WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA QUALIFIERS: ENGLAND 2-0 MALTA

Dele Alli scores header for England

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA: ENGLAND 2-0 MALTA

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: England 2-0 Malta

England 2-0 Malta

Daniel Sturridge (29’min)

Dele Alli (38’min)

The brave and competent England National Team defeated Malta with ease at Wembley Stadium in London under the leadership of new England manager Gareth Southgate in his debut match. Southgate began his reign as England boss for four games after Big Sam Allardyce was fired as manager following England’s World Cup qualifying victory in Slovakia.

Daniel Sturridge opened the match scoring with a superb header at 29 minutes from Jordan Henderson's cross. Then Dele Alli scored the second before half-time with his second international career goal for England, putting England 2-0 up.

Malta's goalkeeper Andrew Hogg stopped England from further goals, with heroic saves from Alli, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and debutant Jesse Lingard and hosts England made it maximum points from their two qualifiers to date.

Southgate went with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United’s Lingard rather than Manchester United's talented teenager Marcus Rashford in attack. Sturridge scored a goal and Lingard made a good run to set up Walcott’s goal in the second half justifying Southgate’s selection.

England captain Wayne Rooney had 177 touches on the ball playing in deep midfield.

Southgate will next face a match away to Slovenia on Tuesday. Then Scotland will travel to Wembley on November 11th.

Man of the match is England’s Jordan Henderson who completed 165 passes for England.

After the win, England interim manager Gareth Southgate was delighted but thought his side could have scored more goals. 

"I thought first half we played well, we could and should have scored more goals. Their goalkeeper made some good saves and subconsciously I think some of our players looked after themselves physically in the second half,” said Southgate. "We missed a couple of good chances but given where we were 10 days ago I am pleased with the result. You have to accept [mistakes] with attacking players. I think Lingard had an outstanding debut, linked the play and looked a real threat. He is an exciting player and the stage was made for him. He's enjoyed Wembley, scored twice here in past for Manchester United, and I thought he had a very good game.”

"We could have moved the ball more quickly but the game in Slovenia will be different. We managed today, we would have liked more but we'll go from there,” added Southgate. “I have enjoyed the whole week. I would have liked to give the crowd four or five goals but in their last qualifying group Malta only lost by one goal against Croatia and Italy in both matches. Their goalkeeper played well and they defended in heavy numbers but we could have won it by more."

England will travel to face Slovenia hoping to maintain their 100% record in Group F.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand who received a hamstring injury against Malta, will be replaced by Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart gets credit for the clean sheet. England have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six qualifiers. The Three Lions have won their last 14 qualifying matches and are undefeated in their last 31 qualifiers overall having won 24 and drawn 7.

Daniel Sturridge scores for England

Squads

England 

Hart, Walker, Bertrand (Rose, 19), Henderson, Cahill, Stones, Walcott (Rashford, 68), Alli, Sturridge (Vardy, 73), Rooney, Lingard

Malta 

Hogg, Muscat, Agius, Camilleri, Borg, Kristensen, Sciberras, Fenech, Muscat, Schembri (Muscast, 87), Effiong (Mifsud, 76)

England captain Wayne Rooney

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was on hand to watch Italian Serie A team Torino's 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Sunday, causing speculation amongst European and England Premier League fans that FC Chelsea could make an attempt to hire on-loan Manchester City and England superstar goalie Joe Hart.

New interim England manager Gareth Southgate has chosen his side to compete against Malta. Southgate named England captain Wayne Rooney to his team but did not guarantee that Roo will have a starting spot when the Three Lions play Malta. Big Sam Allardyce was fired after being caught by phony reporters posing as businessmen advising how to ‘get around’ third party ownership rules. 

Roberto Di Matteo was fired at Aston Villa meaning striker Ross McCormack will next be playing under his eleventh different club manager since February 2012.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin reportedly wants to go to arch-rivals Manchester City. Spain international Bellerin may turn down an offer to stay with the Gunners and transfer to Manchester City durning the summer transfer window. Arsenal have offered their right back a five-year deal that would nearly double his salariy of £50,000-a-week. Although Bellerin prefers Man City, Barcelona have also shown interest.

