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France vs Ireland LIVE: Six Nations score and latest updates from Championship decider in Paris


Follow the latest updates from the Six Nations clash between France and Ireland in the Championship decider at the Stade de France.

After 14 games, four rounds and the longest Six Nations championship in history, the final round is set to be completed in Paris as both France and Ireland go for the title. England will be watching on hopefully following their final match against Italy in Rome, with Eddie Jones’s side the other team with title hopes well and truly alive – though they depend on the result of this match.

Ireland will win the Championship by one one three ways: by claiming a bonus-point victory, by beating France by seven points or more, or by beating France by six points as long as they score a try. If Ireland beat France by six points without a try, the title will be shared with England, while a five-point win or worse will hand England the spoils. The Rugby World Cup finalists will also win the Six Nations if France win, unless Les Bleus can claim an unlikely 31-point win with a bonus point to boot. Follow the live updates below.

HALF-TIME

Well thankfully Super Saturday has finally come alive! France made a lightning start as Fickou set up Dupont for the opening score, but their disciplinary issues returned to haunt them as Bouthier made the mindless decision to slap the ball into touch and earn himself 10 minutes in the cooler. Ireland hit back and scored through Healy on his 100th appearance, before Sexton nudged them into the lead. However, the ill-discipline swung into France’s favour as Doris brought down Cros off the ball when he was destined to score, giving the home side a slender lead at the break.

Ireland are far from out of the picture though. They’re four points down, but a 10-point swing would be enough to clinch the title.

40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

France stem the maul attack, and Ireland resort to a bit of one-out driving that allows France to get over the ball and win the penalty with Ireland off their feet.. Should Ireland have taken the points? In hindsight – certainly.

And that’s half-time!

40 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

Ireland have a scrum put-in as the clock ticks red, and despite their best efforts they can’t force a penalty. The balls taken out and Ireland attack, and they get the penalty they were looking for as Alldritt is penalised for a ruck indiscretion. As Doris returns, Ireland turn down the shot at goal and go for the corner.

38 mins: France 17-13 Ireland

Ntamack makes no mistake and restores the four-point lead. Interestingly, Healy returns after passing his HIA, with 1:30 still on the Doris sin-bin.

37 mins: France 14-13 Ireland

France immediately hit back with an emphatic scrum that shoves Ireland back, and when the attack comes to nothing Barnes comes back to give Ntamack a shot at goal from the edge of the 22.

33 mins: France 14-13 Ireland

Sexton takes up every second before converting his second penalty, cutting the gap to one. Cros is off with injury, meaning Dylan Cretin is on in the French back row.

32 mins: France 14-10 Ireland

Ireland rebound well and force France into conceding a penalty inside their own red zone, which Sexton will duly take to close the gap and – more importantly – use up the clock on the sin-bin. 

30 mins: France 14-10 Ireland

Disaster for Ireland! They knock the ball on again, and lock Bernard Le Roux hacks through and gives chase. He shows delightful footwork to dribble the ball on, and Irish flanker Caelan Doris hauls him down without the ball when a try was a certainty, conceding a penalty try and earning himself a yellow card in the process!

30 mins: France 12-10 Ireland

PENALTY TRY FOR FRANCE!

29 mins: France 7-10 Ireland

France show what they’re capable of with a lovely backs move that is eventually chipped deep, and the bounce does Stockdale as he knocks it on … he knocks it on, surely? It’s not given, and Ireland escape with one there.

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F1 QUALIFYING LIVE: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020 – Italy

F1 QUALIFYING LIVE: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Valtteri Bottas the pace setter as Lewis Hamilton targets tenth pole position of the season as sport returns to legendary venue at Imola for first time in 14 years

  • ELIMINATED FROM Q2: Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, Lance Stroll 
  • ELIMINATED FROM Q1: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi 
  • Imola will host the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with qualifying at 1pm GMT 
  • Lewis Hamilton is hoping for his 10th pole in just 13 races this term 
  • Latest Formula One news, live action and results can be found here 

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The world champion goes quickest with a 1:13.781, and although Bottas was quickest in the first two sectors, he lost time in the last sector to only go second.

