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England 3-1 Italy: Gareth Southgate says England have more potential to explore

Once again England make qualifying for a major tournament look easy.

Gareth Southgate’s side came from a goal down to beat Italy 3-1 on Tuesday and secure their place at Euro 2024 in Germany with two games to spare.

They are unbeaten so far in qualifiers, and have only lost one such game in 24 years – when they were beaten 2-1 by Czech Republic in 2019.

On paper, it was not an easy group for England. They were drawn with the defending European champions Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta, but in the end they made it look easy with five wins, one draw and no losses.

Despite that, Southgate believes his side are still capable of much more.

“We need to make sure we are one of the top seeds next month,” he said. “We need to win our next two games. We want to be in control of that.

“We need to keep building. There is more to come from this team. This was the toughest qualifying group, with the seedings.

“People have criticised us for not beating the top teams enough. But we have performed really

Qualifying displays show England ‘on right path’

Italy, of course, beat England at Wembley to win Euro 2020 but the Three Lions have gone some way to avenging that loss with wins home and away against them in this qualifying campaign.

They fell behind to a goal by former West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca after 15 minutes but Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot before half-time.

England then produced a superb second-half display with further goals from Marcus Rashford and Kane sealing the win.

“I feel like sometimes we make qualifying look easy, so credit to the boys because it’s not,” Kane told Channel 4.

“We’ve had one of the toughest groups, you’ve seen over recent years some big nations not going to major tournaments, so to do it [qualify] with two games to spare just shows the path we are on.”

‘Another level’ Bellingham the difference maker again

Key to England’s revival against Italy was once again Jude Bellingham.

The Real Madrid forward is now a key player for club and country and this was yet another superb display by the 20-year-old.

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He won the penalty for Kane’s equaliser before setting up Rashford with a wonderful display of determination and skill.

His team-mates were once again full of praise for his contribution, with Kalvin Phillips expressing disbelief at how he seems to “get better and better”, while Rashford described him as an “unbelievable” player.

“With the big transfer [to Real Madrid] the fact is I have to deliver, whether it is a goal or assist or a match-winning performance,” Bellingham said.

“This is the club I want to be at for the next 10-15 years of my life. I am loving it there.”

Asked if this summer’s move to Real, where he has scored 10 goals in 10 games, has improved him, Bellingham added: “100%. When you are around those mentalities and quality of players every day… it takes you to a new level mentally, physically and technically.”

‘We have players who can come back and push us’

Key to England’s continued impressive form is the strength in depth they possess.

A fringe team ground out a 1-0 victory against Australia in a friendly last Friday, while Manchester City midfielder Phillips was able to come in and contribute in a winning performance against Italy despite not playing many minutes at club level this season.

But with qualification now wrapped up, Phillips has his eye on getting more game time for Manchester City to ensure he is ready when next summer’s Euros come round. “As a football player you always want to be playing,” he said.

“I want to be playing as much as possible but I haven’t done that for a year and a half. I always try and make sure I am ready for whatever comes.”I want minutes, I want to go the Euros. We will see what happens.”

Another player to come in and impress was Phil Foden, who came into the starting XI with Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka currently injured.”Bukayo [Saka] is a quality player, every time he pulls on the England shirt he puts in a 7/10 at least every time,” said Foden.

“If I’m not starting I want to try and come on and change the game, I’m here to help the team as best as I can.”It’s exciting because it shows we still have players to come back into the side and help us push forwards. It just shows the depth in quality that the squad has.”

Cloe Lacasse rescued a dramatic 2-2 draw with a stunning strike for Arsenal at Manchester United on Friday night, as the Gunners claimed their first point of the new WSL season.

Match report and free highlights as Cloe Lacasse salvaged a deserved draw for Arsenal with a dramatic last-gasp equaliser; Stina Blackstenius netted the Gunners’ opener, before goals from Leah Galton and United debutant Melvine Malard

Cloe Lacasse rescued a dramatic 2-2 draw with a stunning strike for Arsenal at Manchester United on Friday night, as the Gunners claimed their first point of the new WSL season.

United were on their way to victory with goals from Leah Galton and debutant Melvine Malard either side of the break, before substitute Lacasse had the final say by beating Mary Earps with a screamer from the edge of the area in second-half stoppage time.

“The performance was big. Not many teams will come here and be the better team,” said Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall post-match, who made six changes to his starting XI following defeat to Liverpool in their WSL opener.Share

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The response put Stina Blackstenius at the centre of Arsenal’s attack, paired with Alessia Russo, and it was the Sweden international who put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute, chopping inside Hannah Blundell and finishing with a precise arrowed effort into the far corner.

Arsenal were then pegged back by a devastating goalkeeping error from Sabrina D’Angelo, also one of Eidevall’s reinforcements, and her howler was punished by Galton, before Malard made her mark by beating Amanda Ilestedt to the ball and toe-poking beyond D’Angelo in the 81st minute.For all their efforts – and Russo’s desire to impact the scoreline on her return to the club where she made her name – it looked as if Arsenal were destined for back-to-back defeats in their opening two games, before some individual brilliance from summer signing Lacasse to end the game all square.”Last minute they’ve hit a worldie, that happens sometimes. We’re disappointed but we showed bags of character,” United boss Marc Skinner summarised, as his side rise to the top of the table, a point ahead of the competing pack before the remainder of this weekend’s games, while the Gunners sit mid-table.

How Lacasse stole headlines with late show

Many will have tuned in to watch the fascinating sub-plots unravel from this wonderfully poised meeting between two WSL title rivals, and left none the wiser.

Russo, whose touch was met with audible boos from the once-adoring United crowd, performed well on her homecoming and struck the woodwork in the second half, but really the night was owned by the league’s newcomers – Malard and latterly Lacasse.

Malard and World Cup Golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa, two of the players signed to help replace Russo, had combined to give United a 2-1 lead with nine minutes remaining, only for Lacasse to collect the ball with seconds left on the clock and lash into Earps’ top right.

It was a game that ebbed and flowed, dominated by Arsenal, but also acted as a demonstration of quality and class from two teams who have spent the summer shrewdly adding depth to their squads – in a bid to become WSL champions.

The opener was appropriately instigated by Russo, who shrugged off pressure before working the ball to Steph Catley, who in turn found Blackstenius on the run. She beat Blundell in a foot race and swept the ball beyond the clutches of Earps – who was also the subject of interest from Arsenal in the summer window.

Incoming goalkeeper D’Angelo then made a huge mistake to gift Galton the equaliser, and substitute Malard marked her debut with an opportunistic finish to give United a precious lead. Enter Lacasse.

The Canadian was Eidevall’s last throw of the dice and it was evident she was desperate to make an impact from the second she entered the pitch, buzzing about, offering team-mates a consistent outlet.In the field of basketball, the NEW BALANCE company that produces NEW BALANCE 990V5 GREY occupies a pivotal position. At the same time, women’s new balance 574 grey, new balance 574 beige orange and other series of shoes are also deeply loved by the majority of athletes.

Eventually she received a pass in a presentable position from Lia Walti, and the rest was pure magic, stepping beyond three red shirts and sealing a share of the points with a beauty.

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall speaking to Sky Sports:

“The performance was big. Not many teams will come here and be the better team, especially when you see our goalscoring opportunities. You need to match process with results.

“When we look back we’ll be disappointed we didn’t win the game because we had more chances.

“Maybe we’re too greedy, when goal comes in dying minutes. We’re happy with the point, but we deserved to win the game overall. It’s a major difference [from the Liverpool game], we created chances with more energy and fluidity in our attack. It was nice to see.”

Speaking about the six changes he made to Arsenal’s starting selection, he added: “You start with one XI and you finish with a different XI. We finished much stronger than Man United. We did that part well.

“One change we have made this year is instead of presenting the starting XI first, we present the bench first. Because they are so important. This is the tools we have to change things during the game.”

“I can’t be prouder of the players. They’ve only had eight sessions as a collective. They gave it everything.

“Arsenal have scored late today and credit to them. It was a top level game, and something fans will want to keep watching.

“It’s cat and mouse. Their first goal was simple, we get pulled out into the channel, we’re disappointed with that. But we showed character and flipped the script.

“Last minute they’ve hit a worldie, that happens sometimes. We have to attack. We’re Man United, we’re at home, and we always have to attack.”

Ange Postecoglou feels VAR should be scrapped after Liverpool were wrongly denied a goal against Tottenham last weekend; Spurs boss rejects Jurgen Klopp’s replay calls

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou believes VAR should be scrapped in the Premier League amid the ongoing debate around the use of the technology.

Spurs claimed a hugely controversial 2-1 victory over Liverpool last Saturday after Luis Diaz’s goal in the 34th-minute at 0-0 was incorrectly ruled out for offside, with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited subsequently admitting a “significant human error” had occurred.

