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Category: Friendlies

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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…

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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…