England will be without Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier for Wednesday's Nations League clash with Denmark.

The pair withdrew from the squad on Tuesday, reducing Gareth Southgate's pool of available players to 28.

Chelsea full-back Chilwell, who was absent for the opening two fixtures of the international break after breaching COVID-19 restrictions, is thought to be suffering from a foot injury.

Atletico Madrid defender Trippier's reason for withdrawing is reportedly personal.

England recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Belgium at Wembley on Sunday, when Trippier played the full match.

Dejan Kulusevski insisted Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be stopped as the Juventus team-mates prepare to reunite in the Nations League fixture between Sweden and Portugal.

Ronaldo and Portugal will welcome Kulusevski's Sweden to Lisbon for Wednesday's League A, Group 3 clash.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal defeated Sweden 2-0 in the reverse fixture in September.

Sweden star Kulusevski – who plays alongside Ronaldo at Serie A champions Juve – is braced for a difficult encounter with Portugal's captain and all-time leading goalscorer.

"There is no one who can stop him. If he has a good day, he decides everything on his own," Kulusevski said via Aftonbladet.

"We did not manage to stop him last match, but we get another chance on Wednesday.

"I do not know how to stop him, you have to be aggressive get him frustrated. I know what it's like to play against aggressive backs and in the end you get frustrated."

Portugal top Group 3 – ahead of France on goal difference – with seven points from three games following Sunday's goalless draw in Paris.

Fernando Santos' Portugal are in the midst of a six-game unbeaten streak since going down 2-1 to Ukraine in October last year.

Sweden are bottom of the group following three consecutive defeats, having lost 2-1 to Croatia last time out.

Gareth Southgate is hopeful star forward Harry Kane will be fit to start for England when they meet Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho called on Southgate not to use Kane in all three of England's fixtures during the international break, with Tottenham having had a congested start to the 2020-21 campaign.

Kane scored twice as Spurs dismantled Manchester United 6-1 in the Premier League on October 4, before reporting for England duty later that day.

However, the 27-year-old had a scan on a thigh issue and was not involved in a friendly match against Wales on Thursday, and started on the bench against Belgium on Sunday before replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 66th minute.

Despite Mourinho's concerns, though, England boss Southgate is confident his captain will be able to start against the Danes on Wednesday.

"Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case," Southgate told reporters when asked if England had been in contact with Spurs.

"He reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

"He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

"He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

"I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday."

It is not difficult to understand Mourinho's concerns, given Spurs' reliance on their star forward.

Kane made 29 league appearances last season, missing nine matches in the top flight.

Of the games he missed, Tottenham won just three, scoring 12 goals in total, compared to 49 goals and 13 victories with Kane in the side, while he already has three top-flight goals and six assists to his name this term.

Spurs' next Premier League outing comes on Sunday, with Mourinho's men hosting London rivals West Ham.

Germany boss Joachim Low says Timo Werner is fully fit for their Nations League clash with Switzerland on Tuesday.

Chelsea striker Werner missed his country's 3-3 friendly draw with Turkey on Wednesday after suffering from flu but was fit enough to come off the bench for the final 10 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 Nations League win over Ukraine.

While Werner looks set to make his 33rd international appearance in Cologne, Low says there are fitness doubts over Julian Draxler, Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg.

"Timo Werner is back to full strength and there are no weaknesses," Low told a media conference on Monday. "He is available.

"But we have small question marks. Draxler has an Achilles problem, Halstenberg is dealing with adductors and Klostermann has knee problems."

Germany have struggled in recent months, with the win over Ukraine marking their first taste of victory in four games.

That has led to criticism of Low and his tactics, most notably from 1990 World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus, who says Germany need to adopt a "different mentality".

Low brushed off the comments, though, and expects his side to deliver a strong performance against the Swiss.

"There are different opinions in football," Low said in response to Matthaus' remarks. "The experts have to express their opinions and that is completely fine and certainly not lacking respect. What is important is that we criticise ourselves internally, and we do that.

"I expect concentration, more precision, courage and the right attacking accents [against Switzerland]. It will be a completely different game than against Ukraine. The Swiss can defend extremely well."

Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne has returned to Manchester City after he sustained an injury in the Nations League defeat to England.

De Bruyne was taken off in the 73rd minute at Wembley on Sunday, as Roberto Martinez's side went down 2-1.

It has since been confirmed that the 29-year-old left the Belgium camp to return to City for further treatment and will miss the Red Devils' match with Iceland on Wednesday.

City – who have won just one of their first three top-flight fixtures this season – face Arsenal in their next Premier League outing, and Pep Guardiola will be desperate to have his star man available on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling withdrew from England's squad with a minor hamstring issue and might be a doubt for the Arsenal clash, though Sergio Aguero did return to training prior to the international break.

De Bruyne has started in all of City's league games this term, scoring once and providing one assist from 14 chances created.

No player in the Premier League has laid on more key passes than De Bruyne.

Marcus Rashford heads into Wednesday's Nations League clash between England and Denmark with another milestone in his sights.

