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England must learn from mistakes against Kosovo, says Jordan Henderson

• Squad will hold inquest when they meet next month• ‘It’s important to reflect … second half there was sloppiness‘Jordan Henderson has said England’s players will hold an inquest into the defensive failings that blighted the 5-3 win over Kosovo when…

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Gareth Southgate worried about disorder in Prague and racism in Sofia

• England play Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifier on a Friday• Bulgaria have been punished for racist chanting this yearGareth Southgate has admitted he fears the worst when it comes to England’s next two qualifying matches and the potential for dis…

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Ross Barkley flatters to deceive again and slips in England pecking order | Jacob Steinberg

He so often looks the part but the Chelsea midfielder put in a couple of frustrating displays in the past week and Gareth Southgate has plenty of other options to choose fromThere comes a point when a Ross Barkley run starts to feel like Ross Barkley’s…

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The Fiver | A man who had just fallen backwards down a water chute with a beer in both hands

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Look at last night’s scorelines in the European qualifiers. 0-3. 1-5. 1-3. 4-2. 3-0. 0-4. What a load of lopsided nonsense. Not a whole lot of edge-of-the-seat fun to be had there. But though internati…

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Were England’s errors down to complacency or confidence? Either way, don’t panic | Paul MacInnes

Individual mistakes that gifted Kosovo goals will worry Gareth Southgate but there is no reason to think they will be repeated come the real thing next summerWhen Gareth Southgate sat down to meet the media in the Terry Paine lounge at St Mary’s on Tue…

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

Kosovo showed why people have been showering praise on them while Mick McCarthy has plenty to think aboutKosovo came into their match against England second in Group A and being talked up by everyone, Gareth Southgate included, as dangerous opponents. …

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Gareth Southgate: England were both ‘outstanding’ and ‘poor’ against Kosovo – video

Gareth Southgate admitted that he was concerned with England’s performance after they beat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary’s in Southampton. The England manager said that ‘poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game’ after Kosovo took the lead in under a …

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Jadon Sancho’s England potency leaves Rashford looking over his shoulder

Dortmund winger begged Raheem Sterling to set him up for his first England goal then delivered with two on a night when he gave the attack an extra dimensionIt was a night to savour the brilliance of Raheem Sterling, to thank Michael Keane and Kosovo f…

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Gareth Southgate praises Raheem Sterling but worried by defensive errors

• Michael Keane culpable for first-minute Kosovo goal• Southgate: ‘Raheem has been almost unstoppable’Gareth Southgate said he was concerned with the ridiculous, crazy and basic errors that littered England’s victory over Kosovo as he hailed Raheem Ste…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo gets four, France stroll it, Czechs bounce back

• Ronaldo takes international tally to 93 in 5-1 win over Lithuania• Czech Republic leapfrog Kosovo with 3-0 victory in MontenegroPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international goals tally to 93 when he scored four times to give the European…

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England 5-3 Kosovo: player ratings from the Euro 2020 qualifier | Jacob Steinberg

Raheem Sterling and Valon Berisha showed their class while errors by Michael Keane and Harry Maguire led to goalsJordan Pickford Exposed when Keane’s errant pass led to Kosovo’s rapid opener. Would be badly let down by Maguire later on. 6 Continue read…

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Steve Clarke surveys latest damage to a Scotland narrative in freefall | Ewan Murray

Manager admits he is on an international management learning curve as dismal home defeats by Russia and Belgium sink inThis doesn’t feel like a time for learning curves, even if Steve Clarke concedes that is precisely what he is in the midst of. Scotla…

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Jadon Sancho the difference as blunders mar England’s 5-3 win against Kosovo

It was a wild and eccentric evening and, for Gareth Southgate, a mix of satisfaction and confusion. His players had scored five times in the first half, yet how could he be entirely happy when it was difficult to remember the last time England’s defenc…

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England v Kosovo: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from Group A, kick-off 7.45pm BSTLive scoreboard: the latest from all Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Scott via email here 6.36pm BST No surprises there. England boss Gareth Southgate makes three changes to t…

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England v Kosovo: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from Group A, kick-off 7.45pm BSTLive scoreboard: the latest from all Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Scott via email here 6.36pm BST No surprises there. England boss Gareth Southgate makes three changes to t…

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Kosovo’s dream team is ready to inspire a more hopeful future | Nick Ames

Exciting team that has grown up quickly has more than just possible Euro 2020 qualification as motivationDuring Kosovo’s first World Cup qualifying campaign, a feeling spread through their squad and delegation that they were not being treated with enou…

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Gareth Southgate offers help to Declan Rice over abusive social media posts

England manager supports midfielder and his family after online threats over switch of allegiance from IrelandGareth Southgate has offered support to Declan Rice after the West Ham midfielder revealed he and his family received online threats following…

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England seek balance between blooding youth and qualification

Euro 2020 group game against Kosovo gives Gareth Southgate opportunity to rotate with reduced riskA key difference between the qualifying campaigns for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship, other than England currently steamrollering oppon…

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Northern Ireland battle but Germany’s Halstenberg and Gnabry strike

Out of the jaws of a major predicament and national questioning, Germany appear to be back in business. Joachim Löw’s side recovered from the shock defeat on Friday by the Netherlands in Hamburg to carve out a slender victory against a luckless Norther…

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Toothless Scotland crumble in face of Belgium’s superior attacking class

Steve Clarke raised eyebrows with his pre-match assertion that Belgium might prove the perfect opponents at the perfect time for Scotland. The manager’s attempts to boost the mood of a beleaguered football nation were undermined by harsh reality. Romel…