Wales hit by double injury blow as Aaron Shingler and Ashton Hewitt are ruled out of summer Tests

Wales hit by double injury blow as Aaron Shingler and Ashton Hewitt are ruled out of summer Tests against South Africa and Argentina

  • Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler is sidelined with a knee injury 
  • Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt is also unavailable due to a shoulder problem 
  • The pair will miss the summer Tests against South Africa and Argentina 
  •  Cardiff Blues forward Josh Turnbull returns to squad after two year absence

Andrew Baldock, Press Association Sport Rugby Union Correspondent

Wales have been hit by a double injury blow ahead of their departure for summer Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler and Dragons wing Ashton Hewitt will both miss the three-match trip to Washington DC and South America.

Shingler suffered a knee injury during Scarlets’ Guinness PRO14 final defeat against Leinster in Dublin on Saturday, while the uncapped Hewitt sustained a shoulder injury during Wales training three days ago.

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler is sidelined after he suffered a knee injury 

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler is sidelined after he suffered a knee injury 

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler is sidelined after he suffered a knee injury 

The Welsh Rugby Union said that Cardiff Blues forward Josh Turnbull, who won the last of his eight caps two years ago, has been called into the squad.

Wales face South Africa in Washington next weekend before heading to South America and two Tests against Argentina.

The WRU added that Shingler’s injury ‘requires further assessment and precludes him from taking part in the tour’.

Wales are also deprived of the services of Worcester wing Josh Adams for their Test fixtures

Wales are also deprived of the services of Worcester wing Josh Adams for their Test fixtures

Wales are also deprived of the services of Worcester wing Josh Adams for their Test fixtures

His absence is a major blow for Wales, especially as Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi had previously been sidelined from the trip by a dislocated shoulder suffered during Blues’ European Challenge Cup final victory over Gloucester earlier this month.

Hewitt, meanwhile, was drafted into the squad last week when Worcester wing Josh Adams, along with Exeter prop Tomas Francis and Bath lock Luke Charteris, were released from Wales’ tour plans.

The Springboks clash falls outside World Rugby’s June Test window, and England-based players were not made available by Premiership Rugby for the South Africa fixture.

The official Test window is from June 9-23, and Wales head coach Warren Gatland decided to release the trio as they were unavailable for the whole tour.

Gatland had already opted to rest the vast majority of Wales players involved with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand last summer, a group that includes the likes of Alun Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Biggar, Justin Tipuric and Ken Owens.

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Defeat to Pakistan in Lord’s Test poses serious questions about mental fortitude of England batsmen

‘We are seeing collapse after collapse… are England’s batsmen so scarred they are vulnerable?’ Defeat to Pakistan in Lord’s Test poses serious questions about mental fortitude

Nasser Hussain for the Daily Mail

If someone had turned up Lord’s for this first Test not knowing who were the home side they would have got it the wrong way round.

Pakistan‘s batsmen played the ball late, underneath them, and with soft hands so they did not go hard at the ball. 

And their bowlers pitched the ball on a very English full length and got the batsmen coming forward.

Serious questions have to be asked of Joe Root and his England team after loss to Pakistan

Serious questions have to be asked of Joe Root and his England team after loss to Pakistan

Serious questions have to be asked of Joe Root and his England team after loss to Pakistan

The tourists wrapped up victory before lunch on the fourth day at Lord's, taking a 1-0 lead

The tourists wrapped up victory before lunch on the fourth day at Lord's, taking a 1-0 lead

The tourists wrapped up victory before lunch on the fourth day at Lord’s, taking a 1-0 lead

Joe Root cuts a dejected figure as he speaks to Michael Atherton following the defeat

Joe Root cuts a dejected figure as he speaks to Michael Atherton following the defeat

Joe Root cuts a dejected figure as he speaks to Michael Atherton following the defeat

They also had a captain in Sarfraz Ahmed who read the conditions better on the first morning and wanted to have a bowl before Joe Root gave him what he wanted by electing to bat.

So you have to ask the question – why is it taking England’s coaching staff so much longer to instil the sort of disciplines and basics required here than Mickey Arthur and company have done with Pakistan?

Losing away is one thing but England have not lost a home Test series for four years, so to lose a May Test against a very inexperienced Pakistan does not bode well for what lies ahead at Headingley on Friday and then against India.

The most worrying thing is that the England bowling looks innocuous away when the ball isn’t doing anything while the batsmen are looking fragile at home when it does do something. We are seeing collapse after collapse after collapse.

