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Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: team news, injuries and suspensions

What is it? A Premier League football match. And WHAT a Premier League football match! It's the battle of the Uniteds, Manchester vs Newcastle. When is it? This coming Saturday, 18 November 2017. What time is kick-off? Teatime. What do you mean that's not a real time? What do you mean you don't drink tea? Okay, it's 17.30 GMT. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1, HD and 4K. What is the team news? Manchester United welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo for the visit of Newcastle. Ibrahimovic and Rojo make the squad for the first time since suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries in April and Pogba is back after two months on the sidelines with hamstring trouble. Phil Jones looks certain to miss out after being injured in England's friendly against Germany. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Martial. Who should play for Man Utd vs Newcastle` Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will be without two key men. Central defender Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and winger Christian Atsu (thigh) are both sidelined, with the latter likely to be out of action for at least two weeks. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who sat out the Republic of Ireland's play-off against Denmark because of a family bereavement, is available, while full-back Paul Dummett (hamstring) is back in training and midfielder Mikel Merino is due to return from a back problem in the next 48 hours. Provisional Newcastle squad: Elliot, Darlow, Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Gamez, Haidara, Clark, Lejeune, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovic. Newcastle team builder What are they saying? On returning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho said:  "He was as an injured player the same superb professional he is when he's fit, fantastic. He's a very important player for us. "We were all saying in 2017 he would be back, but it is one thing on December 31, 2017 and another thing mid-November. "Of course we welcome him back. He is an incredible personality, to fight such an important injury. You cannot expect him to play 90 mins or consecutive matches like he did all through his career, now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness." Pogba's return is no less significant given his imposing form at the start of the season and United's lack of a comparable understudy. "I can say now because he's back, I don't like to speak while he's injured, you can clearly see there is a Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury," said Mourinho. Pogba has been a big miss for United Credit: GETTY IMAGES "There are qualities in our football, qualities that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. Simple as that." Rojo may carry less obvious X factor than his high-profile team-mates but, with Phil Jones unlikely to feature after aggravating a thigh injury during England's friendly against Germany, his availability will also ease Mourinho's mind somewhat. While Pogba has a chance of starting, Ibrahimovic can expect to begin the game from the bench. That means Romelu Lukaku leading the line again as he looks to end a seven-game goalless streak. The £75million man hit the net 11 times in his first 10 matches at United and was on target for Belgium this week, becoming the country's record scorer at the age of 24. Mourinho theoretically has two alpha strikers competing for the same shirt but the Portuguese laughed off the idea that would become problematic. "Is easy, easy," he said. "Good players can play together. Is easy to play together. The problem is when the players are not good." Mourinho and Benitez have not always seen eye to eye Credit: GETTY IMAGES The news from the treatment room meant the head to head between Mourinho and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, long standing rivals and occasional critics of each other's work, took a back seat. The pair clashed while at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively and mutual antipathy continued when the Spaniard followed Mourinho at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Stamford Bridge. "I don't play Rafa, I play Newcastle. That's the point," Mourinho said. "'I'm really good at forgetting little things in football, bad words or moments of conflict. I'm really good at forgetting that. "The important thing is respect for the professional and person - I respect him in both ways. He is with me in one privileged list of few managers in Europe to have won the Champions League and Europa League, so we are side to side in that little group. "I have immense respect for him. I will be more than happy to see him and salute him and play one more match. It is just one more match." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Manchester United win:2/7 Newcastle win: 12/1 The draw: 19/4   What's our prediction? Over to Luke Edwards: On the face of things this looks like a nice home fixture for Jose Mourinho to get back to winning ways given Newcastle have generally struggled away from home this season. But that ignores the fact their manager, Rafa Benitez, has little time for Mourinho and is the master of grinding out results against superior teams. It could be difficult for the home side. Prediction: 1-2 

Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: team news, injuries and suspensions

What is it? A Premier League football match. And WHAT a Premier League football match! It's the battle of the Uniteds, Manchester vs Newcastle. When is it? This coming Saturday, 18 November 2017. What time is kick-off? Teatime. What do you mean that's not a real time? What do you mean you don't drink tea? Okay, it's 17.30 GMT. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1, HD and 4K. What is the team news? Manchester United welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo for the visit of Newcastle. Ibrahimovic and Rojo make the squad for the first time since suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries in April and Pogba is back after two months on the sidelines with hamstring trouble. Phil Jones looks certain to miss out after being injured in England's friendly against Germany. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Martial. Who should play for Man Utd vs Newcastle` Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will be without two key men. Central defender Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and winger Christian Atsu (thigh) are both sidelined, with the latter likely to be out of action for at least two weeks. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who sat out the Republic of Ireland's play-off against Denmark because of a family bereavement, is available, while full-back Paul Dummett (hamstring) is back in training and midfielder Mikel Merino is due to return from a back problem in the next 48 hours. Provisional Newcastle squad: Elliot, Darlow, Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Gamez, Haidara, Clark, Lejeune, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovic. Newcastle team builder What are they saying? On returning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho said:  "He was as an injured player the same superb professional he is when he's fit, fantastic. He's a very important player for us. "We were all saying in 2017 he would be back, but it is one thing on December 31, 2017 and another thing mid-November. "Of course we welcome him back. He is an incredible personality, to fight such an important injury. You cannot expect him to play 90 mins or consecutive matches like he did all through his career, now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness." Pogba's return is no less significant given his imposing form at the start of the season and United's lack of a comparable understudy. "I can say now because he's back, I don't like to speak while he's injured, you can clearly see there is a Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury," said Mourinho. Pogba has been a big miss for United Credit: GETTY IMAGES "There are qualities in our football, qualities that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. Simple as that." Rojo may carry less obvious X factor than his high-profile team-mates but, with Phil Jones unlikely to feature after aggravating a thigh injury during England's friendly against Germany, his availability will also ease Mourinho's mind somewhat. While Pogba has a chance of starting, Ibrahimovic can expect to begin the game from the bench. That means Romelu Lukaku leading the line again as he looks to end a seven-game goalless streak. The £75million man hit the net 11 times in his first 10 matches at United and was on target for Belgium this week, becoming the country's record scorer at the age of 24. Mourinho theoretically has two alpha strikers competing for the same shirt but the Portuguese laughed off the idea that would become problematic. "Is easy, easy," he said. "Good players can play together. Is easy to play together. The problem is when the players are not good." Mourinho and Benitez have not always seen eye to eye Credit: GETTY IMAGES The news from the treatment room meant the head to head between Mourinho and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, long standing rivals and occasional critics of each other's work, took a back seat. The pair clashed while at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively and mutual antipathy continued when the Spaniard followed Mourinho at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Stamford Bridge. "I don't play Rafa, I play Newcastle. That's the point," Mourinho said. "'I'm really good at forgetting little things in football, bad words or moments of conflict. I'm really good at forgetting that. "The important thing is respect for the professional and person - I respect him in both ways. He is with me in one privileged list of few managers in Europe to have won the Champions League and Europa League, so we are side to side in that little group. "I have immense respect for him. I will be more than happy to see him and salute him and play one more match. It is just one more match." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Manchester United win:2/7 Newcastle win: 12/1 The draw: 19/4   What's our prediction? Over to Luke Edwards: On the face of things this looks like a nice home fixture for Jose Mourinho to get back to winning ways given Newcastle have generally struggled away from home this season. But that ignores the fact their manager, Rafa Benitez, has little time for Mourinho and is the master of grinding out results against superior teams. It could be difficult for the home side. Prediction: 1-2 

Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: team news, injuries and suspensions

What is it? A Premier League football match. And WHAT a Premier League football match! It's the battle of the Uniteds, Manchester vs Newcastle. When is it? This coming Saturday, 18 November 2017. What time is kick-off? Teatime. What do you mean that's not a real time? What do you mean you don't drink tea? Okay, it's 17.30 GMT. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport 1, HD and 4K. What is the team news? Manchester United welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo for the visit of Newcastle. Ibrahimovic and Rojo make the squad for the first time since suffering cruciate knee ligament injuries in April and Pogba is back after two months on the sidelines with hamstring trouble. Phil Jones looks certain to miss out after being injured in England's friendly against Germany. Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Martial. Who should play for Man Utd vs Newcastle` Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez will be without two key men. Central defender Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and winger Christian Atsu (thigh) are both sidelined, with the latter likely to be out of action for at least two weeks. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who sat out the Republic of Ireland's play-off against Denmark because of a family bereavement, is available, while full-back Paul Dummett (hamstring) is back in training and midfielder Mikel Merino is due to return from a back problem in the next 48 hours. Provisional Newcastle squad: Elliot, Darlow, Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Gamez, Haidara, Clark, Lejeune, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovic. Newcastle team builder What are they saying? On returning hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho said:  "He was as an injured player the same superb professional he is when he's fit, fantastic. He's a very important player for us. "We were all saying in 2017 he would be back, but it is one thing on December 31, 2017 and another thing mid-November. "Of course we welcome him back. He is an incredible personality, to fight such an important injury. You cannot expect him to play 90 mins or consecutive matches like he did all through his career, now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness." Pogba's return is no less significant given his imposing form at the start of the season and United's lack of a comparable understudy. "I can say now because he's back, I don't like to speak while he's injured, you can clearly see there is a Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury," said Mourinho. Pogba has been a big miss for United Credit: GETTY IMAGES "There are qualities in our football, qualities that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. Simple as that." Rojo may carry less obvious X factor than his high-profile team-mates but, with Phil Jones unlikely to feature after aggravating a thigh injury during England's friendly against Germany, his availability will also ease Mourinho's mind somewhat. While Pogba has a chance of starting, Ibrahimovic can expect to begin the game from the bench. That means Romelu Lukaku leading the line again as he looks to end a seven-game goalless streak. The £75million man hit the net 11 times in his first 10 matches at United and was on target for Belgium this week, becoming the country's record scorer at the age of 24. Mourinho theoretically has two alpha strikers competing for the same shirt but the Portuguese laughed off the idea that would become problematic. "Is easy, easy," he said. "Good players can play together. Is easy to play together. The problem is when the players are not good." Mourinho and Benitez have not always seen eye to eye Credit: GETTY IMAGES The news from the treatment room meant the head to head between Mourinho and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, long standing rivals and occasional critics of each other's work, took a back seat. The pair clashed while at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively and mutual antipathy continued when the Spaniard followed Mourinho at Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Stamford Bridge. "I don't play Rafa, I play Newcastle. That's the point," Mourinho said. "'I'm really good at forgetting little things in football, bad words or moments of conflict. I'm really good at forgetting that. "The important thing is respect for the professional and person - I respect him in both ways. He is with me in one privileged list of few managers in Europe to have won the Champions League and Europa League, so we are side to side in that little group. "I have immense respect for him. I will be more than happy to see him and salute him and play one more match. It is just one more match." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Manchester United win:2/7 Newcastle win: 12/1 The draw: 19/4   What's our prediction? Over to Luke Edwards: On the face of things this looks like a nice home fixture for Jose Mourinho to get back to winning ways given Newcastle have generally struggled away from home this season. But that ignores the fact their manager, Rafa Benitez, has little time for Mourinho and is the master of grinding out results against superior teams. It could be difficult for the home side. Prediction: 1-2 

The Best Players Who Missed the World Cup: A Full 23-Man Squad

Much has been made about the nations who didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and for good reason. The list is loaded with international powers and World Cup regulars, and four reigning regional champions–Chile, USA, New Zealand and Cameroon–won't be making the trip to Russia.

The field in Russia boasts plenty of intrigue and star power, and those competing on the grand stage will command the spotlight for the next eight months on the journey to the top prize in the international game. Before that, though, there's still reason to look back at the series of stars who won't be competing at the World Cup due to their nations' inability to get there. There are so many, in fact, that carving out a legitimate, World Cup-like, 23-man roster isn't all that difficult of a task.

Sticking with players who won't be at the World Cup because of a failure to qualify and not because of a current standing with their national team that did qualify and a traditional roster construction, here's a team of star players that you won't be seeing next summer under the bright lights in Russia.

GOALKEEPERS

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Jan Oblak (Slovenia), Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands)

It's an absolute shame that Buffon won't be able to exit on his own terms in the World Cup. The 2006 winner is universally adored and revered and was the last active holdover from that Italian title team. It feels like the soccer universe has been cheated some with the last international image of Buffon being him crying tears of sorrow, but storybook endings don't happen for everyone. Presuming this is Buffon's last season as a player, he'll still hope to go out with more silverware at Juventus.

A pair of La Liga netminders round out the group, with Atletico Madrid's Oblak, who supplanted Inter's talented Samir Handanovic as Slovenia's No. 1, and Barcelona backup Cillessen, who, at 28, will be fighting for his place in qualifying for Qatar 2022.

DEFENDERS

David Alaba (Austria); Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (Italy); Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria); Antonio Valencia (Ecuador); Virgil Van Dijk (Netherlands)

Just like Buffon, the entire B-B-C back line of Italy that has been so resolute for so long won't be making the journey to Russia, and a true changing of the guard is in store for the Azzurri defense. It's a true end of an era.

With this group, you've got a blend of that experience and players hitting their prime in Alaba and Ghoulam, plus clout in the center and fullbacks who can bomb forward.

MIDFIELDERS

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia), Naby Keita (Guinea), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia), Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Christian Pulisic (USA), Thomas Partey (Ghana), Arturo Vidal (Chile), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

Pulisic won't get to experience a breakout on the biggest stage possible thanks to the USA's failure, but the 19-year-old is hardly to blame given he carried the Americans at times and provided hope in the fateful finale vs. Trinidad & Tobago. Pulisic will have to wait until 2022 for his first potential taste of a senior World Cup.

This group is a balanced one, blessed with wing play in Pulisic and Zaha, central creators like Hamsik and Mkhitaryan and central muscle in Vidal and Partey. For Keita, at least he did not need the World Cup as a springboard to bigger things, as he's already headed to Liverpool next summer from RB Leipzig.

FORWARDS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Gareth Bale (Wales), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Edin Dzeko (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Alexis Sanchez (Chile)

Robben went out with a golazo in his final appearance with the Dutch, and his unstoppable cut-in-from-the-right, shoot-with-the-left move will be missed on the grand stage.

After Wales' run to the Euro 2016 semifinals, a World Cup bid was surely expected to follow, but the Dragons had to cope without Bale in their final qualifiers, and they couldn't quite make it to the playoff stage, falling to Ireland at the last hurdle. That's a killer for the 28-year-old Bale, who could well go his entire international career without playing in a World Cup depending on how the next five years play out.

Elsewhere, Aubameyang and Gabon attributed their failure to some dodgy orange juice, while Bosnia & Herzegovina underachieved considering its wealth of talent, which includes the prolific Dzeko. As for Alexis Sanchez, who has given his all for his country and helped guide it to the last two Copa America titles, not even reaching the World Cup stage is a shocking blow.

