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Djokovic allays elbow injury concerns

“Looking at his career and what he still is doing, it just inspires you,” says Djokovic about Federer

Last Updated: 14/11/19 11:56pm

Novak Djokovic is set to headline a Serbia squad at the new-look Davis Cup finals

Novak Djokovic is set to headline a Serbia squad at the new-look Davis Cup finals

Novak Djokovic expects to play at next week’s revamped Davis Cup finals despite suffering “sharp pain” in his elbow during his straight-sets defeat against Roger Federer at the ATP Finals.

The five-time champion at the season-ending championships was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Federer as the 38-year-old Swiss progressed to the semi-finals in London.

Djokovic appeared to suffer with an injury to his elbow during the second set at The O2 Arena but the Serb stressed it did not impact him during the match.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion is due to headline the Serbia team at the week-long Davis Cup finals in Madrid and he is optimistic the problem will not prevent him competing.

“I hope it’s nothing that will really make me unable to play Madrid,” said Djokovic, who underwent elbow surgery just over a year and a half ago.

“The pain was pretty sharp. But I could play the rest of the match, so, if I had something really serious, I think I wouldn’t be able to hold the racket.

Djokovic was targeting a record-equalling sixth title at the season-ending championships

Djokovic was targeting a record-equalling sixth title at the season-ending championships

Djokovic was targeting a record-equalling sixth title at the season-ending championships

“So it was probably just an awkward, quick movement that I did. It did not pose any form of issues later on.”

The new format of the Davis Cup will see the finals of the 119-year-old competition take form as an 18-nation tournament split into six groups of three teams vying to end the event as winners.

Djokovic, who won the Davis Cup in 2010, is excited to take part should he suffer no fitness setback.

“Right now things physically are fine,” Djokovic said.

“Of course the gas tank is not as full as beginning of the season, but I am motivated to join the guys and play there, because I have not played in the team competition of Davis Cup for some time. So I look forward to it.”

The defeat for Djokovic ensured Rafael Nadal will end the season as the year-end world No 1 for a fifth time and the 32-year-old admitted he had been “too neutral” against Federer, who he said did “everything right”.

Djokovic had won his last five matches against Federer before Thursday

Djokovic had won his last five matches against Federer before Thursday

Djokovic had won his last five matches against Federer before Thursday

Djokovic won two Grand Slams this season – at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon – but the Serb conceded the defeat against Federer was a frustrating manner to end the campaign.

“Well, I’m not happy with the way I finished the season,” he said.

“Obviously this is not the way I want to play on the court, first of all. You’ve got to accept that you have these kind of days and move on.

“If I have to draw the line, I think it was still a very good season, winning two slams and five titles.”

Djokovic admitted the manner of Federer’s performance, someone he had not lost against since the ATP Finals in 2015, acted as a source of motivation to continue to improve.

Federer is through to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals

Federer is through to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals

Federer is through to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals

“I have [the] utmost admiration for him and everything he’s doing on the court. What he has achieved over the years and what he’s still showing on the court is phenomenal,” Djokovic said.

“He’s a role model even for me that I’m one of his rivals and one of the toughest opponents I had in my career. Looking at his career and what he still is doing, it just inspires you.”

Price and Anderson set up Grand Slam rematch

Adrian Lewis also through to first major televised quarter-final since 2017 World Matchplay

Last Updated: 14/11/19 11:41pm

Defending champion Gerwyn Price has booked his place in the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts - and a showdown with Gary Anderson

Defending champion Gerwyn Price has booked his place in the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts – and a showdown with Gary Anderson

Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson set up a rematch of last year’s final at the Grand Slam of Darts, while Michael van Gerwen fought back to beat Ian White.

World champion Van Gerwen was forced to dig deep, battling back from 6-4 down to move into the quarter-finals where he will take on Adrian Lewis, who was the first to advance on the night, producing a brilliant comeback from 9-6 down himself to topple James Wade in a last-leg shoot-out.

‘Jackpot’ Lewis only sealed his place in Wolverhampton after coming through qualifying last Monday, but a brilliant 110 finish set up his date with Van Gerwen, although all eyes on will be on the other quarter-final confirmed on Thursday night.

Last year, Price beat Anderson to claim his first major televised title but the match made a host of headlines for the antics that also left the ‘Iceman’ with a huge fine that was eventually halved by the Darts Regulation Authority.

The pair clashed in the 15th and 28th legs with Anderson furious at what he perceived to be gamesmanship and slow play and, while they have met previously this year, Saturday night’s blockbuster will be compulsive viewing.

Quarter-Final Draw

FridayDave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Michael Smith
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Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson

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2018 revisited for Anderson and Price

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Price raced past Darren Webster with a 10-1 win

Price raced past Darren Webster with a 10-1 win

Price produced the performance of the night, booking his place with a demolition job on Demolition Man Darren Webster, the defending champion ran out an emphatic 10-1 winner and he was joined in the last eight by Anderson, who came through the final match of the evening against fellow Scot Robert Thornton.

Welshman Price started fast and never looked back. He was 5-0 up at the end of the first session with an average of 96 and hitting a clinical five of eight darts at double.

Webster stopped the rot in the opening leg of the second session but the Iceman ploughed on and a four-leg burst took him to the brink of the quarter-finals, a place he sealed with the minimum of fuss for a 10th win from his last 11 Grand Slam matches.

Anderson came through a much tougher contest against a rejuvenated Thornton, who will take plenty from the week but ultimately fell to a 10-8 defeat.

The two-time world champion has made no secret of his desire to lift this title and he had to dig deep against the 2013 runner-up who raced into a 4-1 lead early on, firing in finishes of 117 and 110 on the way.

Anderson’s response was to reel off five legs in succession to take a 6-4 lead and that proved vital as, despite a valiant attempt, ‘The Thorn’ could not quite take his chances at the key moments.

He rallied from 7-5 down to 7-7 thanks to a brilliant break of throw with a 115 finish. However, Anderson claimed three of the last four legs to set up the rematch everyone wants to see,

Thursday night’s Last 16 results

James Wade 9-10 Adrian Lewis
Gerwyn Price 10-1 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Ian White
Gary Anderson 10-8 Robert Thornton

MVG survives White scare to advance

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Michael van Gerwen hit nine 180s in his 10-7 win over Ian White but was not happy with his shots at the doubles

Michael van Gerwen hit nine 180s in his 10-7 win over Ian White but was not happy with his shots at the doubles

Van Gerwen’s quest for a fourth Grand Slam title saw him battle back from 6-4 down to beat White 10-7 with the latter’s missed darts at double proving crucial.

A strange match saw both men average around 100 for most of the contest, but miss 44 darts at double between them, with Van Gerwen finding his range when White’s touch deserted him, in particular in the 12th leg when Diamond missed seven darts for a 7-5 lead.

The Dutchman opened with a 12-darter that featured two 180s, but White hit back with two of his own on the way to the second leg that was to prove the match barometer with a host of missed darts.

Van Gerwen broke for a 3-1 lead before White struck just before the first interval, pinning a brilliant 143 finish to draw back within one and he then levelled the match after the break

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White failed to extend his lead, missing seven shots at double to hold his leg and Van Gerwen eventually took advantage after 21 darts

White failed to extend his lead, missing seven shots at double to hold his leg and Van Gerwen eventually took advantage after 21 darts

‘Diamond’ took out a nerveless 110 for the lead and then a third leg on the spin before Van Gerwen missed two darts to level the match and White opened up a two-leg advantage.

A dart at double 10 for a 128 finish went begging from White for a three-leg lead before a fourth leg of the session handed him a 6-4 advantage to stand within touching distance of victory, only to wilt.

White was narrowly short of tops for a 120 finish and Van Gerwen was back within one before he levelled in an astonishing 12th leg where White missed seven darts at a double and the world No 1 never looked back.

He reeled off four of the last five legs thanks to White’s missed opportunities and booked a quarter-final spot for the fifth straight year.