Don Bess reacts after being the final England batsmen to be dismissed in their second innings

Don Bess reacts after being the final England batsmen to be dismissed in their second innings

Don Bess reacts after being the final England batsmen to be dismissed in their second innings

The spinner, making his debut for England, kicks out as Pakistan score the winning runs

The spinner, making his debut for England, kicks out as Pakistan score the winning runs

The spinner, making his debut for England, kicks out as Pakistan score the winning runs

Haris Sohali of Pakistan celebrates as the winning runs are scored on Sunday at Lord's

Haris Sohali of Pakistan celebrates as the winning runs are scored on Sunday at Lord's

Haris Sohali of Pakistan celebrates as the winning runs are scored on Sunday at Lord’s

England urgently need to regroup and produce a better performance at Headingley on Friday

England urgently need to regroup and produce a better performance at Headingley on Friday

England urgently need to regroup and produce a better performance at Headingley on Friday

Is it a mental thing? They are so scarred now they are vulnerable? Perhaps it was no coincidence that the two guys who temporarily arrested the decline on Saturday night were the two new to this side in Jos Buttler and Dom Bess.

The trouble is on paper England still look to have so many good batsmen. Are you going to drop Alastair Cook? No. Joe Root? No. Jonny Bairstow? No. And Dawid Malan did well in the winter in Australia.

Mark Stoneman is horribly out of nick and doesn’t know whether to stick or twist so England have to make a decision on whether to give him one more game or say ‘enough’s enough’ and go for Nick Gubbins or Keaton Jennings.

One thing is for sure. England need shaking up. The time for putting an arm around someone is over. They need a good strong talking to. There is too much fudged thinking and catch-up cricket going on.

It’s time for the softly-softly approach to be put to bed.

 

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Liverpool trio named in Champions League squad of the season dominated by EIGHT Real Madrid stars

It will come as scant consolation after their gut-wrenching defeat in Kiev on Saturday night, but Liverpool’s swashbuckling efforts in Europe this season have been recognised after three of their top performers were named in Uefa’s Champions League squad of the season.

The Reds produced some scintillating football en route to their first final since 2007, topping Group E without losing a match before thrashing Porto and Manchester City and outlasting plucky Roma in a typically high-octane affair.

Ultimately it all ended in tears at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium as two inexplicable errors from goalkeeper Loris Karius and Gareth Bale‘s memorable bicycle kick made it three in a row and 13 overall for Real Madrid, with Mohamed Salah‘s tearful first-half withdrawal due to a suspected dislocated shoulder a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both included in Uefa's squad of the season

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both included in Uefa's squad of the season

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both included in Uefa’s squad of the season

There was no place for Sadio Mane, left, but defender Virgil van Dijk did make the cut

There was no place for Sadio Mane, left, but defender Virgil van Dijk did make the cut

There was no place for Sadio Mane, left, but defender Virgil van Dijk did make the cut

Such a disappointing early exit from the final was never likely to diminish his achievements in this season’s competition, however, with Salah named alongside Roberto Firmino in a star-studded 18-man squad selected by Uefa’s technical observers.

That panel in Kiev included former West Ham boss David Moyes in addition to Jerzy Engel, Thomas Schaaf, Mixu Paatelainen, Peter Rudbaek and Cristian Chivu.

However, the other member of Liverpool’s feared attacking triumvirate – Sadio Mane – was overlooked despite notching in Ukraine to give the club three scorers in double figures. They each netted 10 goals apiece.

Reigning top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was included after his fifth Champions League triumph

Reigning top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was included after his fifth Champions League triumph

Reigning top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was included after his fifth Champions League triumph

 Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos was one of seven other Real Madrid players to get the nod

 Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos was one of seven other Real Madrid players to get the nod

 Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos was one of seven other Real Madrid players to get the nod

Luka Modric was heralded alongside fellow Los Blancos midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro

Luka Modric was heralded alongside fellow Los Blancos midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro

Luka Modric was heralded alongside fellow Los Blancos midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro

James Milner also failed to make the cut despite breaking the assists record in European football’s premier club competition previously held by Wayne Rooney and Neymar.

UEFA’S 18-MAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD OF THE SEASON

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Alisson (Roma)

Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Roma), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 

Virgil van Dijk, though, was rewarded for excellent ‘composure and stability’ displayed after joining Liverpool in time for the group stages.

The only other representative from a Premier League club was Kevin De Bruyne, who laid on four goals of his own during Manchester City’s run to the quarter-finals. 

