Euro 2012 Sportsday - Thursday, 7 JuneLive

Reaction to Joe Hart and Stewart Downing's England news conference, plus Euro 2012 news.

7 June 2012

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    Good morning and welcome to our Sportsday Live Euro 2012 special. We will be running the service throughout the tournament, bringing you all the latest news, reaction and analysis plus all the other major sporting headlines.

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    Please get in touch with us with any questions you want to pose to our commentators, presenters and correspondents already out in Poland and Ukraine. We will send out the first batch of questions by 0900 BST, so get involved on Twitter at #bbcfootball.

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    Before we get going on Euro 2012, let's catch up with all the latest transfer gossip.

    Chelsea are eyeing a £20m move for Everton's 24-year-old Marouane Fellaini, who tops their list of candidates for a midfield enforcer.

    Queens Park Rangers have made an audacious bid to sign Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud, 25, who is rated at £50m by his club.

    Premier League new boys Southampton are set to complete the signing of Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez, 22, for a fee of £7m.

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    Referee Mike Riley has backed Uefa president Michel Platini's call for the tournament officials to deal with any racist incidents that arise during the tournament, after Italy striker Mario Balotelli said that he would leave the field if were subjected to racist abuse.

    "What we urge players to do is alert the referee to it, because the referee can instigate the protocol to alert the match director who can alert the police," Riley told BBC Radio 5 live.

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    Gareth Edwards on Twitter: "Laughing at suggested £20m valuation of Fellaini by the press - is that on loan for the season? Bidding starts at £35m upwards ‪#bbcfootball"

    Jack Shepherd on Twitter: "Fellaini to Chelsea? Why don't we just buy the entire Belgian national team!"

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    We have put together a Euro 2012 sweepstake kit ahead of the start of the tournament on Friday. Who in your office is sitting pretty with Spain? Who is muttering 'Well, they do have home advantage' after picking out Ukraine? Tell us via Twitter at #bbcfootball which team you have drawn out?

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    Former Sporting Gijon coach Manuel Preciado has died of a heart attack, aged 54.

    Preciado had recently agreed a deal to take over at Villarreal for next season and was due to hold a news conference on Friday.

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    Umpire Billy Doctrove has retired from international cricket. The Dominican served as an international umpire for 14 years.

    "I am honoured and privileged to have been part of the transformation process in cricket, with the introduction of technology which is now considered as an integral component of international cricket and the introduction of the revolutionary twenty20 format, which has taken cricket to a completely new level," he said.

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    Atif on Twitter: "I got ze Germans in our sweepstake. Never has my support been so divided. Is the £50 prize worth me supporting our old enemy?!"

    Martin Ford-Whyte on Twitter: "I got the Dutch in our sweepstake .... I think it's their time! ‪#bbcfootball"

    Hendry on Twitter: "I got croatia and czech republic, somebodys got to win it ‪#bbcfootball"

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    BBC Sport correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Gerrard, Parker, Hart arrive at England's Krakow training ground for first time"

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    An England training session will take place at 1030, and two players will attend a news conference at 1400. Keep up with all the latest from Krakow on Euro 2012 Sportsday.

    Ireland will train at 1115, and a news conference with manager Giovanni Trapattoni will take place afterwards.

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    Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique on Twitter: "A big hug to the family of Manolo Preciado. He is one of the greats of the sport. Rest in peace."

    Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Twitter: "I can't believe the bad news i just woke up with. Hugs for the family of Manolo Preciado. RIP my friend."

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    Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists that his country can qualify for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, despite being drawn in a group with Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.

    "We know that we are in the most difficult group of the European Championship, but it isn't anything to regret, because you can't change it, and we have known it for months," he told

    "So therefore we have to be prepared. We don't have any other option - we have to face these countries, who are Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. They will be extremely difficult matches, but I think Portugal will do a good job, and we will progress to the next phase."

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    England have included two new caps in their team to play South Africa in Saturday's first Test match in Durban.

    Exeter flanker Tom Johnson comes in for Tom Croft, and Harlequins prop Joe Marler replaces Alex Corbisiero.

    Ben Youngs replaces Lee Dickson at scrum-half from the side that beat Ireland in March, while Mike Brown plays at full-back with Ben Foden moving to the wing.

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    BBC Sport correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Lockdown at England's lair in Krakow - team arrive for first time in next few minutes."

