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CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN scored just two minutes into his emotional return for Denmark, less than a year after his horrendous heart attack nearly ended his life.

The Brentford ace scored with his first TOUCH against the Dutch.

England beat Switzerland in a comeback victory thanks to goals from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane, who is closing in on Wayne Rooney's record goal haul for the Three Lions.

Mo Salah's Egypt are one step closer to reaching the World Cup finals after beating Senegal 1-0 in the first leg of their play-off.

Though in sensational scenes, European champions Italy will NOT be at the World Cup after being stunned by North Macedonia.

On the club scene Erling Haaland will NOT be moving to Barcelona in the summer after the Catalan giants ruled themselves out of a switch.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Southgate hails new boys

    Boss Gareth Southgate claims England's 2-1 comeback win over Switzerland showed their pride as they went 21 games unbeaten.

    Southgate said: "To see some players who perhaps haven’t played as often for us and some new players as well was a really good exercise for all of them.

    “I thought it was a really good test. We went behind, we had tactical problems to solve, we had to defend properly.

    “Of course towards the end of the game we were able to get more experience and some top players onto the pitch, which made us finish strongly as well and that was important for the team and also for the crowd.”

    He added of his squad: “I think they’ve got pride in the way they’ve been playing and we talked last year about that and about their record last year.

    “Of course towards the end of the game we were able to get more experience and some top players onto the pitch, which made us finish strongly as well and that was important for the team and also for the crowd.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal & Newcastle in Calvert-Lewin boost

    Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham are tipped to pursue Dominic Calvert-Lewin after suggestions Everton are ready to sell their England striker.

    The Toffees reportedly have worries over Financial Fair Play awards and Calvert-Lewin is arguably their most valuable asset

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Guehi reveals his 'nervous' family stayed at home

    England's impressive debutant Marc Guehi revealed his family missed his Wembley joy – as they are too nervous to attend.

    The Crystal Palace centre-back, 21, was 'fantastically proud' as he helped see off Switzerland 2-1 in today's friendly.

    But he told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Sometimes they get a bit nervous so prefer to watch at home.

    "They definitely were tempted, but I know they are watching from afar and supporting me, and I always feel their love in my heart."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea hover amid Dembele contract stand-off

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued Chelsea transfer target Ousmane Dembele – also linked with Manchester United – a blunt warning amid a contract stand-off.

    Laporta is still holding talks with Dembele, whose deal with Barca runs out in June, and insists he will have to lower his wage demands if he wishes to stay at the Nou Camp.

    As reported by Fabrizio Romano, the Barca bigwig has told the winger he will have to adapt to the club’s new salary scale that is set to come into effect next season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Christian Eriksen scored with his FIRST TOUCH back in international football after his cardiac arrest last year as Denmark lost 4-2 away to Holland.

    The Danes called up the 30-year-old earlier this month following his impressive club comeback with Brentford.

    And in a fairytale story the 30-year-old found the back of the net less than two minutes after coming on as a half time substitute in a friendly against the Netherlands.

    It was a typically classy finish too, with Eriksen firing into the top corner from 13 yards out after having the ball cut-back into his path by winger Andreas Skov Olsen.

    But even if the script wasn't perfect enough, the goal came at the Johan Cruyff Arena, where Eriksen spent three years as a player for Ajax.

    The last time Eriksen represented Denmark was that fateful day in Copenhagen 287 days ago.

    He was loudly applauded by the entire stadium as he made his way onto the pitch for the start of the second half.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Spain 2 Albania 1

    Dani Olmo snatched Spain's stoppage-time winner.

    Ferran Torres finally put the dominant hosts in front on 75 minutes.

    But sub Myrto Uzuni punished a blunder by Spain's debutant Brentford keeper David Raya with a lucky leveller from Albania's first effort on goal.

    Southampton striker Armando Broja – on loan from Chelsea – shone for Albania.

    But Olmo sneaked a narrowly-deserved victory for Spain.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arsenal, Toon & Hammers in Calvert-Lewin boost

    Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham ae tipped to pursue Dominic Calvert-Lewin after suggestions Everton are ready to sell their England striker.