Real unsurprisingly dominated Uefa’s squad, with all-time top scorer and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way after finishing as the Champions League’s most deadly marksman for the sixth season in succession.

Captain Sergio Ramos, centre-back partner Raphael Varane, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and left-back Marcelo were also included alongside the dynamic midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

There was, of course, a place for Lionel Messi, who finished the season as the top scorer in Europe’s major five leagues after neither the injured Salah nor the unusually peripheral Ronaldo added to their respective tallies in Kiev. 

Alisson and eight-goal Edin Dzeko are Roma’s representatives, while Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriguez get the nod for Bayern Munich. 

Giorgio Chiellini was chosen as the most important player of a Juventus campaign that ended in drama and infamy at the Santiago Bernabeu in April.

Lionel Messi was unable to guide Barcelona beyond the quarter-final stage in 2017/18

Lionel Messi was unable to guide Barcelona beyond the quarter-final stage in 2017/18

Lionel Messi was unable to guide Barcelona beyond the quarter-final stage in 2017/18

Kevin De Bruyne was the only non-Liverpool England-based player selected by Uefa observers

Kevin De Bruyne was the only non-Liverpool England-based player selected by Uefa observers

Kevin De Bruyne was the only non-Liverpool England-based player selected by Uefa observers

BUMBLE AT THE TEST: No hiding place for dejected England after heavy Pakistan loss at Lord’s

BUMBLE AT THE TEST: No hiding place for dejected England after heavy Pakistan loss at Lord’s… there’s something fundamentally wrong

David Lloyd for the Daily Mail

England’s red-ball woes continued on Sunday as they slumped to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Joe Root’s side were comprehensively outplayed once more as the tourists wrapped up an emphatic victory half an hour before lunch on day four.

Here, Sportsmail’s DAVID LLOYD takes us through his own unique perspective of the action… 

England slumped to an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan on Sunday

England slumped to an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan on Sunday

England slumped to an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan on Sunday

Just 25 deliveries were needed by Pakistan to take those last four wickets, leaving England totally dejected. They just haven’t been at the races in this Test.  

There can be no hiding place. There’s something fundamentally wrong. It’s not the bowlers either. They kept Pakistan down to par. It’s woeful batting… 

It’s all very well saying England’s batsmen are a talented bunch. The bottom line is you have to score runs. If I were the coach now I’d be forever on tenterhooks because they just look like they’re going to get out.

It’s basic stuff too. Like a propensity to play back when they should be getting forward. England look in a haze. 

New national selector Ed Smith's honeymoon period has come to an end already

New national selector Ed Smith's honeymoon period has come to an end already

New national selector Ed Smith’s honeymoon period has come to an end already

New national selector Ed Smith’s honeymoon period is over after just one match! 

What can he come up with before the second Test at Headingley on Friday? He’s a very worthy man but he’s all of a sudden got a lot on his plate. I can tell him and you – there’s nobody knocking that door down…

We haven’t heard from Andy Flower for ages but he made significant comments on Friday after stepping in for Andrew Strauss. 

He said we need to look at county cricket and when it is played. Virtually all the championship games are at the beginning or end of the season! It’s no preparation for international cricket…

The finger will start to point at Trevor Bayliss now, just as at one stage many years ago it pointed at David Lloyd. But Trevor doesn’t play just like I didn’t when I was coach. You can talk until you’re blue in the face but you can’t actually go out there and do it for them. I wish you could!

Trevor Bayliss will come under pressure after England's torrid run of form in the Test arena

Trevor Bayliss will come under pressure after England's torrid run of form in the Test arena

Trevor Bayliss will come under pressure after England’s torrid run of form in the Test arena

I watched the Champions League final on Saturday and it reminded me so much of that Rolling Stones classic ‘Start Me Up’. 

As the lyric goes, you make a grown man cry. First it was Mo Salah and then it was the goalie. People might feel sorry for him – but it’s the people back in Liverpool I feel for. 

Mark Stoneman has averaged 14 this summer and that tells you he hasn’t been playing well. Test cricket is white hot and he’s struggling.

Both Keaton Jennings and Nick Gubbins will come into the frame now. I’ve seen Jennings at Lancashire this year and he’s in good nick. He’s changed his outlook and his confidence is back.

