Euro 2016

In Brief: Rivals won't fear flat England: Shearer

Rivals won't fear flat England: Shearer

England's performances at Euro 2016 so far will leave none of their opponents scared at the prospect of a knockout clash with the country, according to former striker Alan Shearer.

The former England captain believes the changes which manager Roy Hodgson has been making to his line-ups in the group stage are a major problem.

"Hodgson says he does not fear anyone in the knockout stages, which is fair enough, but I do not see any teams being scared of playing us either," Shearer told the BBC.

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Wenger defends compatriot Pogba

Arsene Wenger has hit out at the criticism of Paul Pogba after sections of the French media questioned his performances in the group stage of Euro 2016.

"We forget that he is only 23 and at that age, it is difficult to be the leader of the French team. Players like (Michel) Platini and (Zinedine) Zidane were also questioned at that age. Pogba is learning the game. I have never known a player to have led the France team at the age of 23, ever," said Wenger, English Premier League club Arsenal's French manager.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe