, Boone, Wyoming, Mingo and Logan, which have lost at least a quarter of their jobs over half a decade, the result of environmental regulation and the competitive cost of natural gas, a rival fuel source. In those places, as elsewhere, internet connections are pitiable, roads beyond the highways often are tortuous, and the refugees to brighter prospects out of state tend to be younger, better educated and better trained.

“The result is a vicious cycle where the losses make the area less attractive, and that drives away more businesses,” said John Deskins, who heads the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University. “It is very hard to halt that. All the tools government has are better at boosting development of areas that are on the upswing than in helping communities that are in decline. They are better at accelerating growth than reversing momentum.”

West Virginia is experiencing in the third decade of the 21st century what Iowa experienced in the last decade of the 20th century, when small towns shrank, a farm-credit crunch pinched many farmers, and broader economic changes squeezed the state’s economy. In those years, some farmers burned their barns rather than pay taxes on them.

Exactly 30 years ago, I visited Alden, Iowa, just when Linda and Tom Jass decided to abandon the family corn and soybean fields near the Iowa River, leaving Mrs. Jass’ parents, both in their 70s, to tend to the sheep and crops in a town that hadn’t had a grocery store, a doctor or a police officer in a generation. Mr. Jass told me at the time that he had lost “a ton of money” in the richest soil in the world. He had no idea where he was going to go, only that he was determined to leave.

I caught up with him the other day and discovered that the couple left shortly after we talked.

They relocated to South Dakota, where his wife taught sixth grade and he managed absentee-owner farmlands.

“I worry that small towns struggle,” said Mr. Jass. “But I am glad we left when we did.”

Mrs. Jass has no regrets. “We have enjoyed our new home and we love the town, and we love being close to Sioux Falls,” she said. “Our kids all found great spouses, and it has worked out really well. We still have family and friends back in Alden, but we are settled here in South Dakota. We are staying put, right where we are.”

What struck me all those years ago, and what seems especially poignant now, are the remarks of their son Luke. “The chances that I’ll be a farmer in Alden are almost nonexistent,” he said at age 14. “Farmers are always in debt, they don’t have any fun, they work hard and they don’t get anything out of it. I’ll do anything but farm.”

He was true to his word. Though he now works for the agricultural powerhouse Cargill Inc. in Minneapolis, he is in the company’s IT department. “I never liked it there much,” he said of his hometown of Alden. “The opportunities weren’t there.”

West Virginia is determined to avoid the phenomenon that sent the Jass family fleeing north. The state legislature passed a bill to make it easier for remote workers to operate out of the state, canceling sales and income taxes for the first 30 days of telecommuting, and lawmakers next year will consider a proposal to make the state more attractive to migrants by eliminating the income tax completely.

“This has been a big topic in the state and the driving force behind a lot of our politics,” said Sean O’Leary, a senior policy analyst at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. “We can’t grow economically without people. As our population declines, the older and unhealthy members of our state still have growing needs.”
In the years between 2010 and 2018, 27,000 more people left West Virginia than moved in. It may be almost heaven, but the problem is that it is almost empty.

David M. Shribman is the former executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Follow him on Twitter at ShribmanPG.

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Metroid Dread Producer Hopes Fans Look Forward To “Future Episodes” Once The Current Story Arc Concludes

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Metroid Dread is the fifth entry in the original Metroid series and it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch this October.

As already detailed, this is the first Metroid game with a new story in roughly 19 years and continues the tale of the interconnected fates of the famous bounty hunter Samus Aran and the Metroids. It also happens to be the conclusion to this particular story arc.

There’s no need to worry about this core series potentially ending, though. Not long after the E3 reveal, producer Yoshio Sakamoto told Japanese publication Famitsu how there was more to come – teasing “future episodes”, while at the same time reiterating how this is the “final chapter” in this particular story arc for Samus.

