PARIS -- Both the English city of Leicester and the island nation of Iceland have populations of 330,000; both have shaken the established order in European soccer.A member of Leicester Citys backroom staff has advice for Icelands national team as it heads for a quarterfinal at the European Championship against host France: Forget about us.Dont start dreaming, because as soon as you do that, you are thinking about the consequences of the result, Leicester performance psychologist Ken Way told The Associated Press.Leicester won the Premier League last season against the odds -- one of the most improbable triumphs in English soccer history.If you get carried away with, `We could reach the semifinals, we could reach the final, we could be champions, you take some of the power and focus away, he added. They should forget Leicester.Iceland is the smallest nation to ever contest a major tournament. The team advanced from its group above Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal and then stunned England to reach the quarterfinals. The next challenge is even tougher with a game Sunday against the host at the Stade de France. Win that, and its either Germany or Italy in the semifinals.Though Way is urging the Iceland team to put aside any comparisons with Leicester, he can see the parallels.You can see their Viking attitude, said Way, who usually works two days a week at Leicester. (Leicester captain) Wes Morgan spoke last year about being a band of brothers who would die for one another on the pitch ... it is very definitely a team spirit like us.That was evident when Iceland came from behind to beat England 2-1 in Nice on Monday. England seemed fixated on the result and the magnitude of the consequences whereas Iceland seemed devoid of such pressure.It looked like they (Iceland) were having fun, the whole team, Way said in a telephone interview. They had a much more kind of Leicester kind of view of things: Lets go out and attack -- very much on the fight side of the human dimension.The contrast with the English players was evident after the final whistle when many of them were slumped on the pitch.It was not just a reaction to the defeat but a reaction to what they knew this meant back home and the criticism they would face, Way said.In Iceland, theres great joy at the national teams Euro 2016 heroics.Way urged the Iceland coaching staff to be careful about changing things too much just because the team has outperformed expectations. Key, he said, is maintaining the harmony of the squad.The sort of knee jerk reaction you could imagine happening is (Iceland) suddenly decide that because they have done so well they need to bring in some piece of magical equipment, a particular new training drill or something different, Way said. Thats fine as long as every member of the team is totally bought into it at the same level.Way recalls that Leicester introduced a cryotherapy chamber as an alternative to ice baths last season but that it wasnt mandatory for players to use the low-temperature treatment.As soon as you have some not convinced what you have opened up there is doubts, potential mistrust, he said.Way also urged the Iceland team to be wary about viewing their Euro 2016 experience as a stage to impress scouts.Dont get carried away with it and think `I could be signed by Leicester City or Real Madrid or Chelsea or whatever, Way said.---Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports Eric Bledsoe Jersey . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. 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He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1. The ECB has not given up plans of hosting the first day-night Test in England in 2017.While plans to host Warwickshires final Championship match of the season against Lancashire at Edgbaston under lights have now been shelved - both clubs remain in danger of relegation from Division One and are unwilling to add an element of experimentation into such an important fixture - ESPNcricinfo understands that fixtures in Division Two will be considered instead.Matches at Leicestershire (who host Glamorgan) and Gloucestershire (who host Sussex) from September 20 are deemed especially suitable, with none of the clubs involved in the promotion challenge. All the clubs involved would have to agree before it is confirmed that the match could be held under lights. ESPNcricinfo understands that Leicestershire may be precluded from using their lights for the fixture due to planning restrictions.While sitting outside in the evening in late September might not be hugely attractive to spectators, the ECB feel it is necessary to conduct further tests - not least into the deterioration of the pink ball used in day-night Test cricket - before making a final decision as to whether a floodlit Test could be played in England next year.Edgbaston remains the target venue for the first floodlit Test in England with West Indies the opponents identified. That Test is due to start on August 17. Warwickshire has already hosted a 2nd XI fixture under lights at Edgbaston.Tickets for that game go on sale in mid-October, Neil Snowball, the Warwickshire CEO, told ESPNcricinfo. So we really need to have made a decision before then so people know what they are going to be watching.I went into that Second XI match open-minded and came out of it very positive about day-night cricket. We would like to make it work and I think the ECB would, too, but we would need to come to a conclusion within the next few weeks.Andrew Straauss, the director of England cricket, remains a supporter of pushing the day-night concept forward after the inaugural floodlit match in Adelaide last year.dddddddddddde are looking at it from a sample size of one at the moment but on reflection that seemed like a good match for Test cricket, he said. The question will always be: is that something we can and should replicate in this country, are there other things we can do? What I dont want us to do is stick our head in the sand and pretend everything will be okay. There will always be people who will saying everything is fine and dandy as it stands, but with the shifting sands of international cricket we need to be proactive rather than reactive.There remains a chance that one of the Ashes Tests in 2017-18 could be played under lights - Australia have day-night Tests against South Africa and Pakistan in their coming season - and while Strauss said he would ideally want England to play one before an Ashes campaign he would still be open to the idea regardless.Where I am generally with day-night cricket is that I dont want to let performance get in the way of taking Test cricket forward, so if Australia want us to play a day-night Test then I think myself, our coaches and players are comfortable with that as a concept. What wed need to be clear on is how we prepare ourselves properly for that. Wed want to give ourselves the best chance of winning an Ashes series in Australia.Should the plans for shelved for 2017, it seems unlikely England or Wales would host a day-night Test before the 2020 season. The tourists in high-summer of 2018 are India, where broadcast times would not be suited to later start times, while Australia return in 2019 with little need for any novelty value to assist with ticket sales. Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China ' ' '
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