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Solskjaer claims Man Utd whizkid Mason Greenwood is ready for England call-up at just 18

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says hotshot Mason Greenwood is ready for England NOW. The Manchester United ace, 18, has had an unforgettable week, scoring …

Solskjaer claims Man Utd whizkid Mason Greenwood is ready for England call-up at just 18

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Nations League Fixtures 2020-2021…

England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-21 Nations League.

Wales will face the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria in League B, while Northern Ireland are grouped with Austria, Norway and Romania.

Scotland, also in League B, will play the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Euro 2020 play-off opponents Israel.

The first group games take place in September this year, with the finals scheduled for the summer.

Groups in full:

League A
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Netherlands England Portugal Switzerland
Italy Belgium France Spain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark Sweden Ukraine
Poland Iceland Croatia Germany
League B
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Romania Israel Hungary Bulgaria
Northern Ireland Slovakia Turkey Republic of Ireland
Norway Scotland Serbia Finland
Austria Czech Republic Russia Wales
League C
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Azerbaijan Armenia Moldova Kazakhstan
Luxembourg Estonia Slovenia Lithuania
Cyprus North Macedonia Kosovo Belarus
Montenegro Georgia Greece Albania
League D
Group one Group two
Malta San Marino
Andorra Liechtenstein
Latvia Gibraltar
Faroe Islands

England lost twice to Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, going down 1-0 in the group stage before losing 2-0 in the third-place play-off.

Iceland famously beat the Three Lions in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while Daniel Sturridge earned Roy Hodgson’s side a 1-0 win in their last meeting with Denmark.

“All of the groups are quite tough and it’s a really good fixture with Belgium as well – a team we haven’t played as much in the last couple of years,” England manager Gareth Southgate told Sky Sports.

“The best way to improve is to play the best teams. We got very proficient in the European qualifiers at beating teams who defended deep, and managed to score a lot of goals. But you are only developing one part of your game in those tests.

“These matches will be a greater test of our all-round game.”

Elsewhere, Wales are grouped with the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League for the second time in a row. Ryan Giggs’ side won 4-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in September 2018 before securing a 1-0 victory in Dublin the following month.

Scotland, who are due to play Israel in a one-off Euro 2020 play-off semi-final at Hampden Park later this month, also face the Israelis in the Nations League once again.

Alex McLeish’s team lost 2-1 away in the inaugural edition of the tournament, before winning 3-2 at home to top League C Group One last season.

Northern Ireland lost twice to Austria, being beaten 1-0 away before a 2-1 defeat at Windsor Park.

What has changed in 2020-21?

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Nations League 2020-21

Image captionTuesday’s 2020-21 Nations League draw was held in Amsterdam

Uefa has increased the size of the top three tiers to 16 countries – meaning each group will have four teams – and decreased the size of the bottom tier to seven.

The teams who win each group in the top division – as England did last time – will go into the finals tournament in June 2021. The teams who finish bottom will be relegated to League B.

Unlike the previous campaign, when everybody was qualifying for the Euro 2020 play-offs, only two World Cup play-off spots are on offer to the 55 countries.

The best two Nations League group winners who do not qualify for the World Cup or play-offs through normal qualifying, will go into the 12-team World Cup play-offs in March 2022.

When are the games?

Matchday 1: 3-5 September 2020

Matchday 2: 6-8 September 2020

Matchday 3: 8-10 October 2020

Matchday 4: 11-13 October 2020

Matchday 5: 12-14 November 2020

Matchday 6: 15-17 November 2020

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Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino

Tony Cascarino argues Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should’ve followed the example of fellow Premier League managers and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.

The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for more than £70m in the summer of 2018.

However, his Chelsea career is yet to take off, having so far been blighted by the defiance of Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final and some questionable form between the sticks.

Cascarino has been critical of Lampard’s management style

The Blues have let in 45% of the shots on target they’ve faced in the Premier League this season – more than any other club.

In fact, it’s the the highest such ratio any side has conceded in a single season since this data is available (2003-04).

And Lampard has been ruthless, axing Kepa after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and replacing him with 38-year-old Caballero,.

Kepa hasn’t featured in any competition since January 22

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The Spaniard hasn’t played since, and former Chelsea striker Cascarino has criticised Lampard’s treatment of his No. 1 goalkeeper, insisting he should’ve been shown more loyalty.

“There is something simmering at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s boiling over,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“It’s this Kepa situation. Petr Cech has come in to oversee everything that’s going on at the football club, and he was a goalkeeper.

“They’ve spent £70m to bring Kepa to the football club. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa got left out and hasn’t been back in since.

“Now, Frank Lampard has got a big call on this one. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club has spent £70m on Kepa.

“I’ve been really surprised that Lampard hasn’t shown any loyalty to Kepa at all. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.

“Bernd Leno has kept his place and Arsenal, he’s had a couple of ‘Kepa’ moments. David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham.

“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/676415/frank-lampard-arsenal-manchester-united-tottenham-chelsea-kepa-arrizabalaga-tony-cascarino/

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Here’s the fixtures and kick off times for today’s Premier League matches:

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Wayne Rooney scores cheeky penalty on 500th league appearance as Derby draw to Championship promotion chasers Fulham

Wayne Rooney scores cheeky penalty on 500th league appearance as Derby draw to Championship promotion chasers Fulham

Wayne Rooney marked his 500th career league appearance with a goal but it wasn’t enough to help Derby beat Fulham as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Pride Park Stadium.

The England legend opened the scoring with a delightful Panenka penalty early in the second half.

Rooney got on the scoresheet on his big night but the game finished a draw

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However, a poacher’s goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic ensured promotion hopefuls Fulham would grab a point.

— Read on talksport.com/football/efl/672774/wayne-rooney-scores-penalty-derby-draw-fulham/

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