On the provisional 40-man roster but not quite making the cut: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy), Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands), Daley Blind (Netherlands), Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Marco Verratti (Italy), Gary Medel (Chile), Charles Aranguiz (Chile), Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Cenk Tosun (Turkey), Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon), Andriy Yarmolenko (Ukraine), Stevan Jovetic (Montenegro), Andrea Belotti (Italy).

Skriniar not interested in Barcelona speculation

Barcelona may have been linked with a move for Milan Skriniar but the Inter defender has no intention of leaving San Siro.

'I am happy at Zenit' - Roberto Mancini not thinking about Italy job

The former Inter and Man City boss has no plans to leave the Russian giants amid links to the Italy vacancy

'I am happy at Zenit' - Roberto Mancini not thinking about Italy job

The former Inter and Man City boss has no plans to leave the Russian giants amid links to the Italy vacancy

Philippe Coutinho Reveals How Liverpool Spell Has Made Him a 'Stronger & More Confident' Player

ayer ​Philippe Coutinho has revealed how his five-year career at Liverpool has helped him to become a 'stronger' footballer in every sense of the word. The Reds playmaker spoke to ​Goal about his time at Anfield as his five-year anniversary at the club loomed large, and he admitted that moving to Liverpool from Inter Milan has been a worthwhile venture. Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona, was asked about the initial bedding in period on Merseyside following his...

Philippe Coutinho Reveals How Liverpool Spell Has Made Him a 'Stronger & More Confident' Player

ayer ​Philippe Coutinho has revealed how his five-year career at Liverpool has helped him to become a 'stronger' footballer in every sense of the word. The Reds playmaker spoke to ​Goal about his time at Anfield as his five-year anniversary at the club loomed large, and he admitted that moving to Liverpool from Inter Milan has been a worthwhile venture. Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona, was asked about the initial bedding in period on Merseyside following his...

Philippe Coutinho Reveals How Liverpool Spell Has Made Him a 'Stronger & More Confident' Player

ayer ​Philippe Coutinho has revealed how his five-year career at Liverpool has helped him to become a 'stronger' footballer in every sense of the word. The Reds playmaker spoke to ​Goal about his time at Anfield as his five-year anniversary at the club loomed large, and he admitted that moving to Liverpool from Inter Milan has been a worthwhile venture. Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona, was asked about the initial bedding in period on Merseyside following his...

World Cup 2018: The complete list of who has qualified for Russia

With Peru beating New Zealand in the final World Cup play-off overnight, we now know the full runners and riders of who will be competing in Russia next summer. Here's the full rundown. Which countries have qualified? Russia: The hosts qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010. Brazil: CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified way back on March 28, 2017 Iran: AFC third round group A winners Japan: AFC third round group B winners South Korea: Runners-up to Iran in Group A Saudi Arabia: Runners-up in Group B Mexico: North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners Belgium: Uefa group H winners (first European team) who qualified on Sept 3 Germany: Sealed their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast England: Gareth Southgate's side beat Slovenia at Wembley to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F Poland: Poland became to fourth European team to qualify having dropped points in just two games in Group E Costa Rica: Reached their fourth World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group Nigeria: Became the first side from Africa to reach Russia and have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since first qualifying 1994 Egypt: Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the north Africans into their first finals since 1990 Iceland: Have qualified for their first ever World Cup, pipping Croatia to a guaranteed place in Russia Serbia: Winners of Group D Spain: The 2010 champions qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy France: Qualified as winners of Group A Portugal: Beat Switzerland in their final qualification game to reach next summer's finals Panama: Reached their first World Cup after beating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign Argentina: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side's final qualification game to secure their place in the finals Uruguay: Finished second to Brazil in their group to secure their place in the finals Colombia: Took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group  Senegal: CAF Group D winners Morocco: CAF Group C winners Tunisia: CAF Group A winners Switzerland: Won two-leg play-off with Northern Ireland Croatia: Won two-leg play-off with Greece Sweden: Won two-leg play-off with Italy Denmark - Won two-leg play-off with Republic of Ireland Australia - Defeated Honduras in a two-leg play-off Peru - Secured last place with victory over New Zealand in two-leg play-off Pots announced for #WorldCup Final Drawhttps://t.co/Wr17mUox90pic.twitter.com/1BTSixQ05Z— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) November 16, 2017 How the group stages panned out: Europe  How many qualify? The top team in each group qualified for Russia, with the eight best runners-up (from the nine groups) going into four play-offs. The four winners of the two-legged play-offs will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, making a total of 13 teams. Qualified: France Play-off spot: Sweden Eliminated: Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg France secured their ticket toe the World Cup finals after Didier Deschamps's side beat Belarus in the final game of their qualification campaign in Paris, while Sweden took the play-off spot. Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg all failed to qualify. Qualified:Portugal Play-off spot: Switzerland Eliminated: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia European champions Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon to progress to the World Cup finals as winners of Group B, while the Swiss went into the play-offs after finishing second on the same points as Fernando Santos's side. Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia failed to qualify.  Qualified:Germany Play-off spot: Northern Ireland Eliminated: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino Holders Germany qualified with 30 points having won all 10 of their games in Group C while Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side claimed a play-off place. Neither Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway or San Marino will be in Russia for the World Cup. Qualified: Serbia Play-off spot: Ireland Eliminated: Austria, Georgia, Moldova and Wales Serbia finished top of their group with 19 points, leapfrogging Wales at the last. Chris Coleman's 'golden generation' failed to reach a play-off place after losing to Ireland at home in their final match of the qualifying campaign. James McClean's strike was enough to send Martin O'Neill's team through to the play-offs. Austria, Georgia and Moldova all also missed out on qualifying for the finals. Qualified:Poland Play-off spot: Denmark Eliminated: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania Poland qualified with 25 points having dropped points in just two games while Denmark managed to take the play-off spot ahead of Montenegro who joined Armenia, Kazakhstan and Romania in being eliminated. Qualified:England Eliminated: Lithuania, Malta, Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia England qualified for Russia following an unbeaten – though largely uninspiring – qualifying campaign in which they won eight games and drew twice. Qualified: Spain Play-off spot: Italy Eliminated: Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia Spain, the 2010 winners, qualified with a game remaining while Italy claimed a play-off spot. Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia all failed to qualify. Qualified: Belgium Play-off spot: Greece Eliminated: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar Belgium were the first European team to qualify with 22 points from eight games while 2004 European champions Greece guaranteed a play-off spot after beating Gibraltar 4-0 in their final game of their qualification campaign.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar all failed to qualify. Qualified:Iceland Play-off spot: Croatia Eliminated: Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine Iceland got the job done and qualified for their first ever World Cup by beating Kosovo – who have earned just one point – 2-0 in their final match of the group. Croatia claimed a play-off spot. Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine did not. How were the play-off spots determined? As Uefa say: "The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths." The two-leg play-offs were played in November with the winners of the four ties heading to Russia. Northern Ireland  0 Switzerland  1 - (0–1; 0–0)  Croatia 4 Greece 1 - (4–1; 0–0) Denmark  5 Republic of Ireland 1 (0–0; 5-1) Sweden 1 Italy 0 (1–0; 0–0) Peru 2 New Zealand 0 (0-0; 2-0) Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What happened in other football confederations? Africa (CAF) The five group winners qualified for the World Cup 2018. Group A Teams: Tunisia, DR Congo, Guinea, Libya Qualified: Tunisia Eliminated: DR Congo, Guinea, Libya Tunisia won four of their six games to qualify ahead of DR Congo, who were only a point behind. Guinea and Libya also failed to qualify. Group B Teams:Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria Qualified: Nigeria Eliminated: Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia Nigeria became the first African side to reach Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 in their penultimate qualifier. The Super Eagles have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since making their World Cup debut in 1994. Group C Teams: Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gabon, Mali Qualified: Morocco Eliminated: Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali Morocco qualified in an unbeaten campaign, finishing four points ahead of Ivory Coast. Group D Teams: Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Africa, Cape Verde Qualified: Senegal Eliminated: South Africa, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso Senegal qualified ahead of Burkina Faso. Cape Verde were third while South Africa finished bottom. Group E Teams: Egypt, Uganda, Ghana, Congo Qualified: Egypt Eliminated: Congo, Ghana and Uganda Egypt qualified with a game to play after Mohamed Salah scored a late, late winner against Congo to end a near 30-year wait for Africa's most successful team. Asia (AFC) Who qualifies? The two group winners and two runners-up will qualify for Russia 2018. The third-place teams of each group advance to round four. The winner of the two third placed teams have advanced to the intercontinental play-off. Group A Teams: Iran, South Korea, Syria, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar Qualified: Iran, South Korea Eliminated: China, Qatar, Syria, Uzbekistan Iran are the group winners and have qualified alongside South Korea. Syria reached the play-of, though lost the two-legged affair against Australia to see their World Cup hopes shattered. Group B  Teams: Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, UAE, Iraq, Thailand Qualified: Japan, Saudi Arabia Advance to intercontinental play-off: Australia Eliminated: UAE, Iraq and Thailand Japan and Saudi Arabia have made the World Cup, while Australia became the 31st team to feature after beating Honduras in a two-leg play-off. North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) Who qualifies? The top three qualify, while fourth place advances to an inter-confederation play-off. Teams: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, USA Qualified: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama Advance to intercontinental play-off: Honduras Eliminated: Trinidad and Tobago, USA Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama all qualified while USA missed out following a shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the final game of their qualification campaign. Honduras were defeated by Australia in an intercontinental play-off. Oceania (OFC) How many qualify? One, maybe. The winners of two three-team groups face each other in a two-legged tie. The winner of that will face the fifth place team from CONMEBOL over two legs to decide who goes through. Teams: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea Qualified: New Zealand (to face 5th place CONMEBOL team) Group winners New Zealand and Solomon Islands played each other over two legs, with New Zealand winning. They will play Peru, the fifth-place CONMEBOL team, in November to determine who goes to Russia. South America (CONMEBOL) How many qualify? The top four teams from the single group of 10 will qualify, with the fifth placed team advancing to the intercontinental play-off (against New Zealand). Teams: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Qualified: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay Intercontinental play-off spot: Peru Eliminated: Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela Brazil qualified comfortably after topping their table with 41 points having lost just one game. Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay also qualified while Peru finished fifth to reach the intercontinental play-offs. Peru went on to play New Zealand and won 2-0 over two legs.

