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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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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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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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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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England hope Harry Winks will transform midfield exposed by De Jong

• Steve Holland says Spurs man can knit together England’s play• ‘He is a player we have very much been waiting for’England will bring Harry Winks back into the fold next season with a view to the Tottenham Hotspur player knitting together midfield and…

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Frenkie de Jong writes Netherlands script while Stones fluffs his lines| Barney Ronay

Ronald Koeman’s side offer up a rousing performance but England centre-half comes unstuck in Nations LeagueThere was a moment of double-take deep into the second half of a steamy, slightly wild Nations League semi-final at the Estádio D Afonso Henrique…

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Gareth Southgate backs Stones and Barkley after errors against Netherlands

• ‘John will get horrible criticism for that mistake’• England to continue playing from the backGareth Southgate has thrown his support behind John Stones and Ross Barkley and insisted his team will continue to play the ball out short from the back aft…

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Netherlands 3-1 England: Nations League player ratings | Dominic Fifield

Jadon Sancho showed flashes of class while Virgil van Dijk kept his excellent club form going in Netherlands’ victoryJasper Cillessen Continue reading…

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England extra-time misery after John Stones’ blunder lets in Netherlands

It was an ignominious way for England to lose and, ultimately, their collapse in extra time was probably best summed up by the image of Ross Barkley with his face down in the turf, not wanting to look up and survey the damage after his mistake for the …

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Netherlands v England: Nations League semi-final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.45pm BST match in GuimaraesSean Ingle on the England fans who poisoned PortoSend your thoughts to Scott.Murray@theguardian.com 6.47pm BST That’s much-deserved reward for Sterling, who leads his country out on his 50t…

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Ronald Koeman creates clarity as Netherlands rediscover their mojo | Arthur Renard

Oranje manager has overseen the team’s revival and his squad face England in the Nations League with a new sense of unityIt has been only a year since the Netherlands and England last met but to Ronald Koeman it must feel like an age. At the time, he h…

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Virgil van Dijk warns Spurs players of lasting let-down from final defeat

• Liverpool and Dutch defender: ‘It’s not easy to come back from’• Van Dijk, Wijnaldum to play in Nations League semi-finalVirgil van Dijk has warned the Tottenham Hotspur players in England’s ranks that it will take time to recover from the disappoint…

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Nations League: four exciting young players to watch in Portugal

Expect to see João Félix, Declan Rice, Kevin Mbabu and Donny van de Beek tearing it up this weekBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredCristiano Ronaldo was only 19 when Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and reached the final. Ronaldo scored his first international g…

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Raheem Sterling set to captain England against Netherlands, says his PR agency

• Forward in line to win 50th cap on Thursday in Nations League• Gareth Southgate may not start Kane or Henderson after MadridRaheem Sterling’s PR agency has suggested he will be named as England’s captain for Thursday’s Nations League semi-final again…

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Van Dijk and Wijnaldum given rapturous welcome by Netherlands teammates – video

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were given a rapturous reception by their Netherlands teammates after returning to training as winners of the Champions League. The Dutch duo, who claimed Europe’s top prize with Liverpool following a…

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Ronald Koeman: ‘We’re a country that will always produce good young players’

The Netherlands coach on facing England, the young talent at his disposal and that World Cup qualifier in 1993Deep in the countryside at the Dutch FA’s sparkling almost-new training centre, Ronald Koeman is sitting in a mocked-up dressing room surround…

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‘If you survive here, you’ll survive everywhere’ – the making of Gini Wijnaldum

‘Shootings, prostitutes and needles’ – the Liverpool midfielder’s brother, Giliano, and childhood friend David Mendes da Silva explain what it was like to grow up in SchiemondThere are no flowers any more and no remembrance plaque but David Mendes da S…

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‘A fairytale with a very bad ending’: Ajax and Netherlands in disbelief

Frenkie de Jong summed up Ajax’s devastation after Spurs ended their European miracle and his pain was echoed by their fans, the Dutch media and even rivals such as Dick AdvocaatIt is a day of drying hot tears in Amsterdam and in almost every part of t…

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‘Ashamed’ Raymond van Barneveld retires from darts with immediate effect

• Former world champion was due to quit at end of year• ‘I don’t want the pain any more. I’m relieved. I’m done’The five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld has announced his immediate retirement from the sport after playing the final Premier Le…