It was the sense of anticlimax which was so dispiriting.
Gareth Southgate was widely described as courageous for demoting Wayne Rooney to a place on the bench against Slovenia.
Christian Atsu joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Sergi Roberto faces a battle to be ready for the Champions League clash on October 19.
The Tottenham Hotspur man is on his way to becoming a great, says the Sky Sports pundit.
Glasgow Rangers duo Liam Burt and Ross McCrorie get high praise from Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson.
The goalkeeper is on loan at Tottenham Hotspur from Barcelona outfit Espanyol.
Newcastle have been without Rob Elloit for the entirety of this season, but they have still been able to push for the top spots in the league this season.
Proof that West Ham United's transformation of the Olympic Stadium into a football arena has been good value for Britain has emerged from Real Madrid.
The spectators tightly packed in the temporary grandstands along the 1st hole had been there for hours by the time Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed walked to the opening tee for the top singles match at 11.04am local time on Sunday, waving American flags that volunteers had distributed from brown cardboard boxes, sucking down Budweiser tallboys and gyrating to the Guns N’ Roses and John Cougar Mellancamp and Tom Petty that blared at ear-splitting volumes from the loudspeakers overhead as the sun climbed slowly over Lake Hazeltine.
Son Heung-min left the pitch just before full-time at White Hart Lane to a huge, concerted ovation. By that stage Tottenham Hotspur’s stand-in No9 was so utterly spent, so drenched in goodwill from a cooing, gurgling home crowd that, as Andre Marriner shooed him off, Son mistook the referee’s gesture for one of congratulation and tried to shake his hand.
Gareth Southgate has resisted any temptation to recall Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley in his first England squad but has brought back Glen Johnson for the first time since the World Cup two years ago.