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 . . .

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Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Joe Skarz is gunning for Oxford United to finish the job on what they see as the most challenging block of fixtures in the season with a win at Hartlepool United this afternoon.

MOTORSPORT: Emotional Romain Grosjean set for last race with Lotus team

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Romain Grosjean says it will be hard to leave Lotus as he prepares for his last race with the Enstone-based team tomorrow.

MOTORSPORT: Oxford's Matt Chapman in switch to Ginetta GT5 for 2016

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 28th November 2015

Tenager Matt Chapman will step up to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge next year.

BILLIARDS & SNOOKER: Lewis Moss produces Oxford League's biggest break

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7:20am Saturday 28th November 2015

BILLIARDS: Lewis Moss produced the highest break of the season as Littlemore RBL beat Cowley Conservative Club B in the Gentworks Oxford & District League.

ANGLING: Tony Hobbs leads Drennan's clean sweep in Oxford Winter League practice match.

Oxford Mail: Bingley Angling Club member Phill Andrews' 5lb 12oz chub from the River Wharfe

7:20am Saturday 28th November 2015

There was a clean sweep for Drennan Oxford in the practice match for the next round of the Oxford Winter League which was fished by 24 anglers on a very cold Kennet and Avon Canal at Avington.

ICE HOCKEY: Alan Green may miss Oxford City Stars' double-header

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7:10am Saturday 28th November 2015

Apart from Josh Oliver who is out with a long-term injury, Alan Green is the only doubt for Oxford City Stars’ double-header in English National League South Division 1 this weekend.

SWIMMING: Caitlin Brown's five wins boost Kidlington & Gosford

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 28th November 2015

Caitlin Brown was the star as Kidlington & Gosford’s small squad of 13 swimmers came second in the top club competition at the Sheffield Open Meet at Ponds Forge.

TABLE TENNIS: Elson Costa helps Holton stretch lead in Oxford League

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7:00am Saturday 28th November 2015

Elson Costa helped Holton A beat Forum B 7-3 and increase their lead at the top of Oxford & District League Division 1 Costa’s maximum was key, as Forum’s Fraser Harris hit back by beating Andy Misseldine and Stuart Brown.

RUGBY UNION: Oxford University players striving to secure Twickenham places

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6:40am Saturday 28th November 2015

Captain George Messum and head coach James Wade have selection dilemmas ahead of Oxford University’s final fixture before next month’s Varsity Match.

SPORTS AWARDS: It's third time lucky for cricketer Jack Brooks at Oxfordshire Sports Awards

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 28th November 2015

Jack Brooks made it third time lucky at last night’s Oxfordshire Sports Awards.


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