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Toby Alderweireld says he was never close to Tottenham exit

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Skysports.com

Toby Alderweireld says he did not want to leave Tottenham in the summer Toby Alderweireld insists he never wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer. The Belgium centre-back has less than a year remaining on his current contract, with an option for a one-year extension that includes a £25m release clause. Sky sources understand Manchester United were interested in signing Alderweireld in t...Full Story »

Nations League round-up: Romelu Lukaku scores twice in Belgium win

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Skysports.com

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium cruised to a 3-0 victory in their first UEFA Nations League encounter against Iceland on Tuesday night. Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute, as Belgium played their first competitive game since beating England in the third-place play-off at the World Cup, before Lukaku, who had won the penalty, struck himself two minute...Full Story »

Gareth Southgate welcomes England players’ half-time inquest

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Gareth Southgate welcomed a shot of half-time player power from his England side after a dressing room debrief helped turn the tide against Switzerland.A Three Lions side showing nine changes from the team beaten in Saturday’s Nations League opener against Spain turned in a sloppy 45 minutes in their friendly at the King Power Stadium but reached the interval level after Xherdan Shaqiri hi...Full Story »

Luis Enrique can find no fault in Spain’s thrashing of Croatia

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Luis Enrique could not fault Spain’s attitude as they produced a superb display to thrash World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Elche.Marco Asensio scored one, saw another strike rebound off the crossbar and go in off the goalkeeper and set up three second-half goals as La Roja took firm control of Group A4 of the UEFA Nations League.After following up Saturday’s win against England at ...Full Story »

Martin O’Neill happy with Ireland’s response to Wales defeat

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Martin O’Neill was a happy man after seeing his depleted Republic of Ireland side bounce back from their horror show in Wales with a spirited 1-1 draw in Poland.Ireland boss O’Neill, who had spent the day before the game once again having to defend his assistant Roy Keane, was without many of his key players in Wroclaw, but looked on as debutant Aiden O’Brien headed his team to...Full Story »

Gavin Whyte’s mother misses his dream Northern Ireland debut

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Gavin Whyte revealed his mother would have to wait to discover he had scored with his first touch in international football as she missed Northern Ireland’s 3-0 win over Israel to fly out on holiday.Whyte struck Northern Ireland’s third goal less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half, adding to earlier goals from Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas in a comfo...Full Story »

England 1 - 0 Switzerland: Sluggish England thankful for Marcus Rashford strike on return to winning ways

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Marcus Rashford’s eye for goal helped England see off Switzerland with a victory that ensured the enthusiasm of a World Cup semi-final run did not descend into a record losing streak.The feelgood factor Gareth Southgate earned in Russia this summer was dented but not ruined by Saturday’s Nations League loss to Spain, and a 1-0 friendly win at Leicester’s King Power Stadium ensu...Full Story »

Spain 6 - 0 Croatia: Ruthless Spain thrash Croatia in Elche

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

World Cup runners-up Croatia were thrashed 6-0 by Spain in their first competitive outing since their exploits in Russia.A line-up showing five changes from their 4-2 defeat to France in Moscow were swept aside in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League campaign.Saul and Marco Asensio scored before goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic put one in his own net, and the rout was completed in the second ha...Full Story »

Mateusz Klich’s late equaliser denies Republic victory in Poland

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Aiden O’Brien marked his senior international debut with a goal as the Republic of Ireland came within minutes of ending a turbulent week with a morale-boosting victory in Poland.The 24-year-old Millwall striker looked to have won the day with his 53rd-minute header, but substitute Mateusz Klich’s 87th-minute equaliser snatched a 1-1 draw to spare the Poles’ blushes on a night ...Full Story »

Gavin Whyte scores two minutes into Northern Ireland debut to seal Israel win

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PA

Gavin Whyte needed less than two minutes of his Northern Ireland debut to find the net as Michael O’Neill’s side enjoyed a 3-0 win over Israel in a friendly at Windsor Park.Whyte scored the third goal of the night moments after coming on as a substitute to add to first-half strikes from captain Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.It helped the hosts to a first win in four and a much-neede...Full Story »

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