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    BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "Since the introduction of group stages in 1980, a team from Russia/CIS/Soviet Union's group has always made the final! #GroupA #stat"

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    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been declared fit to play in the third Test between England and West Indies at Edgbaston, after recovering from an eye infection. His understudy Steve Davies has returned to Surrey. Keep up with all the action with live radio commentary on TMS from 1045, and live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

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    BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew on Twitter: "Run ups wet. Need a good couple of hours dry weather I reckon."

    Then, five minutes later: "Raining...covers going back on."

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    Lennox Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, will be BBC Sport's boxing expert summariser during the London 2012 Games.

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    Maria Sharapova will become the new world number one if she beats Petra Kvitova in the French Open women's semi-finals this afternoon. US Open champion Sam Stosur will play Sara Errani in the other semi-final. There will be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 13:00.

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    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has returned to England from the Euro 2012 camp after the death of his father. He is expected to rejoin to the squad, and no replacement will be called up.

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    Sean Ranson on Twitter: "Thoughts go out to Jermain Defoe. Some things are more important than football. If he needs to be at home, England will cope!"

    Thomas Stirk on Twitter: "If a replacement is needed for Jermain that is has to be Darren Bent although knowing Roy it might be a centre-back."

    Paul Wilkinson on Twitter: "Dreadful, dreadful news about Jermain Defoe's dad. Thoughts are with him ‪#bbcfootball"

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    Chelsea have failed in their bid to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Battersea Power Station. A joint bid by two Malaysian companies - SP Setia and Sime Darby - had been chosen instead by administrators for the 39-acre site in Wandsworth.

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    67-year-old Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr has signed a new eight-year deal at the club.

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    Rain has delayed the scheduled 1030 toss in the third Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday. Get the latest news on the Birmingham weather with live radio commentary on TMS from 1045, and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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    Tom Todd on Twitter: "Great news that #nufc have got Carr for another 8 years! best signing of the summer already! #bbcsportsday"

    Tony Gilmour on Twitter: "No surprise the chief scout of Newcastle got a new deal,(even at 67!) what a job he's done!"

    Daniel Hooley on Twitter: "That is like a new signing, keeping Carr is brilliant news! ‪#bbcsportsday"

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    QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has refused to join in with the criticism of brother Rio's omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.

    "Things happen in football," he told Daybreak. "It's a game of ups and downs. I am sure he'd like to be there but sadly it didn't happen this time."

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    France coach Laurent Blanc believes Rio Ferdinand has been left out of the England Euro 2012 squad for reasons other than football. "From afar, I do not think it was a decision based on sport," Blanc tells a news conference ahead of his side's opening game of the tournament against England on Monday.

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    More from Blanc's press conference. The former defender played alongside Ferdinand at Manchester United for one season. "It was surprising not to see him picked given all the injuries they had in that sector," adds the France coach.

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    Euro 2012 is the 14th time that the competition has been held. BBC Sport looks back at the first one held in France and won by the Soviet Union. A crowd of just 9,438 turned up to watch France lose their third-placed play-off with Czechoslovakia in Marseille on 9 July 1960.

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    Stelios Giannakopoulos, the former Bolton midfielder and winner of Euro 2004 with Greece, supports players leaving the field of play if subjected to racist chanting. "I think we should go all together the 22 players, in the middle of the park and walk out off the park all together," says Giannakopoulos, president of the Greek Professional Footballers Association.

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    BBC Sport's Richard Conway in Warsaw: "When collecting accreditation from Warsaw's newly built national stadium this week the finishing touches were being applied with grass mown, paint applied and red carpet laid. It's taken a huge effort here in Poland to get the stadiums ready but, after some delays, Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Wroclaw will be fitting venues for Euro 2012. The real test for Poland's transport infrastructure now begins with fans starting to arrive from all over Europe. But there's a confidence here that Poland is ready to put on a show."

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    The World Taekwondo Federation announce they will hold a review into British Taekwondo's selection process for London 2012, citing a "lack of transparency over the decision to omit world number one Aaron Cook from the London 2012 Olympic squad".

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    Associated Press sports writer Graham Dunbar reports Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will take charge of England's opening game of the tournament with France on Monday.

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    Andrea Pirlo is back in training for Italy after he was rested as a precautionary measure on Wednesday. The Juventus player has been concerned with a bruised right calf muscle. Cagliari defender Davide Astori has also trained ahead of Sunday's game with Spain.

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    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Euro 2012: "The reaction to Uefa president Michel Platini's remarks that players should be booked if they walk off the pitch if they feel they are being abused has been mixed to say the least. On the one hand there is a measure of approval that referees are being publicly empowered to take action if there is racist abuse - on the other there is a sense that he is unsympathetic and insensitive for suggesting players should be shown a yellow card in such circumstances."