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England Squad: England v Malta

England manager Gareth Southgate has named his first England squad for the Three Lions clash with Malta on October 10 at Wembley Stadium in London. Fans wanting to attend this exciting match can still buy great football tickets to watch new manager Southgate's England side in live action with Wayne Rooney as captain!

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Foiurty-six year old England interim manager Southgate named his first squad for England’s World Cup upcoming qualification matches against Malta on Saturday and Slovenia. Sourhgate has included Manchester United starlets Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford on his Three Lions side and has also Glen Johnson after a two-year absence. West Ham’s Michail Antonio who has yet to make his international debut will again be included. Harry Kane, Adam Lallana, and Nathaniel Clyne all miss out through injury. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will continue in his role as England captain. Buy England tickets now to watch the Three Lions in live action!

Southgate was named temporary England manager after Big Sam Allardyce was terminated after being caught advising reporters posing as businessmen on how to ‘get around’ third party ownership rules. England face Malta and Slovenia after defeating Slovakia 1-0 in their opening qualification match, Allardyce’s only match in charge.

‘We’ve tried to keep some continuity from last month because my view would be that there are a lot of things that have been going right,’ said Southgate. ‘We’ve had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we’ve lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne while Luke Shaw isn’t quite back fit yet. That’s had a bearing on the squad. There are obviously a couple of players that I’ve worked with in the Under-21s with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who we think are exciting young players who we wanted to put in this squad. It’s obviously been a difficult week in a number of ways, however we are in a position now where it’s important to get the squad named. I’m looking forward now to working with the players because it’s important that we build on the performance and the result against Slovakia.’

Joe Hart will continue as #1 at goal after his move to Torino.

Former Liverpool full back and Stoke defender Glen Johnson has not played for England since the 2014 World Cup. Liverpool has 54 caps, but has not competed for England since the World Cup loss to Uruguay in June 2014 and has only played in three Premier League matches this season following a seven-month layoff with injury.

Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne unavailable with a knee injury. Senion international Lingard has been rewarded for his encouraging start to the season at Manchester United. Arsenal forward Oxlade-Chamberlain is named after injury ruled him out of Euro 2016. Replacing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford returns to the England squad after being left out by Sam Allardyce. Manchester United left back Luke Shaw is unavailable with a groin problem, and Danny Drinkwater is out due to injury. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Bournemouth’s Jack Wilshere were left out. West Ham forward Michail Antonio who was handed a shock first call-up by Allardyce, kept his place. Adam Lallana will miss out after suffering a groin injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Swansea. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named after being left out by Allardyce. Michail Antonio has kept his place. Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson will have to wait for his debut international call-up.

‘We’ve had a few people unavailable through injury like Harry Kane and Jack Butland, and we’ve lost a couple over the weekend in Danny Drinkwater, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne while Luke Shaw isn’t quite back fit yet,” said x. ‘It’s obviously been a difficult week in a number of ways, however we are in a position now where it’s important to get the squad named. I’m looking forward now to working with the players because it’s important that we build on the performance and the result against Slovakia.”

ENGLAND SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Forster, Hart, Heaton

Defenders: Bertrand, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Rose, Smalling, Stones, Walker

Midfielders: Dier, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Antonio, Lingard, Sterling, Walcott, Alli

Attackers: Rooney, Rashford, Sturridge, Vardy

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Lionel Messi, Barcelona, is the top 2016-17 Champions League goal scorer

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS, SCORES, TICKETS

Match Week 2 Group Stage Champions League matches put Arsenal, to the top of their group going into Match Week 3 after Arsenal defeated Basel in Group A. Other winning clubs are Barcelona FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Paris Saint Germain, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Sporting, and Juventus. Here are the Group Stage Match Week 2 results.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE RESULTS WEEK 2

Group A
Arsenal 2-0 Basel
Ludo Razgd 1-3 Paris Saint Germain
Group B
Besiktas 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
Napoli 4-2 Benfica
Group C
Borussia M’gladbach 1-2 FC Barcelona
Celtic 3-3 Manchester City
Group D
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
FC Rostov 2-2 PSV Eindhoven
Group E
CSKA 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Monaco 1-1 Bayer Levkn
Group F
Borsusia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid
Sporting 2-0 Legia War
Group G
FC Copenhagen 4-0 Club Brugga
Leicester 1-0 FC Porto
Group H
Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Juventus
Sevilla 1-0 Lyon 

