Previous
Brazil
Chile
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Georgia
Germany
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Scotland
Gibraltar
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Northern Ireland
Finland
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Republic of Ireland
Poland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portugal
Serbia
ESPN2 6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
France
Denmark
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
Toronto FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Macintosh: U21s will need Kane at Euros

England
Read

Hunger is back at Barca

Barcelona
Read

Bender makes Ballon d'Or trip

Colchester United youngster Tom Bender will be a guest of FIFA at the 2011 Balon d'Or ceremony on Monday after being the only player from 20,000 polled to match the official team of 2010.

Bender, a 17-year-old defender on the books of the League One club, will meet the World XI at the ceremony, when he will rub shoulders with World Player of the Year nominees Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

A player who made his debut last season as a 16-year-old against Hartlepool United, becoming the club's second youngest-ever player, Bender has made only two substitute appearances in his career. He is a Wales Under-21 international despite being born in Harlow.

Bender told The Sun: "It is hard to believe, really. It was the first time I had done anything like this. I filled out the form in October - the first time I had done it. I didn't have a clue what I was doing. We did it in five or 10 minutes.

"I got the phone call on Tuesday. At first, I thought it was someone trying to wind me up. It wasn't until my mum said Paul Allen [PFA] had rang her to get my number that I believed it.

"You always dream about meeting these players. You see them on TV and read about them in the papers. To go to the awards and see them in the flesh will be pretty amazing."

He has been sworn to secrecy over his XI before the ceremony next week.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.