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks England's European Championship campaign will effectively be over if they lose to France in their opening game next Monday. Wenger also describes Roy Hodgson's appointment as a "quick fix" and claims the Three Lions will struggle in Poland and Ukraine due to Wayne Rooney's suspension for the first two games.

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    BBC Sport's Conor McNamara with the Republic of Ireland squad: "Ireland's goalkeeper Shay Given remains the big worry in Gdynia. He did take a very limited part in training today. Given walked out wearing trainers and did put on his boots for a few minutes while goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly drilled some shots straight at him. The boots were soon taken off again, and I didn't see Given make a single dive. The mood in the camp is that the Aston Villa goalkeeper will start against Croatia on Sunday, but it is unlikely that he is anywhere near 100% fit."

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    Manchester United officials tell Press Association Sport that no trip to India will be incorporated within the club's pre-season schedule, despite reports suggesting the Red Devils were being lined up for a high-profile friendly with Juventus in Kolkata on 1 August.

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    BBC Sport's Dan Walker at Euro 2012: "Here in the Polish capital, Legia Warsaw have spent much of the last 12 months trying to stamp out racism and - from what I could tell talking to their fans last night - it's had a very positive effect."

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    Early lunch is to be taken at Edgbaston at 12.30 BST as light rain continues to delay the start of the third Test between England and West Indies.

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    Midfielders Yann Mvila and Blaise Matuidi are both making progress in recovering from injuries ahead of France's opening game with England but are still not match fit, says coach Laurent Blanc. Mvila has a damaged ankle while Matuidi is recovering from a thigh problem.

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    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Euro 2012: "Krakow certainly feels ready for the start of Euro 2012 after England's arrival. The squad has shown its intention to be visible. There is a reception with the Mayor of Kracow this evening and around 3,000 locals are expected to attend England's open training session tomorrow."

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    Norwich call a press conference for 14.30 BST where Birmingham manager Chris Hughton is expected to be confirmed successor to Paul Lambert.

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    Lukas Podolski, who is joining Arsenal from Cologne, says the pain of losing the Euro 2008 final will inspire Germany to go one step further this time. "We were in the final in 2008, but should we now meet Spain again in the final, I am sure will get our revenge," Podolski tells Arsenal's website.

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    Germany captain Philipp Lahm will switch from his favoured right back position to the left for their Group B match against Portugal on Saturday, says coach Joachim Loew, who has yet to decide whether to use Jerome Boateng on the right or youngster Lars Bender as he draws up his plans to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.

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    Heavy rain has delayed the French Open women's semi-finals at the French Open, where Australian sixth seed Samantha Stosur is to take on Sara Errani of Italy while second seed Russian Maria Sharapova is up against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

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    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident co-hosts Poland the expectation of launching the tournament in front of their home fans when they face Greece in Warsaw at 1700 BST on Friday.

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    A small group of protesters targeted the Netherlands training ground in the Polish city of Krakow, a senior Uefa official has confirmed, but denied the demonstrations were racist. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf had said that a handful of the 25,000 fans who turned up had made monkey noises at the side's black players during the warm-up.

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    BBC Sport's Martin Emmerson at Durham v Warwckshire: "It's lunch on day three in Chester-le-Street with Durham struggling on 116-7. Thankfully their 80-run first innings lead could yet prove valuable, but it's been Warwickshire's morning. They have taken 5-88 in 28 overs today. The highlights included a first championship wicket for 19-year-old Tom Milnes, although he could have had two in the first innings if it hadn't been for dropped catches. The lead is 196, but if Durham are skittled out quickly after lunch Warwickshire will fancy their chances of a win."

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    Calling all England fans out in Ukraine ahead of England's opening game with France on Monday. Send us a tweet at #bbcfootball and let us know what the atmosphere is like.

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    Joe Hart is addressing the media at a news conference in Poland right now. The Manchester City keeper, wearing a white polo shirt, looks calm and relaxed ahead of England's opening game with France on Monday.

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    BBC Sport's Adrian Harms at Sussex v Surrey: "Just 6 overs possible between the showers during which Sussex lost 4 wickets for 9 runs as Stuart Meaker destroyed the middle order. In fact including the wicket of Chris Nash late yesterday, Sussex have lost 5 wickets for 10 runs. The forecast heavy rain arrived at 12.10 BST, and the prospects for any further play today look bleak."