Bottas was again narrowly faster as he wins another battle against Hamilton. Lewis tends to wake up at this point in the afternoon though as we now look to see how the top 10 line up on Sunday. Big shout for Albon though, under immense pressure at the moment he produced an excellent lap… not as good as Pierre Gasly though.

ELIMINATED FROM Q2: Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, George Russell, Lance Stroll.

Job done for that Red Bull – just.

Top work from the Red Bull team but we shouldn’t be too surprised. The mechanics in that team are on another level, having produced a couple of sub-two second pit-stops this term.

Mercedes of course are quickest with no cars on track, with Bottas just ahead of Hamilton.

In danger of being eliminated are Albon, Lance Stroll, George Russell, Sebastian Vettel and Verstappen. Charles Leclerc is on the bubble…

One Red Bull is in the garage, the other is pointing the wrong way off circuit. Albon has flat spotted his tyres after spinning off track.

Hopes for Verstappen. It looks like they have fixed an ‘electrical issue’ and Verstappen could get a chance to get out again.

With fewer than 10 minutes to run, his car is in the Red bull garage with the engine cover off. Given he has not set a lap in this session, if he does not get back out he will start tomorrow’s race from 15th… and all but certainly guarantee a Mercedes front row. 

Only one man can stop Mercedes, and that is Max Verstappen. Except his Red Bull has lost power and he may not even make the pole position shootout as he pits hoping his team can produce a quick fix…

It was actually Bottas quickest after the first session, Hamilton seeing a lap deleted for exceeding track limits. Even our world champion is at it now. Just bring back gravel to line the track…

ELIMINATED FROM Q1: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi.

Currently in the bottom five with three minutes to run are Nicholas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Alex Albon and Bottas after his lap was deleted.

Bottas though has had his time deleted for exceeding track limits. It might be the only way to prevent Mercedes getting pole. Although Hamilton was the only driver last week not to exceed them at the Portuguese Grand Prix where 200 laps were deleted for veering off circuit. Makes you wonder how barrier enforced Monaco doesn’t even end up with just three cars finishing these days…

Lewis Hamilton is narrowly quicker than Valtteri Bottas, who have nearly half-a-second on Max Verstappen. Mercedes pole anyone… again?

One is Kimi Raikkonen driving for alfa Rome today, the other is Fernando Alonso who will return to F1 next season but is with his Renault outfit today – he won memorably round here in 2005 after holing off Schumacher.

Off we go then as Imola glistens wonderfully in the autumn sunshine. Max Verstappen didn’t get a chance to put his best lap during practice can he (or anybody) at least give Merc a bash on the nose in this hour.

They pretty much race in people’s back gardens around here, but there is one notable change since Michael Schumacher held off Fernando Alonso to win 14 years ago.

That last chicane before the finish line? Gone. It’s now a straight designed to improve overtaking, but given the meandering route into Tamburello it’s hard to see that concept working.

No surprises to see Mercedes on top again – but it’s Lewis Hamilton leading the way after practice. That’s usually Valtteri Bottas’s playground, but the world champion has wasted little time getting to grips with Imola which is back (“one night only”) for the first time since 2006.

It’s only a brief stop off point though – for what is a two-day stay at the former home of the San Marino Grand Prix.

So with just one practice session down we are prepared to go straight into qualifying for *checks notes*  Emilia Romagna Grand Prix…

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to continue his domination of the F1 season as he targets a 10th pole position at the 13th round of the campaign ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

F1 returns to the Imola circuit for the first time since 2006, and it will be the first time the world champion has raced at the circuit during his  Formula One career.

Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY who will provide live F1 coverage from the action in Italy as drivers look to gain a favourable spot on the grid by putting in their fastest laps. 

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Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Winner goes joint-top of the league

Wolves vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Nuno Espirito Santo and Roy Hodgson’s sides battle to go joint-top of the Premier League table after promising starts to the campaign

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight 
  • The winner will go joint-top of the Premier League table this Friday evening  
  • Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Wolves host Crystal Palace in Friday night Premier League action at Molineux Stadium, with the winner going joint-top of England’s top-flight tonight.  

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were pegged back in dramatic fashion in their last match against Newcastle thanks to Jacob Murphy’s last-gasp free-kick. Wolves will be hoping to put the record straight following the dismal 1-1 draw on Friday night. 

