Layla Anna-Lee
In 2012 Layla landed the job of a lifetime and was handpicked by Danny Boyle to voice the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony live to an audience of nearly 4 billion. Named in Time Out’s Hot 100 most influential creatives in Britain she has an illustrious television career presenting shows for ITV, Channel 4, Sky Sports, Eurosport and Premier League TV. A highly skilled interviewer she understands how to draw out the best of a personality like few others.

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It Was England That Was S#*! #MyEuros 11

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2016 | (13:25)

Are you ready for the quarter finals?

Welcome to my EURO's show!

Poland vs Portugal

Poland took perfect penalties in the last round and Portugal nearly had to do the same as it took the entire ninety minutes plus most of extra time for them to even get a shot on target.

Therefore This game has all the hallmarks of being pretty tight, especially with the likes of Lewandowski and Ronaldo both not having things go their way.

This will either be decided by one goal or it'll go all the way to penalties. After seeing Poland against Switzerland Portugal will hate that.

Ronaldo wouldn't miss a penalty would he?

What's happened to Ronaldo. Can someone please diagnose this situation for me in the comments because I'm all out of reasons. I thought he came back against Hungary then he just melted against Croatia again. He's literally unrecognisable. Something is up!

Wales vs Belgium

Is Eden Hazard back? This wasn't the Belgium we were seeing at the start of the tournament was it?... This is a Belgium that has transformed in the last few weeks.

Flourished within the EURO's. Hazard plus his immense supporting cast could be too much for Bale and his boys this time. But you never know - if Belgium foul anyone within 30 yards of their goal it's game ON!

Germany vs Italy

We saw England play Slovakia and hailed the Slovakian defence as Italy-esque....then we saw Germany play Slovakia. Honestly watching Slovakia crumble at the hands of the Germans was terrifying. It really highlighted what a superior team Germany are and how it probably wasn't an incredible Slovakian defence after all. It was England who were s#£!.

I feel like Germany are cranking up the level here and are going to really test the resilience of this Italian defence.

France vs Iceland

Iceland did it. can you believe it? With their population the size of the London borough of Wandsworth they beat us and made it through to the quarter finals. Legends.

There's a handful of players who are starting to shape this tournament now. And one of them is Antoine Griezeman. My god he's good, like proper good, make the difference, get the goals, game changingly good!
Iceland are going to have a tough time taking him out of the game. But I think their time is up.

In the news today

Penalty shoot outs aside... Mesut Ozil became the first German to miss a penalty in a European Championship game. Combine this with Granit Xhaka's HORRIBLE penalty miss for Switzerland and Arsene Wenger's getting nervous.

It seems like everyone in the Wales squad will miss a wedding if they get through the next round... Joe Ledley will have miss his own ceremony and Chris gunter is going to miss his brother's - he has arranged to make the best man's speech through Skype. I wonder if Ledley could actually get married over Skype?

And there's another video out of Joe Ledley dancing! Ok we all need to stop encouraging Joe Ledley to dance now. The sequence has grown longer the videos online are endless and it's edging towards that fine line of performance art. A little jig of happiness in celebration of a goal is a o k - an entire pre rehearsed dad sequence for laughs and likes is not. It's just getting too much.

In the last round we lost the Irish. It's sad to see them go home. But what a tournament they had. The fans that is, the flags, the songs, the serenades, fixing a Frenchmans car, singing to babies and they just spend the whole time laughing. What a difference to the trouble that marred the beginning of this competition. Bordeaux particularly loved them and it's sad to see them leave. The renamed Irish party tunnel has reopened to traffic and now features a small green clover etched into it's stonework forever.


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Top Five Moments of Euro 2016 Group Stages

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (13:21)

The groups stages are done and dusted and no one made it look easy. The World Cup winners made a meal of it, the greatest player around is having a nightmare and more than a few of the teams just about scraped through, cough England cough.

In what has already been possibly the most entertaining Euros to date the competition has already brought us a shed load of hilarious moments. In conclusion of the group stages here are my Top 5 moments from the 2016 Uefa European Championships so far...

5. Gianluigi Buffon Runs the entire length of pitch to celebrate in front of his own fans. Regarded as having the safest hands in the competition, the idea of Buffon dropping anything is hard to comprehend. But as he jumped to grab the crossbar he actually dropped himself! falling to the ground.

4. Switzerland v France looked like there were superhuman displays of strength on the pitch as every time a Swiss player was touched their shirt would just rip from their body. Not to be upstaged, the match ball decided to get in on the action and burst.