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    Hart on Jermain Defoe returning to England following the death of his father: "It was a tough one this morning. Our thoughts are with Jermain and we will be ready for him when he wants to return."

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    Hart on England's training base: "It is great. I was really impressed. The pitch is fantastic and that's all we need to worry about. Everything we need is there."

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    Hart on racism: "We have discussed it and we will get on with it and let the referees and Uefa deal with it. It is not for us to do [walk off the pitch] if that problem does occur and fingers crossed it doesn't."

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    Franck Ribery has refused to see the funny side when asked his thoughts about the remarks of Uefa president Michel Platini that France could win the tournament if they got off the bus. Platini's comment was in reference to the French debacle at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa when the squad went on strike in protest at the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka and stayed on the bus. "You think I want to answer that question?" said Ribery when asked about Platini. "I have no desire to answer this question."

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    Hart on expectations at the tournament: "We are all hungry guys and successful at football. We don't want to go there thinking people won't mind if we lose. We have to have high expectations or else there is no point in going there. We want to make people proud."

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    Hart on the fact France have a drive to the stadium while England have to fly to Ukraine from Poland: "They [France] can do what they want. We have got that journey. It is not a surprise to anyone. That was always going to be the case. It doesn't matter whether we are based in the middle of a forest, a city or live at the stadium: we have to get on with it. In European football you have to fly to games."

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    Hart has left the news conference and it is the turn of Liverpool's Stewart Downing to face the media in Krakow.

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    Downing on England's training base: "It is very good set-up, the pitch is nice though it was a bit dry this morning. Once the first sessions are out of the way, you crack on from there, and we have a couple of days to work on until the France game. I am delighted to be in the squad, I aim to do well and make an impression on the team."

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    Downing on France: "We're confident we can get a result. We don't fear them. We know they are a good team but so are we. We know their strength and weaknesses."

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    Downing: "The World Cup in 2006 was very exciting, so I understand what the young lads will be going through. If they need to speak to me or any of the other experienced lads I'm here to land a hand. Whoever the manager picks we just get on it with, if I am picked I will just concentrate on my role in the team and get on with it."

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    Downing on Liverpool team-mate Martin Kelly, who has replaced Gary Cahill in the England squad: "He's a quiet lad, goes about his business, he's going to be a terrific player and is a real talent. The manager has seen his ability and he's settling in quite well."

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    Downing to BBC Sport's Dan Roan on six Liverpool players in the England squad: "If you look at our performances we battered teams at times but we did not have the killer instinct."

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    Downing on whether England's players are talking about Rio Ferdinand's omission: "No. Whoever the manager picks, we get on with it. I concentrate on my position in the team, and so do the other players."

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    Downing on being one of the senior players in Roy Hodgson's squad at the tournament: "I understand what the young lads are going through - it's a great experience for them. If they need help or tips, I can give them it."

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    A bad salad at a German hotel is the suspect cause of the bout of food poisoning that left 10 Ukraine players ill before their final European Championship warm-up game against Turkey on Tuesday. Ukraine team doctor Leonid Mironov says the players were hit by "the bad effects of eating a salad".

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    Stewart Downing says England do not fear France and is confident Roy Hodgson's side can launch Euro 2012 on a winning note. What do you think? Is the Liverpool winger right? Let us know #bbcfootball

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    He might be Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer, but Robbie Keane expects to defend for Giovanni Trapattoni's men. "As players you're always working hard," Keane said. "But for myself in this game, I might have to drop deeper on to the holding midfielder and not let him dictate the game."

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    We are expecting Chris Hughton to be officially announced as Norwich manager at a news conference at 14:30 BST.

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    It looks as if Birmingham City have beaten Norwich to the punch: their official website has announced that compensation has been agreed between the two clubs for Chris Hughton and three of his backroom staff.

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    England are on course to having their lowest travelling support in years at Euro 2012, with only 3,000 tickets sold through England's official membership group for each of the group games. We asked some of BBC Sport who are over there to gauge the numbers - and mood - of England and Republic of Ireland fans.

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    BBC Sport's Richard Conway in Krakow: "We've spotted pockets of England fans in Krakow so far. Some fans we've spoken to have come here early to soak up the tournament atmosphere and to enjoy the party atmosphere in the historic city centre.

    "Many of the fans will travel to Donetsk in time for England's first game against France on Monday. But make no mistake - we're talking handfuls of fans and not anywhere near the same numbers that flocked to Germany for the World Cup in 2006 or Euro 2004 in Portugal."

