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Beth Mead and Ellen White put England back on track against Spain

• England 2-1 Spain• Jade Moore inspires England to victoryJade Moore appears to have timed her return to form and full fitness with the sort of precision she used to dissect Spain’s defence.Much of Phil Neville’s tenure as England manager has coincide…

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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…

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores but England Under-21s draw with Poland

• England Under-21s 1-1 Poland Under-21s• Sebastian Szymanski equalises with spectacular free-kickIt was not the result Aidy Boothroyd would have had in mind beforehand but nights such as this provide a valuable learning curve for the England Under?21 …

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores but England Under-21s draw with Poland

• England Under-21s 1-1 Poland Under-21s• Sebastian Szymanski equalises with spectacular free-kickIt was not the result Aidy Boothroyd would have had in mind beforehand but nights such as this provide a valuable learning curve for the England Under?21 …

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Leon Goretzka equaliser earns new-look Germany draw with Serbia

Germany, with a new-look team, made a promising return to the international stage with a 1-1 draw against Serbia in a friendly, showing signs of improvement following a disastrous 2018.The Germans, knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage and re…

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Ben Woodburn scrambles late reward for starless Wales against Trinidad

• Wales 1-0 Trinidad & Tobago• Woodburn chests home last-minute goal from close rangeGareth Bale was present but not risked for a match in which Wales snatched a late winner through Ben Woodburn, a deserved outcome after their constant second-half …

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Gregg Berhalter’s USA maintain perfect start as Seba Lletget sinks Costa Rica

Lletget scores and assists in 2-0 friendly victory over Ticos Berhalter is only third USA manager to win first two matchesSebastian Lletget headed the ball down and the emotions overtook him as soon as the ball went into the net.In the same stadium whe…

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Finland forward Riku Riski refuses to play match in Qatar for ‘ethical reasons’

Riski turns down call-up for friendly with Sweden in Doha‘I was pretty clear; I didn’t want to go’ says HJK forwardFinland face neighbours Sweden in an international football friendly in Qatar on Tuesday – but it has been revealed that one Finnish play…

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Albania consign Ryan Giggs and Wales to embarrassing friendly defeat

Wales suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania as Ryan Giggs’s first year in charge ended on a low note. Albania are ranked 42 spots below 18th-placed Wales in the Fifa rankings but Bekim Balaj’s penalty condemned them to a shock defeat and damag…

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Albania consign Ryan Giggs and Wales to embarrassing friendly defeat

Wales suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Albania as Ryan Giggs’s first year in charge ended on a low note. Albania are ranked 42 spots below 18th-placed Wales in the Fifa rankings but Bekim Balaj’s penalty condemned them to a shock defeat and damag…

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Italy v USA: international friendly – live!

Can a familiar name solve USA’s familiar problems?Scotland v Israel: Nations League – follow it live!Email Graham with your thoughts or tweet @grahamparkerfc 1.51pm GMT Graham will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s some transfer speculation regar…

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Nations League: Italy v Portugal, Albania v Scotland and more – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm GMT gamesAnd you can email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 4.23pm GMT As it turns out, this Nations League business has been pretty good. Sport tends to be a fairly conservative business, broadly speaking happy with how things …

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Australia v South Korea: international football friendly – live!

Updates from the Socceroos game in BrisbaneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 9.09am GMT 11 min: Korea want to play a controlled possession game and build from the back but Australia are refusing to allow them to settle. The Socceroos are playing…

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Neymar’s penalty gives Brazil win over Uruguay in lacklustre friendly

It is nights like these that offer a reminder of why the Nations League was invented. Twenty four hours after Croatia and Spain served up a classic in Zagreb, two countries that have been crowned world champions on seven different occasions between the…

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Wayne Rooney tears stop Gareth Southgate’s England dressing-down

• Southgate unhappy with second-half performance• Rooney: ‘It was a special day for me and my family’Gareth Southgate shelved plans to criticise his players for their second-half performance in victory over USA after Wayne Rooney stole the stage by del…

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Farewell to Wayne Rooney brought cheers and a hymn to the new age

It was a slightly odd occasion and Rooney’s reappearance in an England shirt provided a reminder how much football has changedIn the end Wayne Rooney got the biggest cheer of the night. Which was, after all, the whole point. With 58 minutes gone there …

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Croatia stun Spain to set up Nations League decider against England

• Tin Jedvaj’s stoppage-time winner gives Croatia 3-2 win• Wembley showdown will decide qualification and relegationTin Jedvaj scored a last-gasp winner to revive Croatia’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals as Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat in Za…

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England 3-0 USA: player ratings from the friendly at Wembley

Debutant Callum Wilson scored and shone, while Wayne Rooney’s farewell was a fitting reminder of his qualityJordan Pickford Saved well from Pulisic to deny USA an unlikely opening goal. Subbed at half-time. 6 Continue reading…

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Republic of Ireland rescued by Darren Randolph in draw with Northern Ireland

Any sign of wider discord over this Irish cross-border encounter was left to the unsatisfactory fare on the Aviva Stadium pitch.There were hard borders of a different kind for both teams who continue to struggle with goalscoring. It was a tetchy clash,…

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Jadon Sancho lights up Wayne Rooney’s farewell match for England against USA

There were glimpses for the majority inside this arena to cherish, flashbacks to the skill and vision Wayne Rooney had delivered for England over a career now complete, and celebrated, at 120 caps. The former captain’s final cameo amounted to 32 minute…