Jackpot stuns Wade in thriller

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Adrian Lewis came back from 9-6 down, to defeat James Wade 10-9 to get through to the quarter-finals

Adrian Lewis came back from 9-6 down, to defeat James Wade 10-9 to get through to the quarter-finals

Lewis booked a place in his first televised quarter-final in more than two years, reeling off the last four legs to reach his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final and leave two-time runner-up Wade to reflect on what might have been.

After a first session that went with throw, the pair traded breaks midway through the second session, Jackpot was first to strike for a 4-3 lead but Wade hit back for a 161 finish which looked likely to prove pivotal.

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Wade had a shot at the bullseye to win the game, then Lewis finished with a 110 checkout in the deciding leg

Wade had a shot at the bullseye to win the game, then Lewis finished with a 110 checkout in the deciding leg

With the scores level, ‘The Machine’ took out a finish of 74 thanks to double top and then, with Jackpot waiting on the same score in the next leg, Wade took out 88 on bullseye for a 6-4 lead.

He made it four legs on the bounce and a three-leg advantage and, while Lewis stopped in the rot in the 12th leg, the pair traded the next four legs to leave Wade on the brink at 9-6

However, Jackpot produced an inspired 12-dart leg to close back within two legs and then took out 81 amid a barrage of 180s and 140s to trail 9-8.

The two-time world champion remarkably levelled the contest but only after turning down a dart at bullseye to open the door for Wade, who missed a dart at bull for a match-winning 161, before Lewis sealed a memorable victory.

Coverage of the Grand Slam of Darts continues on Sky Sports Action & Main Event from 7pm on Friday night.

Moore eyes Euro 2020 after retirement scare

Last Updated: 14/11/19 11:24pm

Kieffer Moore says he considered retirement after a serious head injury

Kieffer Moore says he considered retirement after a serious head injury

Kieffer Moore plans to fire Wales to the 2020 European Championship just nine months after a fractured skull left him fearing for his future.

Moore suffered the horror injury playing for former club Barnsley at Gillingham in February.

The 6ft 5ins striker was unconscious on the pitch for eight minutes after challenging for a header.

Moore was rushed to hospital and in the following days the 27-year-old was forced to contemplate retirement and a future career as a personal trainer.

“It was a horrendous injury,” Moore recalled ahead of Wales’ vital Euro 2020 qualifier in Azerbaijan on Saturday.

“At the time I didn’t remember much. But as the weeks went on I started remembering it all again.

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The Wales forward says there are no internal conflicts within the current Wales squad

The Wales forward says there are no internal conflicts within the current Wales squad

“The defender headed the side of my head, I fractured my temporal bone and had a really nasty concussion.

“I wasn’t in a good way. My agent was there and he was ringing my mum and girlfriend – and they weren’t best pleased.

“I had blood streaming out of my ears. It was quite graphic.

“I didn’t have an operation, but I had a CT scan and multiple other scans and they determined the outcome.”

Moore signed for Wigan from Barnsley in the summer

Moore signed for Wigan from Barnsley in the summer

Moore signed for Wigan from Barnsley in the summer

Moore spent two months out before playing a few games at the end of the season and then joined Wigan in a reported £3m deal.

Torquay-born Moore – who qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather – made his international debut in a September friendly against Belarus and scored on his first competitive outing in Slovakia, a 1-1 draw in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Just three games into his international career – he also started the 1-1 home draw with Croatia last month – Moore has acquired cult-hero status among Wales fans.

“I believe that moment [fracturing his skull] has put a lot of things into perspective for me,” Moore said.

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Wales manager Ryan Giggs is upbeat on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey’s chances of playing in their crucial European Qualifiers

Wales manager Ryan Giggs is upbeat on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey’s chances of playing in their crucial European Qualifiers

“How l live my life and what I want from my career as a footballer.

“There were talks about retiring, but I made a very good recovery and now I’m here.

“I still have to go up for headers, and if I believed I couldn’t do that anymore I would walk out of the game.

