UEFA Nations League: Who has qualified, who has been relegated and what comes next?

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UEFA Nations League: Who has qualified, who has been relegated and what comes next?
UEFA Nations League: Who has qualified, who has been relegated and what comes next?

Southgate overcomes 'stigma' of being sacked to thrive with England

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Southgate overcomes 'stigma' of being sacked to thrive with England
Southgate overcomes 'stigma' of being sacked to thrive with England
Gareth Southgate has revealed how he had to overcome the mental scars left from his first taste in management at Middlesbrough to prosper at international level with England. Having played for the club for five years, Southgate was surprisingly appointed Middlesbrough's new boss following the departure of Steve McClaren in 2006. They finished 12th and 13th in his first two seasons in charge before suffering relegation from the top flight at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, with Southgate losing his job after a rocky start to life in the Championship. He eventually returned to coaching in 2013, taking charge of England's Under-21 team before stepping up to the full side, initially on an interim basis before being appointed permanently in November 2016. Southgate has impressed during his tenure, steering England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, but remembers the initial backlash he faced following his experience at club level. "For a few years that is the stigma you are left with," he said in an interview with Sky Sports.  "The reality is how can you walk off the field one minute and be the finished article as a manager the next? "When I was playing I was still learning at 35, 14 or 15 years after I started, so as a manager you are learning every day, I am sure even the very best would say that. If you are not constantly improving and learning then you are going to be stuck and not progress. "Lots of things are forgotten. In my view, going from playing there [at Middlesbrough] to managing there, compared to managing the England Under-21s to the senior team, was much harder. "To finish 12th in my first year, knowing as little as I did really, was as big an achievement as getting England to a World Cup semi-final. "We still had wins against Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, but those things are just shelved because the one line is you were relegated, and nobody thinks about the budget, the position the club was in. "And nobody really understands unless you have managed how difficult the experience is to manage the dressing room you have just walked out of and being in the really early formative steps of a managerial career, it's impossible to know everything." Last training day of 2018: pic.twitter.com/JkGViK7buE — England (@England) November 17, 2018 Southgate's opportunity with the national team came unexpectedly, Sam Allardyce departing after just 67 days in charge. The former England defender, who won 57 caps, had been reticent to go for the position following Roy Hodgson's exit after a disastrous Euro 2016, but felt stepping in at short notice afforded him the chance to get a taste of the role. "I have a tendency to overthink things, or certainly I did. I was probably scarred by getting the sack at Middlesbrough," he admitted. "I didn't like the idea that having supported Roy, then Roy leaving and me stepping into his seat; that didn't sit comfortably with me, and I didn't think there would be a lot of enthusiasm at that time for an internal appointment. "When England don't do so well at a tournament there is always a nailing of the Football Association and then you move on. "But then when Sam came and went so quickly somebody had to step in at short notice and I knew I was best placed to take the game that was four days away. "That gave me a chance to experience what it would feel like and to see if the players would go with some of the ideas."

India vs Jordan: Friendly to go ahead as planned despite logistical trouble

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India vs Jordan: Friendly to go ahead as planned despite logistical trouble
India vs Jordan: Friendly to go ahead as planned despite logistical trouble

Vinicius appreciates Solari influence at Real Madrid

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Vinicius appreciates Solari influence at Real Madrid
Vinicius appreciates Solari influence at Real Madrid
Talented teenager Vinicius Junior has credited Santiago Solari with providing a crucial calming presence in the formative stages of his Real Madrid career. Madrid appointed Solari as head coach on a permanent basis this week following a successful audition for the role in an interim capacity. Four successive victories made for a compelling case and the successful integration of his Castilla pupil Vinicius helped Solari's case. The 18-year-old, a bit-part player under Lopetegui, started the new man's first match in charge in Copa del Rey and produced a match-turning cameo in the late defeat of Real Valladolid earlier this month. "Solari has always helped me since I arrived in Madrid," Vinicius said, as quoted by Marca. "Thanks to him, I have a clear mind and I concentrate only on the game. That's what he has done with me in the first team, and I'm happy." Santiago Solari, @realmadrid first team head coach until June 30, 2021. pic.twitter.com/HfVsCbLo4A — Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) November 13, 2018 Vinicius has appeared in five competitive matches for Madrid since switching from Flamengo. He made his Champions League debut off the bench in the 5-0 crushing of Viktoria Plzen, supplying the assist for the final goal.

Rooney 'passionate' about future coaching career

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Rooney 'passionate' about future coaching career
Rooney 'passionate' about future coaching career
Wayne Rooney is "passionate" about embarking on a career as a manager when he retires from football. DC United striker Rooney will make his 120th and final England appearance in a friendly against United States at Wembley on Thursday. Rooney has not played for his country for two years but has been recalled for a special farewell, with some of the proceeds from the game going towards his charity. The former Everton and Manchester United star is England's all-time leading goalscorer and only Peter Shilton has won more caps for the Three Lions. Rooney has signalled his intent to finish his career in MLS, with his displays since signing for DC in June firing the club into the play-offs. Former Red Devils team-mate Ryan Giggs has taken his first step into management, while ex-England peers Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are also in their maiden jobs in the dugout. Rooney intends to follow suit at the end of his playing career, with the 33-year-old already working towards the relevant qualifications. "It is something I am passionate about and I want to do," Rooney told the Manchester United website. "Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States. "Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get." The journey started in 2003. It ends tonight.#TBT pic.twitter.com/OB8c7c0lZJ — England (@England) November 15, 2018 Rooney is open to working as a television pundit when he hangs up his boots but plans his first step post-retirement to be in coaching. "There is always time. You have got time to do TV, if that is the way you want to go. I think everyone is different," Rooney added. "I would prefer to give coaching or management a go. If it doesn't work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you."

Sunil Chhetri’s absence from Jordan game big blow, says Stephen Constantine

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Sunil Chhetri’s absence from Jordan game big blow, says Stephen Constantine
Sunil Chhetri’s absence from Jordan game big blow, says Stephen Constantine

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires

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Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires
Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole retires