Here’s the full translation, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:

“This is the last chapter in the series so far, the final chapter about the shared fate and adversarial relationship Samus shares with the Metroid. This isn’t the end of the Metroid series. We don’t want that, I’m sure fans don’t want that, and we hope you’ll look forward to what’s coming in future episodes.”

Sakamoto previously mentioned how the team hoped players would “wonder” what exactly the end of the story arc meant as they played through Metroid Dread:

“The series has chronicled the uncanny relationship between these Metroids and the heroine Samus, but this game will mark the end of that story arc.

“We’re hoping fans of the series will wonder “what does ‘mark an end to the story arc’ mean?” as they play the game.”

What do you think Samus’ future adventures might be like when this current arc comes to an end? How would you like to see the core Metroid series evolve in the future? Leave your thoughts down below.

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Sturgeon humiliated as hopes for independent Scotland to cling to pound ‘not viable’

Nicola Sturgeon should ‘get on with it’ says Alex Salmond

Ms Sturgeon this week announced her plans to slowly ease Scotland out of strict coronavirus restrictions. Following Boris Johnson’s lead, it means the country will move in step with its southern neighbour but in a “modified” fashion. Whereas Mr Johnson has advised those in England to use discretion regarding face masks, the Scottish First Minister expects Scots to continue to use them.

Certain restrictions around physical distancing and numbers meeting both indoors and outdoors will also remain.

As the country cautiously exits lockdown, Ms Sturgeon and her Scottish National Party (SNP) are drawing up plans to exit the UK.

An Indyref2 is high on the SNP’s agenda, its support having been strengthened during the pandemic and Ms Sturgeon’s victory at Holyrood’s May elections – just one shy of a majority – only boosting the party.

Great obstacles remain between where Scotland is today and where it wants to be post-independence.

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish First Minister's currency plans for post-independence are unclear

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish First Minister’s currency plans for post-independence are unclear (Image: GETTY)

Coronavirus: Scotland will move in step with England in easing coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus: Scotland will move in step with England in easing coronavirus restrictions (Image: GETTY)

One of the biggest issues, if not the biggest, is currency and what tender Scotland would use outside the Union.

Ms Sturgeon has claimed the country would continue to use sterling for “as long as necessary”.

Yet, a Government white paper compiled by the Economic Affairs Committee ahead of the 2014 independence vote said this is “not a viable option”.

It noted: “The choice of currency is perhaps the most important economic decision an independent Scottish Government would face.”

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Indyref2: Sturgeon is hoping to hold an Indyref2 in the next few years

Indyref2: Sturgeon is hoping to hold an Indyref2 in the next few years (Image: GETTY)

If an independent Scotland were to retain sterling, monetary policy would continue to be set by the Bank of England.

But, “this has implications for the regulation of Scotland’s financial sector which in turn is likely to have implications for tax and spending policies”.

While an independent Scotland could continue using sterling without the rest of the UK’s consent in the same way some Latin American countries have adopted the US dollar and Montenegro uses the euro, the country would have no central bank and no access to the services of, or influence over, the Bank of England.

Yet, Scotland has a large financial services sector that relies on access to central bank services.


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Bank of England: Scotland could not hope for 'dollarisation' like other countries

Bank of England: Scotland could not hope for ‘dollarisation’ like other countries (Image: GETTY)

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Sturgeon history: A young Sturgeon at an SNP conference in the Nineties (Image: GETTY)

As Professor Jim Gallagher formerly of Nuffield College, Oxford said, because of this, currency substitution “is not a viable option” for a country like Scotland.

John Swinney, now deputy Scottish First Minister, told the report: “The core proposition is for us to establish a formal monetary union with the rest of the United Kingdom with the Bank of England operating as the central bank for sterling and so on, discharging its functions on behalf of both fiscal authorities in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

“Those functions would be on essentially price stability and financial stability.”

He added: “The Bank of England is … the Bank of the whole United Kingdom … we would wish the Bank of England to continue [to be] lender of last resort to [Scottish] financial institutions.”

Sturgeon profile: She took over as First Minister following the failed 2014 referendum

Sturgeon profile: She took over as First Minister following the failed 2014 referendum (Image: Express Newspapers)

If successful in her independence bid, Ms Sturgeon wants Scotland to join the EU, with the country voting to remain a part of the bloc in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Its membership would mean adopting the euro.

But members of the SNP have suggested this would not be the case, with Ian Blackford, the party’s Westminster leader, having assured voters they would not have to use the euro in 2019.

The EU has repeatedly confirmed that joining the Exchange Rate Mechanism isn’t voluntary, however.

Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in 2018: “The euro is meant to be the single currency of the European Union as a whole.

“All but two of our member states are required and entitled to join the euro once they fulfil the conditions.”

Scotland news: Many logistical issues around independence remain unanswered

Scotland news: Many logistical issues around independence remain unanswered (Image: GETTY)

If an independent Scotland seeking to sign up to the EU refused to adopt the euro, it would find itself “not fully compatible” with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – a key piece of EU law.

All of this is on the assumption that the EU would even welcome an independent Scotland.

Tensions exist between countries like Spain and the autonomous community of Catalonia, which wants to join the EU as an independent state.

Others, like the historian Robert Tombs, have noted that the EU would not want to stir further bad blood between itself and the UK post-Brexit by allowing Scotland to join.

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News: United Airlines hopes to launch electric aircraft by 2030

United Airlines Ventures (UAV) has invested in electric aircraft start up Heart Aerospace.

The company is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that has the potential to fly customers up to 250 miles before the end of this decade.

In addition to investment, United Airlines has conditionally agreed to purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meet safety, business and operating requirements.

Mesa Airlines, a key strategic partner for United in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, has also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to its fleet, subject to similar requirements.


UAV is building a portfolio of companies that focus on innovative sustainability concepts and create the technologies and products necessary to build a carbon-neutral airline and reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goals.

The deal also comes alongside Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV).

UAV and BEV are among the first investors in Heart Aerospace, demonstrating confidence in the design and creating potential for Heart to fast track the ES-19 introduction to market as early as 2026.

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Spider-Man Daredevil crossover hopes ‘crushed’ by director James Gunn

Daredevil: Charlie Cox introduces season three

When Netflix produced shows including Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and The Defenders, fans of Marvel were ecstatic to see some smaller stories being told in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Univers​e. Meanwhile, hopes grew that Spider-Man would interact with these characters as he has done in the comic books​​. Since those shows were cancelled, and Disney started creating their own MCU TV shows for Disney Plus, their validity has been called into question.

Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn recently spoke out on Twitter about his upcoming film The Suicide Squad.

During the online chat, the director revealed that many members of the MCU have also been involved in the DC Extended Universe films, citing such actors as JK Simmons, Randall Park and Taika Waititi.

However, when questioned about Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD – other MCU-based shows – Gunn claimed they were never connected to the expanding MCU.

A fan wrote to Gunn: “Adding [John Glover]. [He] was in Shazam DCEU and Agent Carter MCU.” (sic)

Gunn replied: “Not including pre-Wandavision shows in MCU.”

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The fan, SuperMarvel19, responded to Gunn: “Agent Carter and AOS are MCU,” to which the director hit back: “According to whom?”

The movie buff went on: “According to Marvel. Also according to Disney so far. But whatever you want to watch.”

Gunn then revealed: “That’s incorrect. There was never any coordination between the earlier TV stuff & the cinematic side of Marvel like there is now that they’re all under the purview of Marvel Studios.”

What do you think? Should the Marvel Netflix shows be canon in the MCU? Join the debate in the comments section here

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Spider-Man: Director James Gunn has suggested the Netflix shows are no longer canon (Image: MARVEL)

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Spider-Man: Will fans see Daredevil arrive in the MCU? (Image: NETFLIX • MARVEL)

If what Gunn says is true, that means all of the events of Daredevil, Agents of SHIELD, and the rest of The Defenders’ adventures no longer happened.

