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England player ratings: Kane, Sterling struggle

England player ratings: Kane, Sterling struggle

A close-range finish from John Stones cancelled out Roland Sallai’s penalty but England couldn’t find a winner as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary. Here, we rate the individual performances on a frustrating night for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Jordan Pickford – 6

Restored to the side after Sam Johnstone was handed a start against Andorra. Went the wrong way for Sallai’s penalty but had little else to do, with Hungary failing to muster any shots on target from open play.

Kyle Walker – 6

Given more of a defensive remit than fellow full-back Shaw. Did not have too many problems at the back but some of his long-range passing was a little wayward.

John Stones – 8

A good night for the centre-back, who remains a key figure for Southgate despite struggling for playing time at Manchester City. Took his goal well and went close to a second when he headed narrowly wide. Defended well and completed 94 of his 97 passes.

Tyrone Mings – 6

Not as assured as his centre-back partner. Seems to have cemented his status as England’s third-choice centre-back behind Stones and the absent Harry Maguire but struggled with the movement of Hungary’s forwards at times.

Luke Shaw – 5

Conceded the penalty for Hungary’s opener when he was penalised for a high boot on Loic Nego. Earned a booking for that misjudgement and while he had some good moments going forward, he looked unconvincing defensively throughout.

Declan Rice – 6

A difficult night for the West Ham player, who was often outnumbered defensively due to Southgate’s decision to field an attack-minded midfield in the absence of Rice’s usual partner Kalvin Phillips. Worked hard, though, and only misplaced one of his 65 passes.

Phil Foden – 6

Handed another chance to impress in midfield following his eye-catching display against Andorra. Not as influential this time around and occasionally caught out of position defensively, although his outstanding delivery for Stones’ equaliser was another reminder of his quality.

Mason Mount – 5

Fortunate he was not punished when a loose pass in the first half allowed Hungary to spring forward on the break. Typically tenacious off the ball, making four tackles and three interceptions, but sloppy on it and, like Foden, sometimes left Rice exposed.

Jack Grealish – 7

Lined up on the left-hand side, where he combined effectively with Shaw, and relished the freedom to drift across the front line. Won the free-kick for England’s equaliser on the right and caused Hungary problems until he was surprisingly taken off for Bukayo Saka.

Raheem Sterling – 5

Attempted more shots (three) and completed more dribbles (four) than anyone else but lacked composure at key moments. Headed straight at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the first half and spurned a one-on-one against him in the second.

Harry Kane – 5

Another subdued showing from a player who continues to look out of sorts. Denied an early goal by some last-ditch Hungary defending and let down by poor control on other occasions. Sent Sterling through on goal with one fine pass in the second half but only had 19 touches overall and his sliced effort shortly before his withdrawal summed up his night.


Bukayo Saka – 6

Had some good attacking moments after replacing Grealish although almost cost England a goal when he was robbed near his own box. Fortunately, Filip Holender blazed his shot over.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Brought on in place of Sterling as Southgate rejigged his midfield but his passing radar looked a little off.

Tammy Abraham – 6

Headed a late opportunity wide – although it would have been ruled out for offside. Replaced by Ollie Watkins in stoppage time due to an injury.

Ollie Watkins – n/a

Only on the pitch for a few minutes after Abraham was forced off but did at least manage a shot on target when he fired at Gulacsi.

What’s next?

England will play their final two World Cup Qualifiers in November – hosting Albania at Wembley on Friday November 12 before a trip to San Marino on Monday November 15.

Hungary play on the same days, hosting San Marino before finishing off their campaign away to Poland.

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Pound SOARS against euro – sterling value boost as Boris confirms Freedom Day

Pound SOARS against euro - sterling value boost as Boris confirms Freedom Day

Jeremy Thomson-Cook, Chief Economist at international business payments specialist Equals Money, was speaking after pound sterling finished Monday at a value of €1.17 – its highest total of the month so far. The pound was also valued at just under $ 1.39 – a cent higher than in the latter stages of last week.

Mr Cook said: “The pound has started the week off on the front foot as it hit its highest levels in July so far, making another attempt at fresh highs since April against both the euro and dollar.

