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Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater laughed off England snub for Euro 2016 by taking epic lads’ holiday

Time, and a lads tour of some world famous Discount Holidays © holiday hotspots, have been healers for Danny Drinkwater1. Three months on, Drinkwater has found a silver lining to the heartbreak of being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad2 in the final cut-down to 23. And after a well-earned summer break, reigning Premier League champion Drinkwater is eyeing a fresh start under new England3 boss Sam Allardyce.

The 26-year-old Leicester4 midfielder said: It is probably best I didn t finish on just winning the title, because I might have got sloppy this season and settled with what I have done.

Ending the season on a bit of a low might have kicked me back into gear to get going again this season.

Action Images via Reuters Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater was all smiles on May 7 as champions Leicester got their trophy… The FA via Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday …but despite being part of the warm-up friendlies Hodgson did not take him to France

I just tried focusing on getting it out of my head as soon as I could and enjoying my summer ahead of the new season.

I ve got the same mates I have had since when I was four or five years old.

“It was a bit last-minute, but we had a good time. I went all over – Ibiza, Portugal, Vegas, LA, then back to Ibiza. I didn t complain about my summer.

I watched the tournament in pubs with my mates, mainly. I just enjoyed it like a fan.

The weirdest place I watched a game? In Portugal, I came off the golf course and because I d had a few pints I didn t realise the time difference so we had to go straight to the clubhouse to watch the Wales game which was a mid-afternoon kickoff.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater watched the dramatic fightback to beat Wales at a golf club in Portugal

As tough as it was to watch, I would love to have been involved just to see if I could have made a difference. Drinkwater kept on top of his fitness while he was away ahead of the new season. His road runs and gym work got him ready to hit the ground running and play his way straight back into the England fold.

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He said: I can treat it like a fresh start. I would love to lock down a first-choice position under Allardyce. But it is not going to be easy, I know that.

A pre-season ticking off from Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, designed to spark his champions back into life as they defend the title, has also helped.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater and co started their title defence with a loss to promoted, managerless Hull… Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday …but after a draw with Arsenal, they looked more their old selves beating Swansea on Saturday

He can be as angry as he wants, I will still like him, former Manchester United youngster Drinkwater chuckled.

He is like a granddad figure.

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“I was young when Fergie fearsome then-Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have been mad at me, so I s**t myself.

“I have matured a lot now, so it is a bit different when the manager gets angry, you accept it and learn from it.

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References

  1. ^ Danny Drinkwater (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ England (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicester (www.mirror.co.uk)

Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater laughed off England snub for Euro …

Time, and a lads tour of some world famous Discount Holidays © holiday hotspots, have been healers for Danny Drinkwater1. Three months on, Drinkwater has found a silver lining to the heartbreak of being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad2 in the final cut-down to 23. And after a well-earned summer break, reigning Premier League champion Drinkwater is eyeing a fresh start under new England3 boss Sam Allardyce.

The 26-year-old Leicester4 midfielder said: It is probably best I didn t finish on just winning the title, because I might have got sloppy this season and settled with what I have done.

Ending the season on a bit of a low might have kicked me back into gear to get going again this season.

Action Images via Reuters Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro ... Drinkwater was all smiles on May 7 as champions Leicester got their trophy… The FA via Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro ... …but despite being part of the warm-up friendlies Hodgson did not take him to France

I just tried focusing on getting it out of my head as soon as I could and enjoying my summer ahead of the new season.

I ve got the same mates I have had since when I was four or five years old.

“It was a bit last-minute, but we had a good time. I went all over – Ibiza, Portugal, Vegas, LA, then back to Ibiza. I didn t complain about my summer.

I watched the tournament in pubs with my mates, mainly. I just enjoyed it like a fan.

The weirdest place I watched a game? In Portugal, I came off the golf course and because I d had a few pints I didn t realise the time difference so we had to go straight to the clubhouse to watch the Wales game which was a mid-afternoon kickoff.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro ... Drinkwater watched the dramatic fightback to beat Wales at a golf club in Portugal

As tough as it was to watch, I would love to have been involved just to see if I could have made a difference. Drinkwater kept on top of his fitness while he was away ahead of the new season. His road runs and gym work got him ready to hit the ground running and play his way straight back into the England fold.