“If the ball is there to be won then I’m going to try and win it, and give everything for the cause like I’ve done the whole of my career.”

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Euro Qualifiers: France, Turkey, Czechs through

Portugal and Serbia to go to last game for second automatic qualification spot from Group B

Last Updated: 14/11/19 10:57pm

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring France's winner against Moldova

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring France’s winner against Moldova

Turkey’s 0-0 draw against Iceland in Thursday’s European Qualifiers ensured they and France made it to Euro 2020 from Group H.

The draw also kept Iceland on course for a possible play-off spot and they will look to win in Moldova on Sunday, while fourth-placed Albania take on France at home.

France‘s efforts to celebrate their qualification for Euro 2020 were almost spoiled by Moldova, with an Olivier Giroud penalty sparing their blushes as they came from behind to win 2-1 and go top of Group H.

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France booked their place at Euro 2020 after avoiding an upset, after coming from behind to beat Moldova 2-1

France booked their place at Euro 2020 after avoiding an upset, after coming from behind to beat Moldova 2-1

The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute when France defender Clement Lenglet followed up a bad defensive header with an even worse one, giving Moldova striker Vadim Rata the chance to poke the ball home.

France equalised in controversial circumstances in the 35th minute as Giroud contested with Moldova ‘keeper Alexei Cosele for a free-kick lifted into the box, forcing Cosele to spill the ball for Raphael Varane to head into an empty net.

Raphael Varane rises to score for France against Moldova in Paris

Raphael Varane rises to score for France against Moldova in Paris

Raphael Varane rises to score for France against Moldova in Paris

The Moldova players protested vehemently that their ‘keeper was fouled by Giroud, but Lithuanian referee Gediminas Mazeika waved away the protests and allowed the goal to stand.

Despite the glittering array of attacking players at their disposal, world champions France struggled to break down the dogged Moldovans, and it took a 79th-minute Giroud penalty following a foul on Lucas Digne to secure the three points.

Group H

PWDLPts
France971122
Turkey962120
Iceland951316
Albania941413
Andorra91174
Moldova91083

Elsewhere in the group, Albania had to come from behind to grab a 2-2 draw at home to Andorra.

France, who travel to Albania for their final game, top Group H on 22 points, two ahead of Turkey, who host Andorra to round off their qualifying campaign.

Portugal and Serbia go to final game

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 55th career hat-trick as Portugal ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against Lithuania in their Group B Euro Qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 55th career hat-trick as Portugal ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against Lithuania in their Group B Euro Qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo is just two away from 100 international goals after he scored a hat-trick as Portugal thrashed Lithuania 6-0 to put themselves on the verge of qualification.

It was Ronaldo’s first appearance since leaving Juventus’ stadium early after being substituted after 55 minutes during the 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday.

Portugal were awarded a penalty after just seven minutes when Ronaldo was fouled inside the box. He made it 1-0 from the spot, and 15 minutes later, he scored his 97th international goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after he scores the first goal against Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after he scores the first goal against Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after he scores the first goal against Lithuania

Pizzi’s deflected effort made it 3-0 before Bernardo Silva’s cross was tapped home by Goncalo Paciencia. Silva fired home to extend Portugal’s lead before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick.

Serbia kept alive their qualifications hopes after a first-half double from Aleksandar Mitrovic helped them scramble a 3-2 home win over Luxembourg.

The result left Serbia third in the group on 13 points from seven games. They are one point behind holders Portugal and six adrift of Ukraine. In order to advance, the Serbs must beat Ukraine at home in their final game and hope Portugal fail to win in Luxembourg on Sunday. Should they fail, Serbia could still qualify via the play-offs in March.

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates as Serbia beat Luxembourg

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates as Serbia beat Luxembourg

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates as Serbia beat Luxembourg

Fulham striker Mitrovic headed Serbia into an 11th-minute lead and made it 2-0 with a spectacular shot into the top corner in the 43rd minute, with the home side missing several chances in a lively first half.

