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Category: Euro 2020 qualifying

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Steve Clarke: ‘In Scotland people sweep sectarianism under the carpet’

Scotland head coach on Euro 2020 play-offs, being Mourinho’s No 2 and why he checked his bank balance before becoming a managerSteve Clarke speaks with an occasional undertone of menace that suggests he could have starred on an alternative career path….

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Euro 2020 play-offs: Scotland draw Israel and Belfast could host all-Irish final

• Scotland to play Israel at Hampden Park, but drawn away in final• Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland | Slovakia v RepublicScotland will host Israel in the Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs next March while Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers: 10 talking points from this week’s action

Wales youngsters impressed Giggs, Cazorla is astonishing and will O’Neill stick around for Northern Ireland’s play-off?With the reality of reaching a third tournament finals still sinking in as elated Wales supporters furrowed out of the turnstiles in …

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Ryan Giggs enjoys ‘one of greatest nights’ as Wales reach Euro 2020

• Manager Giggs: ‘These players can get better’• Aaron Ramsey says missing 2018 World Cup was motivationRyan Giggs savoured “one of the greatest nights” of his career after leading Wales to Euro 2020 and insisted his team can continue to flourish after…

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Euro 2020 qualifier roundup: Wijnaldum hat-trick sparks Netherlands rout

• Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Group C• Benteke and De Bruyne give Belgium 6-1 win over CyprusGeorginio Wijnaldum struck a hat-trick as the Netherlands, who had already booked a spot at Euro 2020, eased to a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their final G…

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John McGinn’s brace earns Scotland comeback victory over Kazakhstan

Scotland required a second-half fightback and a John McGinn brace to conclude their doomed 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan at Hampden Park.The Scots lost 3-0 to their opponents in their Group I opener in Ma…

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Serge Gnabry hat-trick helps Germany thrash Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry’s hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a heavy defeat in their final fixture of Euro 2020 qualifying as outgoing manager Michael O’Neill suffered the second heaviest defeat of his eight-year reign.Michael Smith’s first international goa…

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Aaron Ramsey’s double sends Wales to Euro 2020 with win over Hungary

Aaron Ramsey scored twice in Cardiff as Wales got the win they needed against Hungary to qualify for Euro 2020.The Juventus midfielder opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, Gareth Bale curling in a delicious cross for the unmarked Ramsey, who power…

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Aaron Ramsey’s double sends Wales to Euro 2020 with win over Hungary

Aaron Ramsey scored twice in Cardiff as Wales got the win they needed against Hungary to qualify for Euro 2020.The Juventus midfielder opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, Gareth Bale curling in a delicious cross for the unmarked Ramsey, who power…

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Wales v Hungary: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Updates from Wales’s key match and the other qualifiersLive scoreboard! Follow all of the day’s goals and gamesAnd you can email Scott here with your thoughts 5.13pm GMT Wales versus Hungary, is it? Ah yes. Continue reading…

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Gareth Southgate admits Euro 2020 is key to him remaining England manager

• Southgate cautiously plans for Qatar World Cup in 2022• ‘I’m realistic about how quickly the tides can turn’Gareth Southgate has admitted that he will not remain in his job as England manager if his team fail at the Euro 2020 finals next summer. Sout…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Italy crush Armenia 9-1 while Spain hammer Romania

• Seven goalscorers in Italian record victory• Switzerland win group with 6-1 win in GibraltarItaly produced the biggest win against European opposition in their history when they crushed Armenia 9-1 in Palermo. The Azzurri, who had already qualified f…

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Euro 2020 play-offs for Ireland despite Doherty’s late goal against Denmark

In the end Ireland were not quite good enough to force a twist in a taut but predictable drama. They tried their damnedest but inspiration eluded them and then, in the 73rd minute, so did concentration. Martin Braithwaite stepped in to send Denmark to …

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark: Euro 2020 qualifying – live!

Updates from the crucial Group D game in DublinIreland v Denmark: an unlikely footballing hellGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.42pm GMT The team news again, now with added handy Twitter graphics:Here is how Ireland will line out toni…

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‘There is an anger’: where did it all go wrong for Scotland? | Ewan Murray

It’s 21 years and counting since Scotland last qualified for a major tournament – if they don’t reach Euro 2020 it would be the most severe blow yetThe latest depressing snapshot – for “greater good” see “alien concept” – preceded the conclusion to a S…

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark and an unlikely circle of footballing hell

The teams meet for the sixth time in two years, with Ireland needing a win and Denmark a point to reach Euro 2020“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?” It was the premise…

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark and an unlikely circle of footballing hell

The teams meet for the sixth time in two years, with Ireland needing a win and Denmark a point to reach Euro 2020“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?” It was the premise…

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Netherlands ‘back where we belong but must be humble’, says Van Dijk

Liverpool defender relieved to reach major finals after two failures but says Dutch still have room for improvementIt is heartening that the scaling of individual and domestic heights have not doused Virgil van Dijk’s appetite for a national cause. Qua…

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Mick McCarthy backs Ireland’s steel to stop history repeating against Denmark

• Glenn Whelan praises manager for ‘keeping everything simple’• McCarthy admits having ‘butterflies with boots on’ for key clashNow for something completely different – but with more or less the same players and against all too familiar opposition. The…

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Whoever plays us knows they’re in for a tough game’ – video

England finished their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a less than convincing victory over Kosovo, despite the heavy scoreline it wasn’t until the 79th minute before Southgate’s side got their second of the match. Goals from Winks, Kane, Rashford an…