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, meanwhile, are in good spirits after ending their three-match winless run with a 2-1  win away at Fulham last weekend. Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games and will be hoping for a third this evening. 

Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ will provide live EPL coverage of Wolves vs Crystal Palace including score, lineups and updates. 

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Five minutes to go until kick-off here at Molineux. Let’s have a reminder of the two teams…

WOLVES XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri; Podence, Jiménez, Neto

CRYSTAL PALACE XI: Guaita; Clyne, Kouyaté, Dann, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Schlupp; Batshuayi, Zaha


It’s been a sad day for football today as England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles has passed away at the age of 78.

Stiles was a crucial member of the Three Lions side who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966.

Read MARTIN SAMUEL’s piece below about one of England’s greatest players…

 

There is quite a lot of talk about Wilfried Zaha’s good run for Crystal Palace, but what about Raul Jimenez’s record for Wolves this season?

Like Zaha, the Mexican number nine has netted in each of his last two games, with Jimenez’s overall league tally standing at four goals in six matches. 

Cheick Kouyate and Scott Dann are in for a tricky night this evening…

Both these sides playing out entertaining fixtures last season, with Wolves edging Palace in the head-to-head contest across the previous campaign.

The sides drew 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the first encounter with Diogo Jota – now at Liverpool – cancelling out Leandro Dendoncker’s own goal with a 90th minute equaliser.

In the post-lockdown return fixture at Molineux, Daniel Podence and Jonny finished off attacks to give Wolves a 2-0 win.


The pre-match warm-ups have begun for the two sides with half an hour to go until kick-off.

The two managers are also doing their pitchside interviews at the moment. It’s a big evening for both sides, who can propel themselves right up the table with a win. 


It’s been a crazy few months for Crystal Palace Jairo Riedewald. The Dutch midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park and looked set to be leaving the club this summer.

But an injury crisis gave Riedewald a second chance and his recent midfield displays mean he is one of the first names on the teamsheet?

The 24-year-old netted the opener against Fulham last weekend, will we see another star showing this evening?

Tonight’s match is available to watch via BT Sport’s Box Office channel as the Premier League continues its pay-per-view service during the coronavirus era. 

Nuno Espirito Santo has been very vocal in his opposition to the service which has divided opinion amongst fans…

Crystal Palace will have several attacking options this evening but Wolves will need to pay attention to one in particular.

Wilfried Zaha has scored in each of his last two games to take his goal tally to five in six games. The Ivorian is the Eagles’ man in form and tonight’s result will depend on whether he turns up at Molineux this evening. 

Roy Hodgson also makes one change from the side that won at Fulham last time out. Left-back Tyrick Mitchell misses out entirely, so Patrick van Aanholt comes into the back four.

Michy Batshuayi keeps his place up front despite Jordan Ayew returning to the bench after his coronavirus diagnosis during the October international break. 

Nuno Espirito Santo makes one change from the side that drew with Newcastle last weekend. There’s a Wolves debut for Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left-side of the midfield five, who starts in place of Roman Saiss. 

The 19-year-old is on loan from French side with Angers, though Wolves do have the option to buy him on a permanent deal. A chance to impress then.

Welcome to this evening’s coverage of the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.

Both sides have had identical starts to the league season, with three wins, a draw and two losses in their opening six matches.

But the winner of tonight’s match can go joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool and Everton on 13 points.

Kick-off is at 8pm GMT so team news will be out in ten minutes or so…


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Wolves vs Newcastle LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from Premier League fixture today

Southampton end 10-man Everton’s unbeaten run

Southampton 2-0 Everton: Lucas Digne was sent off on a miserable afternoon for the Toffees at St Mary’s

Saints boss, Ralph Hasenhuttl, told BBC Sport: 

“My team did a fantastic job today, from the first moment you could feel that the plan was working and the guys were sticking to it. It was one of the best first halves so far for us.

“I was always convinced that Che Adams’ time would come, sometimes it takes a long time to adapt to this level but he was always learning and working hard and he gets what he deserves now.

“We did not talk once this week about losing 9-0 [a year ago today], that is a topic for you guys, but it was important what we did after that defeat. Now we don’t even think about it any more, I don’t care.”

