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  • England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football’s world governing body announced on Monday.Gareth Southgate’s side are now the leading home nation after Wales, who, like Scotland, missed out on the finals, fell a place to 14th.NEW #FIFARanking????????Germany stay top ????????????Peru, ????????Spain into top 10 ???? ?????? https://t.co/mqpI27TWTu pic.twitter.com/mfLBowzYqE— #FIFAU17WC ?????????????? (@FIFAcom) October 16, 2017The Republic, who progressed to the World Cup play-offs, rose eight places to 26th, while Scotland climbed 14 places to 29th despite missing out on a place in Russia 2018 – a result which subsequently saw Gordon Strachan depart as boss. Northern Ireland fell three pla..

    England up to 12th in FIFA world rankings and Republic, Scotland also rise

    England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football’s world governing body announced on Monday.Gareth Southgate’s side are now the leading home nation after Wales, who, like Scotland, missed out on the finals, fell a place to 14th.NEW #FIFARanking????????Germany stay top ????????????Peru, ????????Spain into top 10 ???? ?????? https://t.co/mqpI27TWTu pic.twitter.com/mfLBowzYqE— #FIFAU17WC ?????????????? (@FIFAcom) October 16, 2017The Republic, who progressed to the World Cup play-offs, rose eight places to 26th, while Scotland climbed 14 places to 29th despite missing out on a place in Russia 2018 – a result which subsequently saw Gordon Strachan depart as boss. Northern Ireland fell three pla..
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  • Interim head coach Mo Marley has shown confidence in the England Women players who featured in Mark Sampson's final match after naming her squad to face France next week. Former boss Sampson's sacking was announced the day after England's 6-0 World Cup qualifying win against Russia, for matters relating to his behaviour in a previous job at Bristol Academy.Marley has chosen her first Lionesses squad on almost identical lines to the last selection, meaning there is no recall for Chelsea striker Eni Aluko.Aluko's accusations of racism, bullying and harassment against Sampson will be back in focus next week at a parliamentary select committee hearing, at which she is due to appear. Sampson strongly denies Aluko's allegations and has twice been cleared by investigations.England will be without goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and striker Ellen White in France due to injury. Defender Laura Bassett will also miss the friendly in Valenciennes on Friday, October 20, havin..

    No England recall for Aluko under new boss Mo Marley

    Interim head coach Mo Marley has shown confidence in the England Women players who featured in Mark Sampson's final match after naming her squad to face France next week. Former boss Sampson's sacking was announced the day after England's 6-0 World Cup qualifying win against Russia, for matters relating to his behaviour in a previous job at Bristol Academy.Marley has chosen her first Lionesses squad on almost identical lines to the last selection, meaning there is no recall for Chelsea striker Eni Aluko.Aluko's accusations of racism, bullying and harassment against Sampson will be back in focus next week at a parliamentary select committee hearing, at which she is due to appear. Sampson strongly denies Aluko's allegations and has twice been cleared by investigations.England will be without goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and striker Ellen White in France due to injury. Defender Laura Bassett will also miss the friendly in Valenciennes on Friday, October 20, havin..
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  • UEFA has confirmed which teams are in each of the four leagues for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, its new international competition intended to replace most friendlies. Based on the coefficient rankings after the group stages of the European qualifiers for Russia 2018, sixth-ranked England are in league A, while Wales (14th), Ireland (19th) and Northern Ireland (21st) are in league B, and Scotland (27th) are in league C. With all 55 UEFA nations assigned to a league, there are 12 teams in A and B, 15 in C and 16 in D. At a draw in Lausanne on January 24, each league will then be divided into four groups of either three or four teams and they will play each other home and away from September to November next year. Going forward, a promotion and relegation system will operate between the leagues - four up, four down - and the second edition of the competition is scheduled to start in September 2020. The winner will be decided at a tournament between the winners of the four l..

    UEFA confirms leagues for new international tournament with England in top tier

    UEFA has confirmed which teams are in each of the four leagues for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, its new international competition intended to replace most friendlies. Based on the coefficient rankings after the group stages of the European qualifiers for Russia 2018, sixth-ranked England are in league A, while Wales (14th), Ireland (19th) and Northern Ireland (21st) are in league B, and Scotland (27th) are in league C. With all 55 UEFA nations assigned to a league, there are 12 teams in A and B, 15 in C and 16 in D. At a draw in Lausanne on January 24, each league will then be divided into four groups of either three or four teams and they will play each other home and away from September to November next year. Going forward, a promotion and relegation system will operate between the leagues - four up, four down - and the second edition of the competition is scheduled to start in September 2020. The winner will be decided at a tournament between the winners of the four l..
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  • England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts.Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out.Having secured three points from what was a largely underwhelming outing, while Ukraine and Holland drew 1-1 and Scotland won 2-0 in Latvia, Aidy Boothroyd’s England side are now four clear at the top of Group Four.It's all over in Andorra, and the #YoungLions' strong start to #U21EURO qualifying continues – we win 1-0 thanks to @1TomDavies' goal ???? pic.twitter.com/5cA5MWFgMV— England (@England) October 10, 2017They have 10 points from four games, while the second-placed Scots have six from three.Boothroyd made eight changes to his starting line-up from Friday’s 3-1 win over Scotland, with midfielder D..

