Snack Summary – It’s not coming home but hope is not lost

Snack Summary – It’s not coming home but hope is not lost

Kieran Trippier’s fifth minute goal had many England fans hoping and praying that it wouldn’t be another tournament of heartbreak. But Croatian experience shone through when Mario Mandzukic slotted home a goal on the 109th minute mark, and the familiar feeling for English fans returned in a earth shattering moment of despair. Was it more painful because we had chances in the first half? Maybe. One thing’s for sure, they will be coming home as heroes. This fairly inexperienced team has brought hope to a nation that was familiar with group-stage knockouts and failed penalty shootouts. If you had promised English fans the potential of third place at the start of the competition, it’s safe to say you would have been laughed at.

After Andy Murray’s withdrawal from Wimbledon, there was speculation over whether this was the year of another Federer, Nadal final. On the tenth anniversary of one of the greatest finals ever to be played in Wimbledon history, there was a feeling of general excitement. On his route to the quarter-final, Federer hadn’t dropped a set and as he took the second set 7-5, a familiar feeling emanated around Centre Court. But the South African was fearless in his serving and roughly 2h55 mins after he lost the second set, he had won the game and booked his place in his first ever Wimbledon semi-final against John Isner.

The future of Antonio Conte has been debated for several months now. After a disappointing season in the Premier League, their only hope of a trophy rested in the hands of the FA cup tie with Manchester United. Belgium captain, Eden Hazard netted the only goal of the match and Chelsea’s meagre season was boosted, albeit marginally. It came as somewhat of a surprise to press and fans when Conte was photographed at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham earlier this week, and rumours began to circulate that the Italian was set to stay. However, Sky were quick to squash those rumours when they announced that Sky Italia had reported Conte had departed. It wasn’t long before the news had spread and Chelsea released a short statement this morning wishing Conte all the best in his future. The main contender for the job is rumoured to be Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri, who guided his team to second place in Serie A last season, only four points behind league winners, Juventus.