Keaton Jennings will come back into the England frame amid Mark Stoneman's struggles

Keaton Jennings will come back into the England frame amid Mark Stoneman's struggles

Keaton Jennings will come back into the England frame amid Mark Stoneman’s struggles

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Venus Williams becomes first big name to fall at 2018 French Open

Venus Williams becomes first big name to fall at 2018 French Open as number nine seed is knocked out by China’s Qiang Wang

  • Venus Williams was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by China’s Qiang Wang in the first round
  • Wang only really started playing on clay as recently as 2017
  • Returning Serena must now fly the flag for the Williams sisters 

Matthew Lambert At Roland Garros

It is up to the returning Serena to fly the Williams flag after Venus became the first big name to fall at this year’s French Open.

The 37-year-old No 9 seed was knocked out 6-4, 7-5 by China‘s Qiang Wang. The seven-time Grand Slam champion made 35 unforced errors, while world No 91 Wang produced a superb display of clean hitting. 

Despite looking like a natural on clay, Wang only really started playing on the surface in 2017.

Venus Williams became the first big name to fall at this year's French Open

Venus Williams became the first big name to fall at this year's French Open

Venus Williams became the first big name to fall at this year’s French Open

‘I just started to play on clay last year,’ she said on court after the match. ‘My coach says it is good for my game.’ 

On this evidence he certainly has a point, as Wang scampered around the court, sliding beautifully like a born dirtballer to score her first victory against a top 10 player since she beat Caroline Wozniacki in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

This was the second year in a row that these two have faced each other in the first round here. Williams won a tight contest 6-4, 7-6 last year, and Wang had clearly taken heart from that match. ‘Last year was very close and I knew I had nothing to lose,’ said the 26-year-old.

Williams was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by China's Qiang Wang in the first round of the tournament

Williams was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by China's Qiang Wang in the first round of the tournament

Williams was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by China’s Qiang Wang in the first round of the tournament

Williams was perhaps the player who best took advantage of her sister’s absence from the tour last year to have her first child. She reached two Grand Slam finals, the first in Australia where she lost to a pregnant Serena, and made the semi-finals of the US Open.

But Roland Garros has always been her least favourite hunting ground of the four Slams, and while Wang looked a natural on clay the vastly experienced Williams looked decidedly uncomfortable with her movement at times.

VENUS WILLIAMS’ RECENT RECORD AT THE FRENCH OPEN 

2018 – First round

2017 – Fourth round

2016 – Fourth round

2015 – First round

2014 – Second round 

The players exchanged breaks early on but Wang’s second break at 4-4 was decisive.

It looked as though normal service had been resumed in the second set as Venus took a 3-0 lead. This was a familiar storyline; the plucky underdog snatches the first set before Williams exerts her personality and the challenger fades away.

But Wang refused to conform to stereotype, sticking to her guns and working her way back into the set. Her backhand is reliable and her forehand does the damage, with 13 winners in this match.

At 4-5 down Wang served to stay in the set and Williams earned a break point. But The Chinese saved it nervelessly and reeled off the next two games.

Her reward is a date with Croatian world No 34 Petra Martic in the second round.

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Jo Konta exits French Open with loss to world No 93 Yulia Putintseva

Jo Konta exits French Open with straight-sets loss to world No 93 Yulia Putintseva as Brit’s wait for a win in main draw at Roland Garros goes on

  • British No 1 Jo Konta slumped to another first-round defeat at the French Open
  • Konta has still never been past round one after losing to Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-3
  • Kazakh player Putintseva is ranked 71 places below Konta at No 93 in the world

Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Jo Konta’s dismal run at the French Open extended after she subsided to a first round defeat at the French Open against a player ranked 71 places below her.

Whatever else she has achieved in the past two years a victory at Roland Garros’s main draw remains off the CV and, amid of flurry of errors in relatively quick conditions, she was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by combative Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.

Konta thus misses out on a chance to bolster her ranking ahead of the grass court season, where she has a heavy load of points to defend after her excellent performances in the UK last summer, including a run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Jo Konta's dismal record at Roland Garros got worse on Sunday as she lost in round one again

Jo Konta's dismal record at Roland Garros got worse on Sunday as she lost in round one again

Jo Konta’s dismal record at Roland Garros got worse on Sunday as she lost in round one again

British No 1 Konta has still never progressed beyond the opening round of the French Open 

British No 1 Konta has still never progressed beyond the opening round of the French Open 

British No 1 Konta has still never progressed beyond the opening round of the French Open 

Her 84-minute exit was surprisingly lame, ending with a wild backhand swing on match point against a busy but unspectacular opponent.

Konta had only been in the main draw here twice before on merit, and despite her losing record should have had grounds for optimism this time. She played well making the Rome third round the week before last.

