Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker says Nathaniel Clyne will receive his full support if the Liverpool right back is picked ahead of him for England's opening Euro 2016 Group B match against Russia in Marseille on Saturday.
Walker, who made 33 Premier League appearances as Spurs finished third this season, started ahead of Clyne in two of England's three warm-up games in the build-up to the Euros in France.
"You're always coming out trying to impress, you want that shirt come Russia," the 25-year-old told British media.
ROME Giampiero Ventura, a 68-year-old who has never won a major title, was named on Tuesday as the next Italy coach to replace Antonio Conte after Euro 2016.
Ventura's appointment, which had been widely expected, was confirmed on the Italian national team's Twitter feed. Conte is leaving the job after the European Championship to take over at English Premier League club Chelsea.
Ventura has enjoyed a long, steady coaching career in Italy although, apart from one season at Napoli, he has never worked at any of the biggest clubs such as Inter Milan, AC Milan or Juventus.
CHATENAY-MALABRY, France, European football's governing body UEFA is paying "special attention" to the Russian team for potential drug violations during the month-long Euro 2016 tournament, the head of UEFA's anti-doping arm said on Tuesday.
Russia was suspended from world athletics in November after an international investigation uncovered damning evidence of widespread doping and corruption.
RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian federal police on Tuesday raided the offices of the consortium responsible for Olympic construction projects at the Deodoro site in northern Rio de Janeiro as part of a major corruption investigation.
Federal police said in a statement they carried out search warrants at the headquarters of the consortium, which is made up of the construction firms OAS SA [OAS.UL] and Queiroz Galvao [QGDI.UL].
Victory over a southern hemisphere powerhouse away from home is a breakthrough Ireland must achieve if they want to do better at World Cups, Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby said on Tuesday.
“It’s important we beat a southern hemisphere side away from home if we want to do better than getting to the quarter-final of the next World Cup. We have to beat them outside of Dublin," Easterby told a news conference after the Ireland squad arrived on South Africa.