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Mateo Kovacic giving inside information on Chelsea’s England stars to Croatia ahead of Euro 2020 opener

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MATEO KOVACIC has been giving inside information on his Chelsea team-mates to Croatia ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 clash with England.

Midfielder Kovacic and ex-Liverpool star Dejan Lovren have spent this week feeding advice into their international pals in a bid to give the Croats the edge over the Three Lions.

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Domagoj Bradaric has revealed Croatia’s secret weapon against England – Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic[/caption]

Domagoj Bradaric says the pair have been busy talking to the squad and the coaches to give them vital information about the players they will come up against at Wembley.

The Lille defender said: “We are all talking among ourselves.

“They are giving us their tips and their insights on what they know and think about the English approach, the English game and their mentality because they have spent time there.

“It’s going to help us, definitely. We are talking with them and they can help a lot and contribute a lot.”

Bradaric, 21, is hoping to get the nod to start off the back of an impressive season helping Lille shock Paris Saint-Germain by beating them to the French title.

And he revealed Croatia are currently working on a gameplan they think will frustrate England’s young side this weekend.

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He added: “We are working and we have a plan that we are going to try and implement.

“We’ve been working on it this week, defensively and offensively, trying everything out and we will see what the team is suited to.

“I’m hoping [to start] and I am working towards this goal. It’s up to the head coach, but I am 100 per cent ready.”

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Royal Ascot day two racecard: Runners, tips and odds for Prince of Wales’ Stakes on Wednesday

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ROYAL ASCOT is just around the corner – and it promises to be a cracker.

Up to 12,000 punters will flood into the racecourse in their finest top hats to watch the world’s best horses in action.

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Can Lord North triumph on day two of Royal Ascot?[/caption]

Here, we look ahead to the action on day one of the prestigious meet on Wednesday, June 16.

All runners and odds correct at time of writing and subject to change.

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Royal Ascot day two races and prize money

2.30 Queen Mary Stakes – 5f

Prize money: £80,000

3.05 Queen’s Vase – 1m6f

Prize money: £175,000

3.40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes – 1m

Prize money: £140,000


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4.20 Prince of Wales’ Stakes – 1m2f

Prize money: £700,000

5.00 Royal Hunt Cup – 1m

Prize money: £120,000

5.35 Windsor Castle Stakes – 5f

Prize money: £65,000

6.10 Kensington Palace Stakes – 1m

Prize money: £65,000

Selected Royal Ascot day two odds

Queen Mary Stakes

11-4 Twilight Gleaming

6-1 Yet

7-1 Nymphadora

10-1 Elliptic

11-1 Desert Dreamer

12-1 Get Ahead, Beautiful Sunshine, Illustrating

16-1 Thunder Love

20-1 Missing Matron, Quick Suzy, Silver Bullet Lady, Crazyland, Lady Ayresome

25-1 Loveday, Eve Lodge

33-1 Bar

Prince of Wales’ Stakes

7-4 Lord North

9-4 Love

11-4 Armory

8-1 Addeybb, Audarya

16-1 My Oberon

20-1 Sangarius

33-1 Desert Encounter

Duke of Cambridge Stakes

15-8 Lady Bowthorpe

7-2 Queen Power

7-1 Champers Elysees

8-1 Double Or Bubble

9-1 Onassis, With Thanks

11-1 Lavenders Blues

12-1 Parents Prayer, Agincourt, Valeria Messalina

14-1 Bounce The Blues

20-1 Posted, Fooraat

25-1 Indie Angel

Royal Ascot day two TV schedule

Coverage will be on ITV 1 from 1.30pm until 6pm, while ITV 4 will pick it up from 5.50pm until 6.35pm.

Sky Sports Racing will have every race live, with coverage from 2.30pm.

Templegate tips

Keep an eye out on Sun Racing for Britain’s best tipsters top picks.

They will be released the afternoon before, ie Tuesday for Wednesday’s racing.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘set to be offered chance to end Chelsea nightmare with Maurizio Sarri transfer reunion at Lazio’

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LAZIO are interested in Chelsea misfit Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to reports.

