England lost their opening UEFA Nations League group game 1-2 to Spain on the 8th September with arguably Gareth Southgate’s best 11, with Rashford scoring. On the same evening Switzerland beat Iceland 6-0. Three days later, making 8 changes to the starting side – effectively fielding the reserves, England beat Switzerland 1-0, with Rashford scoring. Are there any pointers for future progress?
The final Test match of the 2018 summer series finished much as it started, in 2006, for England’s former captain Alistair Cook – the Chef, the Alchemist of English cricket. In Cook’s first test in India he opened the batting with captain Andrew Strauss and scored a century in his final test, once again against India this time in England,
Ryan Giggs’ first competitive game in charge got Wales’ new era off to a thrilling start with their biggest win in decades : 4 – 1 versus the Republic of Ireland. Remember it was not so long ago that Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals because Ireland defeated them in Cardiff. Not so last night. The transformation was crystal clear both on the field and in the stars.