& # 39; It would be great for everyone & # 39 ;: Liam Plunkett calls on Sky to definitively release Cricket World Cup when England reaches the showpiece
- The Women & # 39; s World Cup & # 39; s ratings dwarf cricket equivalent this summer
- There has been debate about whether Cricket World Cup should be free-to-air
- England Seamer Liam Plunkett suggested that it would be positive if it were shown
An audience of 11.73 million tuned in to live coverage of the BBC of the semi-final of the women's football world championship on Tuesday, when England lost to the US. The average figure was 8.8 million, which has reduced the number of people viewing the cricket.
& # 39; It's always nice to be on a larger platform, & # 39; said Plunkett, who is expected to play in the semi-final on Thursday against Edgbaston against India or Australia.
He told BBC Radio Five Live : Hopefully people tune into [the final].
& # 39; It would of course be great to have as many people watch as possible – we feel that we have built something special here as a team. It would be nice to go all the way and watch large numbers at that final if we come through and win. I'm not sure if they're going to do it, but it would be great if everyone could see it.
& # 39; When you play for England, you are the pride of the country and you want people to have access to it and see it.
& # 39; I'm not sure if it's going to happen but for the boys, you want as many people as possible to look at it. & # 39;
Sky says a peak of 1.78 million watched England & # 39; s match against India last week, but refused to tell Sportsmail what the average figure is for all nine of their group matches.
They claim that comparing a 90-minute football game with a nine-hour cricket broadcast is misleading.
Plunkett later went to Twitter to claim that he was quoted incorrectly
FA battles Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola about abolishing cup repetitions despite growing concerns about player fatigue and injuries
- The FA is under pressure from Premier League managers to cup repeats to be abolished
- Many managers are concerned with domestic calendar that puts pressure on players
FA refuses to bow to calls to reform domestic cup tournaments
The FA does not bow to pressure from Premier League managers scrap FA Cup repeats despite growing fears of player fatigue and injury.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola this week called for a radical reform of the domestic cup competitions, including the abandonment of all FA Cup repeats, amid growing concern about the well-being of players after Marcus Rashford was excluded most of the season with a double stress fracture of his back.
The injury of Rashford follows a hamstring problem from Harry Kane that causes both players to face a race against the clock to be fit for Euro 2020 and also to emphasize the issue of a crowded list of competitions.
The introduction of a winter break in the Premier League this season has exacerbated the problem in some respects, as there is no room in the schedule for repeats of the fourth round for top flight clubs without rearranging League matches.
The FA are adamant that they will not unilaterally delete early round-repeats, however, are an important source of income for clubs of the lower division, who earn extra broadcast income and have a greater chance of playing in a larger stadium in a game in which all gate income is evenly distributed.
For example, a championship side plays away at a Premier League club in the third round earlier this month, earning more than £ 900,000.
The FA also made a sacrifice last year by dumping fifth-round repetitions to create room for the winter break as part of an agreement with the Premier League and the EFL, and insisting that they not be repeated give ground.
As a result, it is unlikely that until 2024, the proposed start date for an extended Champions League, there will be major changes in the national cups.
Amid scenes of unbridled joy at the end of a day of pulsating drama, Europe won the Solheim Cup extraordinary back on Sunday .
Here was a miracle to place next to the miracle the men gathered in 2012 in Medina. Even with 30 minutes to go, it still looked like an epic-scale failure.
& # 39; I thought a draw at that time would be a good result, & # 39; admitted Europe's leader, Catriona Matthew. A draw would of course have meant that America, as holders, retained the trophy. Then the English law of Bronte drilled a 20ft birdie putt to send her competition Europe on the 16th road, and suddenly the miracle was happening.
Now it all came down to Suzann Pettersen, Europe & # 39; s largest Solheim player for someone who had hardly played all year round due to maternity leave. All square with the par-five 18, she just had to win her match against Marina Alex. Both players were 100 yards from the green in two.
Both played beautiful shots under extreme pressure. Both had similar putts, but Alex's was above the hole and it slid past. Now Pettersen had to make a hole from eight feet while players from both teams squatted through the green, barely able to look, and thousands of spectators held their breath.
