Spain's defender Marcos Alonso (left) jumped for the ball with England's defender Ben Chilwell (centre) and England's defender Kieran Trippier during the UEFA Nations League football match. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP) Raheem Sterling scored twice as England delivered one of their finest victories of the modern era by beating Spain 3-2 in Seville on Monday (Oct 15). Away from home, and against a Spanish side in scintillating form under their new coach Luis Enrique, this was certainly England's best win under Gareth Southgate and, perhaps, their most impressive since thrashing Germany 5-1 in Munich in 2001. Marcus Rashford was the other scorer in a breathless opening 45 minutes here, which witnessed Spain conceding three on home soil for the first time in their history. "To play the way they did, this should be a great reference point for this team for the future," Southgate said. Paco Alcacer, on as a substitute, headed in before the hour to spark hopes of a comeback but England were home … [Read more...] about Sterling shines as England beat Spain in Nations League
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Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
England ended a 22-year win drought against the Netherlands thanks to Jesse Lingard's strike for a 1-0 triumph after a performance of composure and quality in a friendly on Friday. Jesse Lingard celebrates with Kieran Trippier. (Photo: AFP/Emmanuel Dunand) Gareth Southgate's World Cup-bound England side were superior for much of the match, organised and in control even before Manchester United midfielder Lingard's 59th minute goal secured their first win over the Dutch since Euro '96. The Netherlands, still smarting from missing out on this year's finals in Russia after a second straight failure to qualify for a major championship, were left with little to cheer at the start of reconstruction under new manager Ronald Koeman. The home side got lucky soon after halftime when a clear foul on Marcus Rashford in the penalty area was waved away. But the visitors were soon rewarded for their control and some neat passing movements when a loose ball fell to Lingard, who swept it home … [Read more...] about Impressive England break Dutch drought with 1 0 win
Lady Gaga on Monday called off the European leg of her world tour, saying she was suffering from severe physical pain and was seeking medical treatment. FILE PHOTO -- Singer Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. The “Born This Way” singer, 31, who says she suffers from fibromyalgia, also canceled an appearance at a music festival in Rio de Janeiro last week and posted pictures of herself in a hospital with a drip on her arm. She said on her social media accounts on Monday she was disappointed at comments from people online that “suggest that I‘m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga calls off European tour, citing severe physical pain
Lukas Podolski (centre) of Germany celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the international friendly match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, on Wednesday. — EPA Photo Viet Nam News DORTMUND, Germany — Lukas Podolski signed off his Germany career in style on Wednesday smashing home the winning goal with his trusty left boot to seal a 1-0 friendly victory over England. It was only fitting that the Galatasaray forward, who joins Japan’s Vissel Kobe next season, should claim his 49th goal on his 130th -- and final -- international appearance. "It was like in a movie, dear god gave me a strong left foot and I used it tonight," beamed Podolski. "It was a great game, a great result and a great way to say goodbye." Podolski captained the world champions to their first win over old rivals England on home soil since 1987. The 31-year-old received a standing ovation in Dortmund after a pre-match presentation to mark his 13-year international career. … [Read more...] about Podolski hits Germany winner against England to sign off in style