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Nations League: Denmark stun France while Van Dijk sinks Belgium

The Guardian Reuters - 1 hour ago

World champions avoid relegation after Austria defeatCroatia and the Netherlands seal final four spots Nations League holders France lost 2-0 to Denmark in their final Group A game but salvaged their place in the top tier at the end of a dismal campaign on Sunday.Didier Deschamps’ side, who will face Denmark in the World Cup in November, finished third in the Nations League standings with five points from six games after Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen scored first-half goals for the hosts. Austria were relegated to League B after a 3-1 defeat at home to Croatia left them bottom of the group on four points. Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate casts envious eye towards Germany’s Joshua Kimmich

The Guardian David Hytner - 1 hour ago

Manager believes the Germany playmaker is the type of midfielder Premier League academies are failing to produceIt is always revealing when a manager name-checks an opposition player before a game and it was no different when Gareth Southgate did so on Sunday. Asked to assess Germany, whom England face in the Nations League at Wembley on Monday night — in a tie that has become fraught for so many reasons — he zeroed in on one man, betraying admiration and envy in equal measure.“Joshua Kimmich is fundamental to the team and the way they play,” Southgate said of the midfield controller. “He organises the game for them and he reads it so well.” Continue reading...

Contract will not stop England sacking me, admits Gareth Southgate

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 1 hour ago

Manager’s current deal runs until December 2024England prepare to host Germany in Nations LeagueGareth Southgate has admitted that having two years left on his contract will not protect him from the sack if England flop at the World Cup this winter.Southgate, whose deal runs until December 2024 and takes in that year’s European Championship, is under growing pressure before England close their disastrous Nations League campaign by hosting Germany at Wembley on Monday evening. The manager was booed by his own supporters after his side’s 1-0 defeat against Italy in Milan last Friday, a result that relegated the Euro 2020 finalists to the second tier of the Nations League, and the 52-year-old knows his future could depend on what happens in Qatar this winter. Continue reading...

Poland and Swiderski consign Wales to Nations League relegation

The Guardian PA Media - 1 hour ago

Wales’ World Cup send-off ended in a 1-0 defeat to Poland and relegation from the Nations League’s top tier.Karol Swiderski, just as he had done when the two sides met in Wroclaw in June, came up with a second-half winner to seal Wales’ demotion to League B. Wales needed victory in Cardiff to secure their place in the top flight of European football and relegate Poland to the second tier. Continue reading...

Wales 0-1Poland: Nations League – live updates

The Guardian John Brewin - 2 hours ago

Karol Świderski’s second-half goal relegated Wales from the top tier of the Nations League in the last match before the World Cup in QatarThis is a farewell to the fans ahead of the World Cup, the first since 1958 where, despite the problems of accommodation and cost, it’s said there may be almost as many Welsh fans travelling to Qatar as the English. Once in a lifetime, even allowing for the glory of Euro 2016 and being at Euro 2020. The Principality Stadium is rocking with some classic EDM and the lights are flashing on and off. Cardiff is a city that does these events well, very well. Alan Pugh gets in touch: “Bonsoir from Paris. Impossible to find a bar showing the game in Cardiff. On the plus side the Munch exhibition here was well worth a visit at the Musée d’Orsay. And it’ll certainly be a scream if we and the Scots are both in the A band for the next Nations’ League while our neighbours take on Kazakhstan.” Continue reading...

Finnigan leads Everton to WSL win over Liverpool in front of record crowd

The Guardian Andy Hunter at Anfield - 2 hours ago

Anfield witnessed its record crowd for a Women’s Super League fixture although not the outcome the majority had expected. Everton took the spoils in the Merseyside derby with a commanding display and comprehensive victory over Liverpool, timing their first win of the campaign to perfection from the perspective of their new manager Brian Sørensen. Everton won the last WSL derby here in 2019 before a then record crowd of 23,500. They repeated the feat in front of an audience of 27,574 — attracted by the success of the European Championships, ticket prices of £7 for adults and £1 for concessions, even a promotional video from Jürgen Klopp — courtesy of goals from Megan Finnigan, the outstanding Jess Park and the substitute Hanna Bennison. The occasion was in keeping with the growing momentum of the women’s game, but it got to Liverpool.“We looked scared,” the Liverpool manager Matt Beard admitted. “We have to learn to deal with these types of stadiums and crowds. I don’t want that to be the excuse but it was a factor. We usually play at Prenton Park, which has been very good for us. The bigger crowd does add pressure to us but we have to cope with that because this is the way the women’s game is going. We are desperately disappointed with our performance. Everton took full advantage and thoroughly deserved to win.” His Everton counterpart concurred that the crowd was a factor, although one that Sørensen’s side thrived upon. “It was good to see so many people here,” the Everton manager said. “We said before the game that we should use our football to quieten the crowd down and that’s what we did. It was an amazing crowd for women’s football. I’m really happy with it.” Continue reading...