The error prone goalkeeper could be offered a reunion with former boss Maurizio Sarri this summer.

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Kepa could be on the way out of Stamford Bridge[/caption]

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Maurizio Sarri has just been appointed Lazio manager[/caption]

Kepa, 26, lost his place to Edouard Mendy last season, despite the Blues having paid a goalkeeper world record £71million for his services in 2018.

The Spaniard featured sporadically under Thomas Tuchel, but could be offered an escape route in the coming months.

Sarri and Kepa famously clashed during the closing stages of the 2019 League Cup final – when the stopper refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shoot-out.

The Italian was visibly furious, and Chelsea went on to lose.

But Kepa would appear to have made enough of a positive impression on Sarri that year for the new Lazio manager to want to work with him again.

According to transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, club president Claudio Lotito is chasing Kepa.

Sarri does, however, have a good relationship with current Lazio No1 Pepe Reina from their time at Napoli together.

The 62-year-old would happily work with Kepa again, but fears his new side could be priced out by his old one.

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Kepa infuriated Sarri during the 2019 League Cup final[/caption]

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Chelsea will want to recoup as much of the £71m they blew on Kepa as possible.

But regardless, Lotito will try.

Kepa has made 109 appearances for the Blues in total, including just 14 in all competitions during the 2020-21 season.

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Billy Joe Saunders considering retirement after Canelo Alvarez loss and horror eye injury with Brit ’50-50 on decision’

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BILLY JOE SAUNDERS admitted he is considering retirement after defeat to Canelo Alvarez and his horror eye injury.

The Brit was beaten in eight rounds by Mexican superstar Canelo, with an uppercut causing the fight to be waved off before the ninth.

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The uppercut that caused Billy Joe Saunders’ eye injury[/caption]

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Billy Joe Saunders admitted he is considering retirement[/caption]

Saunders, 31, was rushed to hospital for surgery to treat the four fractures in his eye socket and cheekbones.

The slick southpaw remained radio silent while recovering from his first ever loss and career-threatening injuries.

Saunders has now spoken out for the first time, and revealed he is ’50-50′ on whether to hang up the gloves or not.

He told talkSPORT: “At the end of the day, I’m 31 years old, if I don’t ever wanna work again, wanna sit back, wanna chill, I can do that.

“And so it should be, I’ve put a lot of time into boxing and I’ve paid my dues. The sport’s been very, very good to me…

“I’m 31, I haven’t took no punishment, I haven’t been battered from pillar to post, brain dead and can’t put a sentence together, so I need to sit back and look at my options.

“Because the options have to weigh up – the thought of me just coming in and fighting for a world rating or something, belts don’t feed the kids.

“Everything would have to stack up and [be] the right fight.

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“Because coming down from fights like that, it’s very hard, where do you go from there. I’ll have a chat with my dad because he’ll have a big say in it.

“To be fair it will be more or less down to my dad in the conversation more than me if I’m honest.

“It’s one of them where it’s 50/50. Whether I think, I will have one more or a couple more, but they’ve gotta be the right sort of fights.

“If he says, ‘Leave it son, don’t go back for more,’ then that’s probably what I’ll do.”

After the stoppage, debate ensued on whether Saunders was the one who made the decision to stop the fight.

His head coach Mark Tibbs, and trainer Ben Davison who was also in the corner, have maintained the decision was out of the ex-champion’s hands.

And Saunders maintains he shook his head in the corner to plead for the fight to carry on, rather than for it to be stopped.

He explained: “As a fighter, I wanted to go on. I sat down and I could hear Ben telling me in the corner it was over before I even sat down.

“I was shaking my head to say, ‘No way.’ It was the right stoppage, I can’t argue, I know my best interests was at hand.

“Obviously it’s gutting and no-one wants to lose, it is gut-wrenching, but this is sport and it’s boxing.

“You can only ever say that the better man won on the night. That’s it.

“I would’ve loved to see how the next four or five rounds were because I put so much heart and effort into it. That’s sport.”

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