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Deschamps: France still not over Euro final loss


Didier Deschamps: France still not over loss in Euro 2016 final

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.

France coach Didier Deschamps admitted that his players have still not digested their defeat in the Euro 2016 final but suggested that winning this summer's World Cup might change that, after Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 in the semifinal on Tuesday.

It was only two years ago that France reached the European Championship final on home soil, only to lose to Portugal in extra-time, and Deschamps told TF1 that result was still weighing on the team's minds.

"Yes, we are in another final -- two...

 By PA Sport

Euro 2024 bid chief: 'High time' for Turkey to host major tournament


The head of the Turkish bid for the 2024 European Championships has said it is "high time" his country was given the chance to host a major event.

Having failed with three previous bids for the Euros and a campaign to host the 2020 Olympics, Turkey is up against a strong bid for the European tournament from Germany.

Speaking to reporters in London, Turkish Football Federation vice-president Servet Yardimci admitted losing to France by one vote in 2010 for the 2016 Euros was "upsetting" but it made...

 By PA Sport

Ireland Under-17s out of Euros after keeper sent off in shootout

Jimmy Corcoran was sent off for Ireland.
Jimmy Corcoran was sent off for Ireland.

Republic of Ireland Under-17s exited the European Championship in controversial fashion in Chesterfield when goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran was sent off during the penalty shoot-out against Netherlands.

Corcoran saved Netherlands' fifth spot-kick from Daishawn Redan to seemingly keep his side's hopes alive -- only to be issued his second yellow card from referee Zbynek Proske for allegedly coming off his line.

A distraught Corcoran was forced to hand his goalkeepers' shirt to defender Oisin McEntee,...

Germany want to host Euro 2024 to bring nations closer together

Reinhard Grindel said hosting the tournament can bringĀ a positive force in political debate.

Germany wants to host the 2024 European Championship and bring people closer together amid populist waves across the continent.

Believing sports can be a positive force in political debate, German football federation president Reinhard Grindel told The Associated Press on Monday, "This is what a Euro can deliver."

Rival candidates Germany and Turkey will give their bid documents to UEFA this week. UEFA will choose a winner in September.

Turkey has never hosted a major tournament, while Germany's...

 By PA Sport

England set to face Scotland at Euro 2020 should both sides qualify

The ESPN FC panel feel England should emerge from Group G, but first must overcome the fear factor of World Cups.
Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

England and Scotland are set to face each other in the group stage of Euro 2020 if both teams qualify.

Tournament organisers UEFA announced on Thursday that Wembley will stage four more games than previously planned in the tournament which will be played in major cities across Europe.

And a random draw to decide which cities will host group games paired London with Glasgow, with the assurance that each team that qualifies will play at least two home matches during the pool stage.

That means England...