“With the UK set to reopen on July 19, the pound seems to be benefiting from the resumption of economic activity.”

However, he added: “Covid numbers and an increase in the hospitalisation rate will of course be a downside risk for the pound as well as any changes in course by the government or a new assessment by the Bank of England.”

Conversely, Mr Cook said: “Moves on the euro were subdued yesterday in the absence of any real data.

“The key theme for the euro over the short term will continue to be news of the spread of the Delta variant in Europe with France, the Netherlands and parts of Spain all announcing new restrictions to curb the contagion.”

As of 10am today, the pound at was valued at £1.3861 compared to 1.3885 dollars at the previous close.

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“This disease, coronavirus, continues to carry risks for you and your family.

“We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday July 19 to life as it was before Covid.

“We will stick to our plan to lift legal restrictions and to lift social distancing, but we expect and recommend that people wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with those you don’t normally meet, such as on public transport.”

Mr Johnson warned July 19 “should not be taken as an invitation by everybody simply to have a great jubilee and freedom from any kind of caution or restraint”.

He further admitted the current wave of cases would mean more hospital admissions and deaths.

However, he added: “We’ve come to a stage in the pandemic when there is no easy answer and no obvious date for unlocking.”

Nevertheless, Nikesh Sawjani, an economist at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, told the PoundSterlingLive website: “The further easing in restrictions will go some way to helping the UK’s economic recovery.”

The lifting of most restrictions in Europe has led to a surge in business activity – but the rise of the Delta variant, which originated in India, is proving a cause for concern.

Speaking of the recovery, Erik Nielsen, chief economist at UniCredit, yesterday told the Financial Times: “I’m a bit more nervous that it could get derailed by Delta.

“It has to get quite bad before we get another lockdown, but Google mobility data shows that it is not so much the lockdowns that drive behaviour but voluntary restraint.”

Ex-North Carolina center Sterling Manley turns pro, eliminating chances of transferring to the Gophers

Ex-North Carolina center Sterling Manley turns pro, eliminating chances of transferring to the Gophers

Former North Carolina center Sterling Manley will not play for the Gophers next season after announcing on Wednesday that he will pursue a professional basketball career next season.

After entering the transfer portal in the spring, the 7-foot Manley was in constant contact with new Minnesota coach Ben Johnson, but he decided before the July 7 deadline not to return to college.

At UNC, Manley averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 58 games, but he was limited to three games the last two seasons after recovering from torn cartilage in his left knee.

Finally healthy this year, the Pickerington, Ohio native heard from a number of high major programs after entering the portal. The Gophers appeared to be the best fit if he came back to school.

Johnson has added 10 newcomers to the 2021-22 roster and center Eric Curry announced Tuesday that he will return to play this season for the Gophers instead of becoming a graduate assistant. Curry and Treyton Thompson, a 6-11, 190-pound incoming freshman from Alexandria, are the only centers on the roster.

Author: Marcus Fuller
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England star Raheem Sterling explains dressing room celebrations ahead of Italy clash

England star Raheem Sterling explains dressing room celebrations ahead of Italy clash

England star Raheem Sterling has reacted after his side’s 2-1 Euro 2020 win over Denmark on Wednesday night. The Three Lions have made the final of the European Championships for the first time in their history. And football is now just one match away from coming home…

England beat Denmark 2-1 in front of a raucous Wembley crowd.

The visitors took the lead courtesy of an excellent free kick from Mikkel Damsgaard, whose swerving effort gave Jordan Pickford no chance between the sticks.

But then England upped the ante – and were rewarded.

Sterling forced an own goal from Simon Kjaer, who put the ball into his own net after some brilliant work from Bukayo Saka on the right wing.

And Harry Kane then scored a penalty in extra time to send the Three Lions through, with England now one victory away from ending 55 years of hurt. 

And Sterling, speaking after the game, has insisted England players will celebrate the win afterwards – but won’t go overboard ahead of Sunday’s massive showdown with Italy.

“It was a top performance. We had to dig in deep,” he said.

