Off the pitch news took centre stage with a day to go to England’s opening match against Russia on Saturday night.
Travelling English fans caused a massive violent outrage in Marseille, taking the attention away from the actual football.
French police used tear gas to disperse England fans in Marseille, after bottles were thrown at them.
After the France vs. Romania opening match of Euro 2016, 20 to 30 French youths had emerged from side streets and threw firecrackers and bottles at fans outside.
Dave Tomlinson, from the Football Supporters’ Federation spoke with regret at the incident.
“We understand from the reports that it’s a very small minority of England fans that have been involved,” the BBC reported Tomlinson.
“We also understand that unfortunately there has been quite a lot of provocation from the French and also the Russian elements that are in the area.”
“The first option at the moment seems to be that the French police are going to put tear gas in the areas where there are potentially going to be problems.”
Back to the pitch, England manager Roy Hodgson believes he’s fortunate to have a selection headache.
“Yes, there is a selection headache in terms of so many good players who could quite easily command a place in the team,” he said.
“It has not been easy to select a team but I don’t think I am alone, there are quite a few teams in the competition who have got a strong squad.
“But I am pleased with the squad I have and I have all 23 players fit and ready for selection.”
Then the manager highlighted England’s weakness, which is inexperience.
“We are relatively inexperienced because it is a young team in terms of age and number of caps. That can’t be seen as an advantage per se but I think that lack of experience is countered in some way by the youth, by the energy.
“Most importantly of all, it is a group of players who are really keen to do well. They have prepared extremely well, so I can’t ask any more of them.
“All I can do is keep trying to guide them along the way and hope that they succeed as well as they would like to.”