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    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty in Krakow: "Pockets of Irish fans seen around Krakow but - for obvious reasons - not the huge presence of England supporters that we normally see at these showpiece summer tournaments."

    "We spoke with some Irish supporters yesterday and their mood was typically buoyant. The great Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni seems to have injected real optimism among the Republic of Ireland team on the pitch and their followers off it."

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    BBC Sport's Olly Foster in Krakow: "Seem to be more Irish fans than English in the streets of Krakow. Think the city is the gateway to Poland for them due to a certain budget airline that flies out of Dublin. They'll be hitting the train station soon for the rattler to Poznan in time for Republic of Ireland v Croatia on Sunday."

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    Tom Moseley on Twitter: "Stewart Downing claiming that himself and England do not fear France? Don't worry Stewart, they certainly won't fear you!"

    Alex Quick on Twitter: "England have no chance against the French on Monday! Maybe we need to sneak in a few dodgy salads to their hotel."

    Areen Voskanian on Twitter: "England can go all the way, pressure is off as expectations are low. Look at Chelsea this season - who'd a thought?"

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    West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell on Twitter: "Just heard Steve Clarke to get the job. Sounds like a good one to me. Worked at some great clubs and done well. ‪#bringonthenewseason"

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    Dynamo Kiev announce Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has signed a four-year deal with the Ukrainian club. Kranjcar, 27, will play for the Croatian national side this summer at Euro 2012.

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    More reaction from those over in Ukraine and Poland, this time from BBC Sport's Conor McNamara: "This lunchtime I sat close to a group of about eight Irish fans eating sandwiches beside a campervan. They had found a Polish radio station that was playing Irish music in honour of the team staying here in this part of Poland. The fans were ironically singing along with the likes of Chris de Burgh and Enya as their songs were played over the airwaves."

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    And here's BBC Sport's Guy Mowbray, too, who has just landed in Ukraine: "Just arrived in Lviv. The stadium is superb and looks and feels more than ready to host Germany v Portugal on Saturday. Around the airport, city & stadium approaches there's still an awful lot of painting, sign erecting & tarmaccing going on!"

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    Norwich are taking their time with this news conference, which was originally scheduled for a 1430 BST. It's now 1500 BST. But if you refresh the page, a live feed of the upcoming conference should appear.

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    Blackpool will play Everton in a pre-season friendly for Keith Southern's testimonial. The match, which will take place at Bloomfield Road, will be on 5 August. Southern captained Everton's reserve team before making a permanent move to Blackpool in 2002.

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    Some more nice words by Brendan Rodgers today, who has written an open letter to Swansea City fans in South Wales Evening Post.

    "The chance to manage one of the world's great footballing institutions doesn't come around very often in a manager's life and, after two approaches, I have decided to take up the professional challenge," he wrote.

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    A fantastic win for Bradley Wiggins at stage four of Criterium du Dauphine.

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    Hughton on becoming Norwich City manager: "It is a good sound and a good feeling. It is something that I've been very excited about. It has been done very speedily which I've been delighted with and I'm looking forward to the challenge in front of me."

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    Hughton on leaving Birmingham: "I don't think it would be wrong of me to say that it was difficult because I had a very good year there, the supporters have been excellent with me.

    "I'm very grateful for them giving me the opportunity to speak to Norwich."

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    Hughton on Paul Lambert: "The job Paul has done here, it's a wonderful achievement to rise from League One to the Premier League. It's a hard act to follow but it's a challenge. It's about making progress and with every new manager and player comes a new challenge."

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    Hughton on Newcastle: "You can only look back on what you've achieved, if you can look at yourself and feel you've done the best job and worked as hard as you can it's part and parcel of football, I've got very fond memories of Newcastle and I prefer to look at it that way. I've had some messages from Newcastle congratulating me and we all move on and look for another challenge."

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    Hughton on the job ahead: "As opposed to talking about where you can finish, it is about moving forward. [Lambert's success] has enabled this club to be where we are now and it's about making progress, not just a finishing position, but also the financial position and aspects of the club where you feel it can grow. I've been very impressed with where the club is and how they want to move forward."

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    Hughton on his backroom staff: "Colin Calderwood was with me at Newcastle, Trollope was with me at Birmingham and Iwan Chester was also with me at Birmingham. They'll look to work as hard as I will to achieve what we want to achieve here."

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    Hughton on potential signings and money to spend: "We have had conversations, of course. The bigger conversations will start now about how we can move forward. There will be a budget to work to about bringing players in. But there's a squad of players here who have fared very well and it's about getting to know them as well. There will be decisions to make over a period of time."

