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Debutants impress in England's 3-0 win over Wales - BT Sport
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady and Danny Ings found the net for England.
England boss Gareth Southgate says Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka have got a jump on his absent players in the pecking order after their impressive performances in the 3-0 friendly win over Wales. Calvert-Lewin marked his debut with a goal, Grealish was the standout player and Saka also showed promise on his first senior appearance as they took their chance in style at Wembley. They were given the opportunity partly because Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho were all missing having breached Covid guidelines at the weekend. Abraham and Sancho could be back for the UEFA Nations League game against Belgium on Sunday, while Chilwell is struggling with a non-coronavirus illness, but their misdemeanours might have cost them. Calvert-Lewin continued his fine start to the season by breaking the deadlock on his debut before Conor Coady and Danny Ings bagged their first England goals to seal the win. Southgates starting XI had just 54 caps between them but the Three Lions boss said a number of them had moved up the pecking order as Abraham, Chilwell and Sancho watched on. That in essence is the really big lesson for anyone in that situation, you want to be involved and playing, he replied when asked about the importance of a player doing everything they can to keep their place. When you have the shirt or a place in the squad you dont want to allow other people to have the opportunity to take it and whenever we give debuts or give time on the pitch to guys who deserve it. There is opportunity there for them to grab a place and push themselves up the pecking order. Several did that and there is competition for places, not just the squad we named but players just outside that. Wales boss Ryan Giggs also rested a number of his key players as he keeps them fresh for their own Nations League games but he was pleased with a number of things he saw from his young side. There were a lot of good things, he said. We started the game really well, the pressing was good and we were confident on the ball which you have to be against a quality team. If you switch off or give bad goals away you are going to get punished. The first goal was disappointing because it was soft, then two goals from set-pieces after that, we normally do really well but we just went to sleep on them. Giggs confirmed Kieffer Moore was forced off in the first half with a toe injury which could yet rule the striker out of Sundays game with the Republic of Ireland. But he offered better news on Aaron Ramsey, who missed the game at Wembley after two positive Covid tests at club side Juventus, with the former Arsenal man set to return at the weekend. Aaron is fine, added Giggs. He is going to meet us in Dublin, that is fine. He has trained all week in Turin so everything is good there.
Leyton Orient chairman: Giving Tottenham walkover would send out wrong message - BT Sport
Orient’s clash with Jose Mourinho’s men was called off after a number of players at the Sky Bet League Two club tested positive for coronavirus.
Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis has warned that handing Tottenham a Carabao Cup walkover would send the wrong message about the testing process. Orients clash with Jose Mourinhos men was called off after a number of players at the Sky Bet League Two club tested positive for coronavirus. The third-round game was due to take place on Tuesday night, and under the rules of the competition Spurs should be awarded a bye to the fourth round, where they would face Chelsea or Barnsley. However Travis believes axing Orient from the competition after they accepted Spurs offer to pay for testing which is no longer mandatory would cause other clubs to resist a similar opportunity. Travis told BBC Radio 5 Live: If I was doing this again I would not do the testing this is an incentive not to test and that is bad for football and bad for health and safety. Thats why we cant be punished over this, because people should be incentivised to take the test, especially when Premier League clubs with their resources give us the opportunity to have all our players tested. Flexibility is needed, cool heads are needed to sit around the table and find a solution but the answer is not to incentivise people not to test. The League Two club were clearly frustrated by the nature of the postponement, which came after Orient revealed that a number of their players had tested positive on Monday. A statement from Orient read: Tonights Carabao Cup match between Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur is not taking place this evening as scheduled. Discussions are ongoing between the relevant stakeholders in regards to the implications of the fixture not taking place tonight and a further update will be provided in due course. Leyton Orient, the EFL and the relevant authorities are conducting a thorough review of the clubs Covid-19 secure procedures with the view to reopening the stadium and training ground as soon as possible. One thousand fans were also due to attend the fixture and Travis turned his fire on the Government, who have reversed plans to allow supporters back into elite sports venues. “If I had to say who are the real villains here, it's the Government. Every week they chop and change their minds about what's happening with football.”- Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis Travis added: Were in a crisis where football is not getting supported by the Government. If I had to say who are the real villains here, its the Government. Every week they chop and change their minds about whats happening with football. They bring in a few weeks ago a sensible programme of having 1,000 fans within the stadiumas far as I know that has been successful [and] I think that could have continued, but weve got that knee-jerk reaction again today. What the Government needs to recognise is if they want live sport theyre going to have to support it and other sports financially.
Liverpool agree a deal for Wolves' Diogo Jota - BT Sport
It will take Liverpool’s spending in just over 24 hours to £70m.
Liverpool have pulled off a second transfer coup in the space of two days after agreeing a deal to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves. Just hours after Thiago Alcantaras move from Bayern Munich was confirmed, the PA news agency understands the Reds have tied up a £41million transfer potentially rising to £45m for the 23-year-old who has spent the last three years at Molineux. It will take Liverpools spending in just over 24 hours to £70m although £9m will be recouped with the sale of teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves with the prospect of the whole deal being worth £13.5million plus a 15 per cent sell-on clause. Jota, who was left out of Wolves first two matches of the season, is set to sign a five-year contract on Saturday. It is understood Wolves have agreed to flexible payment terms which will see Liverpool pay as little as 10 per cent of the initial £41m fee over the next 12 months. Liverpool turned their attention to the Portuguese after Watford quoted them in excess of £40m for Ismaila Sarr. Jota, who can play across the forward line, will provide important back-up for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.