How sweet it is to sit and read the tales
Of mightiest poets and to hear the while
Sweet music, which when the attention fails
Fill the dim pause


Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa name Rangers boss as new manager ⚽ 🔗

The former Liverpool captain, 41, leaves the Scottish champions having guided them to a first league title in 10 years last season. Gerrard replaces Dean Smith, who was sacked on Sunday after a run of five successive defeats.


Aston Villa have beaten Manchester United (by a goal to nil) for the first time in the Premier League since 12th December 2009. Villa’s 88th minute goal by Kortney Hause, then Man Utd fail to equalise when Bruno Fernandes misses a penalty in the 93rd minute! ⚽


Euro 2020 Final: England v Italy. Tough ending. ⚽️


Euro 2020 Final: England v Italy. Going to extra-time. Disappointing second half by England, Italy a lot more impressive. Need some changes. ⚽️


Euro 2020 Final: England v Italy. Half-time. Brilliant, confident start by England, just need more of the same. Luke Shaw is on fire! ⚽️


Euro 2020 Final: England v Italy ⚽️

Pre-match feasting 😋


Watched the Djokovic v Berrettini Wimbledon final, now waiting for the main event … 🎾⚽️


Euro 2020: England v Denmark semi-final. Stressful. ⚽️


Euro 2020: Italy 1-1 Spain. First semi-final. Extra-time. England v Denmark will be hard-pressed to match this. ⚽️


Euro 2020: Ukraine 0-4 England. Full time. Really impressed with England, very composed and controlled performance. Excited! ⚽️


Euro 2020: Ukraine 0-4 England. So far. Fantastic! Photo just before fourth goal. ⚽️


Euro 2020: Ukraine v England. Delicious pre-match indoor picnic courtesy of Côte at Home ⚽️


Euro 2020: Belgium 1-2 Italy. Gripping game, Italy played some lovely football, looking forward to seeing them play Spain. ⚽️


Euro 2020: England 2-0 Germany. Things are looking up! ⚽️


Euro 2020: France 3-3 Switzerland. Switzerland win the first penalty shootout of the tournament. Great game, Switzerland worked hard and were impressive, France brilliant at times but didn’t play consistently well. ⚽️


Euro 2020: A lot of goals today! France v Switzerland is a brilliant game: 3-3 and extra time is just starting. ⚽️


Euro 2020: England v Scotland stays at 0-0. Disappointing and pedestrian by England, Scotland deserved the point. Enjoyed the Turkey v Wales game a lot more. ⚽️


Euro 2020: England 0-0 Scotland. Half-time. England a bit tame, Scotland playing well. ⚽️


Euro 2020: Turkey 0-2 Wales. Relax now! Great game, tense finish, outstanding performance by Wales (as long as you forget the Gareth Bale penalty attempt!). ⚽️


Euro 2020: Turkey 0-1 Wales. Half-time. Exciting 45 minutes! ⚽️


Euro 2020: Turkey v Wales underway. Both teams looking a lot more lively and threatening than during their opening games. ⚽️


Euro 2020: England 1-0 Croatia. Impressively solid performance. ⚽️


TIL England have never won their opening game in the European Championships. England v Croatia about to kick off in Euro 2020 ⚽️


Euro 2020: Wales 1-1 Switzerland. Close run match, Wales lacklustre for 75 minutes. ⚽️


Aston Villa - Liverpool finishes 7-2. Outstanding night for Villa! ⚽️

A twitter of inconsequent vitality
By Ian Mason

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