This is how you define greatness, a player who shuts out the sound and the possibilities to deliver a nervous stroke. She may be the 635th player in the world because of her long absence, but Europe did not want anyone else to be over the putt.
"How can you ask anything else? You just have to take the moment, & said Pettersen.
She did well. A stroke as pure as you want, and when the ball disappeared, the 38-year-old Norwegian warrior made a primordial roar. In the twilight of a great career, Pettersen declared the moment so perfect, it would be her last putt.
& # 39; This is it, I am all done with professional golf, & # 39; she said.
What a way to bend. After the putt came bedlam, while hundreds of people ran onto the green. The inquisitive Matthew was carried up on tired shoulders, her hands raised in genuine triumph.
De Schot had her heart focused on winning back the trophy on her own soil, and here was her controversial selection of wildcards that completed the job. No wonder she was ecstatic.
She once won a British Open just three months after birth, but even that success paled. "This is by far the best moment I've had in golf," she said.
While Pettersen embraced her young son Herman, the other heroines of the day could not jump up and down. There was the bustling law, one with five holes to play in a critical match against Ally McDonald, but she got the job done, just as you knew she would. Charley Hull had a meltdown on the 18th, but another halved match meant three points out of four.
There was the fantastic Georgia Hall and brilliant French rookie, Celine Boutier. Only two Europeans had ever played in at least four games in a Solheim Cup and came up with maximum points – and now there are two more to join Sweden's Sophie Gustafson in 2011 and Caroline Hedwall in 2013 after this pair combined was for three wins out of three in a row and then won their respective singles games.
Both did this in a typically courageous way and came back early from two to record their victories. Hall has had a disappointing year because the 23-year-old was able to process her success in the British Open last year. But this certainly makes up for it.
For the Americans it was difficult for Captain Juli Inkster and especially the fantastic Korda sisters. Jessica and Nelly both finished with three and a half points out of four, and for a long part of Sunday's session, their contributions seemed decisive.
Both parents played tennis for the Czech Republic. Petr, their father, even won a Grand Slam in the Australian Open. But the sisters are under pressure, they can both have even more successful careers than mother or father.
What an advertisement this was for the ladies game. What an approval for women's sport. The golfers have had to take something from a back seat because the focus is on football, netball and the like. Here they showed that they can still be more than alone. This was as good as it gets.
The stable star of Pat Kelly Presenting Percy ready for the Irish Gold Cup in Leopardstown
I needed him to make the team one of my vice captains & # 39 ;: Padraig Harrington doubted Lee Westwood & # 39; s chances of Ryder Cup action before the amazing Abu Dhabi triumph
- Padraig Harrington thought Lee Westwood would not play at the Ryder Cup this year
- Europe's captain had Westwood down to put it down make team as vice-captain
- Westwood's chances increased after success in Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington freely admits that he thought Lee Westwood had no chance to make the European team for the September game.
& # 39; When the qualification started, people told me that Lee had a one percent chance & # 39 ;, the Irishman confided Sportsmail .
& # 39; I had brought him down to make the team, but as one of my vice captains. & # 39;
The odds of the 46-year-old have increased enormously after his moving success in the big money Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.
Harrington is impressed – but still wants to see more. "I can't think of anyone who does not want in-form Westwood in their team, but continuing to play well is the key," he said. "It's one thing that plays well in January, but we need him, and indeed everyone who plays well in September."
Harrington, who is 18 months older than Westwood, added: & I was clearly delighted with a Ryder Cup position to see him win, but it was also inspiring on a personal level. It shows that people can still win my age on tour. & # 39;
Westwood hopes to continue his good form in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic – the only event of the four that every year in the Middle East and which he still has to win.
