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Category: Nations League

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International men’s football: talking points from the week’s action

Nations League positives for Portugal and even England, dismay for David de Gea and Kosovo’s Euro 2020 qualifying joyThe numbed anticlimax of Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the lingering impression of England’s Nations League campaign was one of…

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England’s winners and losers during the Nations League campaign | Dominic Fifield

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez did their cases no harm in Portugal and Harry Winks strengthened his in absentiaSunday afternoon at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques stadium and Gareth Southgate found himself once again fielding questions over the le…

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England’s winners and losers during the Nations League campaign | Dominic Fifield

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez did their cases no harm in Portugal and Harry Winks strengthened his in absentiaSunday afternoon at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques stadium and Gareth Southgate found himself once again fielding questions over the le…

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England and Spurs need to recognise that a half-fit Harry Kane is no use | Barney Ronay

Club and country must ease the burden on the striker who was rushed back from injury for the Champions League final and then unnecessarily taken to PortugalWith one minute gone in England’s Nations League play-off game in Guimarães, Harry Kane did some…

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Cold, hungry and home late – not quite how I envisaged Nations League stint | Max Rushden

Two long nights in Portugal gave me a new-found respect for pitchside reporters and an extra-time craving for a bananaIt’s the 90th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, on a hat?trick, cuts inside his man and whacks it in the corner of the net to seal Portgual’s…

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Nations League final fitting end to new show on the tournament scene | Barney Ronay

Portugal’s triumph in a fun and frisky final in Porto crowned what had been thought of as an unnecessary, bolted-on addition to the international calendarOh new day! The Nations League! There was an air of bafflement when Uefa unveiled its operatic Nat…

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Portugal provide local cheer as Gonçalo Guedes does for the Netherlands

At the final whistle the celebrations from Cristiano Ronaldo were quite restrained compared to the other occasions when he has added another trophy to his personal collection. Two arms raised, but nothing too elaborate. Ronaldo did not even mark the mo…

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England dig deep in pointless cause – but greater tests are in store | Sean Ingle

The players looked jaded against the Swiss and should have been on the beach after an impressive seasonOn a soporific summer’s day in Guimarães one word reverberated in the mind like a mantra. Why? Why were England playing in one of the more pointless …

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England hero Jordan Pickford savours scoring in penalty shoot-out win – video

Jordan Pickford reveals he was nervous before stepping up for his penalty against Switzerland, but weeks of practise prepared him to become England’s first goalkeeper to take one in a competitive game. Pickford emerged as an unlikely saviour when he sc…

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England’s Gareth Southgate: ‘None of us is satisfied with third-place finish’

• Manager says players committed to reaching higher levels• Unhappy medals left in changing room rather than presentedGareth Southgate has admitted a sense of dissatisfaction at England’s third?place finish at the Nations League, a sentiment shared by …

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Portugal v Netherlands: Nations League final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the final in PortoBarney Ronay: Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmersSend your thoughts and questions to Rob here 7.27pm BST “Ronaldo will score and Portugal will win 2-1,” says Mayokun Mesole. “He’s been doing this…

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Jordan Pickford saves the day as England beat Switzerland on penalties

This was a game too far, long before it drifted apologetically into extra time, or culminated in a penalty shootout relatively devoid of tension in the Portuguese sun. It was a fixture which had felt more like a prolonged appeal for the season finally …

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England v Switzerland: Nations League third-place play-off – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the playoff in GuimaraesSouthgate commits to England and rules out taking Chelsea jobSend your emails and thoughts to Rob here 2.41pm BST 40 min “Hi Rob,” says Oliver. “Does the really important England game begin at 5pm?”…

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Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmers for an icon fighting off the dusk | Barney Ronay

Portugal captain enters Nations League showdown knowing an undying drive cannot sustain his career for ever‘How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of many things across his…

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Nations League final: Ryan Babel impressed by mature Dutch youngsters

• ‘These players already take so much responsibility’• Davy Pröpper and Babel praise effect of Ronald KoemanDutch football has a tendency to lurch from boom to bust and back again. But as Holland prepare for the Nations League final against Portugal on…

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Gareth Southgate commits to England and rules out taking Chelsea job

• England manager focused on 2020 European Championship• Southgate confident his No 2, Steve Holland, will also stay putGareth Southgate has ruled himself out of a return to club football with Chelsea and expressed confidence his assistant, Steve Holla…

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FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

• Tony Conniford concerned over presence of far-right groups• “Deeply embarrassed” by scenes in Porto during Nations LeagueThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic o…

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England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson made an appearance in Guimarães on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influenceBack in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally f…

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Harry Kane admits England defeat hurts but everyone can learn from it

• “This week could have been so different”• Kane likely to start for England against SwitzerlandHarry Kane has bemoaned a painful week in which he saw hopes of winning the Champions League and Nations League dashed but has urged his England teammates t…

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England fans say police raised batons amid ‘dangerous crushing’ at semi-final

• Ticket system stopped working before Nations League game• ‘No violence, just panic,’ says one England supporterEngland supporters have criticised the stadium authorities and Uefa for not doing enough to stop “dangerous crushing” after the electronic …