    Tom Davies scores the winner as England Under-21s maintain grip on Group Four

    England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts.Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out.Having secured three points from what was a largely underwhelming outing, while Ukraine and Holland drew 1-1 and Scotland won 2-0 in Latvia, Aidy Boothroyd’s England side are now four clear at the top of Group Four.It's all over in Andorra, and the #YoungLions' strong start to #U21EURO qualifying continues – we win 1-0 thanks to @1TomDavies' goal ???? pic.twitter.com/5cA5MWFgMV— England (@England) October 10, 2017They have 10 points from four games, while the second-placed Scots have six from three.Boothroyd made eight changes to his starting line-up from Friday’s 3-1 win over Scotland, with midfielder D..
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  • England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts.Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out.Having secured three points from what was a largely underwhelming outing, while Ukraine and Holland drew 1-1 and Scotland won 2-0 in Latvia, Aidy Boothroyd’s England side are now four clear at the top of Group Four.It's all over in Andorra, and the #YoungLions' strong start to #U21EURO qualifying continues – we win 1-0 thanks to @1TomDavies' goal ???? pic.twitter.com/5cA5MWFgMV— England (@England) October 10, 2017They have 10 points from four games, while the second-placed Scots have six from three.Boothroyd made eight changes to his starting line-up from Friday’s 3-1 win over Scotland, with midfielder D..

    Tom Davies scores the winner as England Under-21s maintain grip on Group Four

    England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts.Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out.Having secured three points from what was a largely underwhelming outing, while Ukraine and Holland drew 1-1 and Scotland won 2-0 in Latvia, Aidy Boothroyd’s England side are now four clear at the top of Group Four.It's all over in Andorra, and the #YoungLions' strong start to #U21EURO qualifying continues – we win 1-0 thanks to @1TomDavies' goal ???? pic.twitter.com/5cA5MWFgMV— England (@England) October 10, 2017They have 10 points from four games, while the second-placed Scots have six from three.Boothroyd made eight changes to his starting line-up from Friday’s 3-1 win over Scotland, with midfielder D..
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  • Aaron Cresswell has tipped West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll to play his way into World Cup contention with England.Carroll won the last of his nine caps in October 2012 and has been blighted by injury for much of his five-year international exile.But he is back in harness with the Hammers after missing the start of the season with groin trouble, and Cresswell believes the 28-year-old’s well-known aerial threat could be an asset in Russia next year.Thanks for your support tonight and throughout the qualifying campaign ???? pic.twitter.com/Rva9sKu1Hf— England (@England) October 8, 2017England are increasingly reliant on Harry Kane’s goals and, should Carroll begin to find his peak form and fitness, he may become an attractive ‘Plan B’ for Gareth Southgate.Asked if the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker could be part of the Three Lions again, Cresswell told Press Association Sport: “Of course he can. Everyone knows what Andy is capable of, especially in the air, and you could say..

    Aaron Cresswell: Andy Carroll would bring ‘different dimension’ to England

    Aaron Cresswell has tipped West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll to play his way into World Cup contention with England.Carroll won the last of his nine caps in October 2012 and has been blighted by injury for much of his five-year international exile.But he is back in harness with the Hammers after missing the start of the season with groin trouble, and Cresswell believes the 28-year-old’s well-known aerial threat could be an asset in Russia next year.Thanks for your support tonight and throughout the qualifying campaign ???? pic.twitter.com/Rva9sKu1Hf— England (@England) October 8, 2017England are increasingly reliant on Harry Kane’s goals and, should Carroll begin to find his peak form and fitness, he may become an attractive ‘Plan B’ for Gareth Southgate.Asked if the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker could be part of the Three Lions again, Cresswell told Press Association Sport: “Of course he can. Everyone knows what Andy is capable of, especially in the air, and you could say..
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  • Gareth Southgate believes it is crucial for England to pit their wits against the best in preparation for next summer’s World Cup.Parachuted into the hotseat after Sam Allardyce’s brief reign, the former defender steered the Three Lions to the top of Group F over the past year.Southgate has been a safe pair of hands but is well aware that England now need to go up another level.Qualification complete ?? pic.twitter.com/FscyeObQ4H— England (@England) October 8, 2017Underwhelming back-to-back 1-0 wins against Slovenia and away in Lithuania on Sunday only underlined the work at hand, but a different proposition lies ahead next summer.England will face some of the world’s biggest names in a bid to get ready for Russia, with world champions Germany and five-time World Cup winners Brazil arriving in friendlies next month.“I don’t think confidence was an issue,” Southgate said after Harry Kane’s penalty narrowly saw off Lithuania in Vilnius. “I think we had players that had an opportun..

