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# International Friendlies

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# International Friendlies
Ireland to play Norway and Malta in November
Two fixtures have been announced for Stephen Kenny’s side today.
All time
Qatar v Ireland, International friendly
Ireland faced Qatar as they aimed to secure a first win under Stephen Kenny.
# too good
Brilliant Coutinho free kick the highlight as win eases the pressure on Brazil boss
Lucas Paqueta and Danilo were also on target amid a 3-0 victory over South Korea.
# Thriller
Paddy McNair scores twice as Northern Ireland triumph against Czechs in five-goal thriller
A superb first-half display from Northern Ireland was enough to secure a 3-2 win over Czech Republic.
# On a Roll
Watch: Daniel James continues impressive form with curling winner for Wales
The Man United winger’s first-half strike made it back-to-back victories for Ryan Giggs’ side.
# Going Well
Embarrassing own goal hands Northern Ireland fifth straight win
Kevin Malget had a night to forget at Windsor Park on Thursday.
# Looking to the future
Argentina call up Brighton youngster Mac Allister for the first time
Manager Lionel Scaloni has named an inexperienced panel featuring seven uncapped players and no Lionel Messi.
# Banned
Messi given three-month Argentina ban for accusing CONMEBOL of 'corruption'
Messi was sent off as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 in the Copa America third-place play-off last month.
# prep work
Griezmann scores as Mbappe picks up ankle knock in victory ahead of tough Euro qualifying trip
Thomas Lemar also scored in France’s 2-0 friendly win over Bolivia.
# Criticism
Messi: 'My six-year-old son asked me: 'Dad, why do they crucify you in Argentina?''
The Barcelona star has faced criticism for failing to match his club success with the national team.
# doubt
Brazil boss Tite issues warning to Real Madrid youngster ahead of Copa America
Vinicius Junior could be excluded from the national team squad if he fails to impress for his club.
# Report
Man City's Jesus hits double to seal unconvincing win for Brazil
Tite’s team previously faced strong criticism after being held to a 1-1 draw by Panama.
# sceptical
Morocco seek clarification over Messi injury after agreeing to face Argentina 'first team' in friendly
Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game in Tangier.
# Calm
Brazil boss refusing to panic after woeful Panama draw
Tite is not too concerned by the disappointing performance.
# Upset
Lionel Messi's long-awaited international return ends in shock defeat to Venezuela
Messi had not played for the national team since their elimination by France at the 2018 World Cup.
# bale out
92nd-minute winner spares Wales' blushes as they're pushed all the way by Trinidad and Tobago
Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn scored the late goal for Giggs’ men in the international friendly.
# Welcome back
Messi ends international exile to return to Argentina squad
The Barcelona captain has not played for his country since the World Cup.
# Die Mannschaft
Leroy Sane scores first international goal for Germany as Löw's men stroll to victory
The Man City winger was left out of Germany’s World Cup squad but was on target during a comfortable win over Russia.
# Time to say goodbye
Wayne Rooney makes 120th and final appearance as Three Lions ease past USA
Goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson saw England see off the USA.
# swiss leaks
Late drama sees Qatar pull off shock win over Switzerland side featuring Shaqiri and Xhaka
They’re separated by 88 places in the Fifa rankings.
# Friendly
Dutch midfielder scores first international goal to end Belgium's winning run
Arnaut Groeneveld’s goal ensured the friendly between Belgium and the Netherlands ended in a draw.
# South America
Miranda heads 93rd-minute winner as Brazil defeat Argentina in sapping Saudi Arabia heat
Brazil edged past Argentina in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday thanks to Miranda’s dramatic late winner.
# Injections
Koeman claims Liverpool defender Van Dijk 'has been playing with two broken ribs for weeks'
The Dutch defender will sit out tonight’s friendly with Belgium, but his international manager believes he should be fine to return for the Reds this weekend.
# Friendly
Mancini's winless run continues with Italy on emotional night as Genoa bridge victims remembered
Ukraine held the Azzuri to a 1-1 draw.
'Sometimes he is a little too laid-back' - Dutch boss says Van Dijk must improve
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is demanding improvement from the Liverpool defender.
# Feud
Pogba and Mourinho feud has been exaggerated, says France manager Deschamps
Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has been under the spotlight this season, but Didier Deschamps is not concerned.
# Skipper
Bale backed for Wales captaincy by Giggs
Ashley Williams is expected to resume his captaincy duties against Spain but Ryan Giggs backed Gareth Bale as a future skipper.
# talisman
Wales captain Bale named to face Spain and Ireland after shaking off groin strain
The Real Madrid superstar has been included by Ryan Giggs, having missed Tuesday night’s Champions League game.
# perspective
Rashford arguably developing more quickly than Ronaldo and Kane, says Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford is a special talent who needs time to develop.
# enough is enough
'There's no way I'm going to stand for a situation like this' - Neymar claims 'lack of respect' after yellow card
The Brazil captain felt he was harshly booked during his side’s rout of El Salvador in Washington
# Reaction
O'Neill hopeful of Arter return after Keane row
The Republic of Ireland manager was asked about the row involving the Cardiff City midfielder after tonight’s game.
# It's a girl
Man City's Sane announces birth of daughter after withdrawing from Germany squad
Leroy Sane has thanked Germany boss Joachim Low for allowing him to be present for the birth of his daughter.
# like father like son
Diego Simeone's son fulfills prophecy with debut goal for Argentina
Giovanni Simeone scored on his debut for Argentina against Guatemala on Friday.
# level pegging
Ronaldo-less Portugal hold World Cup finalists thanks to Pepe header
Ivan Perisic opened the scoring for Croatia, but they were pegged back at the Estadio Algarve.
# agreement reached
DBU reaches agreement with Denmark players to face Wales
A row over sponsorship and commercial rights has been temporarily resolved.
# great danes
Stand-in manager blown away by Denmark's amateur 'heroes' in Slovakia defeat
A Denmark team made up of lower-league and futsal players held their own for large spells against Slovakia.
# guidance
'He needs people who tell him what to do'
Germany may have welcomed Leroy Sane back, but Toni Kroos says the forward has room for improvement.
# player dispute
Ex-Arsenal midfielder named temporary Denmark boss as futsal players set to line out
John Jensen has been put in charge of the crisis-hit nation ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Slovakia.
# Selecao
Everton star Richarlison earns first Brazil call-up
Richarlison is set to serve a three-match ban for Everton but he has been boosted by international recognition.
# hitting form
Lukaku stars with two goals and an assist as Belgium cruise to pre-World Cup friendly win
Belgium fought back from a goal down in Brussels as Romelu Lukaku inspired a resounding victory over Costa Rica.