Cristiano Ronaldo scores during the Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STANDINGS WEEK 2
Group A: 1. Arsenal (ENG), 2. Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL), 3. Basel (SUI), 4. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 
Group B: 1. Napoli (ITA), 2. Beşiktaş (TUR), 3. Benfica (POR), 4. Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Group C: 1. Barcelona (ESP), 2. Manchester City (ENG), 3. Celtic (SCO), 4. Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)  
Group D: 1. Bayern München (GER), 2. Atlético Madrid (ESP), 3. PSV Eindhoven (NED), 4. Rostov (RUS)
Group E: 1. Monaco (FRA), 2. CSKA Moskva (RUS), 3. Bayer Leverkusen (GER), 4. Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Group F: 1. Borussia Dortmund (GER), 2. Real Madrid (ESP, holders), 3. Sporting CP (POR), 4. Legia Warszawa (POL)
Group G: 1. Leicester City (ENG), 2. Porto (POR), 3. FC København (DEN), 4. Club Brugge (BEL),
Group H: 1. Lyon (FRA), 2. Juventus (ITA), 3. Sevilla (ESP), 4. Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 

Sergio Agüero has scored 3 Champions League goals for Manchester City

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TOP GOAL SCORERS MATCH WEEK 2

Lionel Messi, Barcelona – 3 goals, 1 assist

Arkadiusz Milik, Napoli – 3 goal, 1 assist

Sergio Agüero, Manchester City – 3 goals, 0 assists

Edinson Cavani, Paris St Germain – 3 goals, 0 assists

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester – 2 goals, 1 assist

Luis Suárez, Barcelona -  2 goals, 1 assist

Theo Walcott, Arsenal – 2 goals, 0 assists

Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich – 2 goals, 0 assists

Dmitriy Poloz, FC Rostov – 2 goals, 0 assists

Dries Mertens, Napoli – 2 goals, 0 assists

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bor Dortmd – 2 goals, 0 assists

Moussa Dembele, Celtic – 2 goals, 0 assists

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid – 2 goals, 0 assists

Arkadiusz Milik has scored 3 goals for Napoli

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2016-17 OUTSTANDING FOOTBALL PLAYERS

With the second round of fixtures complete, Champions League key players and superstars became evident as the following football players displaying passion, composure, talent, mindfulness, and perserverence: Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain); Right-back: Luis Hernandez (Leicester City); Forward: Islam Slimani (Leicester City); Centre-back: Gerard Pique (Barcelona); Centre-back: Kamil Glik (Monaco)Left-back: Kieran Tierney (Celtic)Central midfield: Gabi (Atletico Madrid)Central midfield: Thomas Delaney (FC Copenhagen)Left midfield: David Silva (Manchester City); Right midfield: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)Centre-forward: Moussa Dembele (Celtic)Centre forward: and Dimitri Poloz (FC Rostov). Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona); Forward: Arkadiusz Milik, (Napoli); Sergio Agüero, (Manchester City); and Edinson Cavani, (Paris St Germain).

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CSKA MOSCOW O-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Heung-Min Son scores winner for Tottenham Hotspur

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH WEEK 2: CSKA MOSCOW O-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

UEFA Champions League Match Week 2 Group E: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hostpur

Heung-Min Son (71’ minutes)

Tottenham Hotspurs' Heung-Min Son scored the winning goal, the only goal, of the Spurs Champions League qualifiers match away against CSKA Moscow, that put Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the top of Champions League Group E as South Korea international Son continues his hot streak scoring five goals in five games.

Son was nicknamed “Sonaldo” at his former club Bayer Leverkusen for his skill in goal-scoring and resemblance to Real Madrid Spanish La Liga superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Twenty-four-year-old Son must go into the South Korean army by the age of 28 for twenty-one months of mandatory military service missing almost two years of football at a time when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur will be competing for Premier League and Champions League titles and silverware. At that time Son will swap a multi-million-pound contract for a maximum of roughly £130-per-month military pay. Draft dodging is not an option. Failure to serve without exemption leads to imprisonment.

South Korean star Heung-Min Son talked about the Spurs ‘must-win’ game against CSKA in the Champions League after losing their opening match of Group E against Monaco at Wembley.

“It's not easy with the travel, the cold, the time difference and I want to say that these points are gold points,” said Sonny. “We wanted three points and we are very happy to be on the way to making it easier than when we came here.”