Yet there was a real lack of consistency in a first set during which neither player excelled, especially on the return of serve. Konta notched 22 unforced errors in the opener as she struggled to find the right balance between attack and defence against the world No 93.

Having gone behind in the seventh game she broke back for 4-5 but then lost her serve immediately, again tending to be over aggressive.

The second set began more promisingly when she managed to convert a break point to go a break up at the start, but the confidence began to seep away again and the number of unprompted mistakes began to creep up again off both flanks.

From 4-1 down there was no way back and she ended with a count of 32 unforced errors and plenty of thinking to do.

The defeat was arguably more frustrating as her first scheduled seeded opponent, Venus Williams, also lost. 

Yulia Putintseva, ranked 71 places below her, won 6-4, 6-3 to earn a match with Jennifer Brady

Yulia Putintseva, ranked 71 places below her, won 6-4, 6-3 to earn a match with Jennifer Brady

Yulia Putintseva, ranked 71 places below her, won 6-4, 6-3 to earn a match with Jennifer Brady

Yulia Putintseva, who made the quarter-finals in 2016, benefited from plenty of Konta errors

Yulia Putintseva, who made the quarter-finals in 2016, benefited from plenty of Konta errors

Yulia Putintseva, who made the quarter-finals in 2016, benefited from plenty of Konta errors

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Stoke outcast Kevin Wimmer joins Hannover on season-long loan deal that could be made permanent

Stoke outcast Kevin Wimmer joins Hannover on season-long loan deal that ‘carries the potential’ to be made into permanent Bundesliga transfer

  • Kevin Wimmer has left Stoke on loan after their relegation to the Championship 
  • The Austrian defender joined Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96 on Sunday
  • Initial deal for Wimmer encompasses the entire 2018/19 campaign
  • However, Stoke admit it has the potential to be made permanent in future 

George Flood For Mailonline

The summer exodus from relegated Stoke City began in earnest on Sunday after defender Kevin Wimmer completed an early loan move to Hannover 96. 

Wimmer will spend the entire 2018/19 season at Niedersachsenstadion and a statement released by Stoke confirmed that the terms of the agreement ‘carry the potential for the deal to be made permanent’ for a fee believed to be in the region of £11million.

The 25-year-old was signed by Mark Hughes for a hefty £18million in August 2017, but made just 19 appearances across all competitions as Stoke saw their 10-year stay in the Premier League come to an end after they amassed just 33 points and slumped to a 19th-place finish.

Stoke defender Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on a season-long loan

Stoke defender Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on a season-long loan

Stoke defender Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on a season-long loan

Wimmer, who is under contract in the Potteries for another four years, last featured as a half-time substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in mid-January and did not play at all following Paul Lambert’s appointment as successor to Hughes.

He was placed on a special fitness regime in March and subsequently turned out for Wade Elliott’s Under-23 side.  

Austrian international Wimmer evidently did not figure in the immediate plans of new boss Gary Rowett, who replaced Lambert in the bet365 Stadium dugout last week after leading Derby County to the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Wimmer will certainly not be the only player to depart Stoke over the coming weeks, with the likes of Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jack Butland and Badou Ndiaye all expected to have numerous suitors. 

Other big-money disappointments such as record signing Giannelli Imbula and Saido Berahino could also be offloaded, while Kurt Zouma, Kostas Stafylidis and Jese Rodriguez were all on loan. 

Stephen Ireland, Glen Johnson and Jakob Haugaard are all out of contract, meanwhile. Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay was told to stay away from Stoke by Lambert in March.

Stoke have confirmed that Wimmer's loan could lead to a permanent transfer next summer

Stoke have confirmed that Wimmer's loan could lead to a permanent transfer next summer

Stoke have confirmed that Wimmer’s loan could lead to a permanent transfer next summer

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Fernando Alonso slams Monaco GP as ‘most boring race ever

‘The most boring F1 race ever!’ Fernando Alonso slams uneventful Monaco Grand Prix… before claiming attending fans needed paying back

  • Fernando Alonso retired while running seventh in the Monaco Grand Prix
  • Monte Carlo race was the first since 2009 in the principality without a safety car
  • The race was largely a procession despite Daniel Ricciardo’s power issues
  • Red Bull driver won the race from pole from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
  • READ: All the latest F1 news, features and points tables 

Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Fernando Alonso has warned that Formula One needs a drastic rethink of the direction it is heading in after slamming the Monaco Grand Prix as the most boring race ever seen.

