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  • 06 May
    England have touched down in France ahead of Saturdays Euro 2016 opener against Russia. Roy Hodgsons squad arrived in Paris at Le Bourget airport on Monday afternoon after jetting off from Luton Airport. Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor Make your predictions with our interactive wall chart here. England dropped their bags off at their hotel, where they were greeted by the Mayor of Chantilly - and a three-strong brass band dressed in red hunting uniforms - before heading to their training base at the Stade des Bourgognes. Hodgson was the first to emerge from the bus, before captain Wayne Rooney led out his fellow team-mates and the England manager admitted it was a relief to finally arrive for the tournament. Englands luxury hotel - the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly Its what weve been looking forward to for such a long time, Hodgson told the UEFA website.We qualified quite early so weve had our minds on this moment for a long time and its just great to be here.It will be a very good tournament with a lot of good teams taking part. We are relaxed and we think we are in decent form and just hoping we can show that on the field. England manager Roy Hodgson arriving at the team hotel in Chantilly Local amateur side US Chantilly have handed their training base to England during their stay in France and the specially-developed surface is a synthetically reinforced pipe and slit drained pitch.England will have their first training session in France behind closed doors this afternoon before returning to take up residence at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume hotel. Andy Burton talks us through Englands plans in France The five-star hotel is located in Chantilly - just half a mile from the Stade des Bourgognes - and it will be the base for the squad during their stay in France.The Mayor of Chantilly, Eric Woerth, was on hand to welcome the squad to the town and revealed England could not have picked a better place to set up camp. Hodgson and his captain Wayne Rooney boarding at Luton Airport I gave the city medal to the coach and the captain and also a book, in English, telling the story of Chantilly, said Woerth.It is a very English story. The horses and trainers came here from England in the 19th century and the relationship was built.There is no better place for them to be. This is a small part of England in France. Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahill speak to Sky Sports News after arriving in France ahead of Euro 2016 England are expected to spend their first evening in France either in the hotel or familiarising themselves with their surroundings in the historic town. England will then have their second training session on Tuesday, live in front of the Sky Sports News HQ cameras. Get Euro 2016 Alerts Breaking news from Euro 2016, direct to your mobile England will take on Russia at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille this Saturday before facing Wales on June 16 in Lens and then Slovakia four days later in Saint-Etienne. Also See: Pick Englands defence Euros 2016 build-up LIVE Milner: First game crucial Hodgson: Cheating not English Vans Old Skool Cheap Online . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. Vans Old Skool Clearance . 24 Baylor in a Big 12 clash between teams trending in opposite directions. Andrew Wiggins made 10-of-12 from the foul line and scored 17 for Kansas (14-4, 5-0 Big 12), which capped a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents unscathed. . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. Cheap Old Skool Wholesale . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Vans Old Skool Discount . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner crouched down on the field for several seconds, holding tightly the ball he had just intercepted, as teammates gathered around him. As he made his way to the bench, and the magnitude of the moment set in, tears began to flow.Just 48 hours prior to kickoff, Verners father, Robert, had died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 61. Robert had flown to Tampa from California to be with his son and his young family on Thanksgiving. Alterraun was not with the team Friday, but vowed to play, saying before the game that he was dedicating the performance to his father.My dad was my biggest fan, said Verner, who finished with an interception and two pass breakups in the Bucs 14-5 win over the Seattle Seahawks. He made so many sacrifices for me to get where I am today, and I just know that he wouldnt want to be the cause for me not to play, so thats why I decided to play. I wanted to honor him knowing all that he did to try to get me to where I am today.Verner and several of his teammates huddled up before taking the field and broke with Alterraun! He also wore a shirt underneath his uniform that had a picture of him and his father on it from when he was at UCLA. His wife, Sinae, made it for him.One thing that I wont ever forget about him was his smile, and that was one of my favorite smiles of his, Verner said. Its just to show that hes always with me and hes always going to be with me every game. Every step of the way, off the field or on the field, because of the type of man he was, is what made me into the man I am today.Verner described his dad aas the most caring, loving person that you [would] ever know -- one who was willing to take his shirt off and give it to a person that he never knew.ddddddddddddVerner, 27, said all his father ever asked of him every game was just to play my hardest.?I could give up three touchdowns or I could get three interceptions, and he would still love me the same, said Verner. So its a blessing on how it happened for us to get the win and everything, but all he ever wanted was for me to play hard, and thats what I did for him.After the national anthem, before kickoff, Verner was told he had been named a captain, along with Kevin Pamphile, who lost his mother during the preseason.It was emotional before the game. It was emotional at the coin flip, said Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.Then came the interception before the half, on a pass intended for Paul Richardson, when the Seahawks were within striking distance at the Tampa Bay 29, and Verner slipped in front of Richardson.Thats a power above me when that kind of stuff happens,?Koetter said.?Said defensive end Noah Spence: I cant even describe it ... for him to make that type of play after what happened to him is just a blessing. We just came together and talked about it, prayed about it. We knew that we were going to come out here and do this for him.Gerald McCoy said it felt like the Atlanta?game last year, after?Kwon Alexander had just lost his brother.That was incredible, McCoy said. You knew [Verner] was hurting, but he played his heart out. ' ' '