Group B

PWDLPts
Ukraine761019
Portugal742114
Serbia741213
Luxembourg71154
Lithuania80171

Nemanja Radonjic restored Serbia’s two-goal advantage with a piledriver from 20 metres after Gerson Rodrigues had pulled one back, but the home side endured a nervy finish after David Turpel headed Luxembourg’s second in the 75th minute.

Mitrovic missed a late chance to grab a hat-trick when he hit the post from close range.

England and Czech Republic through

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Montenegro

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Montenegro

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Montenegro

England booked their place at Euro 2020 and celebrated their 1,000th international in style with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro at Wembley.

Captain Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marcus Rashford both found the net as England raced into a five-goal lead in 37 scintillating minutes.

An unfortunate Aleksandar Sofranac own goal made it 6-0 in the second half before substitute Tammy Abraham opened his account in international football, confirming England’s biggest home victory since October 1987.

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England booked their place at Euro 2020 and celebrated their 1,000th international in style with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro at Wembley

England booked their place at Euro 2020 and celebrated their 1,000th international in style with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro at Wembley

Czech Republic punched their ticket to Euro 2020 by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 as Alex Kral scored one goal and set up another to give the hosts second spot in Group A.

The Czechs dominated possession but failed to convert their chances in the first half before falling behind when striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored against the run of play in the 50th minute.

Group A

PWDLPts
England760118
Czech Republic750215
Kosovo732211
Montenegro80353
Bulgaria70343

But the home side roared back and levelled in the 71st minute when midfielder Kral pounced on a loose ball and unleashed a fierce strike that gave the Kosovo ‘keeper no chance.

The goal energised the Czechs who hit the woodwork twice in quick succession before 21-year-old Kral directed a header towards Ondrej Celustka who guided the ball home in the 79th.

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Can Kane be England's greatest goalscorer?

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Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England marked their 1,000th game with a 7-0 win over Montenegro to reach Euro 2020

Last Updated: 14/11/19 10:51pm

Harry Kane celebrates against Montenegro

Harry Kane celebrates against Montenegro

Harry Kane celebrates against Montenegro

Is Harry Kane on his way to being England’s greatest goalscorer? Has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just made James Maddison’s task of winning a starting spot even tougher? Here are the top talking points from England’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro.

Kane heading for history books

In the space of 19 first-half minutes, on his 44th appearance for England, Kane moved from 28 international goals to 31, his hat-trick moving him above Frank Lampard, Vivian Woodward, Tom Finney, Alan Shearer and Nat Lofthouse and up to sixth in the all-time scoring charts.

Still only 26, it is surely only a matter of time until he overhauls Wayne Rooney’s total of 53 and becomes England’s record scorer. He only needs nine more to move level with Michael Owen, and having scored 11 in seven qualifiers, his recent form suggests it will not be long until he gets there.

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England booked their place at Euro 2020 with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro

England booked their place at Euro 2020 with a 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro

Kane’s first two goals at Wembley were headers from Ben Chilwell deliveries, but it was his third which showed the deadly finishing ability that makes him such a special striker. Having killed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected cross, he swivelled and fired a diagonal finish into the corner.

England’s leading scorers

PlayerAppsGoals
Wayne Rooney12053
Bobby Charlton10649
Gary Lineker8048
Jimmy Greaves5744
Michael Owen8940
Harry Kane4431

Kane might have fancied his chances of adding to his total in the second half, but his early withdrawal for Tammy Abraham allowed him a well-deserved rest. He will get plenty more chances in the months and years ahead. “He’s an incredible goalscorer,” said Gareth Southgate afterwards. “When the opportunities are there, he’s absolutely ruthless.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain seizes his chance

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was viewed by Southgate as a guaranteed England starter before the knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup last year. On the evidence of his return to the side against Montenegro, it might not be long until he is seen in the same way again.

