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Hello and good morning, everyone.

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What a week it's been!

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Euro 2016 has been unbelievable, hasn't it?

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I've been glued to every single match.

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The best thing is, there is still so much more to come.

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Coming up today, we look back at Thursday's battle

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between England and Wales, from a school right on the border

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between the two countries.

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Thor and Hari give us a guide to tournament minnows Iceland,

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who have already secured a famous draw against Portugal.

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Plus, I take a close look at some of the best goals scored so far

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and the many different ways in which these

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top players strike a football.

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But first, here are some finer details which have really

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caught my eye so far.

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In fact, it will come down to hairstyles!

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We all know that footballers love doing their hair, as do I -

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you've got to take care of your barnet and all that!

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But there is a time and place.

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Maybe not when you should be closing down Luke Modric.

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Check out Turkey midfielder Turfan, messing with his hair at a crucial

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moment in their opening game.

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At least these two sorted their new style out before

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taking to the pitch.

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Fellaini and Ramsey have both gone blonde.

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I suppose their team-mates won't struggle to pick them

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out for a pass, though.

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Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic is letting everyone know where he's from

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by getting a map of Croatia shaved into his head.

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It was a much simpler cut for Alvaro Morata -

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no fancy barbers for the Spanish striker, he just got team-mate

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Sergio Ramos to give him a trim.

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But my haircut of the week goes to Graziano Pelle.

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Look at that, perfection!

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And not only did he score this beauty for Italy, he did it without

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getting a single hair out of place.

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And what about that for a finish?

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Kept it down nicely, made it look easy.

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Anyone know what hair product he uses?

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I'll get some of that after.

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Right, let's get back to the action.

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And there was no big matchup this week than in Lens on Thursday,

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England versus Wales.

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What a corker!

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I hope you all managed to persuade your teachers

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to show it in class.

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Just like what happened at St David's High School,

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where the support was split right down the middle.

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The big day has finally arrived.

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And I'm here in a very interesting place -

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this is Boundary Lane in Chester, and as the name suggests,

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it's the boundary between England and Wales.

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On this side, we've got houses in England and on this side,

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we've got houses in Wales.

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Millions of kids in both countries are so excited about the game

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and I know a school just down the road

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where they are ready for kick-off.

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Let's go.

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COMMENTATOR: Both sides will gather in their pre-match huddle,

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to rev one another up one last time before it all begins.

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We are here at St David's High School,

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just inside the Welsh border.

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We've got Ben here, who is supporting Wales, and Aaron,

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who is supporting England.

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They are brothers.

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The teams are coming out, it's time for kick-off.

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Three lions, one dragon.

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It sounds like the stuff of legend!

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Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale on the ball.

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And away we go!

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Kane finds Lallana.

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Sterling hares into the box for him.

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And Sterling can't get it...

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Golden opportunity for England.

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It comes from Rooney.

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Smalling!

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Just past the post.

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Bale, only one option for him.

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One back, step to the right, chest puffed out, and strike.

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And strike brilliantly!

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Gareth Bale!

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A moment of absolute magic!

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Two games, two free kicks.

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How good is Gareth Bale?

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He is our star man.

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What a free kick.

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What a goal!

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Wales, 1-0.

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The pressure is really on for England now.

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Harry Kane taken off for Jamie Vardy and Raheem taken off

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for Daniel Sturridge.

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Come on, England!

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Rooney has gone to try and bend it into the corner.

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But he's seen it and got down to it smartly.

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Here now is Sturridge.

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Cahill couldn't get off the floor.

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Vardy is there!

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The Jamie Vardy story goes on for another chapter.

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Stokes.

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Alli comes towards him.

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In the area, Dele Alli.

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Daniel Sturridge...

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Sturridge scores!

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Talk about passion, talk about drive.

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This England team have it in bucketloads.

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That's it, England have won, Gareth Bale's brilliant first-half

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free kick put Wales 1-0 up.

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But goals from Vardy and Sturridge, and look at what it means

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for the England fans.

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Heartbreak for the Welsh, but what a game.

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What an unbelievable match that was.

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Wales defended their lead like warriors, England never

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gave up, and the best bit of all, great sportsmanship at the end.

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So, that last-gasp win for England leaves them top of Group B,

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with Wales still well in it in second place.

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This group is so tight, anyone can still qualify,

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but I'm confident that England and Wales will both make

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the knockout stages.

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Come on!

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Things are also looking very promising for the third home nation

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in this tournament, Northern Ireland.

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Gareth McAuley's unbelievable header set them on their way to a brilliant

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2-0 win against Ukraine on Thursday.

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They sit third in Group C and another win in their next game

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would be enough to see them qualify.

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The only slight problem is that they are playing

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the world champions, Germany.

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But it has been such an amazing achievement for the squad

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just to get this far, and their young fans have been

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loving every minute.

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They have even been making their French lessons

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football themed.

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Welcome to our Northern Irish Euro 2016 phrase book.

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Green and White Army!

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Time now for some special goals.

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Something that I've noticed so far this tournament is the different

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ways in which top players are striking this ball.

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There has been such a variation in the goals that we've been seeing.

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I want to start with what I think is the best goal of

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the tournament so far.

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Dimitri Payet's thunderbolt in France's opening

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game against Romania.

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Now, this technique was just incredible.

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Payet drives through the ball with his laces, and watch his

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standing leg as well, it comes off the ground,

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generating a huge amount of momentum and power.

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When you strike the ball this sweetly with the laces,

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there is very little spin put on the ball,

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meaning it flies through the air a lot quicker.

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Let's have a look at Gareth Bale's stunning free kick, as Wales

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kicked off their tournament with a win against Slovakia.

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If you look carefully, you can see Bale strike the ball

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with the inside of his foot, and he almost goes over

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the top of the ball.

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This creates heavy topspin and it is that spin which causes

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it to dip down fast and fool the keeper.

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Another great free kick with another different technique.

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Tottenham's Eric Dier scoring for England against Russia.

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Like Bale, he also hits it with the inside of his foot.

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But as you can see, the spin on the ball here is more sideways,

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causing it to curl away from the goalkeeper.

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That's because Dier's follow-through is more to the side

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around his standing leg.

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And finally, a touch of class from Real Madrid's Luka Modric,

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a long range dipping volley with a celebration to match.

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Just look at how Modric keeps his eye on the ball

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the entire time.

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He connects right at the top of his boot, with both feet

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coming off the ground.

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This means it goes as straight as an arrow, with added control

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and topspin to dip in front of the keeper as well.

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Brilliant goal.

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So, that's four different techniques you can go and try down the park,

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or in your garden right now.

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And whilst you're at it, why don't you get a parent

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or guardian to film you, and then use a simple video upload

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on the Kickabout website and you never know, you could be

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right there on that big screen next week!

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It's not just goals we want, we want to see your

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silky skills as well.

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And luckily, this tournament has been

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jam-packed with them, too.

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Lallana.

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Playing brilliantly.

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Good feet in the box.

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Good play.

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Payet, brilliant stuff.

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Whilst you are on the website, there is loads more

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to keep you entertained.

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Quizzes, predictions, my dream five-a-side team,

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plus updates from our man in France, commentator Conor McNamara.

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It's fair to say Conor has had a busy old week hanging out

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with his new bezzie, Thierry Henry, plus getting very excited

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commentating on a hatful of goals.

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Payet!

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Oh!

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Here he comes.

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He scores!

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Headed in!

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Mustafi!

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It's a goal!

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He scores one of the surprise goals!

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How does he even keep his voice?!

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He certainly works up an appetite, too.

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Hi there, Match of the Day Kickabout,

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this is Conor at Euro 2016.

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Just wanted to give you a little flavour of what life

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is like in France, away from this football tournament.

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If there's one thing the French love even more

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than football, it's food.

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OK, well, this restaurant is called L'Escargot,

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which is the French for snails.

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There is the big snail up the top there.

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Golden fella.

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I'm going to give that a miss.

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Right, so, I've gone for a crepe, which, trust me, is so much better

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than your humble pancake you get at home.

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The French really know how to do this.

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Part of the fun, I always think, in France, is that so much

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eating is done outdoors, there is just something about being

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outside in the decent weather, it just makes everything

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taste a lot nicer.

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I'm starving!

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Not even had my breakfast yet.

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Anyone got a chocolate and banana crepe handy?

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No?

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All right.

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All right, let's take a look at today's three matches,

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and a huge one in Group E, Belgium, with all their

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Premier League superstars, have to bounce back from a defeat

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against Italy, but it won't be easy against a strong Ireland team.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to inspire Portugal

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against Austria, but the team which stands out is Iceland.

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They are the country with the smallest population

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in the whole tournament, and they've already had a major

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scalp, holding Portugal to a draw in their first match.

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Here's Thor and Hari to tell us more.

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Hello, Kickabout.

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THEY SPEAK ICELANDIC

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We were really shocked when we found out that

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Iceland were going to the Euros.

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Everybody in Iceland just screamed at that moment!

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Iceland is so small.

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We are the smallest populated country to ever reach

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a major tournament.

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We've got colourful buildings, snowy topped mountains,

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crystal clear air, one motorway and big volcanoes.

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In Iceland, everyone really likes healthy food.

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One disgusting food which people don't really try in Iceland

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is the sheep's brain with the eyeballs still inside it.

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Lars Lagerback is one of the most experienced coaches in the Euros.

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Heimir Hallgrimsson is also a dentist in his spare time.

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Eidur Gudjohnsen is a legend.

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He has played for Chelsea and Barcelona and is still

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going strong at the age of 37.

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Hammes Thor Halldorsson, our best goalkeeper.

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He used to be a part-time film director.

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Our star player is Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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He had an excellent, excellent season

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in the Premier League.

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I think he's going to score 15 goals in France.

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Make sure you keep giving us your score predictions

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via the Kickabout area of the CBBC website.

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It can be any game, like tomorrow, I fancy France to make it three wins

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out of three by beating Switzerland 2-0.

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And I predict another Payet masterclass.

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Come on, you Hammers!

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As for the tournament winners, I've got to say it, come on,

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England, we can do it!

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Let's have Three Lions for once, please!

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That's all we've got time for, I'm afraid.

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If you've missed any of the action so far at Euro 2016,

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we'll try to cram everything into the last 30 seconds.

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See you soon.

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