Despite losing 25 per cent of his engine power, Daniel Ricciardo was rarely troubled for the win as the Red Bull star led every lap to take his first victory at the principality.

There was no safety car deployed at the circuit for the first time since 2009, with Alonso the first retirement with a gearbox failure 53 laps into the event.

Fernando Alonso walks back to the pitlane after retiring from the Monaco Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso walks back to the pitlane after retiring from the Monaco Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso walks back to the pitlane after retiring from the Monaco Grand Prix

The McLaren driver suffered a gearbox failure while running seventh in Monte Carlo

The McLaren driver suffered a gearbox failure while running seventh in Monte Carlo

The McLaren driver suffered a gearbox failure while running seventh in Monte Carlo

With the top six all finishing where they started, the race turned into a procession and Alonso warned F1 was not doing enough to put on a show for fans as he criticised the lack of drama.

‘[It was] extremely boring. I mean, this is probably the most boring race ever,’ the two-time world champion said.

‘Without a safety car, without yellow flags, the sport needs to think a little bit about the show because this is very disappointing. Probably the most boring race ever in Formula One. 

Alonso was the first retirement of Sunday afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix after 52 laps

Alonso was the first retirement of Sunday afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix after 52 laps

Alonso was the first retirement of Sunday afternoon’s Monaco Grand Prix after 52 laps

Alonso had enjoyed a relative competitive weekend before his retirement in Monte Carlo

Alonso had enjoyed a relative competitive weekend before his retirement in Monte Carlo

Alonso had enjoyed a relative competitive weekend before his retirement in Monte Carlo

‘We probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little.’

While the Spaniard criticised F1’s ability to entertain, the two-time winner around Monte Carlo admitted that most of the day’s lack of entertainment was a result of the nature of the street circuit that has held F1 racing since 1950.

‘It’s just Monaco, it’s the way it is,’ said Alonso,. ‘It was quite boring without a safety car or anything. 

‘We just start in our quali position and we run until the chequered flag in that position.’

The Spaniard missed last year’s race after competing in the Indy500 and he took a final swipe at F1 after tweeting that he was going to watch the famous race in Indianapolis that he called the ‘REAL race of the day.’

Alonso was not the only driver to complain about the race, with Lewis Hamilton saying he ‘wasn’t really racing’ on his way to third. 

Alonso arrived at the Monte Carlo circuit along with his girlfriend Linda Morselli

Alonso arrived at the Monte Carlo circuit along with his girlfriend Linda Morselli

Alonso arrived at the Monte Carlo circuit along with his girlfriend Linda Morselli

Daniel Ricciardo won the race for the first time for Red Bull in his second win of the season

Daniel Ricciardo won the race for the first time for Red Bull in his second win of the season

Daniel Ricciardo won the race for the first time for Red Bull in his second win of the season

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Virgil van Dijk hits out at rivals taking delight in Liverpool’s Champions League misery

Virgil van Dijk hits out at rivals celebrating Liverpool’s Champions League misery: ‘They act like they’re happy, but they should be jealous’

  • Liverpool suffered heartbreak against Real Madrid, losing the final 3-1 in Kiev  
  • Gleeful opposition fans have revelled in Reds failure to win Champions League  
  • Virgil van Dijk believes they should be jealous as their teams were knocked out 

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Virgil van Dijk has hit out at rival teams and supporters delighting in Liverpool’s Champions League misery. 

The centre-back believes critics should be ‘jealous’ that the Reds made it to the final in the first place. 

Jurgen Klopp‘s side suffered a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev, with Loris Karius making two catastrophic errors.  

Virgil van Dijk believes opposition fans should be jealous their teams did not get to the final

Virgil van Dijk believes opposition fans should be jealous their teams did not get to the final

Virgil van Dijk believes opposition fans should be jealous their teams did not get to the final

‘Of course we should be proud of ourselves,’ Van Dijk told talkSPORT. ‘All the teams in England want to be in our position right now.

‘They act like they’re happy, but I think they should be jealous. 

‘We were here, unfortunately we lost, but I think we need to take this to next season and make sure we do even better than we did this year.’ 

The Dutch defender was solid at the back in Kiev and could do nothing about the goals

The Dutch defender was solid at the back in Kiev and could do nothing about the goals

The Dutch defender was solid at the back in Kiev and could do nothing about the goals

It was a memorable ride for Van Dijk and Co, who knocked out Porto, Manchester City and Roma en route to the European showpiece. 

The former Southampton defender helped add solidity to Liverpool’s rearguard and there was very little he could do about the goals conceded on Saturday night. 

