Toe Poke Daily: Glastonbury to screen Women's World Cup game after England plea
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Music lovers at the Glastonbury Festival will still be able to get their fill of Women's World Cup action after organisers agreed to screen England's big quarterfinal clash against Norway on Thursday night.
The decision to show the match on the big screens came following a direct plea to those in charge at Worthy Farm from Lionesses midfielder Georgia Stanway.
Sure enough, the festival replied to confirm that the England match would indeed be shown on the West Holts Stage.
We are delighted to be able to announce that - of course! - we'll be screening The @Lionesses' Women's World Cup quarter-final against Norway on Thursday, on the West Holts Stage's big screens. Kick-off is 8pm (@StanwayGeorgia, we'll look out for your brother!) #TheLionesses pic.twitter.com/8jnVYVbjm2— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) 25 June 2019
Having made three appearances in France so far this summer, Stanway is likely to feature for the Lionesses face Norway at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre. After her timely assist, her brother will also be watching on from the middle of a field in Somerset.
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Ashley Young's new tattoo
In what has become something of an annual tradition, Ashley Young has spent his summer break adding to his tattoo portfolio.
The Manchester United full-back/winger thanked his artist on Instagram after spending two days at Forever Bound tattoos in Bristol having a huge two-part piece inked across his entire back.
Day one saw Young have a quotation reading "Nothing or no one can hold you back when you realise" tattooed across his shoulders.
Day two saw a large image of a young child standing in front of a football terrace added beneath.
While former United teammates Alex Buttner and Tyler Blackett congratulated Young on his tattoo in the adjacent comment section, several fans piped up to criticise the defender for focusing more on his appearance than improving his crossing ability.
Mbappe used to celebrate like Sturridge?
As Kylian Mbappe continues his whirlwind summer tour, he took time out for a visit with outgoing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. The two posed for a photo and Sturridge revealed in the caption that Mbappe used to model his goal celebrations after him, according to the France international's mom.
And since every player needs someone to model their celebrations after, Sturridge told Mbappe that he emulated the cartwheel Faustino Asprilla was known to do for Newcastle back in his playing days.
Meanwhile, the picture sent Merseyside into a frenzy of speculation that the visit could also mean that Mbappe would be swapping PSG for Liverpool this summer. Now that would be worthy of a serious celebration!
Neymar joins Vinicius Jr. party
PSG forward Neymar has done little to play down speculation he's about to join Real Madrid as he was among those in attendance as Real forward Vinicius Jr. celebrated his birthday with a party in Brazil.
Vinicius opted to have a celebration in Rio with his friends as he will turn 19 on July 12 when he is in pre-season training with the Spanish giants, and he posted a photograph posing with Neymar and Brazilian professional surfer Gabriel Medina on Instagram with the message:"Party! thanks for coming and enjoy this with me!"
Neymar, who is a reported target of Barcelona and Real Madrid, joined other Brazilian players in celebrating Vinicius' birthday.
Rodrygo Goes, who joined Real Madrid earlier this month and will play with Vinicius next season, was also at the party, as was Real Madrid veteran Marcelo.
Wonder if any of them mentioned a possible transfer...
Just a deer playing football
While not exactly commonplace, animals interrupting football matches is a phenomenon we've all witnessed. Stray dogs, cats, birds and even the occasional sheep have brought proceedings to a halt in the recent past. However, animals actually joining in with the play is an entirely different matter.
Take this footage for example, captured on a football pitch in the Scottish Highlands, which shows one of the local deer populace demonstrating an impressive array of touch and technique.
Just a deer playing football in the Highlands 🦌 ⚽ pic.twitter.com/X2Mh15KW7T— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) 24 June 2019
The dribbling deer was spotted by Joseph Mackay, who was cutting the grass on the community pitch last week when he stumbled across the impromptu training session.
With hoofball chops like that, he can probably expect a call-up to the Scotland national team at some point in the near future.
Curacao at Gold Cup
Against all the odds, tiny Curacao have earned themselves a spot in the knockout phases of the Gold Cup for the first time in history having only qualified once before.
Despite being written off as minnows and kicking off the tournament with a defeat, the Caribbean island nation beat Honduras 1-0 on Saturday (their first ever goal at the Gold Cup) and then sealed passage through to the quarterfinals with a remarkable 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday.
It took a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser from Jurien Gaari (coupled with Honduras beating El Salvador) but sure enough, the team ranked 79th in the FIFA world rankings slipped through on goal difference.
After attaining bona fide "surprise package" status, here's five nuggets of information you might not know about Curacao.
1. Back in 2014, Curacao were ranked 183rd in the world and among the very worst teams in the CONCACAF region. Now they number among the eight best teams in the confederation and are, if only statistically, the most improved team in world football.
2. The scorer of Curacao's first ever Gold Cup goal (against Honduras in the second group game) was one Leandro Bacuna, whose name might be familiar to fans of Aston Villa, Reading and Cardiff City.
3. The nation of Curacao itself has only existed for 10 years (since the dissolution of the Dutch Antilles islands) and only has a population of around 160,000 -- roughly the same as Milton Keynes.
4. Curacao's only previous Gold Cup run came in 2017 where they were pitted against Mexico, Jamaica and Honduras in Group C and promptly went home after losing all three games 2-0 and falling at the first hurdle.
5. However, the improvement since then has been palpable, with Curacao winning their first ever CONCACAF Nations League matches (against Grenada, the US Virgin Islands and Guadeloupe) between September and November 2018) by an aggregate score of 21-0.