Sunday evening his attempt to keep a dry January came to an end. "I was a cheap date for someone, because after almost three weeks without a drink I flew after four beers," he said. & # 39; I watched Liverpool beat Manchester United with Thomas Bjorn (a Liverpool fan), so he was happy when I saw how my American football team, the San Francisco 49ers, reached the Super Bowl. It was the perfect sports day. & # 39;
He has gone through hundreds of congratulations. "It was great that it went beyond golf," he said. "I got them from everyone, from Gary Player and Greg Norman to Ronan Keating and Robbie Williams, from friends from years ago when I was in school. I suppose it has reached an agreement, the guy who is almost 47 and he is hanging there still has the drive. & # 39;
Jurgen Klopp wants FA Cup shake-up when Liverpool boss calls for replays to be dumped in favor of penalty shootouts and says smaller club should always play at home
- ] Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called for all FA Cup repeats to be canceled
- The German is concerned that the domestic calendar is burdening players
- Klopp also favors a format where lower-ranked clubs can play home tires
Jurgen Klopp wants everything FA Cup is playing and is being replaced by a classification whereby lower-ranked clubs can automatically play tires at home.
Now the German has called on the football association to take a drastic step. Klopp said: "Is playing in the FA Cup? No, penalties.
& # 39; The usual explanation against this is that the smaller teams have a chance to win the repeat when they get home. Then give them the home game in the first place.
"Go there, play there. If they beat us: “Congratulations. Go for it. & # 39; But things like this are being played again. It's just another game on television. But who watches these games? That is the place where we must begin. "
Klopp was vocal at the weekend in his criticism of a decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations to January. He said it will influence his thinking to buy African players in the future.
Klopp is also concerned about FIFA's plans to introduce a 24-Club World Club Cup in China in 2021, but knows that Liverpool will be attracted by the money offered.
& # 39; But the semi-final of the two-legged Carabao Cup has nothing to do with money, & # 39; he added. & # 39; Nothing. It is not OK, these games are not OK. And that is not about money.
Ask one of the teams involved in the semi-final what they think the second stage is another race in that period.
& # 39; And then you can win a competition. If you win it is great, if you lose nobody remembers that you were in the final.
"Yes, it's silverware and that's great. But you pushed the boys and we never think about that. The Football League and the FA must talk and find a solution, only internally.
"Every year we do the same. We talk about it at this stage of the year and then we don't talk about it the rest of the year.
"We now have seven games in a week and so we start talking about it. So we're just talking now because it's that time. & # 39;
Klopp said at the weekend that he felt sympathy for Harry Kane after the attacker Tottenham and England had sustained a major hamstring injury.
Since then, Marcus Rashford of Manchester United has been diagnosed with a double stress fracture of the back – attributed to too much football.
Klopp even suggested that he would like to take a salary reduction if it meant fewer games.
& # 39; It is a strange situation because we are asking for fewer games and we would get less money, & he said.
& # 39; But I am ready, I can say it here. & # 39;
Five important tactical battles to watch out for: Fran Kirby against Julie Ertz, important selection decisions and can England keep a cool head against the US in the Semi-Final Women's World Cup?
- England must win tactical battles to defeat the US in the semi-final of the Women's World Cup
- Phil Neville has to make selection decisions such as Beth Mead or Toni Duggan
England & # 39; s number 10 Fran Kirby should get better in the US midfielder Julie Ertz
England has a golden opportunity to [19459025tewinnen] Ladies World Cup when they beat the US in Lyon in their semi-final on Tuesday.
To do that, Phil Neville's lionesses must come to the top in several important areas with Fran Kirby a crucial player in Nr. 10, while psychological preparation can be decisive.
Former English goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis, who won 82 caps, speaks Sportsmail through the main tactical battles of the night.
KIRBY v ERTZ
Fran Kirby v Julie Ertz, a very physical player is in the No. 4 position for the defense for the US, will be a fascinating competition.
Ertz is a physical, no-nonsense, tough, athletic player, but Kirby will be very smart – getting her body between Ertz and the ball, shielding, making mistakes, and making sure the referee knows what's wrong the hallway.
Cunning tactics, you could say, but exactly the kind that I would use. Kirby can also move wide to drag Ertz away and create space for Jill Scott in the middle.
TEST DE KEEPER
I don't think the American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has been sufficiently tested. England has been excellent in set pieces, accounting for 70 percent of the goals at World Cup tournaments for women.
You could not see England in this tournament and know exactly what they will do from the corners, because they have done 10 to 15 different routines.
