Roy Hodgson and England fans were dealt a cruel blow with the news that Danny Welbeck looks set to miss Euro 2016 with a knee injury. However, his absence could well be Jermain Defoe’s gain and Football Ticket Pad looks at why the Sunderland forward would be the ideal replacement in England’s 23-man squad.
What a season it has been. Two complete outsiders have battled it out for Premier League glory this season and it has been a joy to behold watching English stars leading from the forefront for their clubs.
Euro 2016 is fast approaching and as the season draws to a close, Roy Hodgson has a few selection headaches to solve before he leads his England side in France this summer. Suddenly, England have a wealth of options in attack and there is set to be some big names who miss out.
Saint-Etienne is a traditional French city which prides itself on a rich industrial history. Located in eastern France, Saint-Etienne has some of the most fabulous countryside and architecture that the country has to offer, including the Byzantine Saint Marie church and contemporary art museum housing work by the famous Matisse. Football serves as a break from reality for the local French community. AS Saint-Etienne are an integral part of the city’s identity with the Stade Geoffroy Guichard located at the heart of Saint Etienne as thousands of football fans prepare to desend onto the city which will host Portugal, England and Croatia fans during the month long tournament.
Marseille is a city that lives and breathes football. The edgy, urban and vibrant city lies on the Mediterranean coast and boasts France’s main port making one of the busiest in the world with a buzzing nightlife and great food. The city was voted the 2013 European city of culture and will host six games at this summer’s Euro 2016 championship, including England’s opening game versus Russia, as well as one Quarter-Final and Semi-Final.