“It was the first time we conceded but we responded well and showed good spirit.

“We knew it would be difficult. We stayed patient and we knew the legs and aggressiveness we have in the team we’d be okay.

“It’s another step in the right direction. We have to focus on the weekend now. It’s step-by-step. We know what football means to this country. The energy, the atmosphere…It was top.

“Now we have Italy. We will celebrate a little bit then focus on Italy.”

Pundits in the ITV studio were also delighted.

Emma Hayes said: “Finding words to describe something that the entire country will be overwhelmed with is impossible.

“I feel so emotional to be here, this is a wonderful time for football in this country.

“These footballers, Gareth Southgate and his staff, deserve all the plaudits.

“They’ve brought joy to all of us.”

Ian Wright singled out Sterling for praise, insisting he was the best player on the pitch.

“I’ll just say one name, Raheem Sterling,” he said.

“He’s attacked this tournament, and again today I think he was the difference.

“I’m delighted for him, I’m delighted for Gareth and I’m delighted for this country.”

And Gary Neville reacted by saying: “Denmark played a brilliant game, they faded a bit towards the end, but I have to say Gareth Southgate, his team, his staff, all of them, they’ve been absolutely unbelievable.

“Everyone is mesmerised in this stadium right now.

“The standard of leaders in this country in the past couple of years has been poor.

“Looking at [Southgate], that’s everything a leader should be.

“He’s respectful, he’s humble, he tells the truth, he’s genuine, he’s fantastic. Unbelievable, he’s done a great job.”

Author: Jack Otway
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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling 'treading water' as value gradually decreases

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling 'treading water' as value gradually decreases

The pound had an “extremely sluggish” start to the week, according to one expert, and it has not moved much since. Sterling has been steadily decreasing against the euro over the past few days. What does this mean for your travel money?

Yesterday saw the pound trade at a similar rate to today, with Mr Brown saying the week had got off to “an extremely sluggish start”.

He added: “There is, sadly, little on the docket that suggests today will be any different, with this morning’s UK labour market data likely to be ignored, and GBPEUR happy to do little more than tread water around €1.16.”

After the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, some currency experts noted that the Government’s decision to delay the lifting of lockdown rules could negatively impact the pound to euro exchange rate.

George Vessey, UK currency strategist at Western Business Solutions, shared his insight with Express.co.uk at the start of the week.

So, what does all this mean for your travel money?

With the news that the easing of lockdown has been delayed by four weeks, Britons are again faced with uncertainties surrounding international travel this summer.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of travel money specialist FairFX advised last week: “Britons hoping for an overseas break should keep an eye on any announcements and watch the pound closely to make sure they’re getting more bang for their buck by securing the best rates available for their travel money.”

Mr Stafford-Taylor commented again after the Government’s announcement yesterday, saying the confirmation of a delay to the easing of lockdown rules “didn’t come as a shock to many”.

He added: “It seems the pound is weathering the storm too, with almost no movement against the euro compared to this time yesterday.

“Brits are yet to see how this delay to restrictions at home will affect their chances of an overseas summer holiday.

“However fresh speculation that foreign travel is unlikely to reopen to popular European destinations before August won’t do much to ease people’s minds.

“This comes as major airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet have started cancelling flights set to take off before July 19.”

Mr Stafford-Taylor added: “Although it’s yet to be confirmed, this news will be a big blow for holidaymakers who have their hopes pinned on a summer break after so many months in lockdown.”

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Raheem Sterling fires England to victory over Croatia in opening Euro 2020 clash

Raheem Sterling fires England to victory over Croatia in opening Euro 2020 clash

Raheem Sterling fired England to a tense 1-0 victory over Croatia in their opening fixture of Euro 2020. The result means redemption for Gareth Southgate and his team after they defeated the side who sent them crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in extra-time.

Early on, Phil Foden struck fear into the Croatia defence as he found a yard on his left-foot to cut in and curl a shot against the base of the post.

The superb Kalvin Phillips then lashed an eye-catching volley which stung the ‘keeper’s hands before Croatia eventually rode the storm of England’s fast start and grew into the game.