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World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia, who still has games to play and which countries are in the play-offs?

With the World Cup qualifying stages drawing to a close, Telegraph Sport looks at which teams will definitely feature in the December draw for the competition in Russia next summer, who could still make it and who will definitely miss out. Which countries have qualified? Thirty-one of the 32 teams that will contest next summer's World Cup final have now secured their qualification spots. Russia: The hosts qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010. Brazil: CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified way back on March 28, 2017 Iran: AFC third round group A winners Japan: AFC third round group B winners South Korea: Runners-up to Iran in Group A Saudi Arabia: Runners-up in Group B Mexico: North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners Belgium: Uefa group H winners (first European team) who qualified on Sept 3 Germany: Sealed their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast England: Gareth Southgate's side beat Slovenia at Wembley to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F Poland: Poland became to fourth European team to qualify having dropped points in just two games in Group E Costa Rica: Reached their fourth World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group Nigeria: Became the first side from Africa to reach Russia and have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since first qualifying 1994 Egypt: Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the north Africans into their first finals since 1990 Iceland: Have qualified for their first ever World Cup, pipping Croatia to a guaranteed place in Russia Serbia: Winners of Group D Spain: The 2010 champions qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy France: Qualified as winners of Group A Portugal: Beat Switzerland in their final qualification game to reach next summer's finals Panama: Reached their first World Cup after beating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign Argentina: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side's final qualification game to secure their place in the finals Uruguay: Finished second to Brazil in their group to secure their place in the finals Colombia: Took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group  Senegal: CAF Group D winners Morocco: CAF Group C winners Tunisia: CAF Group A winners Switzerland: Won two-leg play-off with Northern Ireland Croatia: Won two-leg play-off with Greece Sweden: Won two-leg play-off with Italy Denmark - Won two-leg play-off with Republic of Ireland Australia - Defeated Honduras in a two-leg play-off New Zealand or Peru - TBC on November 16 How the group stages panned out: Europe  How many qualify? The top team in each group qualified for Russia, with the eight best runners-up (from the nine groups) going into four play-offs. The four winners of the two-legged play-offs will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, making a total of 13 teams. Qualified: France Play-off spot: Sweden Eliminated: Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg France secured their ticket toe the World Cup finals after Didier Deschamps's side beat Belarus in the final game of their qualification campaign in Paris, while Sweden took the play-off spot. Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg all failed to qualify. Qualified:Portugal Play-off spot: Switzerland Eliminated: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia European champions Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon to progress to the World Cup finals as winners of Group B, while the Swiss went into the play-offs after finishing second on the same points as Fernando Santos's side. Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia failed to qualify.  Qualified:Germany Play-off spot: Northern Ireland Eliminated: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino Holders Germany qualified with 30 points having won all 10 of their games in Group C while Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side claimed a play-off place. Neither Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway or San Marino will be in Russia for the World Cup. Qualified: Serbia Play-off spot: Ireland Eliminated: Austria, Georgia, Moldova and Wales Serbia finished top of their group with 19 points, leapfrogging Wales at the last. Chris Coleman's 'golden generation' failed to reach a play-off place after losing to Ireland at home in their final match of the qualifying campaign. James McClean's strike was enough to send Martin O'Neill's team through to the play-offs. Austria, Georgia and Moldova all also missed out on qualifying for the finals. Qualified:Poland Play-off spot: Denmark Eliminated: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania Poland qualified with 25 points having dropped points in just two games while Denmark managed to take the play-off spot ahead of Montenegro who joined Armenia, Kazakhstan and Romania in being eliminated. Qualified:England Eliminated: Lithuania, Malta, Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia England qualified for Russia following an unbeaten – though largely uninspiring – qualifying campaign in which they won eight games and drew twice. Qualified: Spain Play-off spot: Italy Eliminated: Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia Spain, the 2010 winners, qualified with a game remaining while Italy claimed a play-off spot. Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia all failed to qualify. Qualified: Belgium Play-off spot: Greece Eliminated: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar Belgium were the first European team to qualify with 22 points from eight games while 2004 European champions Greece guaranteed a play-off spot after beating Gibraltar 4-0 in their final game of their qualification campaign.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar all failed to qualify. Qualified:Iceland Play-off spot: Croatia Eliminated: Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine Iceland got the job done and qualified for their first ever World Cup by beating Kosovo – who have earned just one point – 2-0 in their final match of the group. Croatia claimed a play-off spot. Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine did not. How were the play-off spots determined? As Uefa say: "The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths." In effect, there are nine teams vying for eight play-off spots, with records determined by removing results against the teams that finished bottom of each group. A draw takes place in Oct to determine opponents.  The two-leg play-offs have been taking place this week and conclude in the coming days. The winners of the four ties go to Russia next summer. Northern Ireland  0 Switzerland  1 - (0–1; 0–0)  Croatia 4 Greece 1 - (4–1; 0–0) Denmark  5 Republic of Ireland 1 (0–0; 5-1) Sweden 1 Italy 0 (1–0; 0–0) Russia's wacky World Cup stadium with an exterior stand ... What is happening in other football confederations? Africa (CAF) How many qualify? The five group winners will qualify for the World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:Tunisia, DR Congo, Guinea, Libya Qualified: Tunisia Eliminated: DR Congo, Guinea, Libya Tunisia won four of their six games to qualify ahead of DR Congo, who were only a point behind. Guinea and Libya also failed to qualify. Group B Teams: Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria Qualified: Nigeria Eliminated: Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia Nigeria became the first African side to reach Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 in their penultimate qualifier. The Super Eagles have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since making their World Cup debut in 1994. Group C Teams: Ivory Coast, Morocco, Gabon, Mali Qualified: Morocco Eliminated: Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali Morocco qualified in an unbeaten campaign, finishing four points ahead of Ivory Coast. Group D Teams: Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Africa, Cape Verde Qualified: Senegal Eliminated: South Africa, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso Senegal qualified ahead of Burkina Faso. Cape Verde were third while South Africa finished bottom. Group E Teams: Egypt, Uganda, Ghana, Congo Qualified: Egypt Eliminated: Congo, Ghana and Uganda Egypt qualified with a game to play after Mohamed Salah scored a late, late winner against Congo to end a near 30-year wait for Africa's most successful team. Asia (AFC) Who qualifies? The two group winners and two runners-up will qualify for Russia 2018. The third-place teams of each group advance to round four. The winner of the two third placed teams have advanced to the intercontinental play-off. Group A Teams: Iran, South Korea, Syria, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar Qualified: Iran, South Korea Eliminated: China, Qatar, Syria, Uzbekistan Iran are the group winners and have qualified alongside South Korea. Syria reached the play-of, though lost the two-legged affair against Australia to see their World Cup hopes shattered. Group B  Teams: Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, UAE, Iraq, Thailand Qualified: Japan, Saudi Arabia Advance to intercontinental play-off: Australia Eliminated: UAE, Iraq and Thailand Japan and Saudi Arabia have made the World Cup, while Australia became the 31st team to feature after beating Honduras in a two-leg play-off. North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) Who qualifies? The top three qualify, while fourth place advances to an inter-confederation play-off. Teams: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, USA Qualified: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama Advance to intercontinental play-off: Honduras Eliminated: Trinidad and Tobago, USA Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama all qualified while USA missed out following a shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the final game of their qualification campaign. Honduras were defeated by Australia in an intercontinental play-off. Oceania (OFC) How many qualify? One, maybe. The winners of two three-team groups face each other in a two-legged tie. The winner of that will face the fifth place team from CONMEBOL over two legs to decide who goes through. Teams: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea Qualified: New Zealand (to face 5th place CONMEBOL team) Group winners New Zealand and Solomon Islands played each other over two legs, with New Zealand winning. They will play Peru, the fifth-place CONMEBOL team, in November to determine who goes to Russia. South America (CONMEBOL) How many qualify? The top four teams from the single group of 10 will qualify, with the fifth placed team advancing to the intercontinental play-off (against New Zealand). Teams: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Qualified: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay Intercontinental play-off spot: Peru Eliminated: Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela Brazil qualified comfortably after topping their table with 41 points having lost just one game. Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay also qualified while Peru finished fifth to reach the intercontinental play-offs where they will play New Zealand.