3. Antonio Conte is no stranger to blazing passion on the sidelines. And to celebrate Italy taking the lead against Belgium he smashed his face into on of his coaching staff. Cue his right hand man trying to wipe the blood from his face. It didn't stop Conte though. I get the impression nothing would.

2. Joe Ledley was happy when Wales qualified for the round of 16. So happy he brought out his classic celebratory dance for the whole of Europe to see. The Ledley shuffle actually forms part of a longer routine that is quickly becoming an entire sequence. Expect more dancing from Ledley of Wales go further...or not, actually I take that back expect less dancing. If Wales go much further Ledley will have to move his wedding date! His wife to be will not be impressed. He best not dance.

1. Ozan Tufan - Now imagine it's your first game of the European championships and you're making your debut in the competition. As the ball falls to Luka Modric there's a list of things to not do. At the very top of that list is lose concentration, second on the list is fiddle with your hair! Tufan did both...and opened up to the most beautiful goal of the tournament to date. The media furore has hit Tufan hard, he claims its damaged his confidence. Well, sorry about that Turfan, but I think that will have more to do with you letting in that goal.

If we had time I'd have made this a top 29. There's been a hell of lot of stupidity so far. I haven't had a chance to mention Northern Ireland's manager Micheal O'Neil shoving a player back onto the pitch when he came wondering up to the touch line thinking he was being subbed. I haven't been able to mention Albania's manager slapping his assistant round the face, Slaven Billic loosing his mind or Joachim Low being disgusting. And to think the round of 16 is only just beginning. It can only get...

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Rooney Just Play Anywhere? #MyEuros

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (22:21)

We're in France and #MyEuros show looks at all things EURO's including dumb things you've been saying online and flight prices if England were to go home now. It's £80.

Croatia have pulled a genius pre tournament move lining up a friendly against San Marino. San Marino have a population of just over 30,000. Which is the size of a small Italian village. Inevitably Croatia won 10 Nil and team morale going into the EURO's has never been higher.

The Swedish national team are playing for Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer and in their group games they play in Nice, where Zlatan has already scored this season, Toulouse, Zlatan scored two goals there this season and Stade de France where Zlatan has scored two goals and won two trophies just this season. They know there in good hands.

Marcus Rashford has made the England squad and it took him no longer than 3 minutes of his debut to convince Roy Hodgson that he had to take him to the EURO's. He's only 18 and were hoping the start of his England career is more Michael Owen than Theo Walcott.

Joe Ledley has been selected to play for Wales only 1 month after breaking his leg. He's either got super human healing skills or Bale has his work cut out. Does it even make a difference to Gareth Bale if he's got a team mate with a broken leg?

I love a bit of family politics to kick off a EURO's and one to watch is Granit Xhaka who just signed to arsenal for £35million and plays for the Swiss national team because he will be facing his brother Taulant who chose to play for Albania. I wonder what Christmas must be like in thier place - awkward probably.

The World Cup winners are back in their first tournament since lifting the trophy in Rio - Germany are a power house who are close favourites to win the tournament but they've slipped behind France who have Martial, Kante, Pogba, Lloris, Payet, Griezmann... I'm done!

In the news today!

After he was practically karate kicked in the face Harry Kane is calling for EURO referees to 'stay strong'. Kane has been praised for not rolling around in the floor like a beached dolphin when in all fairness the connection probably really hurt, but instead Kane acted like a decent human being and got back up after the terrible tackle. Which, let's be honest, is damn rare on the pitch nowadays. Kane wants to encourage refs to make bold decisions despite theatrics or lack of them in the EURO's.

Rooney has called for England to be 'spectacular' and hopes to end 50 years of hurt. I think the term Spectacular is a stretch for any England team. I'd settle for the word 'decent' or well. I'd like England to play....well. Every fan I've spoken to here is the stereotypical caricature of and England football fan. Packed for two weeks and haven't even unpacked just in case.

On the Rooney theme - England manager Roy Hodgson has come out and said Rooney's best position is Anywhere. That's the sort of insight we've come to expect from the England manager. Just play anywhere Rooney.

Assistant coach Roy Keane wants to kill some of his republic if Ireland team after they lost to Belarus. He's joking of course. But he wants to kill them.

Robert lewandowski says Poland has what it takes to win and the final is in Paris which is currently flooded No Big Deal. We're on it.

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If you're in Asia you can watch the full series on Eleven Sports...