Read More

He said: I can treat it like a fresh start. I would love to lock down a first-choice position under Allardyce. But it is not going to be easy, I know that.

A pre-season ticking off from Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, designed to spark his champions back into life as they defend the title, has also helped.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro ... Drinkwater and co started their title defence with a loss to promoted, managerless Hull… Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro ... …but after a draw with Arsenal, they looked more their old selves beating Swansea on Saturday

He can be as angry as he wants, I will still like him, former Manchester United youngster Drinkwater chuckled.

He is like a granddad figure.

Read More

“I was young when Fergie fearsome then-Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have been mad at me, so I s**t myself.

“I have matured a lot now, so it is a bit different when the manager gets angry, you accept it and learn from it.

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References

  1. ^ Danny Drinkwater (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ England (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicester (www.mirror.co.uk)

Brailsford: ‘Froome doesn’t want to come second again, it’s all in for the win’

Having finished second overall at the Vuelta a Espa a twice before, Chris Froome is going all out to win it this year

Brailsford: ‘Froome Doesn’t Want To Come Second Again, It’s All In For The Win’

Chris Froome wins stage 11 of the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Team Sky1 boss David Brailsford says that Chris Froome2, winner of Wednesday s Pe a Cabarga stage, does not want to finish second overall again in the Vuelta a Espa a and that he is confident he can beat Nairo Quintana3 (Movistar). Froome marked Quintana s attack in the final kilometre of the Pe a Cabarga climb this afternoon and on his second acceleration, rode ahead to the stage victory4 with Quintana on his wheel.

Chris is now confident he can beat him, Brailsford said while waiting for his star to arrive at the team bus. Yeah, Chris doesn t want to come second here again. It s all in for the win. Quintana maintained the red leader s jersey by 54 seconds on Froome.

His Movistar5 team-mate Alejandro Valverde is in third at 1-05 minutes and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange6) sits fourth at 2-34. Froome has won the Tour de France7 three times already, so he has experience leading a Grand Tour. He also has experience just missing out in the Vuelta, twice finishing second in 2011 and in 2014.

From experience, when you re leading and you have a 54-second lead, it feels like nothing and when you re chasing that 54 second lead, it seems like quite a lot. It s funny what it does to you mentally, Brailsford added. Whenever you re leading a Grand Tour you always think that the gap was never big enough and you are never quite comfortable. Nairo doesn t have that comfort factor.

Sky won the opening team time trial8, but since then Froome has appeared to suffer on some mountain stages while Quintana gained momentum. The stage win on Wednesday9, should boost Froome s confidence with a week and a half to race.

It lifts his morale and the team s morale, said Brailsford. It gives you that extra bit of energy for the next few days, everything s just a bit rosier and everybody just feels better.

In Chris s mind, he doesn t think Quintana is unbeatable. Froome returned to the place where his Grand Tour star was born on stage 11. In 2011, he dislodged Juan Jos Cobo to win the Pe a Cabarga stage by one second his first professional and Grand Tour win. It marked him as a future star. Cobo held on to the overall by a slim 13-second lead over Froome and Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins10 in third.

You can never measure the psychological component really, but for sure it was a climb that Chris remembered well. Even when we looked at how we raced it before and he saw himself winning, that was a very positive thing, Brailsford said.

Tim Kerrison and I were chatting about yesterday when we were out on our bikes. It s funny how life goes and what happens and the routes that people take.

You think, I wonder what would have happened if X or Y had never happened.

When Chris first came here he was riding for Bradley, who probably wouldn t have been riding here had he not broke his collarbone in the Tour.

And the way Bradley smoothed that all was fantastic and I think Chris learned a big lesson there.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ rode ahead to the stage victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Orica-BikeExchange (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Sky won the opening team time trial (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ The stage win on Wednesday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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