As a player to score on his debuts in the Premier League, Europa League, Champions League and EFL Cup for Manchester United, as well as his first international outing in 2016, the forward is no stranger to landmarks.

His confident penalty on Sunday helped England defeat Belgium 2-1 at Wembley as Gareth Southgate became the first Three Lions boss to win 10 competitive matches at the new national stadium. It also stretched their unbeaten run on Sundays to 10 years, going back to a 4-1 loss to Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Rashford has now scored in four consecutive international games. The 22-year-old is the youngest player to do so since Jimmy Greaves way back in 1961.

Greaves is the only England player to score in five England matches in a row while under the age of 23 since the Second World War. Rashford, whose birthday is on October 31, will have one more chance to emulate that feat against Denmark.

The penalty was Rashford's only shot of the half and he only created a goalscoring opportunity for a team-mate once. Indeed, former United captain Roy Keane was less than impressed with the forward's performance in a first half in which England struggled against the world's top-ranked side.

"Rashford, in the first half, was going through the motions," Keane said on ITV. "I just want to make a point: Rashford, his body language in the first half, he needs to do better.

"And then he started doing what he should be doing: running at people, getting forward, doing things quickly. Gareth Southgate should have said something at half-time: 'Cut out this nonsense, kind of standing on the ball'. Remember what got you into this England team and that's running at people. That's your strength."

Southgate also admitted England were caught out at times in the first half but was delighted with their renewed efforts after the break, particularly with the forwards - Rashford chief among them - pressing harder. He and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin contested 11 duels, more than any player except Belgium's Toby Alderweireld.

"The way they used the ball, they showed tremendous composure," Southgate said. "Defensively, the whole team, they defended as a team, and in these games, you have to.

"It's impossible to carry anybody without the ball. Marcus, Mason [Mount], Dominic, then Harry [Kane] - positionally close to perfect, intelligent in their pressing, had the legs to go and press which meant then the midfield players don't have to jump out of position, and then the back players aren't exposed with bodies in between the lines and turned and causing them problems."

Rashford also helped to carve out arguably England's best chance of the half, exchanging passes with Declan Rice in a swift counter-attack before firing a little way over the crossbar.

"Pass it and run, pass it and move," urged Keane, who praised the "excellent" link-up play in the sequence. Such enterprise will be needed if Rashford is to reach another milestone, and if England are to inflict upon Denmark what would be just a third defeat in 40 games.

Rafael Nadal has been labelled as "the pride of our country" by Spain boss Luis Enrique following his latest French Open triumph.

Nadal made it 13 Roland Garros titles with a straight-sets victory over Novak Djokovic on Sunday, taking him level with Roger Federer on 20 grand slams.

It was his 100th match win at the event in Paris at a major he has dominated, losing only twice.

Nadal's supremacy in his 6-0 6-2 7-5 win against the world number one on Philippe Chatrier was underlined by the fact he made just 14 unforced errors to his opponent's 52.

And Luis Enrique, whose side face Ukraine in the Nations League on Tuesday, heaped praise on his 34-year-old compatriot.

"I want to congratulate him on behalf of the [Spanish Football] Federation," he said.

"I remember his way of facing failures and his respect for his opponents. 

"He is the pride of our country. He offers us a lesson in life."

Nadal has now moved to 999 career wins across all tournaments, with 201 defeats, and has captured 86 titles.

In the titles reckoning he sits fourth in the Open Era (behind Jimmy Connors' 109, Roger Federer's 103 and Ivan Lendl's 94). A startling 60 of those titles from Nadal have come on clay.

Spain boss Luis Enrique has defended Ansu Fati after he struggled to impact the 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the Nations League.

The 17-year-old Barcelona winger, who is his country's youngest ever goalscorer, played 57 minutes in Madrid before being replaced by Wolves star Adama Traore.

Fati failed to capitalise on two good openings in the match, managing just one shot and creating zero opportunities for team-mates.

He also failed to muster a cross and lost four of his seven duels as Switzerland's 3-5-2 system proved tricky to break down, with Silvan Widmer and Nico Elvedi providing tough opposition down the Spain left.

"Man-marking is always a problem for the forwards, for everyone," Luis Enrique said on Monday as Spain prepare to face Ukraine. 

"Our goal is to create the greatest number of advantages for our attackers. After that, each game is how it is.

"Ansu is 17 years old, but he already knows what he's going to find in matches.

"We have our model because it depends on the work of the whole team. Against Switzerland, it was a difficult game for everyone because of the strong and high pressing from them, but I think we solved things well."

Spain's attack was also frustrated in a 0-0 draw with Portugal last week, but defensively the 2010 world champions have looked impressive.

In a 15-game unbeaten run stretching back to November 2018, La Roja have conceded only six goals and kept nine clean sheets.

Luis Enrique is happy to see the likes of Pau Torres, Eric Garcia and Diego Llorente perform well in a battle for a starting spot and also believes the younger players can help captain Sergio Ramos improve.

"Pau, Eric and Diego have done well, each one contributing in their place and trying to improve," he said.

"They are able to play with someone who is a benchmark, like Ramos, and they feel they can play with him, help him and even correct him. Leaders also know they can learn new things."