Son scored in the 71st minute of a match dominated by Tottenham, with 22 attempts at goal compared to CSKA’s eight. The victory put Bayer Leverkusen into second place in the group behind Monaco after the French and German teams drew 1-1 in Monaco.

Sonny scored his fifth goal this season having scored twice at Stoke and again at Middlesbrough.

“Every day and every game, every weekend, I want to be focused to play, I want to be ready, I want to help my team-mates,” said Son. “It's not easy. We travelled to Russia, everyone was tired after Saturday's game - it’s not easy but I'm very thankful to my team-mates and the fans that have come here to Russia.”

Tottenham’s next Champions League fixture will be a battle with Bayer Leverkusen, Sonny’s former club, for MD3 on October 18 before the Spurs play the Bundesliga side at Wembley on November 2.

“I’m very excited to play there again, we will play for three points of course and I will enjoy the game I think,” added Son about going to Germany. “I try every game to score, I try to give my best every game and I will try to score against them. We’ll see how we play.”

Tottenham had hoped for a clear-cut chance to score, and it arrived at 71 minutes when Son scored the only goal against the Russian champions. Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco tied in France, as the Spurs climbed above the German side into second place in Group E.

Kieran Trippier made his Champions League debut against Moscow.

"Ever since I was a young boy I've always wanted to play at the highest level, I've been given the opportunity and I fully enjoyed it. Hopefully I can keep training well and every opportunity I get I'll keep playing well. It's only my second game this season, but I'm delighted, it's the Champions League!” said Trippier. “I'll keep training hard. Obviously Kyle Walker has been doing very well so I've just got to keep training hard and make sure I'm ready when I'm called upon and I'll do my best for the team."

Harry Winks was asked after the win what Mauricio said to him before his Champions League debut against Moscow and his opinion about how Spurs managed to improve from their opening loss to Monaco..

"It was to go on and do what Dele was doing really in terms of going forward, helping to link the play and getting the ball but mainly to give a little bit more cover to Victor defensively, to help out defensively, make it a little bit more solid and hopefully try to make us a little bit more compact, replied Winks. "Everyone’s just delighted that we’ve got the three points. It was a tough game, a tough atmosphere as well, their fans were brilliant so for us, just to get the three points in such a tough game, it was special and everyone’s delighted, we really are."

"It’s difficult to say. It’s a totally different game, it was a lot more tactical, we were a bit more patient, we didn’t force the issue and we were always confident the goal was going to come at some point. It’s always difficult when you play against a team that puts men behind the ball and makes it hard for you to create chances. We probably got suckered into a few sloppy mistakes in the first 20 minutes but we got into the game, I thought we controlled it for long periods and when the goal came it was nice to hang on,” Winks continued his response. "It can be a tough situation especially when the team starts putting the pressure on you and you can’t seem to get that goal on the counter-attack, or maybe there’s a couple of minutes where things aren’t going right but that’s when you’ve got to slow the game down and start to play a bit more direct. That’s what we did."

Erik Lamela said the victory was crucial after the Monaco defeat.

"It’s a very tough place to play, far from home, but we won and that’s important. We needed it after the first Champions League defeat and getting the victory was crucial. The team is going well. We needed this win against CSKA and now we are in a better position in the group stage."

Mauricio Pochettino plans to fight fire with fire against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side this weekend as Tottenham face the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Reportedly Pochettino plans to put a dent in Pep Guardiola’s impressive winning start as City manager and knock City out of their stride.

Squads

CSKA Moscow

Akinfeev, Fernandes, Wernbloom, Ignashevich, Tosic, Milanov, Traore, Golovin, Vasili Berezutski, Eremenko, Schennikov. Subs: Chepchugov, Alexsei Berezutski, Nababkin, Strandberg, Bebras Natcho, Gordyushenko. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Janssen, Lamela, Wanyama, Trippier, Alli, Eriksen, Davies. Subs: Vorm, Walker, Nkoudou, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks, Carter-Vickers. 

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

UEFA Champions League Group E Standings Match Week 2

Group E: 1. Tottenham Hotspur (ENG). 2. CSKA Moskva (RUS), 3. Bayer Leverkusen (GER), 4. Monaco (FRA)

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