    The Toffees reportedly have worries over Financial Fair Play awards and Calvert-Lewin is arguably their most valuable asset

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Cottagers want Pope

    EXCLUSIVE: Fulham want Burnley’s Nick Pope to be their No 1 in the Premier League next season, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Craven Cottage boss Marco Silva is keen to get recruitment sorted out early with the club eight points clear at the top of the Championship.

    And the Portuguese has already lined up a major bid for England keeper Pope, who seems sure to move on this summer if Sean Dyche’s strugglers go down.

    Clarets would ask around £20million for Pope, 29, but that could be negotiable if they fail to escape the bottom three.

    Pope faces a cut in wages if the club are relegated — another reason why a move would tempt him, alongside staying in the England frame.

    And he could grab a lucrative deal at the Cottagers, who are never scared to spend on salaries when they are in the top flight.

  • Ian Tuckey

    No clean get-away after the Italian Sob

    Italy stars left the dressing room in terrible condition after their humiliating loss to North Macedonia.

    The reigning European champions lost 1-0 to the Balkan minnows on Thursday's World Cup qualifying semi-final playoff and were shockingly eliminated from Qatar 2022.

    Aleksandar Trajkovski's winner in the second minute of stoppage time stunned the Azzurri at the Renzo Barbera and frustrations boiled over after the referee's final whistle.

    Roberto Mancini's men were in such a foul mood they took their anger out on the dressing room in Palermo.

    Corriere dello Sport shared a damning video showing the locker room in an absolute state. Empty plastic bottles and other type of trash were lying around everywhere.

    There was also plenty of food left on the floor by the Euro 2020 winners as the Italian publication described the state of it as a "real shame" and "utter disrespect".

    This is not the first time Italy leave a locker room behind in ruins as they did the same at Wembley after beating England in the final.

    Of course, the atmosphere was completely different in London as the Italians celebrated their hearts out backstage. A party broke out and there were beer cans, as well as wine and champagne bottles lying everywhere.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rest of the England ratings

    Harry Kane – 6

    Some decent link-ups with Foden was about as good as it got for Kane in the first period.

    The England skipper held up the ball to bring others into play but failed to really threaten in the final third – until he won the game from the penalty spot and equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's record in the process.

    Looked more Kane-like in the final quarter of an hour, though Southgate will want him much more involved against Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

    Subs

    Jack Grealish (for Mount on 61 mins) – 7

    Injected some much-needed energy into the game when he came on as the crowd favourite brought his X factor quality to the team.

    Drifts in and out of the match but the opposition always remains wary, enabling others to pick up pockets of space.

    Declan Rice (for Gallagher on 61 mins) – 7

    Showed his class on the ball when he came on. Clearly England's most accomplished player when attempting to dictate the tempo of the match.

    The first name on the team sheet for the World Cup.

    Raheem Sterling (for Walker-Peters on 61 mins) – 6

    Played on the right of a midfield four after coming off the bench.

    Didn't see much of the ball as Grealish received most of the service out on the left. Looked threatening in the closing stages but couldn't pick anyone out with his back post cross.

    Tyrick Mitchell (for Shaw on 61 mins) – 6

    Gained valuable experience and did not put a foot wrong at the back when he came on for his debut.

    Jude Bellingham (for Phil Foden on 80 mins) – 6

    Helped out the defensive effort in the closing stages with an important clearance from a dangerous delivery.

    Ollie Watkins (for Kane on 89 mins)

    Barely had time for a touch of the ball before the full-time whistle went.

  • Ian Tuckey

    More England ratings

    Conor Gallagher – 6

    Was full of energy and application but struggled to find his feet in the game in the first half – albeit registering an assist for Shaw's equaliser.

    Clipped a nice ball over the top for Kane in the second period but the striker couldn't prod beyond Jonas Omlin.

    Came off after an hour as Southgate shook things up with four changes.

    Jordan Henderson – 7

    Evidently England's best starting midfielder in the match, he consistently won the ball back and snuffed out danger early on.

    But when Rice emerged it was clear the West Ham man is by some distance England's best player when it comes to retaining possession.

    Phil Foden – 7

    Played as the link between the midfield and Kane very effectively at times – almost acting as a second striker alongside the Tottenham man.

    Definitely looked the most likely player to make something happen for the Three Lions.

