The Tottenham Hotspur teenagers need minutes and the Europa League would give them that.
Claude Puel has told Southampton to be wary of Sparta Prague on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Steven Gerrard has said the chance to begin his managerial career with MK Dons came “a bit soon” to take up the challenge.
Manchester City are through to the Champions League last 16 with a match to spare though Pep Guardiola had to use four separate defensive units to ensure the required draw.
The sense of deflation which grumbled around the majority of supporters left in this arena at the final whistle told its own story.
Celtic should not feel shamed by falling victim to a Barcelona team inspired by Lionel Messi. More disappointing for Brendan Rodgers than this result in isolation, one assumes, is the fact elimination from Europe was simultaneously confirmed. Celtic’s manager must continue his rebuilding process when engaged only in domestic pursuits, with even the Europa League denied to his side.
Tottenham Hotspur will consider whether to move their European home ties from Wembley back to White Hart Lane if they end up in the Europa League and Moussa Sissoko has said it would be better for them to play at their home stadium.
As game-seizing moments go, Mesut Özil’s part in Arsenal’s defibrillation after a deathly first half against Paris Saint‑Germain was among the more quietly understated acts of on-field leadership.
Gareth Southgate is in the process of finalising a four-year contract with the Football Association having been formally offered the chance to succeed Sam Allardyce as England manager on a permanent basis.
Weaker business spending and a squeeze on consumers from higher inflation will dent the UK economy next year, but warnings for a post-referendum recession should prove unfounded, according to the government’s independent forecasters.