Reaction from Southampton captain and goalscorer, James Ward-Prowse, who told Sky Sports: 

“We knew it was a good challenge for us, they came here unbeaten and we didn’t like that feeling. Our confidence was high.

“We were aggressive, we believe in what we are doing and we have the quality to go and score goals.

“We’ll take a 2-0 win at home all day long. I want to try and score a few more goals and that’s the demand of the manager. We highlighted their key players and adpated our game to nullify that threat, and we did that well today.

“This gives us a lot of confidence, we weren’t really troubled.”

Wolves make one change to the side that beat Leeds, with Ruben Neves replacing Joao Moutinho.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce makes four changes from the side that lost 4-1 to Manchester United last time out.  Fabian Schar, Ryan Fraser, Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron come in while Emil Krafth, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Joelinton make way.

TEAM NEWS – NEWCASTLE

TEAM NEWS – WOLVES

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid live stream: How to watch LaLiga fixture online and on TV today


One of the biggest fixtures in world football takes place on Saturday as Barcelona host Real Madrid in LaLiga.

El Clasico is always a much-anticipated event, but this year there’s as much intrigue from the two sides’ form and recent matches as there is over the size of the clubs.

Barca have won two of their four matches the league this season and lost last weekend to Getafe – though they won in midweek in the Champions League.

Real Madrid have won three from five in LaLiga, but have suffered surprise back-to-back defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk over the past week.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

What time is the game?

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, 24 October at Camp Nou.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on LaLiga TV. It can also be streamed via the Premier Sports Player website or app.

What is the team news

Barcelona are without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Samuel Umtiti is missing from the defensive ranks – though wouldn’t have played anyway.

Jordi Alba is the only other notable potential absentee after missing recent games.

For Real Madrid, Eden Hazard is out until the international break and right-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola are also injured. Martin Odegaard and Mariano are doubts, but Sergio Ramos is fit and available after missing midweek.

Predicted line-ups

FCB: Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Dest; De Jong, Busquets; Griezmann, Coutinho, Fati; Messi.

RMA: Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Odds

Barcelona – 15/14

Draw – 11/4

Real Madrid – 45/17

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Giants vs. Eagles live score, updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’ game

In a game made for “Thursday Night Football,” the awful NFC East will be on full display as the Giants go up against the Eagles.

New York (1-5) finally earned its first win of the season last weekend, 20-19 over the equally inept Washington Football Team. The difference was a failed 2-point conversion attempt by Washington.

Philadelphia (1-4-1) has gotten off to an awful start as well, but it nearly completed an 18-point comeback on Sunday against Baltimore, with only a failed 2-point conversion keeping it from tying the game late in the fourth quarter.

The crazy thing is, as bad as both the Giants and Eagles have been, they’re both still in the playoff hunt. That’s how bad the NFC East is this season. So this game could very likely have playoff implications.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Giants vs. Eagles on “Thursday Night Football.” Follow below for complete results from the NFL Week 7 game.

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Giants vs. Eagles live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’

(Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.)

‘Thursday Night Football’ start time

All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast in Week 7.

NFL Week 7 schedule

Below is the complete schedule for Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Sunday, Oct. 25

Monday, Oct. 26

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Leicester vs Aston Villa live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight


Leicester City host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

The Foxes have been an intriguing side to watch this year and have summed up how changeable the top-flight has been in the early weeks: they were fantastic in beating Man City, but were hammered by West Ham before the international break.

Even so, they have won three of their four games with a good start to the season.

Aston Villa were second across the course of the international break courtesy of a 100 per cent record in their opening three games, including the extraordinary 7-2 win over champions Liverpool last time out.

Here’s everything you need to know before kick-off.

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When is the match?

The game kicks off at 7:15pm on Sunday, 18 October at King Power Stadium.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office on a pay per view basis. Subscribers can also stream via the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription and access the PPV option.

What is the team news?

Leicester’s extensive injury list still contains the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu and Wes Morgan. Dennis Praet, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy are all doubts and need checks before the game.

Villa are without Wesley and Tom Heaton, with Kourtney Hause a doubt.

Predicted line-ups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Evans, Fofana, Justin; Mendy; Under, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn, Barkley; Trezeguet, Watkins, Grealish.