When is the 2018 World Cup draw, how does it work and what teams have qualified so far?

What is it? This is the draw for the 2018 World Cup - the flagship international football event, which is due to be held from June 14 to July 15 next year in Russia. When and where is it? The 2018 World Cup draw will take place in Russia's capital city of Moscow on December 1. The ceremony will take place in the State Kremlin Palace, which is frequently used as a concert hall. According to a Fifa spokesman: "This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas." The 2018 draw will take place in Moscow Credit: getty images How does the draw work? A total of 32 teams will feature at the 2018 World Cup, 31 of them coming through a qualifying campaign and one (Russia) making it as host nation. Those 32 teams will be split into four pots based on their Fifa world rankings. Pot 1 will contain Russia and the highest-ranked seven teams. Pot 2 will feature the next best eight teams, and so on for Pots 3 and 4. The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four. Each group will play three matches, before the top two countries advance to the second round. All eyes will be on the Russian capital Credit: afp Which teams will feature in the draw? The confirmed 32-team line-up will not be known until late November, once all qualification is complete. Africa will be the last region to conclude its qualifying process, with all inter-confederation play-offs due to finish by November 14. Argentina are struggling in South American qualifying Credit: AFP The teams that have booked their place for Russia 2018 are: Russia (host nation) Belgium (Europe) England (Europe) France (Europe) Germany (Europe) Iceland (Europe) Poland (Europe) Portugal (Europe) Serbia (Europe) Spain (Europe) Switzerland (Europe) Sweden (Europe) Croatia (Europe) Denmark (Europe) Egypt (Africa) Nigeria (Africa) Senegal (Africa) Morocco (Africa) Tunisia (Africa) Iran (Asia) Japan (Asia) South Korea (Asia) Saudi Arabia (Asia) Costa Rica (North, central America and Caribbean) Mexico (North, central America and Caribbean) Panama (North, central America and Caribbean) Argentina (South America) Brazil (South America) Colombia (South America) Uruguay (South America) Australia TBC When will the final slot be decided? New Zealand and Peru face each other at 2.15am GMT on Thursday November 16. The first leg was 0-0, so the winner takes the final World Cup place.

When is the 2018 World Cup draw, how does it work and what teams have qualified so far?

What is it? This is the draw for the 2018 World Cup - the flagship international football event, which is due to be held from June 14 to July 15 next year in Russia. When and where is it? The 2018 World Cup draw will take place in Russia's capital city of Moscow on December 1. The ceremony will take place in the State Kremlin Palace, which is frequently used as a concert hall. According to a Fifa spokesman: "This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas." The 2018 draw will take place in Moscow Credit: getty images How does the draw work? A total of 32 teams will feature at the 2018 World Cup, 31 of them coming through a qualifying campaign and one (Russia) making it as host nation. Those 32 teams will be split into four pots based on their Fifa world rankings. Pot 1 will contain Russia and the highest-ranked seven teams. Pot 2 will feature the next best eight teams, and so on for Pots 3 and 4. The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four. Each group will play three matches, before the top two countries advance to the second round. All eyes will be on the Russian capital Credit: afp Which teams will feature in the draw? The confirmed 32-team line-up will not be known until late November, once all qualification is complete. Africa will be the last region to conclude its qualifying process, with all inter-confederation play-offs due to finish by November 14. Argentina are struggling in South American qualifying Credit: AFP The teams that have booked their place for Russia 2018 are: Russia (host nation) Belgium (Europe) England (Europe) France (Europe) Germany (Europe) Iceland (Europe) Poland (Europe) Portugal (Europe) Serbia (Europe) Spain (Europe) Switzerland (Europe) Sweden (Europe) Croatia (Europe) Denmark (Europe) Egypt (Africa) Nigeria (Africa) Senegal (Africa) Morocco (Africa) Tunisia (Africa) Iran (Asia) Japan (Asia) South Korea (Asia) Saudi Arabia (Asia) Costa Rica (North, central America and Caribbean) Mexico (North, central America and Caribbean) Panama (North, central America and Caribbean) Argentina (South America) Brazil (South America) Colombia (South America) Uruguay (South America) Australia TBC When will the final slot be decided? New Zealand and Peru face each other at 2.15am GMT on Thursday November 16. The first leg was 0-0, so the winner takes the final World Cup place.

