Costa Rica swept to the top of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying group with a 4-0 rout of the USA on Tuesday night. The hosts took the lead just before half-time before pulling away from a demoralized US late in the second half.
It is funny how things change.
Gareth Southgate is confident he has demonstrated his passion for the England manager’s role and says he has no concerns about the post going into a process that is likely to lead to him being confirmed in the position.
Denmark’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup were dealt a hammer blow when they lost 1-0 at home to Montenegro following a superb poacher’s goal by Fatos Beciraj.
Gordon Strachan refused to discuss his future as the Scotland manager after a 3-0 defeat by Slovakia that intensified the pressure on the 59-year-old.
It has all seemed so joyless at times, with so many long, difficult periods when it has seemed like a black drape could be placed over the entire team it might surprise you to learn that when Gareth Southgate took his seat in the Stadion Stozice and set out his reasons for dropping Wayne Rooney it was seven years to the day since England had lost a qualifying fixture.