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2024 can be year to remember



ENGLAND will be hoping 2024 is finally the year men’s football comes home as they go for Euros glory.

Boss Gareth Southgate has one more shot at becoming the first manager since Sir Alf Ramsay to win a major trophy after several near misses in recent years.

The scars are still there from the last Euros, where England lost the final to Italy on penalties, but the team has grown since then and head to Germany among the favourites.

It could be a coming- ofage tournament for Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden, while

Harry Kane will want a winner’s medal to go along with all of the personal accolades he has won.

Scotland are also competing in their second successive Euros, while Wales must qualify.

The Olympics are back on European soil for the first time since 2012 when they head to Paris in August and hopes are high for another strong showing for Team GB. Great Britain has been one of the leading countries in the last three Olympics and is again tipped to do well, with several medal hopes in the French capital.

The Paralympic­s follow a few weeks later and Team GB are again expected to bring home a significan­t medal haul.

The Olympics could also be the end point for Rafael Nadal’s tennis career.

The Spanish great has hinted he would call time on his magnificen­t career in 2024 and there seems no better place than Roland Garros, where he has won 14 titles.

While Nadal’s time may be coming to an end, British star Emma Raducanu will hope that 2024 is the year her career comes back to life.

Injury has plagued Raducanu since her US Open triumph in 2021 but she is ready to return in a make-or-break year.

She will have especially high hopes on a good run at Wimbledon, which is where she burst on to the scene three years ago.

In boxing, there is a blockbuste­r between

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi in February.

Fury is hoping to unify the heavyweigh­t division in a money- spinning fight with the Ukrainian.

Europe will be aiming to keep hold of the Solheim Cup for a fourth successive time when they take on the United States in Virginia in September.

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