    Seems to be developing a positive understanding with captain Kane.

    Mason Mount – 4

    Was a passenger for much of the first half as he seemed to be dropping deeper into the midfield to play alongside Gallagher and Henderson.

    Never looked a threat going forward – indicative of a player who has only scored one Premier League goal since Christmas.

    Replaced by Grealish 15 minutes into the second half after a difficult evening.

  • Ian Tuckey

    England ratings

    Jordan Pickford – 8

    Made a smart stop down to his left from Xhaka in the first half and followed that up moments later with a sensational reflex parry onto the bar.

    With the back five crumbling around him inside the opening 30 minutes, Pickford stood up and made the saves which kept England in the game.

    Under pressure from Aaron Ramsdale, Pickford continues to use England as a happy release from his struggles for Everton.

    Kyle Walker-Peters – 6

    One of two England debutants, Walker-Peters missed a sitter in the first 45 before thankfully seeing the offside flag go up to spare his blushes.

    The delivery he is so renowned for at St Mary's was lacking, but he wasn't helped out by Foden's desire to drift into a central role – leaving Walker-Peters isolated on the right.

    Would have impressed Southgate when he won the ball back high up the pitch moments before Shaw equalised.

    Marc Guehi – 6

    Got caught a bit flat-footed a couple of times as the Swiss forward line found space around the back of the England defence.

    The left side of England's back five looked particularly vulnerable – with Switzerland often finding room to create in between Guehi and Shaw.

    Grew into the game and finished it strongly – understandable given his lack of experience.

    Ben White – 6

    Came in for John Stones just minutes before kick-off after the Manchester City man was injured in the warm-up.

    The Arsenal defender's calmness on the ball and pinpoint distribution showed he could be the antidote to Harry Maguire's shortcomings.

    But he also showed his own fragility, losing Embolo when the Swiss striker peeled around the back and nodded home the opener.

    Conor Coady – 6

    With Stones pulling up moments before the match, Coady suddenly found himself the most experienced international centre-back in England's starting line-up.

    Was commanding from set-pieces at points when England were coming under a little pressure, but does not look capable enough at the heart of an international defence.

    Luke Shaw – 6

    Shaw was caught out of position when he committed himself high up the pitch – often showing the defensive frailties he has been criticised for while playing for Man Utd in recent months.

    But he gave England fans a throwback to his goal in the Euros final by showing them how well he can strike the ball in the final third – bagging his second for his country.

    Was hooked on the hour mark to make way for debutant Tyrick Mitchell.

  • Ian Tuckey

    England 2 Switzerland 1

    Luke Shaw and Harry Kane's penalty sealed England's stuttering comeback win.

    Breel Embolo headed Switzerland's deserved early opener before Fabian Frei and Xherdan Shaqiri hit the Three Lions' bar.

    Read all the reaction on this Wembley friendly with our match blog HERE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rep of Ireland 2 Belgium 2

    Sub Alan Browne's bullet header earned Ireland a late draw with the world's top-ranked side to make it seven games unbeaten in this lively friendly.

    Michy Batshuayi and Hans Vanaken put Belgium ahead twice, with Chiedozie Ogbene levelling inbetween with a deflected bicycle kick

  • Ian Tuckey

    Latest: England 2 Switzerland 1

    Harry Kane's 78th minute penalty put England in front for the first time.

    Steven Zuber's handball from a Marc Guehi header was penalised by VAR, enabling Kane to draw level with Bobby Charlton from the spot as the Three Lions' all-time top scorer on 49 goals.

    Click on our match blog HERE for updates from Wembley in this friendly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Latest: England 1 Switzerland 1

    The Three Lions are still spluttering along as they enter the final half-hour with a raft of changes.

    But Conor Gallagher is impressing in midfield.

    Click on our match blog HERE for updates from Wembley in this friendly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/T: England 1 Switzerland 1

    Luke Shaw punished woeful Swiss defending in first-half stoppage time to cancel out Breel Embolo’s superb headed opener.

    It rescued the Three Lions' from a poor show, with Arsenal's Ben White vulnerable in central defence and the visitors lively

    Click on our match blog HERE for updates from Wembley in this friendly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST: England 0 Switzerland 1

    Breel Embolo's bullet header from a fine cross put the Swiss in front from one of the first moments of real quality.