Odds

Leicester – 23/20

Draw – 27/10

Villa – 29/11

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Live on Sky: England vs Belgium preview

Watch England vs Belgium live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm and Sky Sports Football from 4.30pm or follow in our dedicated match blog on Sky Sports website and app; watch in-game goals and free match highlights shortly after full-time

Friday 9 October 2020 19:01, UK

Team news and stats ahead of England vs Belgium in the Nations League live on Sky Sports (kick-off 5pm).

Gareth Southgate said Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho face a battle to win their spots back after the England manager was impressed by the performance of the experimental side he fielded in Thursday’s 3-0 victory against Wales.

Abraham, Chilwell and Sancho missed the friendly at Wembley Stadium after they breached COVID-19 regulations at the weekend.

In their absence, Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wolves defender Conor Coady and Southampton striker Danny Ings scored their first international goals, while Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka also impressed on their first England starts.

England face Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday followed by Denmark on Wednesday.

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A late equaliser from the penalty spot earned Ivory Coast a 1-1 draw with England’s next opponents in a friendly on Thursday, ending a run of 12 successive victories for the top team in the world rankings.

Michy Batshuayi converted from close range to give Belgium a 53rd-minute lead but Franck Kessie equalised for the visitors from the spot with four minutes remaining.

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Team news

Chilwell has been ruled out after his arrival to the squad was delayed further with a non-Covid related illness. Abraham and Sancho have had coronavirus tests to determine whether they can join up with England squad in the next 24 hours.

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Southgate and FA officials will decide in the coming days if Chilwell is well enough to join the camp in time to play against Denmark on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, at which point he would undergo further coronavirus testing.

Belgium are confident defender Jan Vertonghen will be able to line up despite a broken cheekbone suffered three weeks ago.

“The medical staff must first give us the OK, but it is looking good,” said coach Roberto Martinez ahead of the Nations League game at Wembley on Sunday.

Vertonghen was hurt playing for his new Portuguese club Benfica last month and sat out their league game against Farense last Sunday, but then surprisingly travelled to join up with the Belgium squad.

He was not included in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast in Brussels but is in line to play against England in the Nations League clash on Sunday and also away the game away against Iceland next Wednesday.

If he plays on Sunday, it is quick return to London for the 33-year-old defender, who did not have his contract at Tottenham renewed last season, joining Benfica instead on a three-year deal. He would also renew his defensive partnership with ex-Spurs team-mate Toby Alderweireld.

Belgium have a goalkeeping crisis after Thibaut Courtois (hip) became the third to be ruled out for Sunday’s game. Hendrik Van Crombrugge and Koen Casteels were already out so former Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet is expected to step in between the posts.

The Belgians rested almost all their regulars against Ivory Coast with Alexis Saelemakers one of five debutants used by coach Martinez, but they are expected to go with their strongest possible line-up on Sunday.

How to follow



England
Belgium

England vs Belgium will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm; Kick-off at 5pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game goals in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

What the managers said

England manager Gareth Southgate: “Whenever we give debuts or get guys who deserve their chance who have been in the squad for a while time on the pitch there’s opportunity for them to grab a place and push themselves up the pecking order. Several did that against Wales and there is competition for places. Not just the squad we named, other players are outside that.”

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez: “Now that we’ve been able to extend the numbers in the squad and that opens a very good window for us to have a lot of debutants, a lot of emerging and young talent in the team.

“They’ve earned the opportunity to be in the national team and now we will see what they can do and if they can add competition into the group.

Comment: Southgate’s selection dilemmas vs Belgium

After seeing off Wales 3-0 in Thursday’s friendly, England return to competitive action on Sunday against the world’s No 1-ranked side, Belgium. So how will Gareth Southgate refresh his line-up for this tough Nations League test?

The England manager has already made clear he will be rotating his starting XI throughout this triple-header of international games, but with Belgium England’s hardest opponents, and the result of the Wembley clash likely to be key to the Three Lions’ hopes of making the semi-finals for the second time in a row, he will surely be looking to field his strongest XI.