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    Hughton on Grant Holt: "I can understand the speculation and of course I've listened to it. He's a quality player, there's no doubt about that. To score the goals he has done, I don't think there would be any manager who wouldn't want to keep a player of that quality.

    "I've only been through the door a few minutes. I haven't had the opportunity to speak to him along with other members of the squad but I do understand it's a question the media are after. He's contracted to this football club and absolutely I would like him here."

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    Norwich chief executive David McNally on Holt: "Clearly there's a different view in terms of the future between us and Grant. We would like Grant Holt to stay - he's not for sale and we're not encouraging anyone to make offers. But like Chris [Hughton] says, we have 24, 25 players in the squad."

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    Norwich chief executive David McNally: "We want this club to progress on and off the pitch. We don't want to look back at all. It's about tomorrow, the day after and the next season. Chris is right to not target this position or that position. Paul Lambert's achievements here are extraordinary and we'll be forever grateful. In terms of the way it ended, that's football. No regrets - only praise and thanks to Paul. He's been terrific for us and Norwich have been terrific for him."

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    Norwich chief executive David McNally: "We had a detailed period of who was available and who wasn't and who could take this club forward, Chris joins us at one of the best periods in the club's history financially. It was key for us that the manager needed top level experience, preferably Premier League and at the end of it we looked at the names and Chris stood out as the number one candidate.

    "Birmingham were very professional in their dealings with us. There was some to-ing and fro-ing but Chris was the only candidate."

  98. 1543: 

    So Norwich City have unveiled Chris Hughton as their new manager on a three-year deal. The new man at Carrow Road had some interesting things to say, mainly about there being a budget for new players and the future of Grant Holt. What do Norwich City fans think of the appointment? Can the club keep Holt? Do you want to keep Holt? And, if Holt goes, who would you like to see replace him? Let us know at #bbcfootball

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    A bit more information about Bradley Wiggins' win in France. With this fourth stage win, Wiggins extends his lead from a solitary second to 38 seconds. Tony Martin is now second in the overall standings.

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    A little bit more from Chris Hughton on his appointment: "I've thoroughly enjoyed the year I've had there [at Birmingham], I was treated extremely well by the supporters and the staff but once the opportunity came from Norwich and knowing the club as well as I do, the fact it's now about a challenge in the Premier League - it was too good an opportunity for me to turn down."

  101. 1552: 

    Hughton on Grant Holt: "I'm very conscious of what has gone on over the last week but Grant Holt is very much a player I would like to stay, he's given great service, 70 goals over the last three seasons, that type of player is very hard to replace. I very much look forward to working with Grant and for him to continue the great relationship he has with Norwich and the supporters."

  102. 1553: 

    Hughton on being the only choice for Norwich: "There's no doubt when somebody puts it in those terms [only candidate Norwich wanted] it's a real good feel factor. The last couple of days have been very swift, there's been a lot of intent to want me here. They have made me feel very, very welcome.

    "When they made the enquiry it made my decision a lot easier - you just have to consider the fan base, the potential and the plans for the future."

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    Not only is Juan Mata charged with creating goals for Fernando Torres, but he is also taking care of giving the striker a pep talk ahead of the tournament.

    "Fernando had a very difficult season but the team had a fantastic close to the season and he deserves to be here," he said. "I have no doubt that at the European Championship Fernando will be one of the most important pieces for our team and will certainly score important goals."

  104. 1605: 

    A longing look to the Edgbaston sky has proven fruitless for those hoping for any play today - play is abandoned without a ball being bowled. Both England and West Indies will be hoping for better weather tomorrow.

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    John Charles on Twitter: "Ameobi for Hughton? Last chance of his career to secure permanent football."

    Edmund Bacon on Twitter: "Pure faith in @davidmcnally62, he got it right last time let's just hope he has got it right this time."

    Katie Newman on Twitter: "I would have preferred Malky or Karl Robinson as manager - but I'll take Hughton. Lambo will be out of Villa next season!"

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    The Government will not be attending any of England's first three group games at Euro 2012, while attendance at later stages is "under review".

    A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "The Government fully supports England's participation in Euro 2012. We hope this is a successful tournament for the England team, the fans, and the people of Ukraine and Poland.

    "No Ministers will be attending group games at Euro 2012. We are keeping attendance at later stages of the tournament under review in the light of Ministers' busy schedules ahead of the Olympics and widespread concerns about selective justice and the rule of law in Ukraine."

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    Former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer has blamed Czech Republic's current malaise on their talented youngsters flying the nest early in their career.

