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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…

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Croatia v Spain, Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland and more – live!

All the Nations League and international friendly actionEngland v USA – live with Ben FisherFeel free to email Ed or to tweet @ed_aarons 7.13pm GMT Over in Dublin there is much excitement about the return of Robbie Brady. The Burnley man hasn’t played …

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England v USA: international friendly – live!

All the action from the 8pm GMT kickoff at WembleyClockwatch: Croatia v Spain and more with Ed AaronsGiggs urges Wales to seal promotion and Euro 2020 boostAnd feel free to email Ben or to tweet @benfisherj 7.03pm GMT England: Pickford; Alexander-Arnol…

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Nations League and international football: 10 things to look out for

Crunch time for Germany, history beckons for Mauritania and an O’Neill derby in DublinGermany staring down the barrel of relegation – did we ever think we’d see the day? That is the ignominious fate that will befall Joachim Löw’s side in the inaugural …

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Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking England career in numbers – video

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his…

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Alex Morgan volley secures USA win over stubborn Scotland

World Cup champions end 2018 unbeaten after 1-0 winScotland put in encouraging performance as World Cup loomsAlex Morgan’s classy first-half strike gave world champions the United States a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Scotland at the Simple Digital Are…

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USA call up Jürgen Klinsmann’s son for squad to play England and Italy

Jonathan Klinsmann is a goalkeeper for Hertha BerlinTwenty-one year-old was raised in CaliforniaJonathan Klinsmann, the son of German World Cup winner Jürgen Klinsmann, has been added to the USA squad for their upcoming friendlies against England and I…

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England party for Steph Houghton’s 100th cap spoiled by Sweden

• England Women 0-2 Sweden Women• Defeat in friendly delivers World Cup reality checkPhil Neville says he is endeavouring to keep his players’ “feet on the ground” but on Sunday Sweden delighted in doing the England coach’s job for him.All the bold tal…

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Gareth Southgate surprised by criticism over Wayne Rooney’s England recall

• Manager says striker will feature from bench in USA friendly• ‘It’s strange we are spending time justifying giving him tribute’Gareth Southgate has defended the decision to include Wayne Rooney in the England squad to face USA next Thursday and said …

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France v Germany, Brazil v Argentina and more: international football – live!

Nations League and friendly updates from Tuesday’s gamesFollow Republic of Ireland v Wales: Nations League – live!Six of the best England performances since Euro 96And feel free to email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 6.58pm BST Henrikh Mkhitaryan capped an …

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Graham Arnold off to a flyer as Socceroos thrash Kuwait in friendly

Kuwait 0-4 AustraliaDebutant Awer Mabil scores in manager’s first full-time matchIn his first match since being appointed full-time as the Socceroos’s head coach, Graham Arnold got the statement win he wanted as Australia brushed aside Kuwait 4-0 in a …

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Bruma fires rocket to seal routine win for Portugal against Scotland

Scotland ended a difficult week in no better shape following a 3-1 defeat to Portugal in their low-key friendly at Hampden Park.Alex McLeish made six changes to the side which performed abysmally in the 2-1 Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday n…

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Colombia too good for USA as James Rodríguez scores stunner

USA 2-4 ColombiaCarlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja scored second-half goals to lead Colombia past the United States 4-2 on Thursday night in an match that marked the return of USA captain Michael Bradley to the national team following a one-…

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Kylian Mbappé rescues France against Iceland while Portugal see off Poland

• France score twice in last four minutes to draw 2-2 at home• Aleksandar Mitrovic double helps Serbia win in MontenegroFrance avoided an embarrassing defeat by Iceland with two goals in the last five minutes, including a last-gasp penalty from the sub…

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Paco Alcacer at the double as Wales forget their lines against Spain

This was the first time that Wales have played at the Principality Stadium since 2011 and it turned into an ordeal for Ryan Giggs and his players. Outplayed and outclassed by Spain, the home side were comprehensively beaten on a night when the only sav…