This is hugely disappointing for fans of the franchise who have long been yearning for Daredevil to make an appearance alongside Spider-Man.

In the Marvel comic books, Spider-Man and Daredevil have a long history of teaming up together and fighting in the same parts of New York City.

It has been reported over the last year that Daredevil / Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) would be making an appearance in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home – but these reports are as of yet unconfirmed.

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Despite Gunn’s comments, when the Netflix shows were first coming out they were said to be officially set in the MCU.

Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb said in April 2014: “Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but the Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighbourhood.”

He added: “It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s all connected.”

However, he did say: “But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see [Iron Man].”

Loeb went on: “It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies.”

The Netflix MCU shows frequently referenced the Battle of New York which took place in Avengers Assemble.

They also referenced the larger characters, including Captain America (Chris Evans).

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and The Defenders are available on Netflix now.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are available on Disney Plus now.

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Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 hopes rated as Germany tie set up – Big Debate

Euro 2020 briefing: England face Germany in last 16 clash

England will face Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020 next week – and the Three Lions now know their path to glory if they are to win a first trophy since 1966. In our latest Big Debate, the Express Sport team assess the Three Lions’ prospects of international glory this summer as Gareth Southgate and co. look to get long-awaited revenge for Euro 1996.

Englands Euro 2020 hopes rated as Germany tie set up
Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie – Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Simon Head

If we’re judging England’s chances solely on their performances so far at Euro 2020, it’s hard to say that it will be ‘Coming Home’ for the Three Lions this summer. But, as we all know, tournament football isn’t about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

England started slowly in Italia 90 – indeed, there were calls to ‘bring them home’ after the Republic of Ireland game – and Euro 96 started with an off-key 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Even our victorious 1966 World Cup side started slowly.

But we’re at the business end of the tournament now, where it’s time for the continent’s big guns to lay their cards on the table and see who has the best hand. And, on paper, England have plenty to be confident about.

Gareth Southgate’s squad is packed with young, vibrant attacking talent, and possesses one of Europe’s top finishers. But he’s not let his players off the leash yet. Now we’re in the knockout stages, it’s time he should.

In all of our group performances there’s been an element of a safety-first mentality. Full-backs known for bombing on have been turning back and playing square, while our overall build-up play has been pretty slow. That can’t continue against Germany on Tuesday night.

With the games being played in the late afternoon and evening from now on, the temperatures should be more favourable to playing at a higher tempo, and when England play at pace, they can be contenders.

It’s “win or go home” time, and Southgate needs to unleash his stars against Germany on Tuesday. After the group stages, few will be hugely enthused about our chances. But, if we wake up on Wednesday morning with England still in the tournament, the country will start to believe.

Sam Smith

Gareth Southgate knows that positive pragmatism is key to a successful tournament campaign. England will not be the most exciting team at Euro 2020 but that will be a necessary sacrifice if they advance to the latter stages.

The Three Lions head coach was part of four tournament squads as a player. As a manager, he guided the U21s to Toulon success in 2017 and is now into his second tournament with the senior side. How he navigated England to a World Cup semi-final in 2018, despite a generous draw, was evidence of his knockout competition experience.

When judging England’s campaign so far, it should be considered that no team has been entirely convincing. Southgate’s side have largely played well – Scotland aside – and much of the criticism has been unfair. Matches are tense and often low-scoring.

Nations take a while to get up to speed, particularly after such a gruelling club season, and the group stages should effectively be considered as glorified warm-up friendlies for the real thing.

The players ignoring exterior excitement over the history between England and Germany will be important. They seemed distracted and even hindered by the furore of the Scotland fixture.

A famous win over the Germans, which is a possibility given that they don’t look as strong as previous tournaments, sets up a clear path to the final. Southgate’s knowhow will be crucial.

