Matt Baker took to Instagram on Sunday, where he shared his pride in his production company for making the TV series My Life at Christmas, which featured Strictly star Oti Mabuse in its latest episode.
After England’s brilliant comeback to edge past the Netherlands at Wembley, Great Britain’s Olympic flame is still burning. But their qualification battle will go down to the wire – and in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
The banner flourished in the Gallowgate End before kick off was unequivocal: “We don’t surrender,” it read. Had the Manchester United fans been so inclined, they could have responded with a sign which encompassed the attitude of several of their players on the St James Park pitch: “We don’t compete.”
English official Tom Foley made a series of big calls in the title match between New Zealand and South Africa in October in Paris, including recommending a red card for All Blacks captain Sam Cane in the first half. The Springboks won 12-11. Since the World Cup final, the referee of the match — Wayne Barnes of England — has announced his expected retirement while expressing concerns about abuse he and his family received on social media for years.
Losing six games in the World Cup was bad enough. Now, England’s one-day international side have added an unwanted encore: defeat to a side who did not even qualify. West Indies, vanquished by Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Scotland in the World Cup qualifiers five months ago, added to the turmoil facing England by chasing down 326 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.