It has been the same with free kicks and they have also scored from them. We have never been to a World Cup and had that repertoire of set pieces, so well rehearsed and an integral part of our success and game plan. This could be the way to test Naeher and see what she is made of.
MEAD OR DUGGAN?
The two selection decisions that Phil Neville is likely to make are whether to start Beth Mead instead of Toni Duggan on the left of England and Jade Moore or Keira Walsh opting for the defense of England.
I expect him to start Duggan based on her extensive experience. She has seen everything. Moore could bring the greater physical presence needed to cope with Alex Morgan's threat in an American team with a lot of power and pace. Walsh is also a bit vulnerable in possession, so the ball has given way too much away in the tournament so far.
WILL HORAN START?
If the teams come out Tuesday night, see if Lindsey Horan plays for the United States. That would mean that they go for an offensive approach.
I would expect a more defensive way of thinking, including Julie Ertz, as they did against France, later linking Horan to the attacking threats of Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle.
When they start with Horan, it is a little disrespectful for England. It's the American saying: & # 39; Come on. We are a better team than you. & # 39; But England would welcome that approach because the US would be more open.
There is a psychological dimension that is different from everything we have known with England before. For the first time, the US will not participate in this competition with 100 percent confidence.
That is because of the change in England – seeing what has been done, how they have evolved, knowing that everyone on that team is fresh, nobody is tired.
Nor has England been disrupted by the rule changes or the VAR technology. You see them defending with their arms behind their backs. They are not caught by VAR who picks up a possible handball. They have received one yellow card throughout the tournament. No one has been able to disturb them.
Rachel Brown-Finnis is a former goalkeeper from Liverpool, Everton and England. She works for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC TV at the World Cup.
Nowadays everything and everyone is bound northwards. The House of Lords could move to York and there are also advocates for moving parliament – especially while upgrades to the Palace of Westminster are being made.
Then the World Cup final. If Britain wins the right to host in 2030, the climax must take place outside of Wembley say leaders in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
And this is certainly a good way to secure the world. Cup appearance – for China .
& # 39; Northern England is perhaps the world's strongest football heart & # 39 ;, said Andy Burnham, mayor of Manchester. "For the world football community, the appeal would be huge." No, it wouldn't be.
FIFA managers, those with voices, have spouses and families. This also applies to sponsors and partners and to the managers of federations and those whose money spins the world cup.
And they really don't care that every sign of the M62 is a football club, just as we appreciate that the same applies to the cars running through the German Ruhr area. FIFA people want the bright lights, the big city, the capital.
Do we never learn that? The big events, the big players, don't care about our wish for a northern powerhouse. They are not remotely bothered by decades of economic injustice, or the admirable desire to rebalance the north-south gap.
They want their big day in Wembley, because that's where the prestige is, built around a glamorous weekend in London. The famous sights, the best hotels, a host bid is nothing more than a sales pitch, and if Britain doesn't sell itself, a rival will.
China will not let development in Liaoning province adversely affect Beijing's appeal.
It was the same in Brazil in 2014. Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, the Brazilian president who was subsequently imprisoned for corruption, sent his World Cup disproportionately to locations in the north, because that was his political stronghold, but even he could not prevent him from giving FIFA what they wanted by delivering the Maracana Stadium and Rio De Janeiro as the final destination.
Like all roads led to Mo scow in 2018, to Berlin in 2006, to Paris in 1998. The World Cup is an international gathering. By definition, capitals absorb international events.
Manchester and Birmingham would still bid without success at the Olympic Games if the politicians of this country had not taken the hint. Come back with London and you have a chance, Lord Coe was told. So he did that and London won.
No one influencing the IOC was going to vote for an Olympic Games in Manchester. This may be ignorance on their part, it may be unjust, but it is also real political.
Yet the north is receiving much attention from all sides now that Labor has dumped for the conservatives and football has always been a vehicle for populist occupation.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan supports the idea, we are told, because she is one of those ministers whose emergence is indirectly related to her intellectual competence.
Before, analyzed, very little has been thought about this. Hotel capacity, for a start. London is the only city in Britain that makes the global top 30 for hotel rooms, and the only city in England in the top 100. And the final puts enormous pressure on accommodation because this is the big day out of the football family.
Federations, organizers, sponsors, partners, media must all find board, as well as traveling fans. Somewhere like Newcastle, Leeds or Sunderland just couldn't handle a final. By the time FIFA defeats their allocation, plus the teams and commercial guests, fans would have nothing left.
Spain and Portugal met during a semi-final of the European Championship in Donetsk in 2012. It was a beautiful stadium location but the infrastructure and hotel capacity was hopeless. A few days before the competition, berths were offered in tents 40 kilometers outside the center with four amounts. It was a mess.
Then there is an image to consider. Take Sheffield. Bramall Lane would have to unnecessarily double the capacity to organize a final – and what would Sheffield United do with it afterwards? As far as Hillsborough is concerned – consider it from FIFA's point of view.
There is Wembley, an iconic location, synonymous with football and glory for the host country, where Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup, where Manchester United won the European Cup, a location full history and wonder. Then there is Hillsborough – grim synonym with tragedy, with the saddest day in English football history and a scandal that goes on for four decades.
FIFA are so image-conscious that they want full control over stadiums for weeks to put their brand awareness on – so you can imagine that there is a reluctance to hold a prestige finale in a field outside the world Knows Great Britain for one reason.
The story of Hillsborough needs to be changed and that can happen if the Football Association stopped playing semi-finals in Wembley. Certainly it could be a great world cup location. But the final? It will not happen.
The same tragedy also gives a discount to another city. There is a reason why England will never play in Anfield or Everton again, not even in their new stadium. Neither ground admits The Sun. And the FA is not about to ban one of Britain's largest newspapers, owned by an influential media organization, from its contests. The same applies to FIFA and UEFA.
Liverpool prohibits The Sun, but is not for away games or tournaments. The newspaper was present at FIFA & # 39; s Club World Cup, as well as at Champions League games that are played remotely or at neutral locations. This means that the FA does not go to FIFA with a proposal that drags them into a volatile domestic problem.
So not only could England's largest football city not organize the World Cup Final, it could also be difficult to hold even a group of games if the FA decides to bypass controversy, or if no compromise can be found.
Contracts with external agencies for the use of Anfield do not contain a clause prohibiting access to The Sun. But if the club is asked for guidance, it can only give one answer. The FA and FIFA are not in the middle of this.
Departure from Manchester. The only city outside of London with a current stadium the size needed for a final World Cup: Old Trafford.
But it is old and needs to be drastically improved if it is the best location for a World Cup bid. And would the Glazers pay for upgrades? They have little appetite for this so far, and rebuilding the team now seems to be the priority.
Of course this is a national project and land improvements could be achieved by the government. Boris Johnson can get up a bit too fast to finance US billionaires to make Manchester United even bigger. A new wing in Frogmore Cottage would be more popular than that.
"The government must turn their words about the North into good obligations," Burnham said, and that is true. The north must be a major factor in any World Cup bid. Just not the final. That goes to Wembley and, if not, every pitch is certainly doomed.
This country no longer needs to hand out Mulberry bags to FIFA freeloaders to defend the case, but let's not pretend about the capital. The north also needs more than a jamboree. An excellent platform for local politicians is not an economic strategy.
RECEIVE THE RASH REPLAYS
What does it take for the Football Association to kick their cup replay habit? Perhaps if Gareth Southgate would lose both Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford for the European Championship this summer.
Kane is already a doubt and now Rashford is a long-term victim, thanks to a superfluous repeat in the third round between Manchester United and Wolves.
He has a double stress fracture of the back, with estimates predicting a return in April. In a television studio here in South Africa, Robin van Persie said that a similar injury kept him out for four months and left him with permanent weakness in the area. And Rashford did this in a competition that didn't have to take place at all.
Pep Guardiola sensationally called for English football to scrap one of its cup tournaments on Monday.
England was hit by serious injuries to strikers Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford this month and Manchester City Boss Guardiola blames the number competitions in ruthless domestic planning, claiming authorities have ignored complaints from managers about the well-being of players.
& # 39; I am not surprised (by recent injuries), & # 39; Guardiola said. "With that number of games, players are destroyed. That is normal. Kane and Rashford are incredibly important players for England. The big managers cannot complain because it is normal for this to happen.
