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Who will win Euro 2016?

 By Tom Marshall

Miguel Herrera's Mexico starting XI vs. Ecuador a Gold Cup preview

In addition to the Gold Cup, Miguel Herrera's Mexico will also be competing this summer in the Copa America.
Miguel Herrera's starting XI vs. Ecuador will likely be a precursor to his first-choice Gold Cup team this summer.

LOS ANGELES -- The main takeaway from Miguel Herrera's news conference ahead of the friendly against Ecuador on Saturday is that his Gold Cup "A" team is increasingly set.

It would be a surprise if there was a major deviation between this starting XI and the one that takes to the field for Mexico's Gold Cup opener on July 9 against Cuba in Chicago.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling may leave Manchester United this summer

The ESPN FC crew react to reports suggesting Spain international and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is in talks to leave the club.
Phil Jones, left, and Chris Smalling have been at the heart of a Man United defensive resurgence.

As the summer window draws ever closer, the transfer rumours and gossip continue to spread...

Man United losing defensive duo?

With recent impressive victories over Tottenham at Old Trafford and Liverpool at Anfield, it seems things had finally started to click for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.

Now the Daily Mail reports that two players who've been part and parcel to United finding that groove may be headed for the exits this summer.

Besides improving on the field of late,...

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Kane's cameo impresses but England's Carrick has a calming influence

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling scored their first international goal for England as the Three Lions earned a 4-0 win against Lithuania and remain perfect in Group E.
The ESPN FC crew react to England's solid performance against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium and whether it will continue.

LONDON -- Of course, the headlines were all Harry Kane's, and this was not the night when Wayne Rooney entered England's legend as his country's record goalscorer. He is on 47, two short of Sir Bobby Charlton. Five wins from five, Roy Hodgson's England are ruthlessly ticking over in Euro qualifying.

Kane, victim to Hodgson conservatism when consigned to the bench, seized his chance. This is truly his time. In the dug-out, Rooney, who had given way for Kane, smiled as the next big thing scored from...

Ukraine win positions Spain for Euro qualification, still work to do

Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for Spain to give La Roja a 1-nil victory over Ukraine.
The ESPN FC crew assess Spain's performance against Ukraine and if it's good enough for the European Championship.

Alvaro Morata got the only goal, and fellow youngster Isco impressed, but Spain's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Ukraine on Friday night did not exactly suggest a bright new dawn for La Roja.

The game began as Spain coach Vicente del Bosque presumably hoped, with his bet to play the emerging star duo in central attacking roles paying off. Juventus centre-forward Morata's clever movement was causing the visiting defence plenty of problems, while Madrid playmaker Isco was revelling in a No. 10...

Miguel Herrera must reclaim CONCACAF for Mexico

Mexico last claimed the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, defeating the United States 4-2 in the final.
Mexico last claimed the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011, defeating the United States 4-2 in the final.

LOS ANGELES -- Let's put an end to all this confusion and to the Utopian idea that Mexico is searching for two national teams for the summer. Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera's first and only assignment is to regain supremacy in the CONCACAF region.

It can all be summed up by one simple fact: Herrera has never managed an official game in Mexico's footballing region. He ensured the country's passage to the World Cup in Brazil against New Zealand in a playoff scenario governed by FIFA rather than...

Who will make progress on the road to France 2016?

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth is back with a special offering of his tips, Euro qualifiers edition!

Northern Ireland to avoid Sunday blues

From a British point of view, Northern Ireland have been the revelation of the first four matches in qualifying for Euro 2016 and they have a golden chance to push their chances of a place in the finals by beating Finland in Belfast on Sunday.

A narrow defeat in Scotland in a midweek friendly should not have dented their confidence and though it's the first ever full international Northern Ireland have ever played at home on a Sunday, the atmosphere should inspire...