    Gareth Southgate keen to test England against the world’s best

    Gareth Southgate believes it is crucial for England to pit their wits against the best in preparation for next summer’s World Cup.Parachuted into the hotseat after Sam Allardyce’s brief reign, the former defender steered the Three Lions to the top of Group F over the past year.Southgate has been a safe pair of hands but is well aware that England now need to go up another level.Qualification complete ?? pic.twitter.com/FscyeObQ4H— England (@England) October 8, 2017Underwhelming back-to-back 1-0 wins against Slovenia and away in Lithuania on Sunday only underlined the work at hand, but a different proposition lies ahead next summer.England will face some of the world’s biggest names in a bid to get ready for Russia, with world champions Germany and five-time World Cup winners Brazil arriving in friendlies next month.“I don’t think confidence was an issue,” Southgate said after Harry Kane’s penalty narrowly saw off Lithuania in Vilnius. “I think we had players that had an opportun..
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  • Aaron Cresswell has tipped West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll to play his way into World Cup contention with England. Carroll won the last of his nine caps in October 2012 and has been blighted by injury for much of his five-year international exile.But he is back in harness with the Hammers after missing the start of the season with groin trouble, and Cresswell believes the 28-year-old's well-known aerial threat could be an asset in Russia next year.England are increasingly reliant on Harry Kane's goals and, should Carroll begin to find his peak form and fitness, he may become an attractive 'Plan B' for Gareth Southgate.Asked if the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker could be part of the Three Lions again, Cresswell told Press Association Sport: "Of course he can. Everyone knows what Andy is capable of, especially in the air, and you could say it's a different dimension and that different way of playing. "If Andy stays fit between now and the end of the..

    Aaron Cresswell: Andy Carroll would bring ‘different dimension’ to England

    Aaron Cresswell has tipped West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll to play his way into World Cup contention with England. Carroll won the last of his nine caps in October 2012 and has been blighted by injury for much of his five-year international exile.But he is back in harness with the Hammers after missing the start of the season with groin trouble, and Cresswell believes the 28-year-old's well-known aerial threat could be an asset in Russia next year.England are increasingly reliant on Harry Kane's goals and, should Carroll begin to find his peak form and fitness, he may become an attractive 'Plan B' for Gareth Southgate.Asked if the former Liverpool and Newcastle striker could be part of the Three Lions again, Cresswell told Press Association Sport: "Of course he can. Everyone knows what Andy is capable of, especially in the air, and you could say it's a different dimension and that different way of playing. "If Andy stays fit between now and the end of the..
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  • England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.Qualification for the finals in Russia may have been wrapped up with a game to spare, but there was only a modicum of positivity surrounding the Three Lions after Thursday's ponderous performance against Slovenia.Southgate shouldered the responsibility and hoped to make amends with an entertaining display against Lithuania, yet Harry Kane's first-half penalty was the only moment to celebrate as England won 1-0 against the side ranked 120th in the world.The main enjoyment for the travelling hordes were the struggles of old foes Scotland in Slovenia, while they resorted to gallows humour by likening England's play to watching Brazil - next month's opponents at Wembley after world champions Germany's visit.Those friendlies could make for grim viewing from an England perspective unless things dr..

    England underwhelming again as Harry Kane’s penalty sees off Lithuania

    England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.Qualification for the finals in Russia may have been wrapped up with a game to spare, but there was only a modicum of positivity surrounding the Three Lions after Thursday's ponderous performance against Slovenia.Southgate shouldered the responsibility and hoped to make amends with an entertaining display against Lithuania, yet Harry Kane's first-half penalty was the only moment to celebrate as England won 1-0 against the side ranked 120th in the world.The main enjoyment for the travelling hordes were the struggles of old foes Scotland in Slovenia, while they resorted to gallows humour by likening England's play to watching Brazil - next month's opponents at Wembley after world champions Germany's visit.Those friendlies could make for grim viewing from an England perspective unless things dr..
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  • England closed a successful but uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign with a familiar 1-0 win over Lithuania, with Harry Kane continuing his hot streak from the penalty spot.With top spot already assured manager Gareth Southgate had hoped a side showing seven changes and two debutants, in Harry Winks and Harry Maguire, would entertain as well as win but this was another glum outing for a side lacking in magic.But if the lukewarm nature of the performance was predictable, so too was the identity of the match-winner, Kane converting from 12 yards to make it 15 goals in his last 10 matches.All over in Lithuania, and our @FIFAWorldCup qualifying campaign ends in another win ???? pic.twitter.com/WLAErCr0rp— England (@England) October 8, 2017 Source: By PA Sport Staff Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

    England round off qualifying campaign with uninspiring victory in Lithuania

    England closed a successful but uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign with a familiar 1-0 win over Lithuania, with Harry Kane continuing his hot streak from the penalty spot.With top spot already assured manager Gareth Southgate had hoped a side showing seven changes and two debutants, in Harry Winks and Harry Maguire, would entertain as well as win but this was another glum outing for a side lacking in magic.But if the lukewarm nature of the performance was predictable, so too was the identity of the match-winner, Kane converting from 12 yards to make it 15 goals in his last 10 matches.All over in Lithuania, and our @FIFAWorldCup qualifying campaign ends in another win ???? pic.twitter.com/WLAErCr0rp— England (@England) October 8, 2017 Source: By PA Sport Staff Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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