& # 39; It is not sustainable. We demand a lot from the players, it is too much. We told them when we were in the Premier League. They have to think about it, but all managers have finished it and they don't care.
"Eliminate competitions, take them out. Fewer games, fewer competitions, fewer teams, more quality, less quantity. In the Bundesliga there are 18 teams not 20, a cup not two. In Spain they have a break.
"The fans go to the theater, to the cinema, to restaurants. People can live without football for a while – that's no problem. It is too much. & # 39;
The city manager's proposal to remove the gong for EFL President Rick Parry, who admitted that the future of the Carabao Cup & # 39; clearly worrying & # 39;
As revealed by Sportsmail revealed Last August, EFL clubs feared revenues could fall by 30 percent in the coming years, and cleaning up their flagship competition would further affect those projections.
Guardiola's comments are of particular interest given City is one game away from reaching a third consecutive Carabao Cup final and are intending to strictly defend their FA Cup crown after last season's domestic treble.
The 49-year-old also mocked next month's spot where every top flying club misses a weekend in an effort to relieve fatigue. Instead of traveling in a camp with warm weather, the City players have been given a full week off to recharge.
Guardiola said sarcastically that the year should be extended to 400 days to meet the needs of the FA, Premier League, UEFA and FIFA. He is concerned about the effect of international competitions without any pre-seasons.
"We're going to rest for a week in February, but then we have 72 games in a week, so it's kind of weird. But people thought about it, & he added.
"The players arrive at the euro and play with the national teams doing their best, and then (back here) after no more than 20 days because the company, the show, must continue.
"The players suffer. They want to do well and the clubs have a lot of pressure to win or to qualify for the Champions League. We push and push. The body says stop, it's enough. & # 39;
Meanwhile, La Liga president Javier Tebas has called on UEFA to punish City for financial & # 39; doping & # 39; because their & # 39; digits are incorrect & # 39 ;.
The city is currently being investigated for possible violations of the rules of Financial Fair Play, with the threat of expulsion from the Champions League still being a possibility.
They play in next year's competition, even though they are waiting for their fate, but, anticipating those developments, Tebas claimed: & # 39; It is clear that a sanction must be imposed … I know the figures of Manchester City, where their income comes from and to some extent do not add those figures up. & # 39; : & # 39; One of the most important problems in European football has to do with (financial) doping. Because when we have clubs that are funded by states, that has an impact on salaries. & # 39;
Both City and PSG have been examined with regard to FFP rules, which are designed to prevent clubs from spending more than their means.
& # 39; I think in some cases (UEFA) some FFP cases have been handled properly and for that they have to be congratulated, but there are two specific cases, Manchester City and PSG, which I think are not treated correctly, & Tebas said.
& # 39; That is not only my opinion, it is also members of the UEFA financial committee who thought it would be a good idea to reopen the PSG case. & # 39;
PSG was freed from misconduct in 2018 but City was referred to UEFA's Club Financial Cont role after accusations they inflated the value of a sponsorship agreement in what was claimed as an attempt to bypass FFP rules and deceive.
City strongly denies the accusations. Both she and UEFA refused to comment.
& # 39; Only 400,000 fewer than Spurs v Boro in the FA Cup on BBC One & # 39 ;: Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher go head-to-head on Twitter after MOTD presenter responds to claims from Liverpool icon that the land & # 39; gripped & # 39; is charged by their title
Gary Lineker is battling Jamie Carragher after each other defended the former Liverpool claimed that the country & # 39; seized & # 39; is on the way to a first national title in 30 years due to the attack of the Reds.
Sky Sports expert Carragher initially posted a tweet in honor of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Manchester United with peak experience figures of 3.9 million.
Carragher replied: & # 39; And 3.5 million more than BT! Our pay TV competitors and your second channel! You beat the ITV football of your competitors with a million at the World Cup! & # 39;
Lineker responded within minutes and gave a list of the most watched TV programs of the 2010s.
The former British attacker said: & # 39; What did you think? from hosting 3 of the top 4 and 6 of the top 10 of the last decade. It is a lead that is almost as large as that of Liverpool. & # 39;