    Smicer, who was part of the Euro 1996 finalists, said: "The main problem for our young players is that they are leaving too early. In 1996, me, Nedved, Poborsky, Berger, (Radek) Bejbel, were all playing four or five years in the Czech league before we went abroad."

  108. 1631: 

    It appears to be the story that refuses to go away, and now Sports minister Hugh Robertson has commented on Aaron Cook's omittance from Great Britain's Olympic squad, calling it "embarrassing".

    "I want us to win as many gold medals as possible at London 2012. My concern is to ensure that we select the very best possible team whichgives us the best chance of winning medals and particularly gold medals. I do not have a formal role in selecting which athletes form part of GB," said Robertson.

    "Is it embarrassing for us? The answer to that is yes because you would rather not see our sports getting criticised by their international federations."

  109. 1635: 

    It is a proud day for Italian tennis as Sara Errani becomes only the second Italian woman to reach the final at Roland Garros. The 21st seed beats Sam Stosur 5-7 6-1 3-6 and will meet the winner of Maria Sharapova versus Petra Kvitova, which is due to start soon.

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    Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta is under no illusions about the importance of Mario Balotelli to the Italians' hopes of success this summer.

    Motta, who played with Balotelli at Internazionale, said: "We need Balotelli to work for the team, and to show responsibility. Only like that can he make the difference, and I'm sure he will.

    "He must help us, especially on the pitch because, off it, he can be the same as always."

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    Beware of Greeks defending deep appears to be the warning fired from Poland coach Franciszek Smuda ahead of his side's Euro 2012 opener with Greece tomorrow.

    "It's clear that the Greek defence, and in fact the whole team, is based on defensive play. That's their strong point. It's definitely going to be the hardest nut for us to crack," he said.

    Midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski is confident, however, stating: "We have people who are pretty good at doing that [opening up the defence]."

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    Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is threatening to take legal action against the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

    It comes after the SFA said they would pursue him through the courts for unpaid fines handed to him for bringing the game into disrepute.

    "I will be going after them. I will be looking at legal options against the SFA," said Whyte.

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    Portugal's federation defends its spending ahead of Euro 2012, which has included a parade around the town of Obidos in horse-drawn carriages. Federation vice-president Humberto Coelho says: "We went by horse-drawn carriage, as in 2004, because it's difficult to travel through the streets of Obidos by car or coach, and as we know the players are always asked for autographs."

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    Sweden striker Johan Elmander is expected to resume full training on Friday as he attempts to recover from a foot injury - but he remains a doubt for their game against Ukraine on Monday. Coach Erik Hamren says: "So far it's looking good and he's very positive."


    Chris Fletcher on Twitter: "Best way of deciding who goes to the Olympics for Taekwondo? Why, a Taekwondo match of course!"

  116. 1719: 

    Prop Joe Marler is "buzzing" after being named to face South Africa for his England debut. The 21-year-old Harlequins forward says: "I'm buzzing. It's still sinking in - hopefully it will sink in by tonight, then I can properly get ready for Saturday. You want to test yourself against the best and South African front rows are another step up. It should be good."

  117. 1728: 

    London Welsh confirm their appeal date against the RFU's decision to deny them promotion to the Premiership, will be 21 June.

  118. 1733: 

    West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has had a scan after complaining of soreness in his side. While the rest of the England and West Indies teams were kept waiting at Edgbaston, until a washout was confirmed on day one of the third Test, Chanderpaul went to hospital. A team spokesman is optimistic the delayed start might give Chanderpaul a chance of playing.

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    BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Roy Hodgson and team now enjoying the canapes and drinks at official reception, posing for pictures with guests."

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    Sweden defender Jonas Olsson is pleased that their squad is staying on the outskirts of Kiev - unlike group opponents England. Olsson says: "If you can avoid any pointless travelling during a tournament, it's much better. England will have to fly in here and I wouldn't like to be in their place."

  121. 1750: 

    Bradley Wiggins reflects on his lead in the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of world time trial champion Tony Martin, saying: "It's always nice to beat the world champion, something to tell the kids when they're older. I've not beaten him many times in the past and it's by no means going to be the same in every time trial from now on. But to beat him by a clear margin was a huge satisfaction."

    EURO 2012

    Genaro Nunez Angeles on Twitter: "My prediction for Euro 2012: 1 Spain, 2 Germany, 3 Netherlands, 4 France."

