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England Football News – UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020

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Same old England football? Is Gareth Southgate moving the team forward? Are England’s football team stalling? All valid questions which appeared in the press after England’s latest round of UEFA Nations League fixtures. A mixed bag of results which saw Southgate’s men open with a free flowing 3-0 win over Wales. They came from behind to grind out a 2-1 win over Belgium, the No1 ranked team in the World, but then disappointingly slipped up against Denmark, losing 0-1.

UEFA EURO 2020 – The Groups have been Determined

The count down to the UEFA EURO 2020 is on.

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic the EURO’s have been moved to the summer of 2021. The format will remain the same, featuring 24 teams within 6 groups. The top 2 teams in each group, plus the four best third place sides will proceed to the last 16. Knock out football will then see the best teams through to the Quarters, Semi’s. The Final awaits for the Nations lucky enough to make it.

England are in Group D alongside Scotland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. England v Scotland is a tasty affair and will be greatly appreciated by the neutral.

UEFA Nations League November Internationals

Gareth Southgate and England football head to Brussels and The King Baudouin Stadium on the 15th November. They will require all three points as they attempt to top the group. No easy feat as Belgium have a formidable record on home turf. Belgium will also be keen to make amends for the loss in London.

England’s second match in the International window is at home to Iceland on the 18th November. England must learn from their mistakes this week against Denmark as history has a horrible way of repeating itself. Remember when Iceland fought back from 1 nil down to win 2-1 in their last trip to Wembley. A famous victory in the 2016 UEFA European Championship for the International minnows!

England v Wales – Wembley Friendly

This was only the second friendly between England and Wales since the 19th century. The two nations have regularly met competitively in the UEFA EURO’s and FIFA World Cup, England winning all 5 of their past meetings. This friendly would allow both teams to sharpen up before the upcoming rounds of UEFA Nations League fixtures.
A derby match is always an exciting affair and Thursday night certainly lived up to expectation.

England and Dominic Calvert-Lewin started the brighter, his incessant running continued throughout the night, but it was his early movement in behind the Welsh defence showing a willingness to run and in doing so setting a dynamic tone for Southgate’s experimental side.

England’s opener came 25 minutes in when Calvert-Lewin on debut combined with Jack Grealish. Attacking from the right hand side Grealish (also on debut) created enough space against two defenders to whip in a cross finding the head of Calvert-Lewin, who making a late run into the box found space in between two defenders to head powerfully into the back of the net.

It was another cross from the right but this time from a freekick that lead to England’s second. Kieran Trippier sent the ball deep towards the far post from a long free kick inviting Wolves’ Conor Cody, another debutant on the night to confidently side foot the ball home. The look of pure joy on his face emphasizing his passion to be playing for the Three Lions. Wales would have been disappointed to have conceded twice from crosses, but take nothing away from Trippier and Cody who combined well for the goal and in defence throughout the night.

The final nail in the coffin came in the 62nd minute from yet another set piece, Tyrone Mings winning his header on the back post to set up Danny Ings for a fabulous overhead kick finding the top corner. Ings, showed a poacher’s instinct, agility, and skill to take a tough opportunity and move England out of reach.

There could have easily been more scored in the dying moments if it were not for Wales’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey who pulled of a sequence of fabulous saves from close range. Southgate after the match confirmed “The players did very well, its not easy for a new team to come together with not a lot of experience around it.”

England v Belgium – UEFA Nations League

After a solid opening performance, it was strangely England’s manager Gareth Southgate who drew criticism before the first of two UEFA Nations League ties. His decision to leave out Jack Grealish from his starting eleven after an excellent performance against Wales was poorly received by the English press. England would need to put any negativity aside as Belgium the No1 ranked Nation arrived at Wembley, full of confidence from not losing a competitive game of football since November 2018.

Yannick Carrasco opened proceedings with a classy finish, sweeping home a cross only for the goal to be disallowed. The linesman raised his flag for offside, all be it extremely late and the scores reverted to 0-0. Belgium did not have to wait long for their next opportunity as Romelu Lakaku who was all over England’s defenders in the first 45 minutes powered into the box only to be brought down by Eric Dier. The penalty awarded, Lukaku stepped up and rocketed the ball into the bottom left past a despairing Jordan Pickford.