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

England vs Brazil – player ratings: Who starred and who flopped at Wembley?

England Joe Hart Nervy start following his recall but had only two real saves to make, which he did expertly from Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. 7/10 Joe Gomez Impossible to tell he had only come off the bench to make his debut against Germany on Friday, with the England Under-21 captain looking right at home. 8/10 John Stones Thrice made vital interceptions to thwart Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar to further banish memories of his error-strewn displays of old. 8/10 Harry Maguire One horrible pass showed why Maguire would never be picked by Brazil, but he again did everything asked of him defensively against another superior side. 7/10 Kyle Walker Hard to recall a match in which he has so seldom cross the halfway line but he more than did his job going the other way. 7/10 Kyle Walker put in a decent shift against the Brazilians Credit: Getty Images Eric Dier Got away with a suicidal backpass to Jesus but otherwise led by example when it came to England’s efforts to suffocate Brazil’s attacks. 7/10 Jake Livermore Another out of his depth technically and the victim of a Neymar nutmeg, he nevertheless maintained discipline tactically - if not temperamentally following a clash with Dani Alves. 6/10 Ryan Bertrand Ventured forward more frequently than Walker but was again pressed more into rearguard action as Brazil set up camp in England’s half. 7/10 Ryan Bertrand often found himself playing off the back foot Credit: Getty Images Ruben Loftus-Cheek Lasted just 34 minutes of his attempt to repeat his man-of-the-match debut against Germany, having shown only fleeting flashes of those same skills. 5/10 Jamie Vardy As on Friday, his pace promised England a major outlet and he was a willing - if not always threatening - runner throughout being given a deserved breather. 6/10 Marcus Rashford One piece of skill brought gasps usually reserved for those in yellow but fluffed the one half-chance to fall his way. 6/10 Brazil Alisson Brazil goalkeepers tend to enjoy a quiet life but the Roma stopper was a spectator virtually throughout, not having one save to make until the dying moments. 6/10 Dani Alves Visiting captain was at the centre of several flashpoints and was eventually yellow carded after losing his cool once too often. 6/10 Marquinhos Less busy than team-mate Miranda but the Paris Saint-Germain man did what little was asked of him whenever England got forward. 7/10 Miranda Unlike his accident-prone comedic namesake, the Inter Milan defender was the epitome of excellence, dealing with Vardy and Rashford with equal aplomb. 8/10 Marcelo A major menace down the left in the first half and was even able to afford some showboating but the Real Madrid star was shackled better after the break. 7/10 Marcelo was a menacing presence Credit: Getty Images Paulinho An unlikely star of Brazil’s recent resurgence, the Tottenham Hotspur flop turned Barcelona fulcrum sent one mid-range header wide and might have won the game late on. 7/10 Casemiro The Real fulcrum played his part in a midfield masterclass in how to keep possession as Brazil dominated possession throughout. 7/10 Renato Augusto One of the China’s foreign legion, the Beijing Guoan midfielder formed a fine double-act with Marcelo, especially in the first half. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho Liverpool talisman sent Brazil’s first clear chance straight at Joe Hart and fluffed one possible assist but those were mere blots on an otherwise fine display. 7/10 Philippe Coutinho, once again, looked in control Credit: Getty Images Gabriel Jesus Compared to Ronaldo by Dani Alves, the City striker could not finish Neymar’s sublime pass and came out second best in his contest with team-mate Stones. 6/10 Neymar The world’s most expensive player toyed with England at times and delivered what would have been one of the best assists seen at Wembley but the end product was missing. 8/10

McKennie Scores on Debut, Horvath Howler Costs USA in Draw vs. Portugal

The U.S. men's national team began to turned the page on failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 with a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Portugal on Tuesday.

Under interim manager Dave Sarachan, a young, experimental U.S. took the field against the Cristiano Ronaldo-less European champions, who are tuning up for the World Cup next summer. The Americans, meanwhile, are just looking to start fresh, with a trio of young goalkeepers in camp out to claim the No. 1 role for the next World Cup cycle and a host of other new or seldom called-upon names in camp looking to make an impression.

The USA looked to get out to a quick start and had a couple of early opportunities, with C.J. Sapong turning and hitting a weak attempt right at Beto in goal, while Kellyn Acosta followed that by firing well high over the bar.

Portugal, which also is featuring a largely young and experimental team, threatened as Bruno Fernandes weaved through the U.S. midfield on a sequence that concluded with Eric Lichaj clearing a ball out by the far post. Portugal, which is hoping to avoid any injuries in its run up to Russia, was dealt a dose of bad news nine minutes in, when veteran center back Pepe was forced off with an apparent foot or ankle injury.

Bruma had what appeared to be Portugal's best early chance in the 17th minute, when he was found unmarked by the left post, but he mis-hit his first-time volley, sending it across the box instead of steering it on goal.

The USA took the lead in the 21st minute through Weston McKennie. Sapong, who moments earlier was denied an assist to Tyler Adams after a save by Beto, fed McKennie with a ball from the left. The 19-year-old Schalke midfielder took his time in the box, created space and hit the target with confidence to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.

The lead lasted for 10 minutes, when Vitorino Antunes hit a pretty basic cross in Ethan Horvath's direction, only for the goalkeeper to commit the howler and have it slip through him and into the next for an ugly equalizer.

John Brooks thought he had given the USA the lead in the 44th minute off a corner kick, but Matt Miazga was called for a push on the sequence prior to the header, keeping the score at 1-1.

Adams was denied again by Beto in the 52nd minute with a header from the doorstep, unable to convert off Danny Williams's cross from the left.

McKennie was then denied his second by the bar moments later, with his header clanging off the woodwork.

The teams held from there, with Bill Hamid playing the second half in goal for the USA in a period largely devoid of clear-cut chances.

The Americans turn their focus to January, where a camp will be held prior to a Jan. 28 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Here is how the teams lined up:

Here are the rosters for both teams:

USA

GOALKEEPERS: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Vitesse), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri)

Portugal

GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), José Sá (FC Porto)

DEFENDERS: Vitorino Antunes (Getafe), Edgar Ié (Lille), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad), João Cancelo (Inter), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Ricardo Ferreira (Braga), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto)

MIDFIELDERS: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), João Mário (Inter), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton)

FORWARDS: André Silva (Milan), Bruma (RB Leipzig), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rony Lopes (Monaco)

Report: Inter Ready to Swoop for Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen

Internazionale are considering signing Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen in January on a short team loan deal, according to reports.

The Belgian joined Barca in 2014, but near-constant injuries mean he's played just 22 times for the club in three years, while he spent last season on loan at Roma, where he only managed 12 appearances in all competitions.

Despite boasting the third-meanest defence in Serie A this season, Luciano Spalletti is reportedly on the hunt for reinforcements at the back with Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala also an option.

However, Inter look to be seeking a more experienced defender in the form of 31-year-old Vermaelen, according to Tuttosport (via Football España).