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    England have the talent to replace Kevin Pietersen, who is quitting one-day international cricket, according to batting coach Graham Gooch. Former England captain Gooch says: "We've got some exciting young players around - Craig Kieswetter, Jonny Bairstow, James Taylor, Jos Buttler - these are all guys who are in and around the Lions and one-day team. They are not new names but they are guys I see taking English cricket forward over the next few years."

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    Italy's Nicola Rizzoli will referee England's game against France on Monday. Netherlands' Bjorn Kuipers is to take charge of Republic of Ireland against Croatia.

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    Russia head coach Dick Advocaat says his side are dark horses for the trophy. He tells "Realistically, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany have the better sides and better individuals. But, in a tournament like this, anything can happen as Greece showed in 2004. So we are a nice outsider."

  126. 1814: 

    Maria Sharapova defeats Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3 in the French Open semi-finals. She faces Sara Errani in the final.

  127. 1819: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan declines to sign the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) players' contract ahead of the entry deadline for the first two ranking events of the season. Snooker's ruling body have warned O'Sullivan he will not be paid appearance money as an incentive to stay on the professional tour. It means he will miss this summer's Wuxi Classic and Australian Open.

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    Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli insists goalkeeper Shay Given will be fit for their Euro 2012 opener against Croatia on Sunday. Given went through a gentle work-out away from the main group today but Tardelli says: "Today Shay rested because he knows his body. I think he is ready to play. Everything is good."

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    John Golson on Twitter: "Is it me or is every team playing the Greece 2004 card before the Euros?"

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    Lee Westwood speaks about his love of Sweden after he cards a 64 to move three shots clear of the field at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm. He tells "I've always enjoyed coming to Sweden. Obviously winning here for the first time in 1996 gave me an affinity. And then I won again in 2000 when I won the money list so I've had a lot of success in Sweden."

  131. 1853: 

    Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the opening one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The tourists achieve a rain-revised target of 135 after 34.1 overs - with more than seven overs to spare. Sri Lanka earlier scored 135-8 in 42 overs.

  132. 1900: 

    Mark Webber denies his victory in the Monaco Grand Prix was achieved in an illegal car saying: "I am happy to be called lots of things and have criticism about my driving. But I will not take talk about the car being illegal. The car passed every single technical regulation after the race."

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    Former England manager Fabio Capello is going to the European Championship - as part of Uefa's technical team for the tournament. Capello quit as England boss four months before Euro 2012 over John Terry losing the captaincy. He will be joined by former France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier on a panel that will look at the trends and talking points in Poland and Ukraine.

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    5 live Sport is looking ahead to Euro 2012 now. Mark Chapman and Mark Pougatch present with pundits David Pleat, Kevin Kilbane, Graeme Le Saux, Alan Shearer and Danny Mills. Guests also include Dietmar Hamman, Jonas Olsson and Graham Hunter, plus an interview with Glenn Hoddle.

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    Former England star Alan Shearer on 5 live Sport: "When I spoke to Wayne Rooney, I sensed he was frustrated. You cannot afford to lose the first game and, let's face it, France is going to be the toughest game for England in the group. I think they should have had Rio Ferdinand in the squad from the start."

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    Oleg Blokhin, manager of England's group opponents Ukraine, admits he is an "unpredictable coach". He says: "I was unpredictable as a player and I am unpredictable as a coach. I don't know how I am going to react. My career as coach has taught me not to show my hand."

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    Tinno on Twitter: "In reply to John Golson, it's better than the 'low expectations = we're going to win it' card."

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    Greece's name has already cropped up a few times on Euro 2012 Sportsday today as their 2004 glory remains fresh in minds. Here is what their skipper Giorgios Karagounis says about their prospects in their opener against Poland: "This is an away match for us and I would much rather be playing it in Athens. Naturally we would like to start as we did in 2004, but we are the underdogs. I don't agree with the Poles that we are the favourites."

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    Jimmy Jay Z on Twitter: "Poland WILL do a Greece though. I have faith."

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    Ashley Cole did not attend the mayoral reception that England were at tonight. The FA says the defender was "resting".

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    England manager Roy Hodgson tells Match of the Day host Gary Lineker on 5 Live Sport: "It could be famous last words but I'm happy the players are in the town centre. They shouldn't be hidden away. It should be enjoyed. I didn't enjoy the World Cup in 1994 because I was too caught up in the negativity."

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    Ukraine's players have recovered from a mysterious stomach bug, which swept through the squad earlier in the week, and will be at full-strength in their opener against Sweden on Monday.

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    That's all from Euro 2012 Sportsday Live today. Join us again on Friday morning from 0800 BST.

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