Slovenia’s Rok Kronaveter scored his first international goal with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute to give his side a 1-0 home win over Slovakia in a scrappy World Cup Group F qualifier on Saturday.
James McArthur’s 89th minute header salvaged a 1-1 draw for Scotland at home to Lithuania in their World Cup qualifying Group F clash at Hampden Park on Saturday.
Captain Wayne Rooney and winger Theo Walcott will both start England’s World Cup qualifier at home to Malta on Saturday, interim manager Gareth Southgate confirmed on Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his international return with four goals in a 6-0 mauling of hapless Andorra on Friday and then demanded eight more wins to guarantee Portugal a place in the 2018 World Cup.
South Korea were caught out by two Qatari counter attacks before fighting back for a 3-2 win in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday, and while coach Uli Stielike is concerned about defensive lapses he will not change their attacking focus.
Brazil hammered Bolivia 5-0 in World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, giving coach Tite his third successive win in the most convincing performance from the five-time world champions for some time.
Argentina were held 2-2 by Peru in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, their second successive away draw without injured talisman Lionel Messi, which dropped them to fifth in the South American group.
England have learnt from their humiliating Euro 2016 exit against Iceland and are eager to display a more “streetwise” style of play in their World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, left back Kyle Walker said.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is eager to iron out the “easy to correct” errors in his game to both prove doubters wrong and retain his starting spot in Antonio Conte’s first team.
Arsene Wenger would be an “ideal” manager for England but should remain with Arsenal beyond the end of this season, the club’s former star Robert Pires told AFP on Wednesday.
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique does not expect to see another Alessandro Florenzi wonder-goal, but Spain will be wary of Italy’s attacking qualities when they meet on Thursday.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs to be given more time to demonstrate his quality in England as his hefty price tag has raised expectations to a very high level, France coach Didier Deschamps has said.
England’s World Cup qualifying match against Malta on Saturday will signal a fresh start for the national team after a difficult few months, defender John Stones said on Wednesday.
Argentine forward Angel Correa says he is ready to fill the void left by talismanic striker Lionel Messi for their World Cup qualifier away at Peru on Thursday.
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay is unhappy at being relegated to a bit-part role under new manager Jose Mourinho and has demanded more playing time after failing to start a Premier League game this season.
Roberto Di Matteo believes it is just a matter of time before Aston Villa begin reaping the rewards of his rebuilding efforts, though the Italian will not be around to take credit for any improvement after he was sacked by the club on Monday.
Captain Wayne Rooney wearily flat-batted questions about the dismissal of Sam Allardyce and seemed equally unconcerned about the arrival of stand-in boss Gareth Southgate on Tuesday as he discussed England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Manchester United must avoid a repeat of last month’s performance in order to revive their Premier League campaign after the international break, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hailed the tactical flexibility of Victor Moses in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League victory at Hull City, saying the 25-year-old would fit the wing-back role.
Free from the extra burden of European football, Liverpool have a strong chance to win the Premier League this season under a “ruthless” Juergen Klopp, according to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.