Football's coming home? England's Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie - Big Debate

Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie – Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Ryan Taylor

It’s not been pretty but you can’t hide away from the fact England are yet to concede at Euro 2020.

Goals win you games but clean sheets win your tournaments.

Germany are not to be feared but Gareth Southgate’s team selection will prove key. Does he match their 3-4-2-1 or stick with the 4-2-3-1?

That ultimately could be where the game is won or lost. Jack Grealish must start but I don’t envisage that happening. Bukayo Saka could well keep his place though.

If Southgate sets England up to win the game as opposed to not lose, the Three Lions have more than enough to get the job done and a big result here really could give them huge momentum on the favourable side of the draw.

Let’s just go for it.

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Adam Goodwin

Unspectacular, at best. England’s three group games weren’t pretty but get used to it, folks.

Gareth Southgate clearly believes that being defensively solid gives us the best chance of winning Euro 2020, relying on the individual brilliance of the likes of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, or Harry Kane to nick games.

During Euro 2016, Portugal manager Fernando Santos said: “I prefer to play ugly and be here, rather than play pretty football and be at home.” I can’t argue with that.

That’s what we’ll try and do against Germany. I feel as though a defence containing Mats Hummels can be exploited, and our backline should have enough to stop the likes of Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, and – the so-far brilliant – Kai Havertz causing too much trouble.

Beyond that? If we beat Germany, I think we’ll have enough to reach the semi-finals, if not the final. And, with those games (hopefully) being at Wembley, it’d be tough to back against us.

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Alex Turk

England’s Euro 2020 so far has been received far less positively than it should have done. Yes, more goals would’ve added entertainment, but going into the knockout stages unbeaten with no goals conceded is a great start to the campaign.

Germany in the last-16, then. Probably the first real test Gareth Southgate’s side will have faced in both Euro 2020 qualifying and the group stage. A win against Joachim Low’s men would boost confidence and belief that football could actually ‘come home’ this summer.

This isn’t the German side of old, but there are still threats present throughout the team, threats made very clear in their recent rout over Portugal. The main battle will go down on the flanks, with Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens Germany’s main creators.

I think England will have enough to get past their old foes this year, though. Should they do that, it will most likely be Sweden and the Netherlands en route to the final. Sweden have been tough customers so far and were worthy of their place as Group E winners, but they must be considered favourable opposition.

The Netherlands are no joke, either, which England learned in the 2019 Nations League semi-finals. However, having 60,000 fans present at Wembley would help roar the Three Lions to victory and go one step away from European Championship glory.

The final would, naturally, provide England’s toughest test. In my likely popular opinion, it will be Italy or France awaiting at that stage. England would go in as the underdogs, but anything can happen in a cup final and the outcome is just too tough to call right now.

Simply put, Harry Kane and co. defeat the Germans on Tuesday and I think we’ll be seeing them make up the final on July 11. If they can eventually bring football home remains to be seen… for now.

Football's coming home? England's Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie - Big Debate

Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie – Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Malam

Germany. Then Sweden or Ukraine. Then Netherlands, Czech Republic, Wales or Denmark. That’s about as favourable a run to the Euro 2020 final as England might have hoped for, given it means they cannot face France, Italy, Portugal or Belgium until the July 11 showpiece.

Don’t be fooled, though, it will still take an enormous amount of effort to make that final.

Gareth Southgate and co. must continue to do what they did well defensively in the group stages in the knockout rounds but they need to be sharper in the final third, too, if they are to advance to the last match. Against the top nations is when England’s cutting edge will be called into question and they must be more clinical.

It’s a finely balanced game against Germany, although Joachim Low’s side have arguably shown greater weaknesses this summer. They look susceptible defensively having leaked two to both Portugal and Hungary and if England can start strong and with a high tempo, backed by a vociferous 40,000-strong Wembley crowd, it’s no question they have the talent to put Die Mannschaft to the sword.