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The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Paris

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2016 | (21:21)


Matt Spiro is the English voice of French football. He's the go to guy whenever your club buys a player from Ligue Un. Therefore he's the man we're turning to for our ultimate city guide when it comes to France's capital....

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The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Lens

(1) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (21:58)


In just over two months the Euros will be upon us. Alongside my special guests I've shown you Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse but currently you have no idea where to go in the town where England will face Wales. Well my...

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The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Marseille

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2016 | (19:19)


There is no better person to show you round Marseille than a man who's jumped out of a plane right above it! Olympic 2012 gold medallist Florent Manaudou is UEFA's official ambassador of the city, so he should know where to...

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The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Toulouse

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2016 | (18:01)


This is no ordinary city guide. We have the sporting world's best telling you where they hang out. Last week Euro's hero Sylvain Wiltord guided us around Lyon, this week we have another world class athlete; England Rugby's fifth all time...

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The Ultimate UEFA Euro 2016 City Guide - Lyon

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2016 | (07:19)


This is no ordinary city guide. Over the coming weeks I will be interviewing some of the greatest: from a past European Championship hero to an England rugby legend and more. I've handpicked the people who know the Euro host cities inside out...

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Are The Rio Olympics Going To Be A Disaster?

(4) Comments | Posted 1 January 2016 | (23:00)

It's the biggest sporting event in the world. In terms of viewing figures it obliterates the Super Bowl and is well ahead of the FIFA World Cup, but despite the Olympic Games bringing us the greatest sporting tests for gold it also often bears political drama.

Every host nation...

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Fiji Has Never Won an Olympic Medal but Rio is Their Best Chance Yet - Exclusive Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2015 | (22:43)

Photo Credit: Ben Ryan

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil marks the debut of rugby 7's in the competition. As a football obsessed nation gets to grips with the fairly novel idea of actually picking up the ball, the more...

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Forget Team GB - Five Reasons Olympic Football Is Going To Be Awesome

(1) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (00:21)

Above Fiji qualify for the 2016 Olympics - Photo credit: OFC

Back in May Great Britain's separate FA's pulled the plug on Team GB and therefore our Olympic football dream. In short England, Scotland and Wales could not hold it...

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The Champions League Stars

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (13:22)


The first international break of the season is always the hardest to take - we've just had our first taster of club football only to be faced with a 2 week break. There was however some exquisite talent on show and some highly...

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Champions League Transfers

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2014 | (15:28)


On Monday night the transfer window battened down its hatches once again. Summer is over and it's time for football transfers to go in to hibernation until New Years Day 2015. Some Champions League clubs will be delighted with their summer dealings -...

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UEFA Champions League

(1) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (00:00)



It's back - the greatest club competition on the planet and the 2014/15 season promises to be one of the most exciting yet.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid each holding some of...

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The World Cup Waves Ripple On

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (14:39)


Since the World Cup finished just under two weeks ago we have seen a some big changes in World football, I've been curious to see the effect playing on the worlds stage had on player values and who has come out...

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Surprise - You're Going to the World Cup Final!

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (10:50)

Copacabana is calm and quite apart from the road to the airport which is jammed with taxis taking travellers home. The locals are relieved and the country proud. We did the World Cup and we did it well (just don't mention the score).

The final took place in Rio's...

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Heartbroken Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (07:25)

Brazilians turned their shirts inside out. Many left the Minerão stadium at half time. By the fifth goal Brazil fans were applauding Germany and when the whistle blew at a score line of 7-1 in the World Cup Semi Final against Brazil those left in the stadium stood to give...

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Live From Brazil - The Last Eight Teams

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (11:44)

This year's world cup has been exceptional on so many levels - almost to the point that it's sad to see any of the teams go; couldn't we just let the World Cup go on for a little bit longer this year?

We're down to the last eight teams in...

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The Greatest Competition in the World

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (09:06)

The group stages are coming to a close and the excitement of the knockout stages is kicking off on Saturday. We're knee deep in to the greatest competition in the world and, England aside, what an incredible competition it's been so far!

I'm in Rio filming my World Cup experiences...

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'Boxing is Like a Drug' - Speaking to Duke McKenzie MBE

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2012 | (13:36)

With 19,000 tickets sold for his comeback fight on November 24 former World Champion Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton is set for a massive comeback.

More than 3 years since his last fight Hatton will fight Ukrainian boxing sensation Vyacheslav Senchenko to prove his worth, not that he needs to....

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