The midfielder came into this game on the back of a run of four goals in five games for Liverpool and his fine form continued with another goalscoring performance at Wembley. This was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first international appearance since March 2018. Eighteen months on, however, and he looked right at home from the start.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores England's opening goal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores England's opening goal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores England’s opening goal

His opener arrived in the 11th minute, when he calmly controlled Ben Chilwell’s diagonal pass, composed himself, then crashed a low shot past Montenegro goalkeeper Milan Mijatovic. It was the clinical finish of a player eager to prove a point. It was also his first international goal since 2017.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had plenty of other bright attacking moments before being replaced by James Maddison early in the second half, but it was his off-the-ball work which best illustrated why he is so highly valued by Southgate. On more than one occasion in the first half, his pressing forced turnovers, allowing England to keep piling on the pressure.

His return to the side is good news for Southgate and so too is his return to form. Oxlade-Chamberlain is perfectly suited to the kind of high-intensity football Southgate advocates and, crucially, he also provides the kind of creativity and goal threat England’s midfield sometimes lacks. This could be his first step to earning a starting spot at Euro 2020.

Maddison’s task is harder now

There had been a clamour for Maddison to be given a chance in England’s midfield ahead of this game, but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion alongside Mason Mount and Harry Winks meant he had to settle for a debut from the bench, eventually making his way onto the pitch in the 56th minute.

The 22-year-old has shone for Leicester this season, picking up where he left off following an impressive 2018/19 campaign, but Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to the fold means he is now facing an even tougher task to earn a starting spot. Southgate can also call on Declan Rice, an unused substitute at Wembley, as well as Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson.

England players celebrate at Wembley

England players celebrate at Wembley

England players celebrate at Wembley

Maddison was clearly eager to impress when he did get his chance, but – understandably, perhaps, given he is still a newcomer at international level – there were some signs of nerves in his performance.

On the hour-mark, he misplaced two attempted through-balls in quick succession. Not long after that, he could be seen turning into trouble in midfield. His passing accuracy rate of 68 per cent was the lowest of any England player and he lost possession more times than Mount despite playing half the number of minutes.

Maddison will hope for another chance to impress when England face Kosovo on Sunday, but he might need to do more than he managed at Wembley. He already has his work cut out to force his way into the team.

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Sterling: Wrong to boo Gomez

Last Updated: 14/11/19 11:59pm

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Gareth Southgate says he ‘can’t understand’ why Joe Gomez was booed by England fans

Gareth Southgate says he ‘can’t understand’ why Joe Gomez was booed by England fans

Raheem Sterling has leapt to the defence of England team-mate Joe Gomez after he was booed by the Wembley crowd during the 7-0 win over Montenegro.

The Manchester City player was not selected for the European Qualifier after being involved in an argument with Gomez at the national team’s St George’s Park training base earlier in the week.

It was a continuation of hostility which was sparked during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over City at Anfield on Sunday with Southgate likening the row to a family disagreement and insisting the group are united.

Although that was the perception from the squad throughout the victory, with Sterling seen applauding the Liverpool defender’s 70th-minute substitution, boos were heard from sections of the crowd on Gomez’s introduction.

Sterling, who is set to start against Kosovo on Sunday, immediately took to Twitter after the game, saying it was hard to see his team-mate get booed for something that was not his fault.

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Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Kaveh Solhekol assess England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro and the booing Joe Gomez received from some of the Wembley crowd

Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett and Kaveh Solhekol assess England’s 7-0 win over Montenegro and the booing Joe Gomez received from some of the Wembley crowd

He wrote: “Joe hasn’t done anything wrong & for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard…especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong.

“I’ve taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this.”

England manager Gareth Southgate was also quick to condemn the actions of the England fans.

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“I don’t understand it because no England player should ever be booed. We’re a team and Joe has done nothing wrong,” Southgate told Sky Sports News.

“I’ve made that clear earlier in the week so I don’t understand that. Raheem and him are very close and the whole team are very close so we don’t want to see anybody treated in that way.

“I’m sure [I’ll talk to him] because as a young man that’s an upsetting experience so the reason for putting him on was that he’s been with us September, October, we haven’t got him into the game and tonight was an opportunity to do that.”

