MATCH FOCUS: Kosovo 0-4 England – Late flurry earn England comfortable win against a spirited Kosovo side

MATCH FOCUS: Kosovo 0-4 England – Late flurry earn England comfortable win against a spirited Kosovo side

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England’s performance against Kosovo was enough to win in the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina, but it was hardly a classic Three Lions performance as the spirited home side came out to demonstrate their clear abilities on the ball.

As expected, given their relentless attacking style against England in Southampton earlier this season, Kosovo came out attacking from the first whistle.

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MATCH REPORT: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich – Bayern humiliate Spurs in ruthless Champions League performance

MATCH REPORT: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich – Bayern humiliate Spurs in ruthless Champions League performance

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Bayern Munich humbled Tottenham Hotspur in their own backyard, running in a ruthless display to breeze past their opponents as 7-2 winners in their UEFA Champions League Group B clash.

Despite the score, it was an enthralling encounter in London, as Tottenham even took an early lead through Son Heung-min and were level just before half time – before sinking without a fight in the closing stages of the match.

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MATCH REPORT: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton – Spurs survive shortcomings in tough clash with Southampton

MATCH REPORT: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton – Spurs survive shortcomings in tough clash with Southampton

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Against Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur were the makers of their own misfortune. A series of illogical, overconfident mistakes created a much tenser, difficult afternoon of Premier League football than should have faced the London club.

Tanguy Ndombele had fired Spurs into the lead early in the match with a fearsome driven effort that was helped ever so slightly by turning Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.

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Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

It took some penalty shootout heroics from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, scoring one spot kick before then saving another, to earn the Three Lions victory in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff.

In truth, it was an accomplishment – and a match in general – that few cared about, myself included in that crowd.

It’s something I’ve never understood the desire for in international football – the meaningless third-place playoff. Teams are already spent, they’ve already endured the ignominy of being knocked out of the respective tournament, any yet are somehow expected to rally back around to care for a match that means so incredibly little to anyone.

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Montenegro 1-5 England; Three Lions survive early scare to mount an impressive attacking display

Montenegro 1-5 England; Three Lions survive early scare to mount an impressive attacking display

England looked to have been struck by a sucker punch in Podgorica when Marko Vesovic fired Montenegro ahead with their first shot, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions recovered to roar back to an impressive 5-1 win.

It had looked like a routine qualifying game for England in the opening ten minutes, as they knocked the ball around confidently, relatively unchallenged by Montenegro.

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England 5-0 Czech Republic; Sterling stars as Three Lions carve open Czech defence

England 5-0 Czech Republic; Sterling stars as Three Lions carve open Czech defence

England ran out confident 5-0 winners in their opening EURO 2020 qualifying match against Czech Republic, with Raheem Sterling stealing the show with a sublime hat-trick.

The Manchester City winger opened the scoring for England with a poacher’s finish, before adding two more clinical finishes to silence any potential critics. For a player previously criticised for lacking goals in a national team shirt, he made no mistake with his chances in this one.

He fully deserved his plaudits as he walked off the Wembley pitch shortly after to be rested for the next match against Montenegro.

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