The Belgian centre back, who has also been linked with several Premier League sides, has played for Ajax and Arsenal, and will likely be looking for first team football ahead of next summer's World Cup.

The 31-year-old is one of three Barcelona players who have been made free to leave the club, along with Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, as new boss Ernesto Valverde looks to put his own stamp on the squad.

Italy braced for torrid night in Milan as Sweden look to deny Azzurri place at World Cup

Italy are bracing themselves for a torrid night in Milan where they must come from behind if they are not to miss out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years. Rugged Sweden dished out plenty of punishment in Friday’s 1-0 first-leg victory in Stockholm, and Italian centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will play on Monday night with a protective mask after his nose was broken in a clash with Ola Toivonen during the match. Gian Piero Ventura, the Italy coach who took over from Chelsea’s Antonio Conte after Euro 2016, was unhappy with referee Cuneyt Cakir and claimed the Turk treated the home players too leniently. He said: “I think the match could have been controlled in a more sportsmanlike manner, and that much is evident if someone has to play with a mask on. “But we are Italy. If we qualify, we do so by playing football. I don’t know what kind of match it will be but I hope there will be better sporting behaviour.” Italy have a mountain to climb Credit: GETTY IMAGES Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, the veteran goalkeeper who is due to retire at the end of the season, admits he is preparing for a night of high anxiety in San Siro. The 2006 World Cup winner, now 39, said: “It’s a very tense moment. Personally I have been tense since Friday. It’s inevitable looking at what’s at stake and looking at the responsibility that each one of us must have. I hope there won’t be Juventus, Inter or AC Milan supporters, just Italy supporters. I’d like those who attend to take off their club colours” Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is taking nothing for granted. “It’s not a normal qualifier, we’re only halfway through this double-header,” he said. Italy last failed to make the finals in 1958 when, requiring a point in their final group game, they lost 2-1 in Northern Ireland. An earlier game in Belfast had finished 2-2, but it was given friendly status after the referee failed to arrive. Fifa ordered a restaging and Northern Ireland went on to reach the World Cup quarter-finals – in Sweden. Watch Sweden vs Italy on Monday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract.

Italy braced for torrid night in Milan as Sweden look to deny Azzurri place at World Cup

Italy are bracing themselves for a torrid night in Milan where they must come from behind if they are not to miss out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years. Rugged Sweden dished out plenty of punishment in Friday’s 1-0 first-leg victory in Stockholm, and Italian centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will play on Monday night with a protective mask after his nose was broken in a clash with Ola Toivonen during the match. Gian Piero Ventura, the Italy coach who took over from Chelsea’s Antonio Conte after Euro 2016, was unhappy with referee Cuneyt Cakir and claimed the Turk treated the home players too leniently. He said: “I think the match could have been controlled in a more sportsmanlike manner, and that much is evident if someone has to play with a mask on. “But we are Italy. If we qualify, we do so by playing football. I don’t know what kind of match it will be but I hope there will be better sporting behaviour.” Italy have a mountain to climb Credit: GETTY IMAGES Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, the veteran goalkeeper who is due to retire at the end of the season, admits he is preparing for a night of high anxiety in San Siro. The 2006 World Cup winner, now 39, said: “It’s a very tense moment. Personally I have been tense since Friday. It’s inevitable looking at what’s at stake and looking at the responsibility that each one of us must have. I hope there won’t be Juventus, Inter or AC Milan supporters, just Italy supporters. I’d like those who attend to take off their club colours” Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is taking nothing for granted. “It’s not a normal qualifier, we’re only halfway through this double-header,” he said. Italy last failed to make the finals in 1958 when, requiring a point in their final group game, they lost 2-1 in Northern Ireland. An earlier game in Belfast had finished 2-2, but it was given friendly status after the referee failed to arrive. Fifa ordered a restaging and Northern Ireland went on to reach the World Cup quarter-finals – in Sweden. Watch Sweden vs Italy on Monday with the NOW TV Sky Sports Day Pass. £6.99. No contract.

Report: Philippe Coutinho Begins House Hunting in Barcelona

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has reportedly already started house-hunting in Barcelona in the hope that his proposed January move to the Nou Camp materialises.

The Brazilian playmaker was the subject of an intense pursuit by the Catalan giants over the summer, and angled for a move there himself only for the Reds to stand unexpectedly firm.

Jurgen Klopp has been adamant that the player will not be allowed to leave the club, but he could have a job on his hands if there is any truth to a report from Diario Gol, which claims Coutinho has sent representatives to Barcelona to search for a property for him.

It suggests that the 25-year-old is definitely still keen to move away from Anfield, and that he wants the move as soon as possible.

The former Inter Milan star, who was signed for just £8.5m in 2013, has emerged as one of the Premier League's best players over the past few years and will be key to Liverpool bid for silverware this season.

The star has performed well after being being reintegrated with the first team by Klopp, but his season has been halted by injury, which caused him to miss the past two league games.

Report: Philippe Coutinho Begins House Hunting in Barcelona

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has reportedly already started house-hunting in Barcelona in the hope that his proposed January move to the Nou Camp materialises.

The Brazilian playmaker was the subject of an intense pursuit by the Catalan giants over the summer, and angled for a move there himself only for the Reds to stand unexpectedly firm.

Jurgen Klopp has been adamant that the player will not be allowed to leave the club, but he could have a job on his hands if there is any truth to a report from Diario Gol, which claims Coutinho has sent representatives to Barcelona to search for a property for him.

It suggests that the 25-year-old is definitely still keen to move away from Anfield, and that he wants the move as soon as possible.

The former Inter Milan star, who was signed for just £8.5m in 2013, has emerged as one of the Premier League's best players over the past few years and will be key to Liverpool bid for silverware this season.

The star has performed well after being being reintegrated with the first team by Klopp, but his season has been halted by injury, which caused him to miss the past two league games.

Mourinho was more than a father to me - Julio Cesar

The Portuguese made a big impression on the goalkeeper as he guided Inter to Champions League and domestic success during a brief spell in Italy

Mourinho was more than a father to me - Julio Cesar

The Portuguese made a big impression on the goalkeeper as he guided Inter to Champions League and domestic success during a brief spell in Italy

Mourinho was more than a father to me - Julio Cesar

The Portuguese made a big impression on the goalkeeper as he guided Inter to Champions League and domestic success during a brief spell in Italy

Mourinho was more than a father to me - Julio Cesar

The Portuguese made a big impression on the goalkeeper as he guided Inter to Champions League and domestic success during a brief spell in Italy

Kangaroos can play football – Socceroos boss Postecoglou bites back at Honduras

Ange Postecoglou vented his frustration with the Honduran media following Friday's 0-0 draw in the World Cup inter-confederation play-off.