Van Dijk will no doubt be looking forward to a break this off-season before attempting to go one better next term.

Van Dijk wants Liverpool to take their disappointment into next season as motivation

Van Dijk wants Liverpool to take their disappointment into next season as motivation

Van Dijk wants Liverpool to take their disappointment into next season as motivation

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Rotherham 2-1 Shrewsbury (AET): Captain fantastic Richard Wood lifts his side into Championship

As far as Wembley debuts go, Richard Wood pretty much nailed it. Having never before stepped out at the national stadium, the Rotherham captain found the ideal occasion to score two goals in a game for the first time in his career.

The defender’s unprecedented contribution at the age of 32 was sufficient to see off Shrewsbury after extra-time and ensure another first: all three teams relegated from the Championship went back up straight away.

Rotherham join Wigan and Blackburn in dipping their toe into League One and removing it swiftly. Shrewsbury are all too familiar with the deep waters of the lower leagues and it is particular cruel they were unable to end their 29-year wait to return to the second tier.

Rotherham lift the Football League One play-off trophy after beating Shrewsbury 2-1 (AET)

Rotherham lift the Football League One play-off trophy after beating Shrewsbury 2-1 (AET)

Rotherham lift the Football League One play-off trophy after beating Shrewsbury 2-1 (AET)

Rotherham players celebrate as the full-time whistle blows and they return to Championship

Rotherham players celebrate as the full-time whistle blows and they return to Championship

Rotherham players celebrate as the full-time whistle blows and they return to Championship

Captain Richard Woods stepped up to score the winner for Rotherham in extra-time

Captain Richard Woods stepped up to score the winner for Rotherham in extra-time

Captain Richard Woods stepped up to score the winner for Rotherham in extra-time

Wood slid in to knock the ball pas Dean Henderson as he grabbed his second of the match

Wood slid in to knock the ball pas Dean Henderson as he grabbed his second of the match

Wood slid in to knock the ball pas Dean Henderson as he grabbed his second of the match

Wood and his team-mates celebrate after he scored the winning goal in the 103rd minute

Wood and his team-mates celebrate after he scored the winning goal in the 103rd minute

Wood and his team-mates celebrate after he scored the winning goal in the 103rd minute

Favourites for relegation at the start of the campaign, Paul Hurst’s side began with a 15-game unbeaten streak, were in the automatic places for many weeks, and finished eight points ahead of Rotherham in the table. But having lost here in April’s EFL Trophy final, they again could not do enough when the big stage commanded.

There is a certain irony to the identity of the side that has denied Hurst. He played almost his entire career at Rotherham, more than 430 matches, and was for six years a teammate to Paul Warne, who was in the opposite dugout.

Warne was with Rotherham as caretaker manager on their fall last season, thrust somewhat reluctantly into the spotlight, so this was personal as well as collective redemption.

‘It was tough last year, I questioned myself no end,’ admitted Warne, 45. ‘It was the chairman who convinced me I had the attributes to be a manager. In the summer I recruited staff and players I wanted and we put a smile on people’s faces.’

The penalty came within 10 minutes but Dean Henderson was able to save David Ball's shot

The penalty came within 10 minutes but Dean Henderson was able to save David Ball's shot

The penalty came within 10 minutes but Dean Henderson was able to save David Ball’s shot

Shrewsbury were able to keep the score 0-0 in the early stages after Henderson's save

Shrewsbury were able to keep the score 0-0 in the early stages after Henderson's save

Shrewsbury were able to keep the score 0-0 in the early stages after Henderson’s save

Shrewsbury Town players surround the referee after he awarded a penalty against them 

Shrewsbury Town players surround the referee after he awarded a penalty against them 

Shrewsbury Town players surround the referee after he awarded a penalty against them 

MATCH FACTS 

Rotherham: Rodak, Emmanuel, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Towell, Vaulks, Taylor, Ball, Newell, Smith 

Subs: Forde, Palmer, Price, Purrington, Williams, Cummings, Lavery.

Shrewsbury: Henderson, Bolton, Nsiala, Sadler, Beckles, Godfrey, Whalley, Bryn Morris, Nolan, Rodman, Carlton Morris.

Subs: Riley, Lowe, Brown, John-Lewis, MacGillivray, Jones, Payne.

Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside)

A good friend to his defeated counterpart, Warne admitted slightly mixed emotions. ‘I love Hursty,’ he said. ‘I don’t feel too victorious about it.’ Warne was clearer on his match-winner, who he calls ‘the wrecking ball’. ‘I looked at his wife when he scored the second and she was in complete shock.’

