When Michel Platini revamped the European Championship, turning the finals from a tough, lean 16-team tournament in 2012 into a flabby, `roll up, anybody`s welcome` 24-side affair in 2016, it was not surprising he ran into a blizzard of rebukes.
Daniel Sturridge will not join up with England for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers after England manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reached an agreement over the striker`s fitness.
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.
England manager Roy Hodgson said on Sunday he would have liked Monday`s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland, the team he was once in charge of, to have come later in the qualifying programme.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster has pulled out of England`s squad for Wednesday`s friendly with Norway and next week`s Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland after picking up an injury in training, the FA said on Wednesday.
UEFA`s new "week of football" to be used in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is being introduced to boost international football because it has been overshadowed by the club game, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday.