England booked their place at this summer’s World Cup with minimal fuss. Finishing as leaders of qualifying Group F, an unbeaten record of eight wins and two draws left them top of the pool with Slovakia and Scotland joint-second, eight points off the pace.
Many positives can be taken from the campaign to date – scoring 18 goals and conceding just three – and there’s reason for fans to be confident after being dropped into Group G at the competition proper alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
On paper, Gareth Southgate and his boys should secure a place in the knock-out stages of this summer’s spectacle but will they live up to expectations? Bookmakers put forward their views on just how far the nation can go and there’s plenty of value around. Continue reading
Leeds ended a four game winless run across all competitions with this 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier today afternoon. Pablo Hernandez set up the first for Caleb Ekuban in the fourth minute and then doubled LUFC”s advantage early in the second half with a goal of his own.
Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for Bolton, but Leeds held on to win 2-1 in front of over 35,000 fans (35,377 to be precise) at Elland Road.
Also check out this funny moment after Hernandez’s goal. The Spaniard goes to celebrate, but doesn’t quite ace it! Some work needed on the celebrations Pablo? Continue reading
Reigning European holders Portugal crashed to a 3-0 loss in Geneva in their final warmup game before coach Fernando Santos announces his 23 man squad to travel to Russia.
The Seleccao were very poor defensively in the first half and the Netherlands, who failed to qualify for the World Cup and were beaten in Amsterdam by England on Friday, took full advantage as they netted thrice before the interval.
Fernando Santos opted for a somewhat experimental lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo the only player in the XI that you could say was assured of a starting spot in Russia. Young Napoli left back Mario Rui was given his senior debut and became the fourth player from Portugal’s U20 World Cup squad (they finished as runners up) to play for the national team after Danilo, Cedric and Oliveira. Continue reading
Young Giorgi Chakvetadze has been often been hailed as one of the rising stars of Georgian football and the teenager made his national team debut over the weekend against Lithuania (March 24, 2018). Chakvetadze started the game and also netted on debut- his 40th minute strike was the fourth for the Georgians in their 4-0 win in Tbilisi. He was replaced by Giorgi Aburjania after 69 minutes.
the 18 year old also made 34 passes with a 91% pass accuracy in this game. Chakvetadze currently plays for Gent in the Belgian top flight, Continue reading
Goals from Demarai Gray and Jake Clarke-Salter helped England U21 down their Romanian counterparts at Molineux. With Dominic Solanke taking a knock, manager Aidy Boothroyd chosen to give Birmingham born Gray the armband as a tribute to Cyrille Regis, the legendary striker in whose honour the game was held.
England took the lead through Gray’s 8th minute effort and doubled their advantage seventeen minutes from time when Jake Clarke-Salter nodded home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.
Romania, who had Gheorghe Hagi’s son Ianis in their lineup, pulled one back through Valentin Costache after an error from England keeper Dean Henderson. The visitors pushed for an equaliser but the home side held on to take the Cyrille Regis International 2-1.
England will now take on Ukraine in a Euro 2019 qualifier at Bramall Lane on Tuesday