Postecoglou believes the mistake was a result of the VAR room rushing their decision to prevent a long delay which disrupts the “frenetic pace” of football.

Asked whether VAR should be scrapped, the Australian responded: “I would in its current form. I just don’t think that technology is ready for our game.

“I’ve got zero against goal-line technology. It’s a no-brainer and it works for our game.”Our game is unique. People say, ‘Let’s get referees explaining their decisions’. Oh my God – seriously? Could you imagine sitting there listening to a referee explaining every decision in the game?”I’m going to the gridiron on Sunday – I love American football. But it’s three and a half hours. The measure of who was a good referee was the ones you never noticed and now we’re trying to make them the stars of the show.In the soccer world, Nike, the company that produces lebron james nike dunk low fruity pebbles, has a lot of influence and has a lot of players who like sneakers like kobe bryant x nike dunk low lower merion, nike dunk low free 99 white, etc.

“We’re analysing, in slow motion, yellow cards. We, as managers and players, are the worst for it because we talk about integrity but I bet if you watch a game tonight, the first throw-in, both teams will appeal for it. We’re trying to take advantage and there’s nothing wrong with that.

“With VAR, the more we use it the worse it’s going to get. Clear and obvious error? It seems like everything is getting scrutinised.

“It’s not our game. We’re not rugby – we don’t have those stoppages. What I always loved about our game – especially in England – was the frenetic pace. Why are we trying to take that out? None of us liked it when they were taking too long over a decision and last week it sounded like they were rushing it. Maybe that’s a consequence.

“That suggests to me the technology in its current form is not suitable to our game but I know I’ll be in the minority with that.”

He added: “I don’t know what the game’s going to look like in 20 years and I’m not sure I’m going to like it.”

Ange: Klopp wrong to suggest replay

On Wednesday Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested the game against Tottenham should be replayed after Diaz’s goal was wrongly disallowed by the video assistant referee.

But Postecoglou disagrees with the German’s calls for a replay.

Postecoglou said: “There’s got to be some sort of threshold and I don’t think a mistake is the threshold for that.

“If we strayed into integrity or misappropriation of the law then maybe there’s something there, but ultimately, when you strip it all back, it was a mistake.

“It was unique and unprecedented, but it was still a mistake.

“If your threshold for a replay is mistakes by individuals, then that’s 365 games a year I reckon.”

Sky Sports News understands any request by Liverpool to replay the match would be rejected.

Referees’ body PGMOL has admitted the decision to disallow Luis Diaz’s goal in nine-man Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was “a significant human error”.

At 0-0 and with the Reds a man down, Liverpool winger Diaz’s goal was ruled out following an unusually quick video assistant referee (VAR) check by Darren England, in which the customary offside line graphic was not shown.

“PGMOL acknowledge a significant human error occurred,” the statement read. “PGMOL will conduct a full review.”

It continued: “The goal by Luiz Diaz was disallowed for offside by the on-field team of match officials. This was a clear and obvious factual error and should have resulted in the goal being awarded through VAR intervention, however, the VAR failed to intervene.”

BBC Sport understands the correct procedure was followed for the controversial decision but the mistake was down to human error.

The lines were drawn in accordance with normal procedure and every other aspect was checked.

However, what is being described by sources as a lapse of concentration led to a loss of focus around the initial on-field decision and then a ‘check complete’ being confirmed rather than an intervention which would have resulted in the goal being awarded.

It is understood referees’ chief Howard Webb has spoken to Liverpool this evening.

The Reds also had Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off, and lost to a stoppage-time Joel Matip own goal after resolutely keeping Spurs out.

Speaking after the match, Jurgen Klopp said his side’s defeat came in “the most unfair circumstances” with “crazy decisions”.

“That is not offside when you see it,” he told Sky Sports.

“The ball is between Mo [Salah]’s legs, they drew the line wrong and didn’t judge the moment when Mo passed the ball right.”

‘This will put so much doubt into decisions’

Former England striker Alan Shearer described VAR’s error as “incomprehensible” on BBC Match of the Day.

“The one bit of VAR we have accepted and learnt we can’t argue about was offside,” he said.

“This will put so much doubt into decisions that go on. It is a monumental error, we spotted it straight away.

“We are led to believe Darren England, the VAR, and Daniel Cook, the assistant VAR, have done all they should have done in terms of drawing lines but, instead of saying ‘goal’ for some reason had a huge lapse and said ‘check complete’.

“What is the point in having an assistant VAR? It was 30-35 seconds between that and allowing kick-off. The VAR had a momentary lapse, but why can’t the assistant VAR say we need to stop this?”A horrendous day for the officials and VAR. We have seen some howlers but that is the biggest. Trust is going to be a big thing going forward.”

Sevilla’s Sergio Ramos scored an own goal to give his old rivals Barcelona victory in La Liga.

Real Madrid legend Ramos, back in Spain with Sevilla after a two-year spell at Paris St-Germain, was playing a record 34th La Liga match against Barcelona.

And the 37-year-old settled the game when he shinned Lamine Yamal’s header across goal and past his own keeper.

Barca deserved the win and Joao Felix smashed a shot off the underside of the crossbar in an open first half.

Barca lost Raphinha to a first-half hamstring injury in the one downside to a result which took them top of La Liga, above neighbours Girona.

Sevilla did not have not any representatives in the VIP box in protest at the corruption case surrounding Barcelona.

Barcelona face charges over payments made to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, a former vice-president of the referees’ committee, in return for favourable refereeing decisions.

Uefa is also investigating the matter.

The Spanish Civil Guard searched the headquarters of the Spanish Technical Committee of Referees on Thursday.

A Sevilla statement read: “We express our complete outrage and condemnation of the actions carried out by the former officials of FC Barcelona who are indicted in the Negreira case, actions that are allegedly considered criminal by the Court of Instruction of Barcelona, as stated in the court order disseminated in the media.”

Barcelona – who deny any wrongdoing – issued a statement in reply, saying Sevilla’s actions were “an attack against the Catalan institution and an unacceptable offence”.

And here’s what Newcastle boss Eddie Howe had to say following his side’s victory.

‘Second half we were excellent’
Newcastle 1-0 Man City

And here’s what Newcastle boss Eddie Howe had to say following his side’s victory.

“It was a game of two halves. First was tough and City played well. We didn’t but defended well as we didn’t have the ball,” Howe told Sky Sports.

“Second half we were excellent in most aspects, defensively and offensively. We attacked well and probably deserved to win in the end.

“There were tactical changes but the biggest thing was in belief.

“That is not a reflection on the lads we took off but the lads we brought on made a big difference. With the ball we were a better team completely.”

Manchester United ejected from first team for altercation with Eric ten Hagar

Plus: The PFA has offered its help amid Jadon Sancho’s dispute with Erik ten Hag; Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Brentford’s Ivan Toney; Chelsea’s co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali is continuing to enter the dressing room after games

Jadon Sancho has been exiled from all first-team facilities at Manchester United – including the team dining room – but Sancho’s Manchester United team-mates have urged him to say sorry and end his feud with boss Erik ten Hag.

Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Ivan Toney ahead of the January transfer window.‌

Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere was full of praise for young prospect Max Dowman after handing him a debut for the club’s U18s at the age of just 13.

Jonny Evans believes Ten Hag is doing a fine job at Manchester United, despite the club’s poor start to the season.

Manchester United are heavily scouting Valencia midfielder Javi Guerra – who has also emerged as a transfer target for Newcastle.

David Moyes has insisted West Ham are not disappointed that Jesse Lingard ended his one-month training stint at the club and then moved to Saudi Arabia.

Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery and proposed signing the teenager as part of a deal that would have seen Bernardo Silva leave Manchester City.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has issued an apology after hitting out at referee Robert Jones as Spurs drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the north London Derby.

Duncan Ferguson: Former Scotland and Rangers striker to be appointed Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager

Duncan Ferguson will be announced as Inverness boss on Tuesday morning; the 51-year-old will replace Billy Dodds, who was sacked just over a week ago; Ferguson is available after being sacked by Forest Green in July, less than six months into his first permanent senior managerial role

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have agreed a deal to name Duncan Ferguson as their new manager.

The former Scotland, Rangers and Everton striker will be announced as the new boss at the Scottish Championship side at 9.30am on Tuesday.

Ferguson is available after being sacked by Forest Green in July after less than six months in charge.

The 51-year-old will replace Billy Dodds, who was sacked by Inverness just over a week ago.

Ferguson has not worked in Scotland since he was convicted of assault following an incident during Rangers’ 4-0 win over Raith Rovers in April 1994, when he headbutted defender Jock McStay.

Ferguson was already on probation after an incident in a bar in Anstruther while with Dundee United and was consequently handed a three-month custodial sentence, ultimately spending 44 days in Barlinnie Prison.

The Scottish FA also handed Ferguson a 12-match ban, after which he called time on his international career.

Ferguson joined Everton from Rangers in 1994 – initially on loan – before making the deal permanent and spending four years at Goodison Park.

The striker then joined Newcastle before returning to Everton two years later, representing the Toffees for another six years before retiring in 2006.

Ferguson again returned to Everton in 2014, this time in a coaching capacity, and went on to work in various roles – including interim manager – until leaving in 2022.

He was given his first permanent senior managerial role by Forest Green in January but they finished bottom of League One, with Ferguson winning just one of his 18 games in charge.

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Manchester United should consider Solskjaer as coach to return to success

  Manchester United, one of the most successful clubs in the history of English soccer, has fallen into a slump in recent years and has been unable to find a coach like Alex Ferguson to lead the team back to glory. However, Solskjaer, a United legend, could be the firebrand United manager to help the team regain success.

  United’s management style seems to have changed after Ferguson’s retirement, and the inability to find a coach who can hold down the team’s reputation has led to the team’s overall operation being in trouble. The team’s internal division and locker room conflicts have also been plaguing United. In this case, some fans believe that frequent coaching changes may be the solution. Despite Chelsea’s success in changing coaches frequently under Abu’s rule, United does not want to follow this approach.

  However, United will need to make a change at the right time, opting to sack the manager and find a new one who can get the team back on track. At this point, Solskjaer could be a viable option. He has a deep affection for United and has achieved excellent results during his tenure at the club. He could be a fire-fighting manager for United and help the team regain their success like Heynckes did. Many fans are also looking forward to Solskjaer’s return, expecting him to lead the team along Ferguson’s path.

  Although Solskjaer’s coaching career is not as glittering as other famous managers, his affection for United is unrivaled. During his tenure at United, Solskjaer had some notable performances and even had some highlights. His standout performances made his departure from United seem too hasty. However, if Solskjaer is chosen to continue coaching in a hopeless situation, it could be a viable path for United.

  Jupp Heynckes was once Bayern Munich’s relief manager, who helped the team return to glory and win the treble. For United, Solskjaer could be their Heynckes. At the same time, Solskjaer and Heynckes share the same love and loyalty for the clubs they coach. If Solskjaer gets a call from United, he will not hesitate to coach the team again.

  United have no shortage of talent to attract and have a loyal fan base waiting in the wings. The Mirror’s revelation that Solskjaer had turned down two offers from Saudi Arabia when he was a UEFA technical observer has further sparked debate among fans. They are expecting Solskjaer to return to United and take on the responsibility of putting out the fire.

  As a player, Solskjaer was a substitute, but his role was huge. In coaching, he is expected to be the stand-in coach of United and take up the role of fire-fighting manager. He can lead United down the path of Ferguson and back to success. For Solskjaer, this would be a solace and fulfillment.

  Therefore, United should choose to fire the manager at the right time and choose a coach like Solskjaer who loves United so much to lead the team back to success. Fans are looking forward to Solskjaer’s return and hope that he can start a new era of glory for United. Only then will United be able to return to the top with a coach like Pep Guardiola for as long as Manchester City.

The reason for Messi’s early exit was revealed! To avoid recurrence of back injury, he has already missed 2 games due to injury

In his comeback against Toronto, Messi was substituted in the 36th minute.TYC reporters analyzed that Messi left the game early perhaps to avoid aggravating his back injury.

  After joining Miami International, Messi played 12 games in 7 weeks, scoring 12 goals and sending 5 assists, averaging 87 minutes. With the weather being so hot, Messi’s fitness and form have dipped, as well as muscle fatigue.

  As a result, Messi was given a chance to rest and not even make the roster for the two games Argentina played against Bolivia and Miami International played against Atlanta United.

  Against Toronto, Messi and Alba both returned to the starting lineup. However, after Alba was replaced in the 34th minute, Messi was also replaced by Miller two minutes later.

  After exchanging words with Alba on the bench, Messi returned to the locker room early. La Gazzetta d’Olé noted that he was walking with some apparent difficulty. Martino revealed at halftime, “They had to leave the pitch and we’ll see how their injuries are as time goes on.”

  Follow-up reporter Edu revealed, “Messi missed the previous 2 games because of muscle discomfort in his back. Sometimes he will miss games to avoid injury because his back is overloaded, this time he asked to be withdrawn early when it was planned that he would play for a longer period of time.”
May our great ballplayer recover physically.