Sweden 1 Italy 0: Four-time champions on course to miss first World Cup in 60 years 

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm. The four-time world champions risk missing out on the summer finals for the first time since 1958 and this play-off result piles further pressure on a side who struggled throughout the qualifying campaign. Johansson's second-half winner was helped into the net by the unfortunate Daniele De Rossi but Sweden will not mind one bit as they now have the upper hand ahead of the crucial fixture in Milan. Under no illusions about the strength of Italy's determination to avoid the ignominy of failing to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, Sweden kicked off in a suitably serious mood. There would be no sharing of the home comforts at the Friends Arena as Ola Toivonen gave Leonardo Bonucci some early bother with an elbow that left the AC Milan defender writhing in pain. Ecstatic Swedish fans watch their side take control in the first leg of the World Cup play-off Credit: Getty Images  With Sweden pressing hard, tricky winger Emil Forsberg fired a free-kick over the crossbar before Andrea Belotti fluffed a header at the other end. Forsberg - a key element in RB Leipzig's remarkable rise to the top of the Bundesliga - then cut inside to tee up Toivonen for a low effort that just skimmed Gianluigi Buffon's far post. Italy steadily got to grips with Sweden's physical approach and began creating chances of their own, Matteo Darmian finding Antonio Candreva only for the Inter Milan schemer to come up short. Sweden had the last word before the break. Marcus Berg read Giorgio Chiellini's movement well to put Buffon in difficulty, but the 39-year-old goalkeeper was able to clear under heavy pressure. His counterpart Robin Olsen was called into action following the restart as Candreva and Marco Parolo tested his reflexes but, just after the hour mark, it was Sweden who struck the opener. Italy's keeper Gianluigi Buffon has competed in five world cup tournaments for his country  Credit: Reuters Johansson, on as a substitute for Albin Ekdal, strode into the Italy box to put his foot through a headed lay-off. The ball veered past Buffon thanks in part to a helpful deflection off De Rossi. Italy were laid low, briefly, but responded positively to the goal as Manchester United full-back Darmian hit a post with a long-range effort. The Azzurri would enjoy plenty of the ball as time ticked away, but their head coach Giampiero Ventura could not conjure a tactical switch that changed the outcome in the Swedish capital.

Sweden 1 Italy 0: Four-time champions on course to miss first World Cup in 60 years 

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm. The four-time world champions risk missing out on the summer finals for the first time since 1958 and this play-off result piles further pressure on a side who struggled throughout the qualifying campaign. Johansson's second-half winner was helped into the net by the unfortunate Daniele De Rossi but Sweden will not mind one bit as they now have the upper hand ahead of the crucial fixture in Milan. Under no illusions about the strength of Italy's determination to avoid the ignominy of failing to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, Sweden kicked off in a suitably serious mood. There would be no sharing of the home comforts at the Friends Arena as Ola Toivonen gave Leonardo Bonucci some early bother with an elbow that left the AC Milan defender writhing in pain. Ecstatic Swedish fans watch their side take control in the first leg of the World Cup play-off Credit: Getty Images  With Sweden pressing hard, tricky winger Emil Forsberg fired a free-kick over the crossbar before Andrea Belotti fluffed a header at the other end. Forsberg - a key element in RB Leipzig's remarkable rise to the top of the Bundesliga - then cut inside to tee up Toivonen for a low effort that just skimmed Gianluigi Buffon's far post. Italy steadily got to grips with Sweden's physical approach and began creating chances of their own, Matteo Darmian finding Antonio Candreva only for the Inter Milan schemer to come up short. Sweden had the last word before the break. Marcus Berg read Giorgio Chiellini's movement well to put Buffon in difficulty, but the 39-year-old goalkeeper was able to clear under heavy pressure. His counterpart Robin Olsen was called into action following the restart as Candreva and Marco Parolo tested his reflexes but, just after the hour mark, it was Sweden who struck the opener. Italy's keeper Gianluigi Buffon has competed in five world cup tournaments for his country  Credit: Reuters Johansson, on as a substitute for Albin Ekdal, strode into the Italy box to put his foot through a headed lay-off. The ball veered past Buffon thanks in part to a helpful deflection off De Rossi. Italy were laid low, briefly, but responded positively to the goal as Manchester United full-back Darmian hit a post with a long-range effort. The Azzurri would enjoy plenty of the ball as time ticked away, but their head coach Giampiero Ventura could not conjure a tactical switch that changed the outcome in the Swedish capital.

Sweden 1 Italy 0: Four-time champions on course to miss first World Cup in 60 years 

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm. The four-time world champions risk missing out on the summer finals for the first time since 1958 and this play-off result piles further pressure on a side who struggled throughout the qualifying campaign. Johansson's second-half winner was helped into the net by the unfortunate Daniele De Rossi but Sweden will not mind one bit as they now have the upper hand ahead of the crucial fixture in Milan. Under no illusions about the strength of Italy's determination to avoid the ignominy of failing to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, Sweden kicked off in a suitably serious mood. There would be no sharing of the home comforts at the Friends Arena as Ola Toivonen gave Leonardo Bonucci some early bother with an elbow that left the AC Milan defender writhing in pain. Ecstatic Swedish fans watch their side take control in the first leg of the World Cup play-off Credit: Getty Images  With Sweden pressing hard, tricky winger Emil Forsberg fired a free-kick over the crossbar before Andrea Belotti fluffed a header at the other end. Forsberg - a key element in RB Leipzig's remarkable rise to the top of the Bundesliga - then cut inside to tee up Toivonen for a low effort that just skimmed Gianluigi Buffon's far post. Italy steadily got to grips with Sweden's physical approach and began creating chances of their own, Matteo Darmian finding Antonio Candreva only for the Inter Milan schemer to come up short. Sweden had the last word before the break. Marcus Berg read Giorgio Chiellini's movement well to put Buffon in difficulty, but the 39-year-old goalkeeper was able to clear under heavy pressure. His counterpart Robin Olsen was called into action following the restart as Candreva and Marco Parolo tested his reflexes but, just after the hour mark, it was Sweden who struck the opener. Italy's keeper Gianluigi Buffon has competed in five world cup tournaments for his country  Credit: Reuters Johansson, on as a substitute for Albin Ekdal, strode into the Italy box to put his foot through a headed lay-off. The ball veered past Buffon thanks in part to a helpful deflection off De Rossi. Italy were laid low, briefly, but responded positively to the goal as Manchester United full-back Darmian hit a post with a long-range effort. The Azzurri would enjoy plenty of the ball as time ticked away, but their head coach Giampiero Ventura could not conjure a tactical switch that changed the outcome in the Swedish capital.

Chelsea, Arsenal target Icardi linked with Bayern move

Inter Milan striker continues to be linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest teams.

Chelsea, Arsenal target Icardi linked with Bayern move

Inter Milan striker continues to be linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest teams.

Chelsea, Arsenal target Icardi linked with Bayern move

Inter Milan striker continues to be linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest teams.

Mauro Icardi Reveals His Pick for Fantasy Football and the Team He Loves Scoring Against the Most

​Inter Milan's man main Mauro Icardi recently took part in a new series, courtesy of Inter Milan, where he answered questions during his drive home from training. Having scored 26 goals last season, as well as eleven already in Serie A this time out, the Argentine has been the subject of interest from a whole host of top European clubs, with Bayern Munich the most recent to express interest in him as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. During the drive home, the 24 year-old spoke about his...

Mauro Icardi Reveals His Pick for Fantasy Football and the Team He Loves Scoring Against the Most

​Inter Milan's man main Mauro Icardi recently took part in a new series, courtesy of Inter Milan, where he answered questions during his drive home from training. Having scored 26 goals last season, as well as eleven already in Serie A this time out, the Argentine has been the subject of interest from a whole host of top European clubs, with Bayern Munich the most recent to express interest in him as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. During the drive home, the 24 year-old spoke about his...

Mauro Icardi Reveals His Pick for Fantasy Football and the Team He Loves Scoring Against the Most

​Inter Milan's man main Mauro Icardi recently took part in a new series, courtesy of Inter Milan, where he answered questions during his drive home from training. Having scored 26 goals last season, as well as eleven already in Serie A this time out, the Argentine has been the subject of interest from a whole host of top European clubs, with Bayern Munich the most recent to express interest in him as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. During the drive home, the 24 year-old spoke about his...

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