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 . . .

BADMINTON: Buckingham honoured after passing 200 county matches

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE celebrated David Buckingham’s 201st cap this weekend during their third team’s resounding 14-1 victory against Worcestershire 3rd.

TENNIS: Cholsey end North Oxford unbeaten run

Oxford Mail: tennis racket hitting ball for sport

7:00am Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH Oxford’s unbeaten start to the season in Ladies’ Divison 1 of the Thames Valley Winter League came to an end when they lost 5-3 at Cholsey.

FOOTBALL: Abingdon are ready for Farnham

7:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Abingdon United’s new boss Gary Ackling will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when his side travel to Farnham in the first round of the FA Vase tomorrow.

FOOTBALL: Banbury players set for a Hereford repeat

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Banbury United boss Paul Davis is hoping that showing his players a dvd of their 5-1 home mauling by Hereford United will ensure it doesn’t happen again.

FOOTBALL: Curtin to sit out for high-flying Kidlington

Oxford Mail: football generic

6:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Kidlington will be without striker Ryan Curtin when they host Bracknell Town in the Premier Division tomorrow.

GOLF: Pepperell ends on level par

Oxford Mail: Eddie Pepperell

11:02pm Thursday 30th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S Eddie Pepperell shot a topsy-turvy level-par round to open his BMW Masters campaign in Shanghai.

BRADLEY SMITH COLUMN: I couldn't ask for more from a special MotoGP run

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

I DON’T want this season to end – after such a brilliant three weeks I’m ready to face at least six more grands prix, but unfortunately there is only one left.

Tom Newey loaned out by Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

OXFORD United's Tom Newey has agreed a loan move to Northampton Town until January.

Oxford United player likely to leave on loan today

Oxford Mail:

9:40am Thursday 30th October 2014

ONE of Oxford United’s senior players is expected to finalise a move away from the club today.

LONDON WELSH: Piri Weepu plays down injury concerns

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh scrum half Piri Weepu yesterday played down concerns about the ankle injury that has left his right foot in a protective boot.

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