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FORMER Wales international Robert Earnshaw is set to appear as a pundit for ITV’s live coverage of Euro 2020.

The 40-year-old represented Wales 59 times between 2002 and 2012, scoring on sixteen occasions for his country.

Earnshaw was born in Zambia but moved to Wales in 1990 after the death of his father

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Earnshaw will appear as a pundit on ITV alongside the likes of Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira and will provide analysis and insight of Wales’ games.

Former Crystal Palace midfielder and fellow Welsh international Joe Ledley will also be part of ITV’s Euro 2020 pundit team to offer his thoughts of Wales’ games.

Incredibly Robert Earnshaw is the ONLY player ever to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, all three divisions of the English Football League, the League Cup, the FA Cup, and for his country in an international match.

Earnshaw made over 100 appearances for both Cardiff and Nottingham Forest

Who did Robert Earnshaw play for?

  • 1998-2004 – Cardiff City (183 apps)
  • 2000 – Greencock Morton (loan, 3 apps)
  • 2004-2006 – West Brom (43 apps)
  • 2006-2007 – Norwich City (45 apps)
  • 2007-2008 – Derby County (22 apps)
  • 2008-2011 – Nottingham Forest (113 apps)
  • 2011-2013 – Cardiff City (loan, 19 apps)
  • 2012-2013 – Maccabi Tel Aviv (loan, 10 apps)
  • 2013 – Toronto FC (26 apps)
  • 2014 – Blackpool (1 app)
  • 2015 – Vancouver Whitecaps (9 apps)
  • 2015 – Whitecaps FC 2 (loan, 3 apps)
  • 2002 – 2012 – Wales (59 apps)
Earnshaw in action for Wales during a 2010 World Cup qualifier

Earnshaw made over 400 clubs appearances in a career spanning seventeen years, playing a whopping 166 times in the Championship and scoring 66 goals.

He also made 65 Premier League appearances and bagged thirteen goals during his time in the top flight.

Earnshaw was named Welsh footballer of the year in 2004

Earnshaw is likely to be in the studio for Wales’ first game of Euro 2020 on ITV- a Group A clash against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in what is the final game of the group stage.

Speaking to ITV’s live coverage of Euro 2020 on what he’s most excited about for the tournament, Earnshaw said:

“I think for me it’s having the fans there, having an energy, an atmosphere in a stadium, a major celebration of football, and I think that’s what I’m looking forward to most.

For me being a striker, I’m excited for goals. I want to see as many goals as possible, I want to see exciting football, and I want to be entertained. I think we could see a real exhibition of football.”

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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?

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ARTUR SOARES DIAS has been selected as a referee for this summer’s Euro 2020.

The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

Artur Soares Dias is refereeing at Euro 2020
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What other matches will he be refereeing at Euro 2020?

Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

The tournament concludes on July 11.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?

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THE delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead on July 23 – despite the city declaring a state of emergency over the Covid pandemic.

With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Ronaldo snub causes £4bn Coca-Cola loss, Pogba does same with Heineken bottle, Wales vs Turkey build-up

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EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it’s been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

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