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Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    Gareth Southgate

    Right that's me done.

    Thanks for joining me this morning. If you haven't quite had your fill of football stories here's a few bits and bobs to keep you going.

    Goodbye and see you soon.

  2. Quiz: Name the Premier League top scorers from Brazil & Argentina


    Before I wrap up this morning how about a bit of fun?

    Brazil face Argentina in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Friday, their first meeting since the controversial Copa America semi-final in July.

    And the match is likely to be brimming with Premier League players. So with that in mind, can you name the all-time Premier League top scorers from Brazil and Argentina? You have five minutes.

    Have a go here.

  3. 'If it hadn't been for football, we wouldn't have spoken about abuse'

    If you get chance this column from Charlie Webster is well worth a look.

    It covers a whole range of issues that don't make for the easiest conversations but need talking about.

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    It's slightly weird seeing Marcello Lippi not puffing away on a cigarette or cigar.

    He used to always look as though he was about to head for an audition for a new mafia movie.

  5. Lippi quits as China manager for second time

    Marcello Lippi

    Marcello Lippi has resigned as China manager for the second time this year after a 2-1 defeat by Syria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Dubai.

    The Italian, 71, quit in January after a quarter-final exit at the Asian Cup, but was then reappointed in May.

    Thursday's defeat left China second in Asia qualifying Group A and five points behind leaders Syria.

    "I was well paid and I take the full responsibility," said Lippi, who led Italy as they won the 2006 World Cup.

    Read more on that here.

  6. Post update

    Republic of Ireland 3-1 New Zealand

    Derrick Williams celebrates

    Derrick Williams, Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson scored their first Republic of Ireland goals as an experimental side beat New Zealand.

    It was a good night for manager Mick McCarthy even if the team who started the Dublin friendly will bear no resemblance to the side who play Monday's must-win Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark.

    You can read the report on that here.

  7. Watch: What's it like to go on international duty?

    Ever wondered what it is really like to go on international duty?

    Well if you have, Football Focus have produced the goods with this informative segment, travelling with 19-year-old Schalke forward Rabbi Matondo on a trip from Germany to Cardiff and international duty with the Wales national team.

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    Video caption: Rabbi Matondo: Following Welsh wonderkid from Schalke to Wales international duty
  8. Listen: Euro Leagues

    Former Liverpool and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has had an illuminating chat with the Euro Leagues team in this week's podcast.

    The Spaniard has been talking about his his new life in China and it seems that he'd be up for a return to the Premier League in the future.

    There's loads of interesting stuff with James Horncastle outlining Cristiano Ronaldo’s run-in with Maurizio Sarri at the weekend, and we hear about the latest French wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Just have a listen to this.

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  9. Scotland head to March play-offs

    Group I

    Belgium and Russia have already qualified. A draw in their meeting on Saturday would see Belgium win the group.

    Scotland will be in March's play-offs regardless of where they now finish because of their performance in the Nations League.

    Group I table
  10. Wales to qualify automatically?

    Group E

    Despite sitting fourth in Group E, Wales still have a reasonable chance of qualifying.

    If they beat Azerbaijan away and Hungary at home - and Slovakia drop points against either Croatia or Azerbaijan - then Ryan Giggs' side will reach Euro 2020.

    Defeat in Baku on Saturday would end their hopes of automatic qualification, although they are likely to have the fall-back option of a play-off place.

    Group E
  11. Straightforward for the Republic?

    Group D

    The Republic of Ireland's situation is pretty clear in one sense - unless Gibraltar get a shock result against Denmark or Switzerland, the Irish must beat Denmark in Dublin on Monday to qualify.

    However, because of the calculations in the event of a three-way tie, if Switzerland pick up exactly four points - at home against Georgia on Friday and in Gibraltar on Monday - then the Republic would need to beat Denmark by two goals to qualify.

    The only way Denmark or Switzerland can wrap up qualification on Friday is if they win their game and the other team slip up (in Denmark's case, they would need Switzerland to lose).

    Group D
  12. Northern Ireland heading to a play-off?

    Group C

    Realistically, Northern Ireland need to beat the Netherlands at home and Germany away in their final two games by a cumulative total of at least four goals.

    If they won both games 1-0, they would need either the Germans or the Dutch to slip up in home matches against Belarus and Estonia respectively.

    Michael O'Neill's side look like they are heading to a March play-off don't they.

    Group C table
  13. Who needs what in final games?

    Scott McTominay and Eden Hazard

    Ten Euro 2020 qualifying spots down, 14 to go after England, the Czech Republic and France and Turkey all booked their place in Thursday's games.

    Wales and Northern Ireland are still in contention, but Scotland are relying on next year's play-offs. The Republic of Ireland top their group, but could yet finish third.

    Meanwhile, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands are yet to seal their place at Euro 2020, with the top two going through from each group.

    But if you want to know who needs what from the remaining qualifying matches and how the play-offs work, look no further than this piece.

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    Glyn: Harry Kane is one of the few (very few) truly world class players in our England squad. Lets not forget those that have gone before him had many fewer international games in which to score.

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    That's a fair point Fran.

    Bobby Charlton scored plenty against Scotland as well who were pretty handy back then.East Germany away doesn't strike me as the easiest fixture in the international arena.

    Ben, Shearer also scored against Germany, France, Argentina, Portugal, Netherlands etc...

    Just throwing this out there, Kane has also scored more penalties than any other England player bar Frank Lampard.

    Charlton scored three, Gary Lineker scored four, Alan Shearer got six and Wayne Rooney got seven.

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    Fran: Bobby Charlton also scored against the likes of the USA, Luxembourg and East Germany. And Kane has scored against the likes of Germany.

    Ben: The majority of Shearer's goals were against minnows, just like Harry Kane. Even then, Kane has still scored against Germany, France and Croatia.

  17. What do we know about Three Lions' prospects?

    England players celebrate

    England may well be sorted as far as Euro 2020 qualification is concerned but what can we expect at next summer's tournament.

    Where will England play their games? Who might Gareth Southgate's side face in Group D? And will they be seeded?

    Hopefully this piece will shed a bit more light on that.

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    England's 7-0 win over Montenegro last night was their biggest at home since October 1987 when they smashed eight past Turkey.

    The team that night was: Shilton, Stevens, Sansom, Steven, Adams, Butcher, Robson, Webb Beardsley, Lineker, Barnes.

    Not a bad team eh. The European Championships in 1988 didn't quite go to plan though. Sir Bobby Robson's side lost to the Republic of Ireland, Netherlands and the Soviet Union to go out in the group stage.

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    I see your point Damian but Bobby Charlton did score against the likes of Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Spain and the Soviet Union as well.

    Also made a pretty handy contribution back in the 1966 World Cup didn't he?

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    Stuart: Can't remember him and his mates putting loads past the likes of Malta, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg etc.Harry Kane can't choose the opposition.

    Damian: Not many of Kane's goals have come against "traditional powerhouses"? Bobby Charlton scored 3 of his 49 goals against countries that have won the World Cup. So has Kane.