England's next manager, referee praise, plus other gossip

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Next England manager

England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has emerged as the favourite to replace Roy Hodgson as manager of the senior team. (Sun)[2]

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger are also contenders for the job. (Daily Star)[3]

Harry Redknapp, who has managed Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR, says he has no faith in the Football Association to pick the right man to succeed Hodgson. (Daily Telegraph)[4]

Where the Football Association goes in search of Roy Hodgson’s successor is a mystery, and recovering from the Iceland “humiliation” may take some time.(Guardian)[5]

The Football Association may have to look to appoint a foreign coach if “the best man for the job is not English”. (Daily Express)[6]

Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp hopes Dan Ashworth, the FA’s director of elite development, has a say in the selection of the new manager and does not want to see the FA go for the “safe option”.(Daily Mail)[7]

Wayne Rooney, 30, insists he will not step down as England captain and will be available for selection by the new national team manager. (Daily Mirror)[8]

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Other gossip

Chelsea are set to join Everton in the race to sign Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, who is at Euro 2016 with Belgium. (Daily Mail)[9]

Chelsea also still want Spain striker Alvaro Morata despite Real Madrid activating a £23m buyback clause in the 23-year-old’s contract to take him back to the Bernabeu from Juventus. (Daily Mirror)[10]

Barcelona could target Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 21, after letting Dani Alves join Juventus. (London Evening Standard)[11]

Crystal Palace have agreed a £31.6m fee with Marseille for 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. (Guardian)[12]

Manchester City are set to beat Manchester United and Benfica to sign winger Marlos Moreno, 19, from Colombian side Atletic Nacional for £8m. (Daily Mail)[13]

Real Madrid are planning to send striker Jese, 23, out on loan this season, despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for a permanent deal. (AS, via Daily Express)[14]

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Hull boss Steve Bruce is considering making a move for Augsburg’s Paraguay striker Raul Bobadilla, 29, who is valued at over £5m by his German club. (Daily Mirror)[15]

Leicester City are in negotiations to sign Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 24, for a club-record £13m. (Leicester Mercury)[16]

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, will undergo a medical with Manchester United next week before signing a one-year deal. (Sky Sports)[17]

Chelsea defender Baba Rahman, 21, is a target for Lazio who are ready to make a £13m bid for the Ghana international, who cost the Blues £21.7m last summer. (Daily Mirror)[18]

Napoli have agreed personal terms with Liverpool target Hector Herrera, but the Italian club have not yet agreed a fee with Porto for the 26-year-old Mexico midfielder. (Tutto Mercatto, via Daily Express)[19]

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Chelsea have had a third bid for Roma’s Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 28, turned down. (Sky Italia, via Daily Mirror)[20]

Arsenal have made an offer for striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, who has a £40m release clause in his contract with Brazilian club Santos. (ESPN Brazil, via Sun)[21]

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is set to sign goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 33, who spent last season with his fellow Dutchman on loan at Southampton from Fulham. (Liverpool Echo)[22]

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk wants to sign defender Kyle Bartley, 23, on loan from his previous club Swansea City. (Yorkshire Evening Post)[23]

Best of social media

Comedian Tim Vine posted on Twitter how he felt after England’s Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland.[24]

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Former England defender Rio Ferdinand could not hide his frustration on Twitter[25] after England’s loss.

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Stoke City and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam has backed Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as the best man for the England job.[26]

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Swansea City winger Wayne Routledge was left speechless[27] by England’s defeat, almost…

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Bournemouth’s Glenn Murray was equally disappointed.[28]

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However, former referee Howard Webb has spotted some[29] encouraging English performances at the tournament.

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New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka was given a tour of Emirates Stadium on Monday and in an image posted on the club’s Instagram account, the Switzerland midfielder appears to have put his decisive penalty miss in Saturday’s Euro 2016 defeat by Poland behind him.[30]

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New Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama had trouble blowing out the candles[31] on his Spurs-themed cake as he marked his 25th birthday with family and friends on holiday.

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Jamie Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, posted an image on Twitter showing her getting on a plane to Nice to watch her husband play for England in their last-16 tie against Iceland. In response to a Twitter user who asked if it was her own plane, she replied: “It belongs to a friend of mine! Means I can get back to my kids tonight.”[32]

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Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli could not hide his delight on Twitter[33] as he reacted to Italy beating Spain at Euro 2016. He wrote: “Italy🔵🔵⚽️Wow, I would have loved to be there in France but I got to say that from home as a supporter these guys are giving me real emotions. Forza Italia.”

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And finally…

An England fan at Euro 2016 described in court as being “astronomically” drunk was given a five-month suspended jail sentence after he forced his way into a French policeman’s home after mistaking the property for his rented apartment. (Daily Telegraph)[34]

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Nicky Campbell was so convinced England would beat Iceland, he promised to do his breakfast show in nothing but a kilt.[35]

Have you added the new Top Story alerts in the BBC Sport app? Simply head to the menu in the app – and don’t forget you can also add score alerts your football team and more.[36]


  1. ^ transfers page. (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ (Sun) (www.thesun.co.uk)
  3. ^ (Daily Star) (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  4. ^ (Daily Telegraph) (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ (Guardian) (www.theguardian.com)
  6. ^ (Daily Express) (www.express.co.uk)
  7. ^ (Daily Mail) (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  8. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  9. ^ (Daily Mail) (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  10. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  11. ^ (London Evening Standard) (www.standard.co.uk)
  12. ^ (Guardian) (www.theguardian.com)
  13. ^ (Daily Mail) (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  14. ^ (AS, via Daily Express) (www.express.co.uk)
  15. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  16. ^ (Leicester Mercury) (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  17. ^ (Sky Sports) (www.skysports.com)
  18. ^ (Daily Mirror) (www.mirror.co.uk)
  19. ^ (Tutto Mercatto, via Daily Express) (www.express.co.uk)
  20. ^ (Sky Italia, via Daily Mirror) (www.dailystar.co.uk)
  21. ^ (ESPN Brazil, via Sun) (www.thesun.co.uk)
  22. ^ (Liverpool Echo) (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  23. ^ (Yorkshire Evening Post) (www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk)
  24. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  25. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  26. ^ Charlie Adam has backed (twitter.com)
  27. ^ was left speechless (twitter.com)
  28. ^ Glenn Murray was (twitter.com)
  29. ^ has spotted some (twitter.com)
  30. ^ Instagram (www.instagram.com)
  31. ^ trouble blowing out the candles (twitter.com)
  32. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  33. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  34. ^ (Daily Telegraph) (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  35. ^ in nothing but a kilt. (twitter.com)
  36. ^ Top Story alerts in the BBC Sport app? (www.bbc.co.uk)

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