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Category: Euro 2020 qualifying

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International men’s football: talking points from the week’s action

Nations League positives for Portugal and even England, dismay for David de Gea and Kosovo’s Euro 2020 qualifying joyThe numbed anticlimax of Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the lingering impression of England’s Nations League campaign was one of…

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Belgium’s Lukaku and De Bruyne see off Scotland

• Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne earn Group I win for Belgium• Germany beat Estonia 8-0 but Northern Ireland top Group CA goal in each half from Romelu Lukaku and an unerring late drive from Kevin De Bruyne consigned Scotland to a 3-0 Euro 2020 qualiifying…

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Hungary cut down Wales after Gareth Bale fluffs the easiest of lines

Gareth Bale’s misery continued as he missed a gilt-edged chance and Wales were beaten by a late Hungary goal in their European Championship qualifier in Budapest.Bale – whose future at Real Madrid remains shrouded in uncertainty after a miserable end t…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Euro 2020: Republic of Ireland complete lacklustre victory over Gibraltar

• An own goal and Brady’s late effort keep Republic top of group• Czech Republic now level with England at head of Group AJoseph Chipolina’s own goal and a late effort from Robbie Brady handed the Republic of Ireland a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over…

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Euro 2020: Republic of Ireland complete lacklustre victory over Gibraltar

• An own goal and Brady’s late effort keep Republic top of group• Czech Republic now level with England at head of Group AJoseph Chipolina’s own goal and a late effort from Robbie Brady handed the Republic of Ireland a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over…

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Turkey accuses Iceland of disrespecting national football team at airport

Players say they were searched and held for over three hoursTurkey captain has dishwashing brush thrust towards himTurkey has accused Icelandic officials of showing disrespect to its national team after players said they were kept waiting at passport c…

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Ryan Giggs tells Wales players to focus amid concerns of abuse in Hungary

• Euro 2020 qualifying opponents sanctioned by Uefa for racism• ‘For me it’s all about concentrating on the game’ says GiggsRyan Giggs insists he has no concerns about his Wales players being targets for racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier ag…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Turkey shock France, Northern Ireland comeback win

Artem Dzyuba scores four goals in record Russia winGermany, Belgium and Italy all cruise to victoryWorld champions France slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat in Turkey as their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign suffered a blow. Kaan Ayhan headed the hosts in fro…

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Andy Robertson and Oliver Burke strike to haul Scotland over Cyprus hill

When any win would do, Scotland delivered one the hard way. Steve Clarke’s tenure is off to the winning start that was necessary, even if his team were unconvincing for long spells of this encounter. Onwards to Belgium, where Clarke will hope for an in…

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Scotland v Cyprus: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offPerisic shows no mercy as Croatia put early dent in Welsh hopesAnd feel free to email Scott your thoughts 7.17pm BST There’s already been one result in Group I today. Russia have drubbed San Mari…

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Ivan Perisic shows no mercy as Croatia put early dent in Wales’ Euro 2020 hopes

This always had the look of a tough test for Wales and so it proved as they suffered European Championship qualifying defeat at the hands of Croatia.On a sweltering afternoon in the northern city of Osijek, temperatures touched 30 degrees throughout th…

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Croatia v Wales: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from Osijek, kick-off 2pm BSTGiggs tells James: be yourself and you’ll succeed at UnitedAnd feel free to email Scott your thoughts 1.44pm BST Ryan Giggs speaks … and it’s fairly clear he wants to play a possession-based g…

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Shane Duffy’s late header snatches point for Ireland in Denmark

• Mick McCarthy’s side stay on top of their group• Jesus Navas on target for Spain in Faroe IslandsShane Duffy left Denmark cursing the Republic of Ireland once again as he headed home a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw in Copenh…

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Success with Scotland as important as club glory, says Andy Robertson

• Defender seeks to round off ‘incredible week’ with victories• Captain praises positivity under new manager Steve ClarkeIt is to Andy Robertson’s credit that he firmly rejects any suggestion of Champions League glory with Liverpool diminishing his app…

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Steve Clarke says ‘not closing door’ on absentees from Scotland squad

• New coach intends to ‘make players know they are wanted’• His first squad has combined tally of 14 international goalsSteve Clarke has said he will not take a hardline approach towards players who have made themselves unavailable for Scotland. A week…

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International football: 10 talking points from the latest round of games

Giroud is now among the French greats, Williams’s time could be up and Scotland captaincy weighs heavy on RobertsonThe team sheet submitted by Mick McCarthy caused shudders. Was he really playing at home to Georgia with the 35-year-old Glenn Whelan anc…