Yet it’s also so easy to see it being a tight and tense affair which goes all the way to extra time or even penalties, and there’s another narrative lying in wait which sees Kai Havertz or Timo Werner – ribbed throughout the recent Premier League season when they had some struggles at Chelsea – step up to kill England’s dreams.

Still, if they can get beyond the reigning world champions, England are big favourites in the quarter-finals, and again probably the favourites in the semis even if they face Netherlands. Get to that final four and regardless of the manner of the performances, the country can dare to dream.

It might be a profitable few weeks for David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds.

Football's coming home? England's Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie - Big Debate

Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie – Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Matthew Dunn

In the mayhem of Wednesday night’s Group F action, it was hard to tell if France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary were trying to avoid England or play us.

As it is Germany inevitably filled the berth – the match-up that Gareth Southgate’s managerial career has been building up to ever since he swapped fluffing penalties for managing the national team.

Football's coming home? England's Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie - Big Debate

Football’s coming home? England’s Euro 2020 chances rated before Germany tie – Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Gordon

England have generally underwhelmed at Euro 2020 so far, but they managed to see out nervy results against Croatia and Czech Republic who are no pushovers.

With plenty more to come from the likes of Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, the Three Lions have plenty of potential, it’s simply a case of whether it can be unlocked in time.

We should be going into the tie with Germany as narrow underdogs as, despite scraping through their tricky group, the performances from Joachim Low’s side have generally been impressive.

If, and it’s a big if, England manage to surpass Germany at Wembley, the way the draw has shaped up dictates that Gareth Southgate’s side have a great chance of going all the way to the final.

Only then will I join in with chants of ‘It’s coming home!’.

Joachim Loew says England’s style will suit Germany

Felix Keith

It’s been an odd group stage for England, who have managed to both underwhelm and make confident, steady progress simultaneously.

Despite possessing an array of attacking talents, there hasn’t been much to get excited about – and yet Gareth Southgate’s side have topped the group without conceding.

I was one of those up in arms after the Scotland stalemate, but now – with the benefit of the last-16 draw in front of me – I am feeling much more positive.

England have kept five straight clean sheets over the last three weeks. They have conceded just once in their last 11 games. The style of play may not be exciting, but it is undeniably efficient and effective.

Germany are no longer a ruthless mechanical winning machine. There is little fluency in their possession or clarity in game plan. Their progression against Hungary stemmed from a late goal crafted through pure desperation.

Mats Hummels is a rusting oil tanker waiting to be sunk by England’s third-man runs from midfield, pace and direct passing. Once Germany are out of the way the friendlier side of the draw is there to be enjoyed.

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Green list 'can widen': Hopes for amber list travel – data 'shows no variants brought in'

Travel experts are beginning to show hope that the traffic light system could be overhauled at the next review, with double jabbed Britons able to travel more freely in the coming months. As part of the Travel Day of Action, industry insiders and experts are calling upon the Government to consider more ways to reconnect Britain with the rest of the world.

According to Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, many of the fears over international variants have been proved false so far.

This is why he believes most amber list countries are safe for travel, and that the “green list can be widened”.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the travel expert explained: “Britain needs to be connected to the rest of the world.

“It can be done safely and as the data is clearly showing the Government’s own data is showing there are no variants being brought in from amber listed or green listed countries.

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“There is a feeling that the Government is deliberately trying to keep people in the country so they spend more money here to boost the economy here.”

The next traffic light review is expected on Thursday, July 24.

Already Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock has suggested the Government is reviewing the current travel rules.

Speaking last week, Mr Hancock said he is “in favour of moving forward in this area” and replacing quarantine measures with daily testing.

However, he warned: “This has not been clinically advised yet – we are working on it.”

The Health Secretary continued: “We’re working on plans to essentially allow the vaccine to bring back some of the freedoms that have had to be restricted to keep people safe.

“After all, that is the whole purpose of the vaccination programme, that’s why it is so important that every adult goes out and gets the jab.”

