It's time for Gerrard to dominate

11:30am Monday 16th June 2014

FROM the setting of a Las Vegas bar I got ready to watch England’s opener against Italy amongst 100 or so other fans.

I was excited with the news of our line-up, but would have preferred to see Adam Lalana play instead of Jordan Henderson.

With Italy missing legendary goalkeeper Buffon, it gave me even more confidence of victory.

My pre-game prediction was an England 2-1 success and, being in the gambling city of the world, it would have been rude not to bet on it.

Sitting in the middle of the ‘Chelsea In America’ supporters group, we sang the National Anthem and football songs.

I jumped for joy and screamed like a girl when I thought Raheem Sterling had scored after only five minutes, only to be brought crashing down to earth as a replay showed it hit the side-netting.

England were playing well which was good to see – and my prediction seemed a formality.

But when Italy took the lead, it killed our momentum.

I thought Leighton Baines was exposed down the left and didn’t look like the man everyone says is good enough to replace England’s most capped full-back Ashley Cole.

With Baines having to deal with a two-on-one overload for most of the game, Italy’s winning goal came from a cross from his channel.

In order for us to progress, I want to see our top man – and captain – Steven Gerrard dominate the next two games in the manner he does when in the red shirt of Liverpool.

It’s not all doom and gloom though.

The way we played in general was good, and Spain lost their opening game on their way to winning the World Cup in 2010 . . .

Junior Brown loaned out by Oxford United

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5:30pm Thursday 27th November 2014

JUNIOR Brown agreed a loan move away from Oxford United minutes before the loan window closed this afternoon.

Oxford United sign second forward on deadline day

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3:10pm Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD United have sealed their second signing of the day after agreeing a deal with Bristol City for Wes Burns.

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Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD United have signed John Campbell on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Didcot duo honoured by nominations for Oxon award

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Thursday 27th November 2014

DIDCOT’S Commonwealth Games medallists, Dan Rivers and Ben Watson, are thrilled at their nominations for Oxfordshire Sportsman of the Year, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

Jack Brooks hoping to collect award at third time of asking

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

CRICKETER Jack Brooks is hoping it will be third time lucky at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards tomorrow, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.

CRICKET: Brooks keen to make an impression for England Lions

Oxford Mail:

8:50am Thursday 27th November 2014

JACK Brooks will stick to what has made him a county cricket star as he attempts to impress national selectors while on England Lions duty this winter.

RACING: Woods is thrilled by snappy Croco

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8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

Chipping Norton-based jockey Kielan Woods was overjoyed after notching the biggest success of his career on runaway winner Croco Bay at Ascot.

ICE HOCKEY: Stars are rumbled by Thunder's late show

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

Oxford City Stars put up brave resistance before Milton Keynes Thunder’s third-period blast sent them reeling to a 4-1 defeat in South Division 1.

ATHLETICS: Shield success caps super showing for Oxford City

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8:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

OXFORD City’s men led the club’s successful venture to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Cross Country Championships at Upton Court Park, Slough.

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