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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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  • 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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  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss’ handling of Jordan Henderson.The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.JK “England played game on an artificial pitch and I was not happy Hendo was on the pitch with all the problems he’s had in the past.— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) October 13, 2017“England played a friendly game on an artificial surface – it was a qualification game but they had already qualified – and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he’s had in the past,” said Klopp.“It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions..

    Jordan Henderson selection leaves Jurgen Klopp unhappy

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss’ handling of Jordan Henderson.The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.JK “England played game on an artificial pitch and I was not happy Hendo was on the pitch with all the problems he’s had in the past.— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) October 13, 2017“England played a friendly game on an artificial surface – it was a qualification game but they had already qualified – and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he’s had in the past,” said Klopp.“It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions..
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  • Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his players to keep "outstanding" Tottenham forward Harry Kane quiet at Wembley - just like they did to fellow England frontman Jamie Vardy before the international break. The Cherries head to the national stadium as domestic action resumes looking to build on an encouraging goalless draw at home to Leicester and start moving up the table. Vardy had three goals in his previous three appearances before a blank at the Vitality Stadium, but, after a barren August, Kane shows no signs of stalling. The Spurs frontman took his tally to 15 for the season with the only goal in each of England's final World Cup qualifying victories over Slovenia and away to Lithuania which secured a place in Russia. Howe accepts the 24-year-old is in sublime form, but is confident the Bournemouth defence will prove up to the challenge again. "I have obviously watched Harry closely in the last few weeks and his performances have been outstanding," Howe..

    Eddie Howe confident Bournemouth can keep ‘outstanding’ Harry Kane quiet

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his players to keep "outstanding" Tottenham forward Harry Kane quiet at Wembley - just like they did to fellow England frontman Jamie Vardy before the international break. The Cherries head to the national stadium as domestic action resumes looking to build on an encouraging goalless draw at home to Leicester and start moving up the table. Vardy had three goals in his previous three appearances before a blank at the Vitality Stadium, but, after a barren August, Kane shows no signs of stalling. The Spurs frontman took his tally to 15 for the season with the only goal in each of England's final World Cup qualifying victories over Slovenia and away to Lithuania which secured a place in Russia. Howe accepts the 24-year-old is in sublime form, but is confident the Bournemouth defence will prove up to the challenge again. "I have obviously watched Harry closely in the last few weeks and his performances have been outstanding," Howe..
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  • Scotland manager Gordon Strachan's future is being discussed today by the Scottish Football Association board.The eight-man board was due to convene for a regular meeting but Scotland's World Cup exit means the position of Scotland boss will be high on the agenda.Strachan's contract expires next month and pressure is growing in some quarters for the SFA to look elsewhere for a national team boss.However, Scotland are unbeaten in six games this year since both parties decided to continue with the 60-year-old in charge following an indifferent start to the World Cup campaign.An announcement on Strachan's future might not be imminent but the meeting is likely to shape the governing body's approach to talks with the manager, who may also decide enough is enough after almost five years in the role.Scotland missed out on second place in Group F on goal difference to Slovakia, who also failed to make the play-offs after finishing with the worst record of the nine..

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan’s future to be discussed by SFA board

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan's future is being discussed today by the Scottish Football Association board.The eight-man board was due to convene for a regular meeting but Scotland's World Cup exit means the position of Scotland boss will be high on the agenda.Strachan's contract expires next month and pressure is growing in some quarters for the SFA to look elsewhere for a national team boss.However, Scotland are unbeaten in six games this year since both parties decided to continue with the 60-year-old in charge following an indifferent start to the World Cup campaign.An announcement on Strachan's future might not be imminent but the meeting is likely to shape the governing body's approach to talks with the manager, who may also decide enough is enough after almost five years in the role.Scotland missed out on second place in Group F on goal difference to Slovakia, who also failed to make the play-offs after finishing with the worst record of the nine..
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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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  • Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham but only if the club are ready to match his ambition and reject bids of up to £200million, according to former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton.Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150million combined.Kane alone would likely top that in today’s market but Spurs are adamant their prized asset, born in Walthamstow and reared through the club’s academy, is not for sale.ICYMI – @HKane has been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or! ????#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/SaE1speVRi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2017The 24-year-old was the only Englishman named on a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday, having scored 43 goals in 37 matches this year. He also has 15 goals in his last 10 for Tottenham and England.Real Madrid took Modric and Bale in 2012 and 2013 respectively and will get a closer l..

    Anderton: Tottenham must match Kane’s ambitions to keep him at the club

    Harry Kane will stay at Tottenham but only if the club are ready to match his ambition and reject bids of up to £200million, according to former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton.Tottenham have shown a willingness to sell star players in recent years, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick all departing for just over £150million combined.Kane alone would likely top that in today’s market but Spurs are adamant their prized asset, born in Walthamstow and reared through the club’s academy, is not for sale.ICYMI – @HKane has been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or! ????#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/SaE1speVRi— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2017The 24-year-old was the only Englishman named on a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday, having scored 43 goals in 37 matches this year. He also has 15 goals in his last 10 for Tottenham and England.Real Madrid took Modric and Bale in 2012 and 2013 respectively and will get a closer l..
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  • Eurozone house prices increased at a steady pace in the second quarter, Eurostat reported Wednesday. House prices increased 3.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, the same rate as seen in the first quarter. On a quarterly basis, growth in house prices accelerated to 1.5 percent from 0.3 percent in the first quarter. A similar faster growth was last seen in the second quarter of 2016. In the EU28, house prices climbed 1.8 percent on quarter, taking the annual growth to 4.4 percent. Among the member states, the highest annual increases in house prices were seen in the Czech Republic, Ireland and Lithuania, while prices fell in Italy.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company - www.instaforex.com

    Eurozone House Price Growth Steady At 3.8%

    Eurozone house prices increased at a steady pace in the second quarter, Eurostat reported Wednesday. House prices increased 3.8 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, the same rate as seen in the first quarter. On a quarterly basis, growth in house prices accelerated to 1.5 percent from 0.3 percent in the first quarter. A similar faster growth was last seen in the second quarter of 2016. In the EU28, house prices climbed 1.8 percent on quarter, taking the annual growth to 4.4 percent. Among the member states, the highest annual increases in house prices were seen in the Czech Republic, Ireland and Lithuania, while prices fell in Italy.The material has been provided by InstaForex Company - www.instaforex.com
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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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