Seamus Coleman returns to captain Ireland in his first match after recovering from breaking his leg — against the same opposition, Wales, in tonight's Nations League game.Coleman says he will not be thinking about his leg break as he prepares to face Wales again. The Everton right-back was out for almost a year after following a horrific tackle by Neil Taylor in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin last March. This is his first competitive international game since then. "That night in Dublin is something that I'm not really thinking about, it's 18 months ago," Coleman said. "I've not forgotten about it, but it's something from the past.
"These games are a little bit different to playing other nationalities because you do know the players you're up against, but they are still great games to play in."
For Wales, there will be no Neil Taylor, but Everton's Ashley Williams, on loan at Stoke, is in the starting line-up for Wales. The game kicks off at 7:45 pm in Cardiff.
Meanwhile, England U21s take on their Dutch counterparts with Dominic Calvert-Lewin the only Everton player selected to start. Kenny, Dowell and Davies are on the bench.
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1 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:09:01
Wales look stronger than us on paper but they do have Williams at the back which gives us a chance..
2 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:33:57
Not many people know that! Thanks, Sky Sports. Best kept secret.
3 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:44:14
4 Posted 06/09/2018 at 19:44:39
5 Posted 06/09/2018 at 20:30:39
A couple of great lines from the commentary. First from Connor McNamara: "Roy Keane is sat down on the Irish bench. If looks could kill, there would be bodies everywhere."
And then from our former skip Kevin Ratcliffe (who, I've got to be honest, and say I don't find him the most enthralling of match commentators), but he came up with this great line:
"Roy Keane is scowling on the touchline, but in fairness, have you ever seen him smile? I think he gets up in the morning and smiles at the mirror, just to get it over and done with for the day."
They made me laugh, anyway...
6 Posted 06/09/2018 at 20:34:27
In a training session yesterday Brazil played with what is expected to be a starting XI, made up of all the players who featured at the WC in the summer. Hopefully, he'll get some game in the 2nd half, or maybe a start on Tuesday against El Salvador.
7 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:01:02
And the USA game against Mexico on Tuesday is on ESPN 8:30 EDT / 5:30 PDT.
8 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:41:00
9 Posted 06/09/2018 at 21:46:40
10 Posted 06/09/2018 at 22:17:37
11 Posted 06/09/2018 at 22:24:45
Seamus is having one hell of a rough start to a new season.
12 Posted 07/09/2018 at 05:24:55
This is his contract year so I expect him to be better.
13 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:08:34
As much as the lad may think he's the next great superstar, he needs to realise that RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick seems to be the only other person who agrees with him.
He is going to have to put in a hell of a lot of work in order to convince Silva and the fans that he is ready for a place in the first team. I really believe his head is full of fantasy crap planted there by Leipzig's boss who has fuelled his belief that he's better than he actually is at this moment in time.
He definitely has potential, but needs to be showing signs of it when he gets his chance to display his skills, instead of the 'petulant child' who seemed he couldn't give a damn in his sub appearance against Huddersfield.
14 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:17:59
Case in point: Jonjoe Kenny instead of a woeful Coleman, Dowell on the pitch when Sigurdsson can't or won't do what we need. Same for Beni Baningime if Schneiderlin starts coasting again.
15 Posted 07/09/2018 at 07:24:01
He's got a chance of developing into a good player and hopefully he does.
16 Posted 07/09/2018 at 09:25:34
Pleased for Fraser Hornby and it is great experience for an 18-year-old. It will do his confidence the world of good. It would be good to see him on the bench for a full Scottish international match. If he keeps on scoring for the U21s, they will be suggesting it.
17 Posted 07/09/2018 at 09:47:36
A little bit harsh, Lookman looked off the pace when he was brought on against Huddersfield. The lad hasn't had much game time due to the possible move and an alleged injury. He will be better than that.
Even so, he still played the most creative ball across the 6-yard box that Tosun missed by an inch and Sigurdsson missed by a big toe. Nobody else came close to providing any creativity or inspiration.
His focus and body language has to improve but I want to give him the chance to.
18 Posted 07/09/2018 at 12:02:46
19 Posted 07/09/2018 at 13:19:12
I remember watching the England U21s about 5 years ago, maybe a bit longer, and the emergence of Harry Kane, a point shared with the late Harold Matthews; who we both thought was a star in the making.
I feel that young Fraser Hornby is a similar type player, and hope he emulates Harry in his progression.
20 Posted 07/09/2018 at 22:25:23
Must be because he hasn't played enough football lately... Did Kenny, start last night?
21 Posted 07/09/2018 at 23:53:49
Of ours, only Calvert-Lewin started the game; Davies, Kenny & Dowell were all on the bench.
Watching him in the flesh I was a bit disappointed with Calvert-Lewin – maybe it'd have been different for him if he'd taken one of the two great chances he had in the first three minutes (one of which he made entirely for himself) but I expected more from him as a centre-forward.
Of our subs, only Davies got on and he only got about 15 minutes, which was staggering as the lad he replaced was having one. Tom did okay, and could have won it at the end but for a great block.
Dowell must have been disappointed not to have replaced Maddison when he was withdrawn. Demarai Gray (once linked with this parish) deservedly got the MotM.
Finally, it was the first time I'd seen Leicester left-back, Ben Chilwell in the flesh, but it was spooky how similar he was in terms of style of play and even running style to our own Leighton Baines...
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