Warne’s rolling contract will click on into next year, while Hurst’s future is less clear. Ipswich have been heavily linked with the 43-year-old.

‘That’s been happening for quite a bit of the season,’ Hurst said. ‘I can’t stop what people say. At this moment all I’m concerned about is lifting those players who are naturally disappointed. There are tears.’

Rotherham earned victory, taking the initiative and maintaining momentum. They were awarded a penalty by referee Rob Jones in the eighth minute when Omar Beckles wrapped his arm round the neck of Wood.

Richard Wood headed Rotherham in front before half-time from a corner

Richard Wood headed Rotherham in front before half-time from a corner

Richard Wood headed Rotherham in front before half-time from a corner

Wood reels away to celebrate after he got the run on Omar Beckles who watches on in despair

Wood reels away to celebrate after he got the run on Omar Beckles who watches on in despair

Wood reels away to celebrate after he got the run on Omar Beckles who watches on in despair

Emotions ran high as Rotherham took the lead in the first-half of the final at Wembley

Emotions ran high as Rotherham took the lead in the first-half of the final at Wembley

Emotions ran high as Rotherham took the lead in the first-half of the final at Wembley

Alex Rodman scored a crucial equaliser for Shrewsbury as he lifted the ball over the 'keeper

Alex Rodman scored a crucial equaliser for Shrewsbury as he lifted the ball over the 'keeper

Alex Rodman scored a crucial equaliser for Shrewsbury as he lifted the ball over the ‘keeper

It was a well worked free-kick from the edge of the area that put Rodman through on goal

It was a well worked free-kick from the edge of the area that put Rodman through on goal

It was a well worked free-kick from the edge of the area that put Rodman through on goal

The players celebrate after the training ground routine keeps them in the game in second-half

The players celebrate after the training ground routine keeps them in the game in second-half

The players celebrate after the training ground routine keeps them in the game in second-half

But Dean Henderson, the 21-year-old on loan from Manchester United, went the right way and punched David Ball’s spot kick to safety.

The Beckles-Wood duel at set pieces continued to be an intriguing battle and on two further occasions the Shrewsbury defender risked punishment for manhandling Rotherham’s captain.

In the 33rd minute we discovered why he had been paying such close attention. This time Beckles stood off, enabling Wood to get a running jump, and when Joe Newell’s corner curled into the air above the six yard box the Rotherham player was free to head in.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne (left) and Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst bark orders from the touchline

Rotherham boss Paul Warne (left) and Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst bark orders from the touchline

Rotherham boss Paul Warne (left) and Shrewsbury’s Paul Hurst bark orders from the touchline

Rotherham's goalkeeper Marek Rodak punches clear under pressure during physical game

Rotherham's goalkeeper Marek Rodak punches clear under pressure during physical game

Rotherham’s goalkeeper Marek Rodak punches clear under pressure during physical game

Shrewsbury finally turned up after the break and were level in the 58th minute through an ingenious free-kick routine. With Rotherham expecting a high ball into the box, Shaun Walley instead went low to Mat Sadler, who had peeled away from the scrum. Sadler touched the ball on to slip in Alex Rodman and a poked finish followed.

Twice Rotherham wasted opportunities when clean through and in the fifth minute of stoppage time Henderson summoned a save that bore comparison to David de Gea. Ryan Williams drove into the box and snapped fierce shot that was heading for the top corner until Henderson diverted wide with one hand.

But Henderson was helpless on 103 minutes as the same combination from Rotherham’s opening goal struck again. This time Newell delivered a deep free-kick and ghosting in round the back was Wood, who steered in a half-volley off the post.

Henderson pulled off another fantastic save in stoppage time to take the final to extra-time

Henderson pulled off another fantastic save in stoppage time to take the final to extra-time

Henderson pulled off another fantastic save in stoppage time to take the final to extra-time

Shrewsbury fans throw balloons in their colours around during a hot day at Wembley  

Shrewsbury fans throw balloons in their colours around during a hot day at Wembley  

Shrewsbury fans throw balloons in their colours around during a hot day at Wembley  

Shrewsbury's Aristote Nsiala slides in on Rotherham's Michael Smith (left) during the match

Shrewsbury's Aristote Nsiala slides in on Rotherham's Michael Smith (left) during the match

Shrewsbury’s Aristote Nsiala slides in on Rotherham’s Michael Smith (left) during the match