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  • England lost just one of their first 21 matches against Belgium (W15 D5) but have since lost each of their last two games against the Belgians, both at the 2018 World Cup.
  • Belgium are looking to become the first team since France between 2004 and 2010 to win three consecutive games against England, and only the fourth in three consecutive competitive games, after Scotland (1962-64), Italy (1980-97) and Brazil (1962-2002).
  • Since losing 4-1 against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, England haven’t lost a match on a Sunday (P13 W9 D4), winning five of their six Sunday matches under Gareth Southgate.
  • England have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six matches – should they keep a clean sheet against Belgium, it will be the longest run of games without conceding in the national side’s history.
  • England have won 19 of their last 20 competitive home matches (L1), the only loss in this run being a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Spain in September 2018.
  • Belgium have scored in each of their last 19 away matches, scoring 54 goals (W15 D2 L2), while scoring at least twice in 16 of those 19 games, including each of their last 13 (38 goals scored).
  • Harry Kane has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last five home matches for England (nine goals & one assist), scoring two hat-tricks in this run – against Bulgaria in September 2019 and Montenegro in November 2019, in what was his most recent home game; the only previous player to score a hat-trick in consecutive home appearances for England was Tommy Taylor between 1956 and 1957 versus Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Belgium striker Michy Batshauyi has scored four goals in two UEFA Nations League starts – both against Iceland – although Batshuayi has never scored at Wembley in four previous club appearances, all with Chelsea in 2017, netting an own goal three minutes after coming on as a substitute in August 2017 against Spurs.

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England vs Wales LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from international friendly tonight

England centre-backs ‘not good enough’ to play in a pairing, says Gary Neville

Gareth Southgate must deploy three at the back due to the lack of quality available to him, said the former national team defender

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Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger – plus Premier League latest


Chelsea are being linked with a surprise transfer deadline day move that could continue their lavish spending this summer after links with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey emerged overnight.

Arsenal are determined to land a midfielder on deadline day and look to have turned their attentions back towards Partey after being told they cannot sign Lyon’s Houssem Aoaur this summer. But Chelsea could be poised to hijack the move and bring the Ghana international to Stamford Bridge, with exits planned from Frank Lampard’s squad today.

One of those appears to be Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is desperate for first-team football and could depart on yet another loan even though Ross Barkley joined Aston Villa last week, while Antonio Rudiger could also be heading for the exit with interest from his former club Roma as well as AC Milan. However, it seems Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be leaving after Chelsea rejected a fresh offer from Bayern Munich to take the England youngster on loan with an option to buy for £70m. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and done deals.

MILAN SEEK RUDIGER LOAN

Italian giants Milan are seeking a loan move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge as of late, and it’s thought that the defender wants a move away from Chelsea with Euro 2021 around the corner.

Milan have a crisis in central defence, with only two fit defenders available.

Website MilanNews.It speculates that their attempt to sign Schalke defender Ozan Kabak is proving futile, and so the club are turning their attention to Rudiger.

Rudiger for his part is open to the deal, but a problem may arise in the club negotiating a fee for the loan.

Rudiger has previous Serie A experience, playing for Roma before signing for Chelsea three years ago.

NO BID FOR PARTEY

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has ruled out a late bid from Chelsea for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the player throughout the transfer window, but Romano thinks a deal is unlikely at this stage.

He also ruled out a bid from Chelsea for the midfielder.

NO RICE BID

Chelsea won’t be moving for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to a former Hammers employee.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the England international throughout the transfer window, but so far a move hasn’t materialised.

It seems now that a deal is unlikely to go through with hours of the window remaining.

This is according to a former West Ham employee, who has a commendable track record of transfer news within the club.

Asked on Twitter if Chelsea were moving for Rice, the former employee firmly stated that a bid has never been put on the table:

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of transfer deadline day, with Chelsea not yet ruling themselves out of the market in what has been their most lavish transfer window yet.

The arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz has seen a new-look Chelsea squad start off this season, but Frank Lampard may not be done yet with his summer recruitment plans.

Reports emerged overnight that Chelsea are in the running for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has been linked all summer long with a move to Arsenal, and could attempt to hijack the deal on Monday in an effort to bolster their defensive midfield options.

That move will only come from player exits though, with Chelsea holding one of the most bloated squads in the Premier League. Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces an uncertain future after Lampard publicly admitted he could leave on loan to secure first-team football, while Antonio Rudiger is being strongly linked with a return to Italy despite Chelsea’s issues in defence.

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