Asked what message he would send to the England fans who booed, Southgate added: “No, it’s done, it’s done we move on. I’ve said what needs to be said, it’s for me now to make sure that Joe’s okay.”

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England’s players came out to support Joe Gomez after sections of the Wembley crowd booed him during the 7-0 win over Montenegro on Thursday

England’s players came out to support Joe Gomez after sections of the Wembley crowd booed him during the 7-0 win over Montenegro on Thursday

Gomez’s fellow England substitute James Maddison also did not understand the motives but insisted Gomez was strong enough to deal with it.

Maddison said: “Joe’s a strong boy, a strong-minded boy. I’m not sure why they were booing, whatever the reason, that’s behind him. He’s a strong-minded boy, as I said, so he won’t let that affect him.”

Liverpool also tweeted support for their player, showing a photo of Gomez with a heart alongside it.

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ROI win ahead of crunch Euro Qualifier

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Last Updated: 14/11/19 10:24pm

Derrick Williams scored the first goal for the Republic of Ireland

Derrick Williams scored the first goal for the Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland came from behind to secure a 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand ahead of their crunch European Qualifier with Denmark on Monday.

On a night when 17-year-old Tottenham striker Troy Parrott was handed a senior debut for his country by Mick McCarthy – just as Robbie Keane had been back in 1998 – it was three more senior colleagues who opened their scoring accounts in the green shirt to clinch victory.

Blackburn defender Derrick Williams headed Ireland level after Callum McCowatt, representing New Zealand at senior level for the first time, had given the visitors the lead. Preston striker Sean Maguire and Sheffield United counterpart Callum Robinson then struck after the break as they eased across the finishing line.

McCarthy’s main focus was understandably on Monday’s game, live on Sky Sports, and only Alan Browne survived from the side which lost 2-0 in Switzerland last month, but there were pluses for him other than the result against an All Whites outfit which was playing for the first time in 525 days.

Troy Parrott made his Republic of Ireland debut and often battled with Winston Reid

Troy Parrott made his Republic of Ireland debut and often battled with Winston Reid

Troy Parrott made his Republic of Ireland debut and often battled with Winston Reid

If most eyes were on Parrott as the game got under way, it was Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne, making
his first start for his country, who grasped it by the scruff of its neck early on. Seemingly ever present in the middle of the field, he found space and picked passes to stretch the All Whites’ defence.

New Zealand skipper Winston Reid, playing his first game since March last year after a serious knee injury, left Parrott in little doubt as to what he thought about his challenge from behind, and fellow defender Michael Boxall was similarly unimpressed after the teenager went to ground inside the penalty area under his 18th-minute challenge.

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However, New Zealand took the lead with half-an-hour gone when midfielder Ryan Thomas picked out Liberato Cacace in space on the left after playing a neat one-two with Chris Wood, and the defender sent in a low cross which McCowatt turned past goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara as he slid in.

The Republic got their reward when Williams met Robbie Brady’s corner with a powerful downward header to level with seconds of the first half remaining.

O’Hara had to react smartly to beat away Thomas’ deflected shot four minutes after the break, but Ireland took the lead three minutes later when, after Williams and Parrott had caught McCowatt in possession deep inside his own half, Maguire dispatched a sweet strike past Stefan Marinovic to finally open his account.

Marinovic raced from his line to deny Parrott after Byrne and Maguire had capitalised on a poor defensive header by Joe Bell, but 19-year-old debutant Lee O’Connor had to head clear at the other end after O’Hara could only parry Thomas’ fiercely-struck 61st-minute effort.

Parrott’s big night ended with 63 minutes gone when he was replaced to warm applause by Robinson, and the newcomer marked his 11th cap with his first goal when he headed home from O’Connor’s inviting cross.

Goalkeeper Mark Travers made a fine late save to prevent fellow substitute Michael McGlinchey from reducing the deficit on a comfortable night for McCarthy’s men

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