In the last quarter of the first half England became sloppy, losing much of the authority they began the game with and could have easily slipped further behind but for some sharp saves by Pickford. Ironically, it was in fact a sloppy piece of defending at the other end which led to England’s equalizer. Thomas Meunier reached out and pulled Jordan Henderson to the ground when inside the box from a corner. Not a huge amount of contact but enough for referee Tobias Stieler to award a penalty. Marcus Rashford stepped up and belted the ball into the top left-hand corner dragging England back onto level terms with 7 minutes left of the half.

The second half deadlock was broken in the 63rd minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold found Kieran Trippier with a cross down the left flank, Trippier was able to head the ball back towards the top left corner of the box towards Mason Mount who’s shot via a rather large deflection off Toby Alderweireld looped over Simon Mignolet and in. It was a stroke of fortune as Mount had been playing down the right all evening making little impact, but on his first jaunt over to the left found the back of the net.

Belgium and England both missed chances throughout the final 20 minutes, the game ending 2-1 England. All things considered, a fantastic result for a much-changed England football team.

England v Denmark – UEFA Nations League

England buoyed by the victory over Belgium came into the fixture confident that they could stretch their lead at the top of the League A Group 2 table. However, in the early exchanges it was Denmark who looked more confident in possession dictating play. England lacked any rhythm which arguably, was once again down to changes in personnel forced upon Southgate through injury and availability issues.

England’s attackers were given nothing to work with, being forced to take shots from distance as they were unable to breakdown a staunch Danish defence. England had lost only 2 of their previous 49 matches at Wembley but through defensive frailty that record was soon to be broken.
Christian Eriksen on his 100th outing for Denmark scored a penalty. An incident which was quickly followed by a second yellow for Harry Maguire. A goal and a man down within the space of 5 minutes left the England football team chasing the game.

The slew of changes in the second half from Gareth Southgate were unable to unpick the Danish defence. The game finishing England 0-1 Denmark.
Southgate admitted after the match that even though the result was frustrating “England almost carried out the perfect plan with 10 men and created some good opportunities. I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve done.”

England Football News Conclusion

A lack of discipline, injuries, and Covid-19 created problems for Southgate and England Football on and off the pitch. Victory in their opener against Wales showed the wealth of reserves England can draw from and the result against Belgium, however far from perfect, may have been a sign that England were maturing and learning to win ugly. It was unfortunate then the manor of defeat to Denmark and Southgate and his staff have a lot of work that needs to be done to top the group.

Declan Rice, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish are the players to have shone throughout the three matches. The trio have certainly raised themselves up the pegging order. Expect to see these young Lions in England’s future.

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3 Thrilling Corporate Hospitality Events in London 2018

Planning corporate hospitality events in London? Read our guide to find the best VIP experiences.

When entertaining that important client, it is essential to book a top-quality event that gives the right impression of your company.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best events for corporate hospitality in the capital so that you don’t have to. So strap in for our favourite premium London events coming up in 2018.

The 2018 BRIT Awards with Mastercard

The BRIT Awards are one of many corporate hospitality events in London this year

Sure to be a truly memorable event, the BRIT Awards are always the height of glitz and glamour, with this year set to be no exception. Entertain your clients in style this February by taking them on a night out with the stars, featuring this year’s stratospheric host Jack Whitehall!

The red carpet VIP package includes an exclusive performance from Critics’ Choice award-winner Jorja Smith following a champagne reception and three-course meal.

Take your seats in the auditorium & enjoy performances from a plethora of stars including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa.

This is the ultimate way to experience this special evening live at the O2 Arena. You are then invited to the official after show party at the InterContinental Hotel. Find out more or book your tickets for the 2018 BRIT Awards.

England v Italy at Wembley Stadium

International football at Wembley always makes great corporate hospitality events

This March 27th the great football rivals England and Italy will face each other for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. If your client is one of the millions of football fans in the UK, this match will get their blood pumping.

For the best possible experience, treat your party to the exclusive ICON club in London’s Wembley Stadium. Enjoy a three-course meal overlooking the pitch, complimentary refreshments throughout, and guest appearances from your favourite football personalities. Enjoy world-class football at the Wembley ICON club.

England v India at Lord’s Cricket Ground

London corporate hospitality events involving cricket are always a success

A One Day International cricket match is a day out unlike any other, and this July’s competition between two giants of the sport in London at the home of British cricket is not to be missed.