Kirby kickstarts Chelsea’s WSL title defence with Manchester City win

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack at Kingsmeadow - 5 hours ago

Chelsea kickstarted their title defence with a comfortable but not altogether convincing 2-0 win to heap pressure on the Manchester City manager, Gareth Taylor.It is rare that there is much riding on the second game of the season, but with both Chelsea and City having endured shock defeats on the first weekend, against the newly promoted Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively, suddenly this result mattered more. Continue reading...

Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City: Women’s Super League – as it happened

The Guardian Daniel Harris - 5 hours ago

Chelsea rebounded from opening-weekend defeat to beat City –who now have two defeats from two games – with goals from Frank Kirby and Maren MjeldeGareth Taylor notes that sometimes it takes time for new players to gel, and that his team play where the spaces are. So if Chelsea press, they may not play out from the back, instead targeting the gaps left as a consequence. He wants his team to give away fewer counter-attacks than they did last week, though, and to stay in the game early doors. I daresay, though, that City, and Lauren Hemp in particular, will be fancying their chances of getting down the side of Millie Bright. She’s matured into a much better player than I expected her to, I must say, but she’s not the most mobile, and as an outside centre-back, there’s scope for her to get isolated. Continue reading...

Germany still confident about World Cup hopes despite lean run of form | Jonathan Liew

The Guardian Jonathan Liew - 6 hours ago

Hansi Flick’s side just lost to Hungary and have no regular source of goals but believe everything will come good in QatarA proud footballing nation on a lean run of just one win in six games. A humiliating defeat at home against Hungary. And above all, a sense of stasis and frustration, a lack of creativity, the suspicion that for all the talent and trophies in this team, it remains considerably less than the sum of its parts.Germany and England may share a common predicament, but as they prepare to meet on Monday night only one of these nations is currently racked by existential crisis. And curiously, it’s not the one that has bombed out of its last two international tournaments. Continue reading...

Mark Lawrenson claims BBC dropped him because he is ‘65 and a white male’

The Guardian Guardian sport - 11 hours ago

Lawrenson retired in May after 30 years as a football punditFormer Liverpool defender now claims it was not his decisionMark Lawrenson has claimed that he was dropped from the BBC’s football coverage because “I’m 65 \[years old\] and a white male”.Lawrenson retired at the end of last season after 30 years as a pundit and co-commentator with the corporation, most recently featuring on BBC One’s Football Focus. But he has now said it was not his decision to step down in an interview with the Sunday Times. Continue reading...

Iran hope to spin chaos into gold at World Cup with Queiroz’s comeback

The Guardian John Duerden - 15 hours ago

Team Melli’s 1-0 win over Uruguay has raised hopes of dealing a black eye to Group B despite controversy surrounding QueirozIran’s government is more involved than most in football – clubs are owned directly or indirectly by the state – but it keeps a closer eye than usual on the beloved national team at times of public unrest. After the famous World Cup playoff win over Australia in 1997 the players were told to take their time coming home lest their presence push nationwide celebrations into something else. Continue reading...

Matthew Briggs: ‘I had been the league’s youngest player – I couldn’t ask why I wasn’t involved’

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 15 hours ago

After making his Premier League debut for Fulham at 16, the left-back admits the unfulfilled expectation of him weighed too heavyBefore Arsenal’s Ethan Nwaneri it was Fulham’s Harvey Elliott, and before Elliott it was Fulham’s Matthew Briggs. For 12 years Briggs held the mantle of youngest Premier League debutant, feeling both the joy of the accomplishment but also its considerable weight.“I’m proud to have had that title and I wouldn’t take it back for the world,” says the 31-year-old. “But there is a part of me that wishes I’d just progressed slowly up the ranks.” Continue reading...

Garang Kuol and Jason Cummings shine on debut as Socceroos beat New Zealand

The Guardian Paul Williams - 17 hours ago

Duke and Cummings score in 2-0 win at Eden ParkSeries wraps up Australia’s World Cup preparationsThe Socceroos have wrapped up preparations for November’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Zealand which showcased the team’s best and worst form.In Australia’s final match before taking on France at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah on 22 November, second-half goals from Mitch Duke and Jason Cummings – the latter from the penalty spot – ensured Australia completed their Qatar 2022 preparations with a pair of wins against the All Whites, having defeated the same opponent in Brisbane last Thursday. Continue reading...

EFL roundup: Sheffield Wednesday on the up and Orient extend unbeaten start

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Wednesday beat Wycombe 3-1 to climb to third in League OneOrient five points clear of Northampton at the top of League TwoSheffield Wednesday defeated Wycombe 3-1 to close to within a point of League One’s top two. Neither Ipswich nor Portsmouth were in action and Wednesday ensured they took full advantage to spoil Gareth Ainsworth’s 10-year anniversary in charge of the Chairboys.The visitors had a nightmare start as Joe Jacobson put into his own net in the first minute. Sam Vokes quickly equalised, but Barry Bannan tapped in Wednesday’s second in the 32nd minute and Callum Patterson added a late third. Continue reading...

‘I’m the right man’: Gareth Southgate determined to lead England in Qatar

The Guardian David Hytner in Milan - 1 day ago

The knives may be out after a dismal run but there is no appetite to sack the England manager before the World CupThe inquest was under way at San Siro and Gareth Southgate knew the questions would be direct. It had been one of those bad England nights when the team looked static, unable to build with the ball, the connections elusive.The 1-0 Nations League defeat by Italy on Friday was deserved, largely inevitable, and it followed a quartet of vague or non-performances in the competition in June, which had brought two defeats and two draws – a substantial body of evidence for the prosecution. Continue reading...

Nations League roundup: Northern Ireland win late; Switzerland beat Spain

The Guardian Agencies - 1 day ago

Northern Ireland record first ever Nations League winSpain beaten by Switzerland; Portugal thrash Czech RepublicNorthern Ireland manager, Ian Baraclough, admitted he breathed a huge sigh of relief after Josh Magennis headed in a stoppage-time winner against Kosovo to end their long winless run in the Nations League at Windsor Park.Ten minutes after the substitute Gavin Whyte had given Northern Ireland hope with the equaliser, the Cardiff winger sent in the cross for Magennis to power home a much-needed winner. Continue reading...

Scotland 2-1 Republic of Ireland: Nations League — live

The Guardian Scott Murray - 1 day ago

Scotland came from behind to win a hard-fought game and reclaim top spot in Group B14 min: Hickey tries to release Armstrong down the right but overcooks his pass. Goal kick. A better ball may have opened up Ireland.2 min: Ireland are seeing more of the ball during these very early exchanges. Scotland showing a willingness to press. Continue reading...

Ryan Christie penalty completes Scotland’s comeback win over Ireland

The Guardian Ewan Murray at Hampden Park - 1 day ago

The biggest compliment that can be paid to Scotland is that they did not panic when the Republic of Ireland threatened to rip up their script. Only a draw was required from this clash for the same outcome from Tuesday’s meeting with Ukraine to see Steve Clarke’s men seal top spot in Group B1 of the Nations League. It is lost on nobody in these parts that the Scots would pass relegated England while en route to Group A.Scotland fell a goal behind to Ireland, triggering the kind of nervousness which is natural for a supporter base who have known the darkest of times. New Scotland, though, means new attitudes; a composed second 45 minutes secured the win that earlier looked improbable. Scotland still need to avoid defeat in Krakow but they will fly to Poland in fine spirits. Continue reading...

Against all odds, Lionel Messi has one last shot at World Cup glory with Argentina | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson - 1 day ago

Questions remain for Lionel Scaloni’s side but there is a growing sense that a glorious finale could be on the cardsArgentina went to Russia in 2018 with a sense it was now or never. They had lost in the final of the previous World Cup. A great generation of attacking talent was ageing. Lionel Messi was 31 and two years earlier had flirted with international retirement after a second successive Copa América final defeat to Chile. And at last the Argentinian Football Association had managed to appoint, in Jorge Sampaoli, a dynamic and progressive coach who promised to restore the days of Bielsista optimism.Messi scored one brilliant goal, against Nigeria and there was a spirited exit against France in the last 16, but the last World Cup was a huge disappointment. There was a drab draw against Iceland and an embarrassingly comprehensive defeat to Croatia. Continue reading...

Southgate’s England achieve Total Mediocrity at worst possible moment | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 1 day ago

Manager’s six-year reign has largely been a positive one but his tactical shortcomings have become horribly exposedAs we head into another World Cup, six years on from wedding suits and dad-band beards and being nice, Gareth Southgate’s England have once again achieved the remarkable feat of uniting a divided nation. Although, unfortunately for Gareth Southgate’s England the one thing the nation appears to be united on is: Gareth Southgate’s England aren’t very good.This probably isn’t the rallying cry Southgate would have chosen. But say what you like, it is a rare skill. And Friday night’s defeat in Milan was at least new in other ways. Continue reading...

Arsenal’s record WSL crowd leaves the players happy as fandom flourishes | Sean Ingle

The Guardian Sean Ingle at the Emirates Stadium - 1 day ago

The 47,367 flipped the script as they delighted the north London derby’s combatants with their energy and atmosphereVeni, vidi, Vivianne. They came, 47,367 of them all told, shattering the Women’s Super League attendance record. Watched and roared as Arsenal turned this north London derby into a painless rout. And then, as Vivianne Miedema left the pitch after scoring two goals in each half, rose to applaud the performance of a Dutch master.Until Saturday, the record for a WSL game was 38,272, when these teams met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2019. But long before kick-off, as the streets around the Emirates Stadium filled up with families and excited kids off to their first game, it was clearly going to be smashed. Continue reading...

Why has the FA not spoken up over Uefa failings after Liverpool fans’ Paris ordeal? | David Conn

The Guardian David Conn - 1 day ago

With no sense of solidarity after the Champions League final chaos it could be that the Euro 2028 bid is seen as a priorityThe profoundly shocking way Uefa mishandled its Champions League final on 28 May has prompted alarming questions about the organisation and its president Aleksander Ceferin and, by natural extension, the whole edifice governing modern football.Uefa may still be that great institution, formed in 1954 to organise the European Cup and still 68 years on, thanks to last year’s defeat of the Super League breakaway, organisers of the glittering Champions League. Continue reading...

Gareth Bale and Wales focus on getting house in order before World Cup

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 1 day ago

Victory over Poland needed to stay in top tier of Nations LeagueBale says he is building on his fitness in Los AngelesWhen England exited Euro 2016 via an ignominious defeat to Iceland, Wales took great delight in their misery, celebrating at their hotel base in Dinard. A video of the Wales squad jumping for joy and huddling together as England’s players fell to the floor like dominoes went viral.England’s relegation from the Nations League is incomparable and neither were Wales, 67 days out from when they collide in their final Group B match at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, ever going to contemplate a repeat of those scenes, which, it is fair to say, received mixed reviews. Continue reading...

Miedema doubles up as Arsenal rout Tottenham in front of record WSL crowd

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack at the Emirates - 1 day ago

Pioneers, record-breakers and title hunters. Arsenal, England’s most successful women’s team, hosted a new Women’s Super League record crowd of 47,367 at the Emirates Stadium as they powered to a 4-0 win over their north London rivals, Tottenham, to extend their early lead at the top of the table.There was a real buzz around north London. Tube trains were littered with red and white hours before kick-off as the crowd swarmed towards the ground. For those who had tasted England’s Euros triumph at Wembley in July, there was hope and hushed whispers. Were they about to witness some more history? Continue reading...

Arsenal 4-0 Tottenham: Women’s Super League — live reaction

The Guardian Will Unwin - 1 day ago

Live updates from the 1.30pm kick-off at the EmiratesGet in touch! Email Will or tweet @Will\_Unwin2 mins: Already some promising play from both sides. Arsenal and Spurs are looking to move the ball quickly on a bowling green bathed in sunshine. Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go! Continue reading...

Alex Scott says trolling and racist abuse took her to some ‘dark places’

The Guardian Miranda Bryant - 1 day ago

BBC presenter received death threats after false reports that she was to replace Sue Barker on A Question of SportAlex Scott said she has been left in fear of her life by trolling and racist abuse, which has taken the pundit and former footballer to some “dark places”.The 37-year-old, who played for Arsenal and England and had a key role on the BBC commentary team during the Lionesses’ winning run in the Women’s Euros, said she received death threats last summer after it was incorrectly reported that she was to replace Sue Barker as the presenter of A Question of Sport. Continue reading...

Erik ten Hag’s strange charisma is reigniting United’s fighting spirit | Daniel Harris

The Guardian Daniel Harris - 1 day ago

Signing strong, bright characters means the manager now has the players to make up for a lack of personal magnetismFootball management is difficult – unless, of course, you’re a football writer. But otherwise – if you’re a football manager, say – it’s one of the hardest jobs there is, which is why almost everyone who tries it fails somewhere along the line.That’s the case even if they end up at Manchester United, whose standing in the game since the second world war is down to the achievements of just two men: Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson. And what defines them, along with all the others who’ve enjoyed even moderate success in the role – Tommy Docherty, Ron Atkinson, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho, as opposed to Frank O’Farrell, Dave Sexton, David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjær – is charisma. Continue reading...

Chelsea and Manchester City face off hoping to atone for poor WSL starts | Sophie Downey

The Guardian Sophie Downey - 1 day ago

Last season’s first- and third-placed sides opened with defeats but meet on Sunday looking to quickly get back on trackThe new Women’s Super League season has only just begun but in many ways the stakes could not be higher going into the second weekend. Chelsea take on Manchester City at a sold-out Kingsmeadow on Sunday afternoon, with two of the game’s heavyweights desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats and kickstart their campaign.Both sides will have expected to have points on the board but with the postponement of the opening weekend and surprise defeats last time out, the pressure is on. Continue reading...

Steve Evans: ‘Look at Klopp on the sidelines. That’s me 10 years ago. That’s pressure’

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 1 day ago

The former Leeds manager is enjoying a good start to the season with Stevenage and says he is mellower now‘Alexa, stop,” Steve Evans says, sitting at his kitchen table, shutting off the Motown playlist as he reflects on Stevenage’s superb start to the season, hours after victory preserved their perfect home record. It is a summer’s day in Rutland, the sun blasting in from the garden that doubles up as a football pitch for him and Joseph, his eldest grandson. Evans spent the morning strimming the hedges and mowing the lawn and is at ease as he looks back on a colourful career in the dugout. It all began in the 90s, a few minutes down the road at Stamford AFC where he won two of his eight promotions and the management bug gripped him, but much has changed since then.The rhino skin remains – it is a necessity to last this long in the game – but Evans insists the caricature of the uncensored character who would overheat and berate officials on the touchline is out of date. So does he feel he has mellowed? “Without a shadow of a doubt,” says Evans, 60 next month. “I’ve think if you’ve seen me 10-15 years ago, it could be the most blatant goal-kick and I’m appealing for a corner, and if we lose it’s not my fault because I got the team or the shape wrong, it’s the referee’s fault because he didn’t give us the right throw-in on 74 minutes. I had to change, for health, and because we’re getting to the stage where grandsons are coming to the games. Joseph comes and he’s like: ‘Pops, pops!’ You have to be a bit careful, do you know what I mean? Continue reading...

Project 2023: a five-point plan for boosting women’s football in England

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 1 day ago

There has never been a better chance to accelerate growth. Here we identify the key areas and set the targets to be hit In 2017 the Football Association launched its Gameplan for Growth for the women’s game. It was a strategy which set forth plans and targets for the development of women’s football from top to bottom. Three years on the FA had hit every target: doubling participation, doubling the fanbase, reaching the top three in the world in all England age groups and putting the senior England women’s team in good stead for the 2023 World Cup.Now, we are two years into the new strategy, titled Positive Change. Already targets are being met, with England’s Euros success ticking off the ambition to win a major tournament. The momentum from that is still flowing and the World Cup, which will lift interest further, is only 10 months away. There is no better opportunity to accelerate the growth and development of the game, and to safeguard its future. But what are the key areas to address and what results should have been achieved when the 2023-24 WSL season starts next September? Continue reading...

Chelsea news: Christian Pulisic given stern warning as Graham Potter admission emerges

Mirror - 1 day ago

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has spoken out against former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel in his new book now, just weeks after the German coach left his role at Stamford Bridge

Gareth Southgate calls England defeat to Italy ‘a step in the right direction’

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at San Siro - 2 days ago

Manager booed by his own supporters after defeat to ItalyEngland have not scored from open play in 450 minutesGareth Southgate said that he will shoulder the responsibility for England’s terrible run of form after the manager was booed by his own supporters following his side’s insipid 1-0 defeat to Italy last night.England’s World Cup preparations suffered another dent after Giacomo Raspadori’s superb winner condemned them to relegation from the top tier of the Nations League. The Euro 2020 finalists, who are certain to finish bottom of Group A3, have gone five games without a competitive win for the first time since 1992 and have not scored from open play for 450 minutes – their worst run in 22 years. Continue reading...

Italy 1-0 England: Performance 'step in the right direction', says Gareth Southgate

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Gareth Southgate says England's performance in their defeat by Italy was "a step in the right direction" despite Nations League relegation.

Gareth Southgate sees England positives despite facing boos after Italy defeat

Independant Simon Peach - 2 days ago

The 1-0 loss in Milan was an embarrassing bump in the road just 59 days out from England’s World Cup opener against Iran

Wayne Hennessey outlines Wales’ ambitious World Cup aim

Independant Phil Blanche - 2 days ago

The Dragons will come up against England, Iran and the United States in the group stage

Leandro Trossard confident Brighton can still shine after Graham Potter’s exit

Independant Phil Blanche - 2 days ago

The Seagulls have put former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Roberto De Zerbi in charge

Brazil 3-0 Ghana: Tottenham forward Richarlison scores twice

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Tottenham striker Richarlison scores a first-half double as Brazil brush aside Ghana in a friendly.

Declan Rice disagrees with Joe Cole after England suffer Nations League embarrassment

Mirror - 2 days ago

England suffered relegation from the UEFA Nations League after losing to Italy at the San Siro, with Gareth Southgate extending their winless run in the lead-up to the World Cup

England look more feeble than at any other point in the age of Southgate | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay at San Siro - 2 days ago

No goal in almost 500 minutes of open play and now relegated, it’s hard to accuse England of peaking too early for World CupWell, it is a pretty weird World Cup anyway. Can we asterisk this thing? Just a thought, but is it actually too late to boycott? Norway did the T-shirts. Good optics.For Gareth Southgate and England this was another cowed and pallid step towards Qatar 2022. What is the perfect prep for these four-yearly moments of destiny anyway? How about not scoring a goal from open play for almost 500 minutes? How about three defeats in five games, topped by a 1-0 here against a so-so Italy? How about getting relegated? Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate ‘understands’ boos but insists England performance was ‘step in the right direction’ despite Italy defeat

Metro Tony Mogan - 2 days ago

Southgate insists there were positives despite defeat in Milan.

Arsene Wenger gives two reasons why Arsenal have "good chance" of Premier League glory

Mirror - 2 days ago

Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to their last Premier League title back in 2004 and is optimistic this could be the season when they are crowned champions of England once again

England slip to dispiriting Italy defeat to suffer Nations League relegation

Independant Miguel Delaney - 2 days ago

Italy 1-0 England: Giacomo Raspadori fired home in the second half to condemn the Three Lions to defeat in Milan

Clarke facing calls on key Scotland trio for crunch Republic of Ireland clash

The Guardian Ewan Murray - 2 days ago

Kieran Tierney missed latter part of last season for ArsenalJack Hendry and Stuart Armstrong also lacking game timeSteve Clarke has admitted he faces a balancing act between managing game time for key players such as Kieran Tierney and guiding Scotland through a crucial match against the Republic of Ireland.Should Scotland claim at least a point at Hampden Park on Saturday, it is likely that a draw against Ukraine in Poland on Tuesday would seal top spot in group B1 of the Nations League. Playing three games inside a week – Scotland beat Ukraine in Glasgow on Wednesday – raises selection issues for Clarke. Continue reading...

Brighton star Leandro Trossard makes Graham Potter admission after sudden Chelsea move

Mirror - 2 days ago

Graham Potter upped sticks by leaving Brighton for Chelsea earlier this month, much to the shock of the squad he left behind, including star winger Leandro Trossard

England sent World Cup warning as Gareth Bale back playing with "a smile on his face"

Mirror - 2 days ago

England and Wales face off in their final group-stage game at the Qatar World Cup and Wayne Hennessey has issued a defiant warning to the Three Lions ahead of the tournament

Italy v England: How you rated the players as Gareth Southgate's side relegated in National League

BBC Football - 2 days ago

England's defeat in Italy saw them relegated in the Nations League with only Nick Pope and Jude Bellingham given a rating above five by BBC Sport readers.

Saturday's gossip: Vlahovic, Chalobah, Traore, Griezmann, Maddison

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Arsenal set to return for Dusan Vlahovic, Roma want Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah, Nice considering Scott Parker approach, plus more.

Cristiano Ronaldo: FA charge Manchester United forward over mobile phone incident at Everton

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 2 days ago

The FA alleged Ronaldo’s conduct was ‘improper and/or violent’

Gareth Southgate responds to England fans booing him after humiliating Italy loss

Mirror - 2 days ago

England boss Gareth Southgate was loudly booed by the travelling Three Lions faithful following Friday night's dismal Nations League defeat against Italy in Milan

Spain Women players deny asking for national coach Jorge Vilda to be sacked

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 2 days ago

The RFEF stated the 15 players in question could be disqualified for up to five years

What Nations League relegation means for England

Independant Mark Mann-Bryans - 2 days ago

England are now certain to finish bottom of Group A3 after their 1-0 defeat to Italy

Unspectacular Harry Maguire justifies Gareth Southgate’s faith - for now

Independant Richard Jolly - 2 days ago

England’s most beleaguered defender continued his streak of losing every game he’s started this season but was solid enough in England’s defeat to Italy

England at risk of regressing to dark days of old as Italy loss raises crippling worries

Mirror - 2 days ago

ITALY 0-1 ENGLAND: The Three Lions, who have gone gone over seven hours without scoring a goal, saw their preparations for the World Cup go from bad to worse at San Siro

Gareth Southgate's England tactics left Jude Bellingham exposed on big World Cup chance

Mirror - 2 days ago

England lost 1-0 to Italy on Friday night; it was a night when Gareth Southgate asked teenager Bellingham and his central midfield partner Declan Rice to do a three-man job

Italy 1-0 England: Gareth Southgate's side relegated after Nations League defeat

BBC Football - 2 days ago

England are relegated to the Nations League second tier for the first time following defeat by Italy in Milan.

England condemned to Nations League relegation after dismal defeat to Italy

The Guardian David Hytner at San Siro - 2 days ago

Gareth Southgate has been here before – in his nightmares at Molineux. Back in June, at the end of the 4-0 humiliation against Hungary, the England manager had ventured on to the pitch to applaud the home crowd. The boos that greeted him dripped with venom.And so to full time here. After Hungary at home; goodness, after the loss to Hungary away – plus the draws in between against Germany and Italy which had got this Nations League campaign off to such a bad start – it was a night when Southgate desperately needed a mood-changer, something to restore belief. Yet there would only be more frustration, more dead-ends, an absence of creative inspiration. Continue reading...

Hungary stake Nations League finals claim as Szalai strike stuns Germany

The Guardian Jonathan Liew at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig - 2 days ago

If Hansi Flick was perturbed, he was doing a fairly good job of hiding it. As he watched his side toil in their last home fixture before the World Cup, he simply paced down the sideline, hands in pockets, as if taking a stroll in a park. Is there a word for the intense, borderline-irrational calm that overcomes German teams in the buildup to major tournaments? If so, it is probably German.The irony, perhaps, was that Germany were beaten by the one thing they do not possess, the one thing they have arguably never won a major tournament without: a seasoned old-school No 9. The veteran Hungarian Adam Szalai is 34 years old and could probably try to recreate his winning goal for 34 more without finding the net. Still, his flash of inspiration was enough to give his side the win and keep them on course for unlikely Nations League glory. Continue reading...

Toothless England relegated from Nations League after defeat in Italy

Independant Simon Peach - 2 days ago

The 1-0 defeat extends England’s winless run ahead of the World Cup.

Germany 0-1 Hungary: Visitors remain in pole position to reach Nations League finals

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Hungary remain in pole position to qualify for the Nations League finals from Group A3 after a spectacular win over Germany in Leipzig.

Italy vs England LIVE: Nations League result, final score and reaction as Azzurri win to relegate England

Independant Michael Jones - 2 days ago

Italy 1-0 England: Three Lions relegated from Group A thanks to Giacomo Raspadori’s goal

England relegated to Nations League second tier after loss to Italy – live reaction

The Guardian Scott Murray - 2 days ago

Live news from the game at San Siro, 7.45pm BST kick-offThe Fiver: sign up and get our free football newsletterGet in touch! Send your thoughts to Scott by email here1 min: Cristante leaves a little something on Foden, who felt it. A bold opening gambit for a player one booking away from suspension.England get the ball rolling. Tonight’s referee sent off Harry Maguire and Reece James the last time he took charge of an England match (against Denmark at Wembley in 2020). Continue reading...

England player ratings as Phil Foden a rare bright spark in mundane Italy defeat

Mirror - 2 days ago

England were beaten 1-0 by Italy at San Siro on Friday night, resulting in Nations League relegation and raising further questions of their World Cup credentials

Jude Bellingham's verdict on his best position will be music to Jurgen Klopp's ears

Mirror - 2 days ago

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham continues to be linked with a Premier League switch, but there has been some debate over the youngster's best position

England suffer humiliating Nations League relegation after Italy loss - 5 talking points

Mirror - 2 days ago

ITALY 1-0 ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate's side have been relegated to Tier B of the Nations League as their winless run extended to five matches with defeat in Milan

Kylian Mbappe opens up on "freedom" that deals blow to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema

Mirror - 2 days ago

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema played together for France at Euro 2020 and will both be in the mix for this winter's World Cup

England fans make feelings clear on Harry Maguire reprieve amid Man Utd uncertainty

Mirror - 2 days ago

Harry Maguire kept his place in the England staring XI to face Italy in the Nations League despite falling out of favour under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

Spain Women players deny asking for national coach Jorge Vilda to be sacked

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 2 days ago

The RFEF stated the 15 players in question could be disqualified for up to five years.

Manchester United 'possible destination' for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and more transfer rumours

Manchester Evening News - 2 days ago

Man United have been linked with a move for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for a number of years

Marseille and Nice given stadium bans by Uefa after crowd trouble

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Marseille and Nice will play their next European home games behind closed doors as punishment for recent crowd trouble.

‘He knows what we think of him’ – Gareth Southgate hits out at ‘big agenda’ against Harry Maguire following England inclusion

Metro Tony Mogan - 2 days ago

The England boss insists his defender remains a key player.

Player mutiny exposes deeper issues within Spanish women’s football | Sid Lowe

The Guardian Sid Lowe in Madrid - 2 days ago

A group of 15 players have lifted the lid on a wider crisis within the national team by refusing to play until changes are madeThe emails arrived at the federation at about seven o’clock on Thursday evening: 15 of them written in the first person but all saying the same thing in exactly the same words. “I inform you that the events that have occurred and the situation that has arisen in the Spanish national team, a situation of which you are aware, are having an important effect on my emotional state and by extension my health,” the letters read. “As I result I do not currently consider myself to be in a condition to be chosen for the national team and I ask not to be called up until the situation is resolved.”Another mutiny had begun, three weeks since the last. In a single minute, more than half of the Spain team had pulled out, determined that they would not go back for as long as nothing changes and Jorge Vilda is in charge – even if they did not explicitly express it in those terms, the coach not named. In August they had pushed for the president of the federation, Luis Rubiales, to make changes in women’s football that included Vilda; when Rubiales had refused, they had tried to get Vilda to walk but he would not. Now, they had decided they would do so instead. This could not continue, on more levels than one. Continue reading...

Joe Cole questions Gareth Southgate after England boss goes back on his word

Mirror - 2 days ago

England manager Gareth Southgate continues to loyally stand by Harry Maguire despite the centre-back falling out of favour at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag

England and Wales’ Inadequate Symbol of Tolerance will make little impact in Qatar

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 2 days ago

The ‘One Love’ rainbow emblem is at least a gesture, but one that feels corporate and meaningless at this World CupAnd you shall know us by the trail of rainbow love hearts. It is time to consider in detail the Inadequate Symbol Of Tolerance adopted this week by the English and Welsh FAs; a symbol of tolerance that will be worn during the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is punishable by torture and death. And yes, that really does sound like one sweet, sweet symbol of tolerance.But could we have gone further? Should the FAs have insisted on a slightly more urgent Inadequate Symbol Of Tolerance? Should it have a bolder font, for example? Perhaps the Generic Statement Of Concern, released alongside the Inadequate Symbol Of Tolerance, could have a more disapproving tone. Continue reading...

Graeme Souness responds to Jack Grealish and Paul Pogba offer amid player vs pundit feud

Mirror - 2 days ago

Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness and England and Manchester City star Jack Grealish have been involved in a back-and-forth after criticism from the pundit

Man Utd owners slammed for "diabolical decisions" after paying out "£400m to slobs"

Mirror - 2 days ago

The Glazer family have been slammed by Simon Jordan for making "diabolical football decisions" after it was revealed that Manchester United's annual wage bill is now almost £400m

Italy vs England confirmed line-ups: Team news ahead of Nations League fixture tonight

Independant Sports Staff - 2 days ago

Italy vs England prediction, odds and you need to know ahead of Nations League fixture

Is Italy vs England on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Nations League fixture

Independant Sports Staff - 2 days ago

Italy vs England live stream, line-ups and everything you need to know ahead of Nations League fixture

Italy vs England live stream: How to watch Nations League fixture online and on TV tonight

Independant Sports Staff - 2 days ago

Italy vs England TV channel, team news and everything you need to know ahead of Nations League fixture

Spain women's players deny asking for coach Jorge Vilda to be sacked

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Spain women's players deny they asked the country's football association to dismiss head coach Jorge Vilda.

Stephen Kenny warns Scotland they are facing ‘a new Ireland with a new identity’

Independant Ronnie Esplin - 2 days ago

The Republic of Ireland are third in Nations League Group B1, five points behind Scotland.

Italy vs England prediction: How will Nations League fixture play out tonight?

Independant Sports Staff - 2 days ago

Italy vs England prediction, odds and you need to know ahead of Nations League fixture

FIFA 23 soundtrack in full featuring Gorillaz, Jack Harlow, Bad Bunny and more

Mirror - 2 days ago

Latest FIFA 23 news from Mirror as the soundtrack for FIFA 23 is revealed ahead of the game's official release.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland: 'Winning mentality' a must, says Steve Clarke

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Steve Clarke insists his Scotland side "never set up for the draw" as they approach Saturday's Nations League meeting with Republic of Ireland at Hampden.

Women's Super League: Five talking points as Arsenal v Spurs set to break crowd record

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Will the WSL attendance record be broken at the north London derby? Five talking points going into this weekend's games.

Prince William uncertainty as Prince of Wales role presents problem for the FA

Mirror - 2 days ago

Prince William has served as president of the Football Association since 2006, but questions have been asked about the royal's role after he was made Prince of Wales

Eden Hazard sends clear message to Carlo Ancelotti over Real Madrid frustrations

Mirror - 2 days ago

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has hardly featured for the Spanish giants this term but started for Belgium in their impressive 2-1 win over Wales on Thursday night

Talking points as Northern Ireland bid to boost survival hopes against Kosovo

Independant Ian Parker - 2 days ago

Ian Baraclough’s side have never won a match in the Nations League.

Scotland v Republic of Ireland – 5 talking points ahead of Hampden showdown

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 2 days ago

The two teams go head to head in the Nations League on Saturday.

Tottenham player can finally join national team squad – Flying out tonight

Sport Witness Lucas Sposito - 2 days ago

Despite leaving London at the start of the week to join Argentina’s squad for the international break, Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero was still to meet his teammates. Due to delays, the player was unable to sort out his visa in England to enter the United States. So he went to his home country, and The post Tottenham player can finally join national team squad – Flying out tonight appeared first on Sport Witness.

Champions League: Nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans set to sue Uefa

BBC Football - 2 days ago

Lawyers say Uefa failed to provide a safe environment for fans at the Champions League final in Paris.

Rio Ferdinand gives "difficult" Trent Alexander-Arnold instruction as debate intensifies

Mirror - 2 days ago

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold's place in the England XI - and Gareth Southgate's squad - is a topic of debate with less than two months to go until the World Cup

Paul Scholes ‘annoyed’ with Manchester United duo for not doing what Casemiro and Christian Eriksen do in midfield

Metro Tony Mogan - 2 days ago

'If you are playing at Manchester United you should be capable of doing that.'