    Arsenal centre-back Ben White should arguably have done much better as he seemed to get stuck underneath the ball.

    Click on our match blog HERE for updates from Wembley in this friendly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVE: England 0 Switzerland 0

    Our LIVE MATCH BLOG will have blow-by-blow updates.

    Click HERE for updates from Wembley as the Three Lions, in their changed blue kit, feel their way into this friendly.

  • Ian Tuckey

    White in for Stones

    Arsenal’s Ben White has replaced John Stones in England’s central defence after the Manchester City star pulled up in practice before the 5.30pm kick-off with Switzerland.

  • Ian Tuckey

    England 'draw Germany' in nightmare simulation

    England were handed a nightmare World Cup 2022 group stage draw after being pitted against Germany… but thankfully it was only a SunSport simulation, writes JAKE LAMBOURNE.

    However, a clash against their old rivals is a very real possibility in next week's official draw on April 1.

    Gareth Southgate's side have been confirmed as among the top seeds for the global tournament which starts on November 21 and runs until December 18.

    They will be in Pot 1 alongside hosts Qatar and winners of the last World Cup, France, along with Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Portugal, should the Euro 2016 winners beat North Macedonia in their play-off final.

    But England failed to avoid one of the big boys as they were drawn against Germany in a SunSport simulation.

    England have plenty of history against Germany in the World Cup having beaten them in the 1966 final to win their first and only major tournament.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Guehi and Walker-Peters make England debuts

    Crystal Palace central defender Marc Guehi and Southampton right-back Kyle Walker-Peters make their England debuts in this evening's friendly with Switzerland.

    Palace's huge input also includes on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher earning his second cap and Tyrick Mitchell being a sub.

    Arsenal anchorman Granit Xhaka and ex-Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri start for the visitors.

    England XI: Pickford, Walker-Peters, Guehi, Stones, Coady, Shaw, Gallagher, Henderson, Mount, Foden, Kane.

    Switzerland XI: Omlin, Widmer, Akanji, Frei, Embolo, Freuler, Xhaka, Steffen, Rodriguez, Vargas, Shaqiri.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon 'fight Arsenal for Nunez'

    Newcastle are ready to fight Arsenal for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, according to reports.

    The Magpies are set for another big transfer window, with their controversial Saudi owners set to oversee their first summer at St James' Park.

    In January they splashed the cash on Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and Matt Targett.

    And according to The Athletic, they could begin this summer's splurge with a £50million swoop for Nunez.

    On their podcast Pod on the Tyne, reporter Chris Waugh revealed that the Toon are enamoured by the 22-year-old striker.

    Waugh said: "He’s someone Newcastle, certainly Steve Nickson the head of recruitment, has liked for a long while, they’ve watched a lot.

    "There was almost surprise in January that they didn’t make a bid in the end because there has been a lot of interest.

    "They’ve watched him extensively."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca warn Chelsea & Utd target Dembele

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued Chelsea transfer target Ousmane Dembele – also linked with Manchester United – a blunt warning amid a contract stand-off.

    Laporta is still holding talks with Dembele, whose deal with Barca runs out in June, and insists he will have to lower his wage demands if he wishes to stay at the Nou Camp.

    As reported by Fabrizio Romano, the Barca bigwig has told the winger he will have to adapt to the club's new salary scale that is set to come into effect next season.

    Laporta also confirmed negotiations are underway with Gavi, Ronald Araujo and Sergi Roberto.

    Romano tweeted: "Barcelona president Laporta tells [Mundo Deportivo]: 'We’ve no news for Ousmane Dembele contract.

    'If he wants to stay, he will have to adapt to our salary scale for next season. 'Talks are underway with Gavi and Araujo. Sergi Roberto? It’s in the hands of his agent'."

    Dembele has been linked with a Premier League move this summer and Chelsea are among the clubs keeping tabs on him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF table

    Two games to go in CONCACAF qualifiers.

    First, second, and third positions qualify for the Qatar World Cup.

    Fourth position qualifies for playoff round.

    As it stands, we’ll see Canada, the US and Mexico in November.

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