Hospitality at this match includes breakfast with a champagne reception, a four-course lunch, afternoon tea, and a fully stocked complimentary bar throughout the day. As always, big name guest speakers will be on hand to regale you with their sporting stories. Book with Engage to enjoy England v India in style.

(See also the 2018 England v Australia ODI on June 13th at the Kia Oval)

Other corporate hospitality events in London

Looking for something else? Engage Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting packages in diverse settings, and only the best corporate hospitality events in London.

Other highlights for 2018 include:

Click here to view our full events calendar. To speak to one of our advisors, dial +44 (0)20 7048 4848.

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Engage’s Top Five Sports Hospitality Events For Late 2016

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2016 has proved to be a vintage year for British sports fans.  Stellar performances so far include: England Rugby sealing a 6 Nations Grand Slam in Paris; Danny Willett following their lead with a Masters golf victory in April; Saracens winning their first European Cup in May; England’s rugby boys continuing their roll during an unbeaten tour of Australia in June; Wales making the Euro semi-finals, Andy Murray claiming his second Wimbledon tennis crown and Chris Froome take his third Tour de France title, all in July; England’s limited-overs cricket team’s summer-long dominance; and a cast of thousands, seemingly, coming home from Brazil in August clutching Olympic medals.

For those of you whose pulses have only just returned to normal, we’re glad to report that the fun is far from over.  The remaining months of the year promise several huge events, many of which you could enjoy with an Engage hospitality package.

So, to help whet your appetite, he’s our guide to the top five sports hospitality events between now and the New Year.

Rugby Union: England Autumn Internationals

Twickenham will host England’s Old Mutual Wealth Series on four consecutive Saturdays from 12th November to 3rd December.  South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia will be taking turns to have a crack at the host nation, who will field a confident squad bolstered by some exciting new talent.

It’s a great time to be an England Rugby supporter and, with the team being unbeaten so far this year, they will be favourites to win all four games.  Don’t miss out on seeing some of the world’s greatest players do battle in front of 83,000 passionate fans.

American Football: The NFL’s London Fixtures

The NFL has visited Wembley every year since 2007, with a total of 14 games having been played to crowds averaging over 82,000 per match.  2016 will be the third consecutive year that London has staged three NFL games and, for the first time, Twickenham will host one of the matches.

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the spectacle of American Football, where 25 stone monsters clash at the line of scrimmage whilst world-class sprinting talents patrol the wider spaces.

During the approximately 3hr match duration, the USA’s supreme athletes go head-to-head in a series of short, explosive passages of play, meaning it’s ideally suited to providing a comprehensive and novel corporate hospitality experience.

Golf: The British Masters

One of Europe’s most prestigious tournaments will this year take place on one of the UK’s most beautiful courses, The Grove in rural Hertfordshire.  Former World No 1 Luke Donald will be playing host this year, with Olympic Champion Justin Rose and Lee Westward joining him in a very strong field.

Sky Sports will add kudos to proceedings with live coverage and the course’s five-star hotel will provide the final touches to the ultimate luxury sports event experience.

Tennis: The ATP World Tour Finals

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the ATP World Tour Finals sees the top eight male singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings face off in two round-robin tournaments that each culminate in final matches.

First played in 1970, the event boasts the most illustrious list of champions imaginable, with Borg, McEnroe, Becker, Agassi, Sampras and Federer all having lifted the trophy.   Traditionally a nomadic event, the ATP Finals have now been played at London’s 17,500-seater O2 Arena every year since 2009.  As well as providing a sensational setting, the O2 also ensures there’s one world-class British tennis tournament the weather can’t ruin.

Novak Djokovic has won the past four titles, but Andy Murray is tipped to push him all the way this year, doubtless roared on by a partisan home crowd.  This, however, assumes they both overcome the not inconsiderable challenges posed by, amongst others, living legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Football: The Premier League

Perhaps requiring less by way of introduction, familiarity must not breed complacency when it comes to experiencing live Premier League games.

As the most watched league in the world, it generates endless drama and provides week upon week of sold-out games, vital clashes and compelling derbies at a host of state-of-the-art stadia.

Who wouldn’t be enthralled by a competition that sees world-class managers such as Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsène Wenger pitting players of the calibre of Eden Hazard, Sergio Agüero, Paul Pogba, and Alexis Sánchez against each other?  The big names are already rising to the top this season, so now is a great time to treat your clients or staff to a day the will never forget.