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Roy Hodgson's England Euro 2016 squad had enough talent to win the whole tournament, Greg Dyke has said.
The outgoing chairman of the Football Association said he felt the young England team had the potential to outplay finalists France and Portugal, despite their exit in the round-of-16 stage.
His words come a day after Sam Allardyce gave his first press conference as Roy Hodgson's successor in the England job.
New manager Allardyce suggested that the team Hodgson had going into the tournament was good enough to raise the trophy, adding that the squad's ability "seemed to dry up" as they progressed.
Speaking outside the home of Bobby Moore, where a blue National Heritage plaque was being unveiled in memory of England's 1966 World Cup winner, Dyke told the Press Association: "We need to keep winning - and we were winning in all the group stages, we just didn't do very well in the finals."
Asked if he agreed with Allardyce's comments that Hodgson had a strong enough team to lead the country to glory, Dyke said: "Yes, I don't think Portugal were that good and I don't think France were that good - I think we could have won in 2016, but we didn't, did we?"
He added: "We've got a talented group of players at the moment and it's about making sure they perform."
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Tottenham were defeated 2-1 by Italian champions Juventus in their pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Spurs, who travelled to Australia without Harry Kane and the remainder of their England contingent but gave starts to new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, trailed 2-0 at half-time.
Dominic Ball was dispossessed in the sixth minute and the mistake was immediately punished when Paulo Dybala struck the opener.
Another error - this time a poorly-cleared corner - enabled Medhi Benatia to nod home the second shortly after.
It was now Juventus' turn to get caught in midfield and Erik Lamela reacted with a fine finish into the bottom-right corner.
Olympique Lyonnais have confirmed they received a £30m bid from Arsenal for French striker Alexandre Lacazette this week.
But the French club released a statement on Twitter today denying claims the Gunners returned with an improved offer of £40m – a rumour circulating in the French media this morning.
Instead, Lyon claim they have not responded to Arsenal's initial bid because they are keen to keep to French international striker on board.
The club statement read:
Olympique Lyonnais denies categorically having received a £40m offer from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as Le Progrès stated in its issue this morning.
The club regrets once again that the publication has not bothered to contact them before publishing the false information which creates confusion on the day we publish annual turnover of £183m, up 111% compared to 2014/2015.
The reality is that the Arsenal made an offer of £30m which Olympique Lyonnais did not respond to for one reason only: OL wants to keep Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the major leaders of Bruno Genesio's group.
Claudio Ranieri has told Riyad Mahrez he is much better off at Premier League Champions Leicester than Arsenal.
The Leicester manager wants Mahrez to follow Jamie Vardy's lead of snubbing a move from the Premier League champions.
Ranieri has repeatedly said he expects last season's PFA Player of the Year to stay at the King Power Stadium having already lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea.
He said: "I think Mahrez for us is very important as our light. If he goes in another big team, there are so many lights, so many stars, why? Stay with us, it's much better, much better. He's our champion. If he goes in another team, there are so many champions.