After this past week’s Euro 2016 qualifying games involving the home nations, history beckons for many of Britain’s teams as England’s long standing scoring record held by Sir Bobby Charlton could be surpassed tonight by Wayne Rooney and Wales could qualify for a major championships for the first time in 57 years in the following weeks.
With a recently disappointing scoreless draw again an organised Israeli team, Welsh fans will have to wait just a little longer to book next summer’s trips to France as a solitary point is still required from their remaining two fixtures, both to come in October.
With a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 10th, nerves could be jangling if they don’t come away with any points from that away game. However, the red dragons surely must be odds on favourites to win their final home match a few days later against lowly Andorra; where the celebrations will surely start and the Welsh fans can look forward to tournament football for the first time in over half a century.
With in-form talismanic Gareth Bale leading the line, the Welsh team recently leapfrogged England in the world rankings to 9th place. Although essentially meaningless at this stage, rankings can determine the pot that names are pulled from when the groups are decided, so tonight’s England game at home to Switzerland is not only a must-win to ensure top spot in qualification, but also a hugely important game to maintain Roy Hodgson’s team’s winning run which will only build confidence going into next summer.
With Wayne Rooney poised to break legend and world cup winner Charlton’s 49 goal tally at international level, all eyes will be on the Manchester United striker to see if he can write his name into the history books.
You can see the match live tonight using your DemandUKTV box on ITV from 7:15pm.
Hamilton looks to write his own history
With just seven races remaining in this season’s F1 calendar, Britain Lewis Hamilton is still looking in imperious form. Having just won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, the 2014 World Champion now looks odds on to retain his title and pick up a third of his career, having seen fellow team-mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg retire from the race with engine failure.
Now with a comfortable 53 point lead and looking all the more assured, Hamilton could be looking to chase history himself with many more titles to come.
Only Ferrari have looked anywhere near close to the supremely fast Mercedes F1 package and now at a point where the season looks to almost be over, many fans are pleased to see that the Italian’s recent engine upgrades could be ready to make this season look a little more interesting; if a little too late.
With Singapore, Japan, Russia, USA, Mexico, Brazil and the final race in Abu Dhabi remaining, there’s still many laps to run and you can catch all the race action live with Suzi and the team on BBC using your DemandUKTV set-top box.
The new season brings a return of many fan favourites
Now that it is officially Autumn, the television schedule starts to take on a different shape with many of the usual suspects making an expected return.
Most notable among those is the long anticipated final season of Downton Abbey, which hits our screens on ITV from September 20th.
Judging by the recently released final season trailer, you’ll need your hanky’s at the ready as one thing’s for sure; it’s going to be emotional. We won’t give away any spoilers but from what we’ve heard, they’re certainly going to go out with a bang. Check out the trailer below for yourself!
Fans of reality entertainment will also be delighted to see the usual return of the X-Factor on ITV whilst fans of the ballroom dance can look forward to another season of Strictly on BBC.
And finally… fans of Jack Whitehall can rejoice in the knowledge that a new series of Fresh Meat has just finished shooting and is set to return on Channel 4 very soon. We simply can’t wait of that one!