• Nigeria’s Falconets crash out of FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

    Nigeria’s Falconets crash out of FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

    Nigeria, beaten finalists in the last two tournaments, crashed out of this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup despite beating group leaders Spain 2-1 in their final game Sunday.

    They needed to win and for Japan not to win in the other Group B match, but the Asians steamrolled their Canadian opponents 5-0 just across the city in Port Moresby, meaning the Nigerian girls would be heading home instead of heading into the quarterfinals after wins over Canada and Spain.

    Spain, who […]

  • Videos: Jamie Vardy does the mannequin challenge after scoring against Spain but the Spaniards have the last laugh

    Videos: Jamie Vardy does the mannequin challenge after scoring against Spain but the Spaniards have the last laugh

    England and Spain played out a pulsating 2-2 draw yesterday and the Spaniards had to fightback from 2 goals down to salvage a draw. Jamie Vardy scored his first goal in 15 games to put England 2 goals ahead and celebrated by doing the popular mannequin challenge. Spain however grabbed two late goals to ensure they didn’t leave Wembley empty handed and celebrated with a mannequin challenge of their own in the dressing

  • Adam Lallana gives injury update leaving Wembley ahead of Southampton clash

    Adam Lallana gives injury update leaving Wembley ahead of Southampton clash

    Adam Lallana has allayed fears he has suffered a serious injury against Spain after the Liverpool midfielder was forced off during their 2-2 draw at Wembley.

    The 28-year-old opened the scoring for England from the penalty spot, but then hobbled off the pitch after less than 20 minutes into the game when he failed to shake off a knock from a tackle.

    Lallana, however, gave the thumbs up to journalists in the mix zone after the game, suggesting he is in the […]

  • England 2-2 Spain: Isco and Iago Aspas salvage late draw for visitors

    England 2-2 Spain: Isco and Iago Aspas salvage late draw for visitors

    Having celebrated with the mannequin challenge, England ended the night being made to look like dummies by Spain, two goals in the last five minutes undermining what should have been a memorable night at Wembley.

    True, it was the part of the game that was ragged and broken by so many substitutions. England, by that time, had players making their debuts in goal and at left back.

    Even so, it will have been desperately disappointing for Gareth Southgate to surrender what would […]

  • HISTORY: Buffon equals Casillas appearance record

    HISTORY: Buffon equals Casillas appearance record

    The 38-year-old’s outing against Germany on Tuesday was his 167th for Italy, establishing him alongside his La Roja equivalent in terms of most caps.

    Gianluigi Buffon earned his 167th international cap for Italy during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Germany, in the process equaling Spain counterpart Iker Casillas’ appearance record.

    The Juventus custodian started the clash at San Siro before being replaced at half-time, during which he made a number of saves.

    Buffon is already Italy’s record appearance holder after making his debut in […]

  • Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas cites ‘personal reasons’ after rejected by Spain

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas cites ‘personal reasons’ after rejected by Spain

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has cited ‘personal reasons’ for opting not to attend Tuesday’s game against England as a guest of the Spanish Football Federation, according to Sport.

    The former Arsenal captain has endured a difficult season thus far under new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and has started just a solitary Premier League game – the disastrous 3-0 defeat against his former club at the Emirates Stadium – with his current side thriving in his absence.

    Fabregas’ domestic troubles have been mirrored […]

  • England trained without Wayne Rooney and Bertrand ahead of Spain friendly

    England trained without Wayne Rooney and Bertrand ahead of Spain friendly

    England trained without captain Wayne Rooney and left-back Ryan Bertrand on Monday ahead of the international friendly with Spain.

    Both Manchester United striker Rooney and Southampton defender Bertrand are reported to have minor issues and will hope to be available for the game at Wembley on Tuesday.

    The full squad had training on Sunday, though Harry Kane has already been released back to Tottenham Hotspur to continue working on his fitness after six weeks out with an ankle ligament injury.

    Interim coach Gareth […]

  • Spain 4-0 Macedonia: Monreal scores first international goal in comfortable win

    Spain 4-0 Macedonia: Monreal scores first international goal in comfortable win

    The Arsenal left-back found the back of the net for his country for the first time as Julen Lopetegui’s side strolled to victory in Granada.

    Nacho Monreal scored his first international goal as Spain maintained their place at the top of UEFA Group G with an easy 4-0 victory over Macedonia.

    A 1-1 draw with Italy represented La Roja’s only slip-up going into Saturday’s contest in Granada and, despite a spirited effort from Macedonia, an upset rarely looked on the cards.

    Spain had […]

  • Las Palmas striker to be jailed NINE months for refusing Alcohol test

    Las Palmas striker to be jailed NINE months for refusing Alcohol test

    A court in Gran Canaria, Spain has reached a ruling and has sentenced Boca Juniors-owned Las Palmas striker, Sergio Araujo to nine months in prison for refusing to be tested for alcohol consumption following a traffic violation.

    The Argentine, who turned down a breathalyzer test, may not have to serve any time behind bars since the sentence is less than two years according to Spanish law.

    The striker was also banned from driving for two years following the incident that occurred in […]

  • Diego Costa injury: Chelsea unhappy with Spain after new setback

    Diego Costa injury: Chelsea unhappy with Spain after new setback

    Diego Costa has missed another day of training with Spain due to his groin injury and remains a major doubt for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.

    The 28-year-old took part in a tactical team talk with the rest of the squad but did not participate in any of Wednesday’s session.

    Instead, the Chelsea striker worked separately on his recovery with Spain’s physiotherapist Hugo Camarero.

    Since joining up with Spain’s national team after Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Everton on Saturday, Costa has not […]

  • Worrying: Chelsea star Diego Costa injured on international duty with Spain

    Worrying: Chelsea star Diego Costa injured on international duty with Spain

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has discovered a groin problem while on international duty with Spain.

    The 28-year-old played 90 minutes during Chelsea’s 5-0 thrashing of Everton on Saturday and got himself on the scoresheet against the Toffees.

    The former Atletico Madrid forward flirted with a return to the Vicente Calderon this summer but Antonio Conte convinced him to stay and he’s repaid the Italian’s faith with nine goals in 13 appearances so far this term.

    However, according to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Costa […]