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  • ‘Brilliant’ White backed to exploit U.S. weaknesses

    first_imgEllen White has taken this World Cup by storm with her five great goals so far – and there’s nobody more pleased than former England and Arsenal Ladies team-mate Rachel Yankey.The Lionesses face U.S. women, who are reigning champions and favourites, on Tuesday night in Lyon and White will be hoping to add to a goal tally that sees her joint-top of the Golden Boot race in France.”Ells has been brilliant,” Yankey, who’s close friends with White, told Goal. “You always know she’s going to work hard but now she puts the goals in consistently, and she always looks a threat. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I think her movement has been fantastic, and she’s a worry up there. Ellen has brought something else to her game.”When I speak to her, she says, ‘I’m just really enjoying myself, Yanks!’ She’s in a happy place and you can see that when she’s playing – it’s really good to watch.”Yankey, who clocked up 129 international caps during her own England career, is thrilled to see the amount of interest in the Lionesses, which she considers long overdue – and thinks that stars like captain Steph Houghton and full-back Lucy Bronze are showing everyone just why fans of women’s football have been talking about them for so long.“It seems like everybody has their opinion on the England team, and other teams, and VAR, and everything,” she says. “It’s led people to talk about women’s football as they would any other game of football.Ellen White Phil Neville England womenOf course, England’s success so far has been vital in generating interest back at home in the tournament – having won five out of five games – and Yankey says they have the capability to shine tonight in Lyon.”There are so many players you could talk about, and still ones you feel like there’s something more to come from them – hopefully that will come tonight,” she said.She has been impressed by the performances of the youngsters enjoying the world stage for the first time, mentioning Keira Walsh, Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway in particular.”They’re embracing it,” she said. “They’ll go out there and they’ve got nothing to lose. They will learn so much.”After this World Cup is done, they need to bring it back to club form, and be playing at the same high level so that we can generate a fan base there and keep the momentum.”And as for the USWNT, Yankey says it will be a tough test, but believes their last 16 struggles against Spain proved they have weaknesses that can be exploited.Megan Rapinoe Alex Morgan U.S. women“The USA are a good side,” she added. “I don’t think they’ve performed as well as they could have in every game.”I definitely think they were very lucky against Spain. Spain rattled them physically, they didn’t give them any time to breathe, and if England can do the same thing, they have a better group of players than Spain do – and a different sort of mentality.“But you can’t take your eye off of them. At any moment they could just come back and win the game.”However, she also thinks it is a challenge to which Phil Neville’s side can rise – and secure themselves their first ever spot in a World Cup final.”Sometimes it’s easier to be the underdog – there’s no pressure on you, there’s no expectation, only the expectation that you put on yourself,” she said.”I think if England go into it playing the same way, the same sort of style that they played against Norway, I think they’ve got every chance of really causing the USA some problems.”England looked fresh against Norway [in the quarter-finals], I think they looked really good, and if they can play at the same high tempo with the same aggression without giving up the ball in dangerous areas, if they can eradicate those little mistakes, I think they can win this one.”Rachel Yankey Head & ShouldersRachel Yankey was with Head & Shoulders, Proud Sponsor of the England Football Team and the UK’s #1 shampoo, encouraging fans to get behind the Lionesses. Wear 3 lines in your hair and 3 lions on your shirt to show your support. #JoinThePridelast_img read more

  • BBC wheels out TV big beasts for annual Christmas ratings battle as

    first_imgIt will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pmCredit:BBC Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking specialCredit:BBC On Boxing Day, the second episode of the two-part GBBO will take a star spot again at 7pm, as Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc bid a final farewell to the BBC.The GBBO Christmas special will see four previous Bake Off favourites return to the tent for a competition of their own, featuring three Christmas challenges.Among them, it has been confirmed, will be Howard Middleton, a series four favourite who got caught up in early controversy nicknamed “Custardgate” after his custard was pinched from a fridge and used by another contestant. Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas DayCredit:BBC Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  It will be the final BBC outing for Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue This Christmas is the last chance for the BBC to utilise its popularity, in the fierce annual battle for ratings before it moves to the rival channel.Elsewhere, the corporation’s Christmas Day will have a distinctly familiar feel to viewers with peaktime outings for shows which have proved big hits in recent years. Strictly Come Dancing will return on christmas Day at 6.45pm So far, the main 2016 series of GBBO broke its own viewing figures with 14.8 million tuning in live to see Candice Brown win. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In 2015, Mrs Brown’s Boys topped the charts at with consolidated figures showing 9.5 million tuning in, with 9.3m for Call the Midwife, 7.7m for EastEnders, 8.5m for Strictly and 7.7m for Doctor Who.This year, BBC One has also secured smash-hit children’s film Frozen, announced the fifth-biggest film hit in box office history, to captivate the younger generation in the afternoon, the first time it has been free to air. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs' The Snowman It may soon be departing for pastures new at Channel 4, but the BBC is relying on one last ratings hit for the Great British Bake Off, as it places the much-loved show at the heart of its Christmas schedules.The Great British Bake Off is due to air at 4.45pm on Christmas Day, kicking off an afternoon of classic BBC One programming including Strictly Come Dancing and Call the Midwife.It may face little fresh competition from its broadcasting rivals, with ITV airing the end of The Lion King, the Disney film, opposite it, while Channel 4 plumps for Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman and the Snowdog. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this yearCredit:ITV Doctor Who will air at 5.45pm on Christmas Day Call the Midwife will be on at 8pm for a tear-jerking special BBC Two, meanwhile, will take a step back to rely on a diet of repeats it calls a “complementary schedule”, with The Morecombe and Wise Show, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Dad’s Army: Turkey Dinner taking centre stage.Around three quarters of its shows over the two-week period will be repeats, with executives previously saying they would make “no apology” for giving viewers “another chance to watch some classic BBC programmes and modern family favourites again”. Original broadcasts will include Alan Bennett’s Diaries on Christmas Eve, followed by his film The Lady in the Van, and a documentary about Dame Judi Dench’s career on December 30th.The BBC said it would have fewer repeats on BBC One than last year, with over 90 per cent of peak time scheduling being classed as new. Downton Abbey, ITV’s biggest ratings hit at nearly 11m in 2015, will be absent from screens this year, leaving it relying on films throughout the day before Rowan Atkinson’s Maigret’s Dead Man captures the audience imagination at 9pm. ITV will be without its biggest Christmas hit, Downton Abbey, this year In an era where linear channels face stiff competition from streaming services Netflix and Amazon, this Christmas may prove even more of a sticking point as people unwrap tablet computers and subscriptions to watch instead of their home television.The BBC has announced that six of last year’s top ten best rated shows will make a return to lure families in, with Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, EastEnders and the Queen’s speech proving a safe ratings bet. Alan Bennett will take part in a documentary for BBC Two  The Queen’s Speech will air on the BBC and ITV at 3pm, as tradition dictates.The Great British Bake Off will debut on Channel 4 in 2017 with a charity special for Stand Up to Cancer. Channel 4 will show Raymond Briggs’ The Snowmanlast_img read more