Knockout stage fright.
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WITH the knockout stages of Euros 2020 upon us, a polite request for the TV companies: Can someone please knock out the microphones that pick up the players' vocals during the national anthems?
It was funny at first, but now it's like listening to Cheryl and Geri's raw vocals from the Girls Aloud and Spice Girls recording sessions played at the same time.
No complaints about the rest of the coverage, especially Roy Keane, who has been so wonderfully grumpy on ITV I can only assume he's missing his new best Sky Sports buddy Micah Richards. You'll be reunited soon, Roy. Stay strong. Elsewhere, extra points to Ian
Wright for announcing Jack Grealish had "regurgitated the ball" during the England/ Czech Republic match. (Get Grealish on Britain's Got Talent).
And a special mention to Clive Tyldesley for gleefully pointing out that not all centre forwards are as handsome as Spain's Alvaro Morata. Spoken with all the selfawareness of a man who has clearly never wondered why he's been kept well away from the cameras in a commentary box his entire career.
NB: Top 3 stars who have carried their under-performing teammates during the Euros: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 2. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 3. Maya Jama (Crouchy's Year Late Euros.)
STARS Morata, Ronaldo and Maya Jama