After a slow start to the second-half, Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock after being slid in by Phillips and nicking it past the onrushing goalkeeper to bag his first tournament goal for the Three Lions.

Gaining momentum, England almost doubled their lead minutes later when Harry Kane latched onto a back-post cross before ultimately fluffing the strike.

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Croatia upped the pace as they realised defeat may be on the horizon, but England were calm and collected as they saw the narrow victory over the line. 

The Three Lions can rejoice in their strong start to Euro 2020, while all eyes will be on tomorrow’s game involving Scotland and Czech Republic as the other two members of Group D prepare to battle it out.

In the aftermath of the tie, Raheem Sterling rolled his eyes when asked if he had justified his selection after scoring the winner. 

The likes of Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford had been heavily discussed in the lead-up to the tournament, but it was the big game experience of Sterling which eventually tempted Southgate. 

In response to the question, the match winner simply said: “I’m trying.”

Sterling also said: “I always said to myself if I come here, growing up two minutes down the road, I know I have to score here. It was a great feeling to actually do it.

“There’s a lot of different reasons why I haven’t scored for my club and it’s totally irrelevant now. I’m here with England and I’m enjoying my football. That’s the most important thing.

“It’s been a long season for me but I couldn’t wait to get here and get started with England.”

Kalvin Phillips was a peripheral figure in England discussions leading up to the tournament, but the Leeds midfielder shone on a blazing afternoon at Wembley Stadium. 

Phillips said: “It’s the first time I have found him [Raheem Sterling] with a pass since I’ve linked up with England.

“It’s a great feeling to get an assist and a great feeling for the three points. I’m laid back – that’s the kind of person I am regardless of what is thrown at me. I just try and take it in my stride.

“There’s a lot of talk about me and Declan Rice fighting for one position but when we play together, I think we play really well.”

Manager Gareth Southgate was also full of praise for Phillips, saying after the game: “I think that Kalvin is a player who is so understated and who has had a fantastic start to his international career.

“He was immense throughout the game, as they all were.

“I’m so pleased for Raheem. He’s had this hex, if you like, at tournaments with not being able to get a goal. I thought he was dangerous with his play right from the start.”

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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling drops again today after two month 'lows' last week

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling drops again today after two month 'lows' last week

The pound to euro exchange rate has not seen much change since the bank holiday weekend, with sterling struggling to increase. Sterling “saw some downside” yesterday, according to an expert, and it is not expected to move much today.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about sterling’s further drop today.

He said: “Sterling saw some downside against the euro yesterday, breaking beneath the 1.16 handle once more, in what appeared to be a flow-driven move, rather than anything more fundamental.

“Today’s calendar is barren, hence it will be interesting to see whether or not the bears can maintain yesterday’s momentum.”

Yesterday, Mr Brown commented on sterling’s struggle to increase since last week.

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He explained: “Sterling starts the holiday-shortened week broadly where it ended the last, trading just shy of 1.1650.

“The market seems to have little impetus to move prices further higher.”

Mr Brown continued to say there are Purchasing Managers Index surveys due to be released this week.

However, they are unlikely to cause changes in the exchange rate.

Britons may not be allowed to travel to France quarantine free this summer, but there are a number of countries on the UK’s green list.

These include Portugal, Gibraltar, Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand.

When it comes to exchanging travel money, some travel money experts are warning customers that “preparation is key”.

James Andrews, senior personal finance editor at Money.co.uk, said: “Once there has been an official green light given on our planned summer trips, there are ways to ensure you can stretch your summer spending money as far as possible by sticking to the following tips.

“Do not exchange your money last minute at the airport, the rates are generally much less favourable than online or high-street alternatives, so preparation is key.

“If you find yourself acting on impulse, booking a last-minute break and needing to collect your euros upon your departure date, try to order them for collection in advance of your travel dates to take advantage of the best possible rates.

“For the best rates, take out a travel money card now. It doesn’t fully replace having currency in hand when you land, but once there you can use these at no cost for spending or withdrawing from a cash machine.”

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