According to Mr Charles, though, the Government messaging has meant that many Britons do not feel confident to travel despite the fact “it can be done safely.”

He said: “That’s because of government messaging that has put fear into people.

“To show them that they shouldn’t be going away at all and shouldn’t be travelling.

“That’s done the damage for the travel sector. What we need to see now is the Government instils that confidence as soon as possible to show people that it is okay and especially if you have been jabbed.”

However, the expert believes testing protocols will remain in place.

“I don’t think the testing is going to go away, they are going to stick with testing to make sure they have got an early warning signal should there be any future variants but so far the variants are not causing the damage the Government feared,” he said.

“That’s why not they need to strike this happy balance between protecting the health of our nation and opening up the economy and letting travel continue again.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

‘No chance!’ Lord Sugar risks sounding 'unpatriotic' as he blasts England’s Euros hopes

Lord Sugar, 74, has admitted he thinks the England team have “no chance” of winning Euro 2020 after watching tonight’s game against the Czech Republic. The Apprentice star shared he didn’t want to sound “unpatriotic” but couldn’t help feel sceptical over the England teams chance of a victory this year.

He typed: “Very sorry to say and not wishing to sound too unpatriotic but England have no chance winning this tournament.”

In response, some agreed as they said the team looked poor this year.

One commented: “I was just thinking that. This is the worst England team I’ve ever seen.”

A second replied: “It’s like watching pensioners play. So boring. Scotland match much faster they are outplayed by Croatia.”

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Elsewhere, Former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar dubbed the failed European Super League “a joke” as he revealed his warning to Daniel Levy.

He told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “I’m delighted that all of the [Premier League] clubs pulled back.

“Tottenham, my club, what they did was say, ‘Hold on a minute, include us, please.’

“We’re a big club, we want to come in, so don’t just leave it as the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, we want to come in.

“I spoke to Daniel Levy and I said to him, ‘Daniel, this is not a good idea. You have an opportunity here of being magnanimous and pulling out and saying the fans don’t want it, so we’re going to come out.’

“It’s an absolute, total joke and an example of the Americans trying to take over our game.”

Lord Sugar insisted the fans were more important than any amount of money in his conversation with Levy.

He added: “All I did was send him a WhatsApp message.

“We communicate quite a lot with each other on certain things. But I said to him, ‘the fans are more important’.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

How to watch: Texas baseball hopes to avoid elimination vs. Tennessee

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is now staring down the prospect of elimination as they head into game two of the College World Series.

The Longhorns offense was severely lacking in game one, falling to Mississippi State 2-1 in the double elimination CWS. Texas batters struck out 21 times, with Mississippi State starting pitcher Will Bednar leading the way with 15 strikeouts.

As frustrating as Sunday was for Texas, they were quick to turn the page once they left the field at TD Ameritrade Park.

“We can feel sorry for ourselves or we can get to work. I know that’s what they’re going to do is put the work in,” head coach David Pierce said. “They got a lot of pride, I mean they’re young most of them but they’re tough as nails and they got a lot of pride, but still Tuesday, there’s no guarantees in this game. So, it’s our job just getting ready to play and get back here and compete.”

Texas will face Tennessee, another team who had their struggles at the plate in their opening game. The Volunteers were shut out by the University of Virginia 6-0.

Junior Tristan Stevens will get the start on the mound for Texas, he is their winningest pitcher with an 11-5 record in 2021.

Texas is hoping to erase the ghosts of 2018 past, that year, they were eliminated after two straight losses in their last trip to the College World Series.

If Texas is going to make it to the championship series, they will have to win four straight games.

Where to watch

No. 3 Tennessee vs No. 2 Texas

When: Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Where: TD Ameritrade Park (Omaha, Nebraska)

Watch: ESPNU
Listen: 104.9 FM The Horn/1260 AM

Author: Jonathan Thomas
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin