Southgate admitted England’s laboured victory over Iceland left him and his players feeling “a bit flat” in his interview with Sky Sports afterwards, adding that he would need to “assess the freshness of everybody” ahead of Tuesday’s game and hinting at possible line-up changes.
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Portugal coach Fernando Santos opted to pair Goncalo Guedes with Ronaldo from kick-off in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in Sochi, where the captain of the Euro 2016 winners netted a stunning 88th-minute free-kick to deny one of the favourites, who were reeling from the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve […]
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Player watch: There could be more England debuts on Tuesday, with eyes particularly on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who was an unused substitute against Iceland. Conor Coady, Kalvin Phillips and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be hoping for their first caps senior level. There may also be some rotation in goal, with Nick Pope and […]
Mahrez promptly smashed his 85th-minute penalty over the crossbar and the deadlock remained intact in an encounter at odds with the goal-laden matches Klopp and Guardiola presided over last season. Both men declared themselves satisfied with the 0-0 draw, although – from a City point-of-view – Mahrez’s miss was one to increasingly rue as the […]
Kieran Trippier – 6 With Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw unavailable, Trippier continued to be asked to play out of position on the left, operating further forward at wing-back this time. It robbed England of some attacking threat on that side even as the Atletico Madrid man foraged away – producing one fine cross with […]
“A lot of people sometimes say it’s not about formations, it’s about players. I don’t necessarily agree with that. Different formations give you different things. I think the beauty of that is that he saw the problem in three at the back not with the ball, but without the ball. So he doesn’t want to […]
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“The only reason I’m thinking is, he’s guessed. I think one player appeals for it but Michael, I heard him last night, I thought he was very composed and calm, but I do sense that hopefully he can use that hurt in the game to conjure up another brilliant away performance.