Roberto Mancini and Marco Verratti were united in their belief that Italy missed an opportunity as wasteful finishing saw them held to a 0-0 draw in Poland on Sunday.

Although the Azzurri were the dominant force for much of the contest in Gdansk and created some fine chances, they could not get the all-important goal.

Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Emerson Palmieri all spurned clear-cut openings, while Andrea Belotti – the striker chosen to lead the line – endured a quiet evening.

As such, Italy were unable to take a three-point lead at the top of Nations League Group A1. Defeat to the Netherlands this coming Wednesday would see them overtaken.

Mancini told reporters: "Against Poland we have always been on the attack. This is a missed opportunity.

"The pitch was in poor condition and the ball bounced badly, but I'm not looking for excuses: we should have ended the first half with at least a one-goal advantage.

"This is a balanced group, which will be decided in the last games. Poland is an excellent team, they have great champions in attack and other very good players.

"Two years ago they put us in difficulty. We are happy with the progress we have made. We want to improve further and games like tonight are part of our path, even if the draw is harsh."

Verratti was similarly frustrated, but he attempted to put a positive spin on it, adamant Italy were excellent aside from a failure in front of goal.

"We go home with a bitter taste," the Paris Saint-Germain star added.

"I agree that the pitch was difficult and made a certain type of game difficult for us. But we still had a great match – we just lacked the goal."

Didier Descahmps lauded France for keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet but conceded his side were short of their best in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Portugal.

The two remain locked together at the top of Nations League Group A3 after playing out a goalless draw at the Stade de France, which housed 1,000 socially distanced fans.

It was the first meeting between the sides since Portugal's triumph in the Euro 2016 final, but the contest failed to deliver much in the way of drama.

Ronaldo saw a late strike repelled by Hugo Lloris in what was a largely underwhelming clash between the champions of the world and the champions of Europe.

"We can always do better," admitted Les Bleus boss Deschamps.

"With the quality of the opponent we took precautions, we did not see Ronaldo this evening.

"It was more difficult for the attacking units in this game. Sometimes it is the movements that are not good, sometimes the passes do not arrive.

"We have to do better in the last move to win the match."

Deschamps was keen to highlight the excellent defensive work of both teams in shutting out two line-ups full of attacking quality.

"We knew that Portugal was a great team, we must rather talk about the defensive quality of the two teams," he said.

"The midfielders were very efficient in terms of technical accuracy... they allowed us to have more control, especially in the second half."

Next up for France is Wednesday's match away to Croatia.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was left frustrated by a lack of creativity and "explosiveness" as his side drew 0-0 with France in the Nations League on Sunday.

In front of a home crowd of around 1,000 socially distanced fans at the Stade de France, a host of European football's elite stars were on display in a generally entertaining encounter.

But despite all of the attacking talent on show, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe, the match failed to yield a goal, with France unable to claim revenge in the two teams' first meeting since Portugal's triumph in the Euro 2016 final.

Although Portugal came away with a commendable point, Santos seemed a little underwhelmed, as if he was expecting more of a spectacle.

He said: "It was a very balanced game between two teams that were too cautious, especially in offensive terms.

"It doesn't seem like too much respect, we had quality players, but it wasn't a very fast game.

"There was a lack of more aggressive dynamics in the search for the goal. It's in these games that coaches always want more.

"We had to be organised, sure, but we expected creativity, explosiveness to be unleashed. Both teams played on the back foot a bit too much.

"Whenever the game changed from that, the teams created problems for each other."

Portugal right-back Nelson Semedo had a more positive outlook, however.

He said: "I think, in general, the team played a great game. The defence did very well.

"They have a great team, many good players and we managed to control them. We ended up with a draw, we wanted to win, but I don't think it's a bad result."

The stalemate leaves Portugal and France tied on seven points at the summit of Group A3 after three games – Croatia, who beat Sweden 2-1, are four points adrift.

France and Portugal remain locked together at the top of Nations League Group A3 after playing out a goalless draw at the Stade de France.

Facing each other for the first time since Eder proved Portugal's unlikely hero in the final of Euro 2016 at the same venue, a pair of all-star attacks found no way through against similarly elite defences.

Didier Deschamps' hosts, who enjoyed the backing of 1,000 socially distanced fans within the cavernous arena, were unable to relocate the free-scoring form that saw them demolish Ukraine 7-1 in a midweek friendly.

Portugal followed up their 0-0 draw against Spain with another stalemate, although Pepe thought he had headed a 74th-minute winner, only to see the offside flag raised.

Lucas Hernandez made a last-ditch block to deny Cristiano Ronaldo on the end of Bernardo Silva's deft 24th-minute flick – the opening exchanges having been easy on the eye without yielding much in the way of goalmouth action.

Antoine Griezmann drifted in between Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro latch on to Paul Pogba's floated pass and fire at Hugo Lloris, while Joao Felix incurred Ronaldo's wrath at the other end by flinging himself at Bruno Fernandes' free-kick to divert it away from the Juventus superstar.

Kylian Mbappe looked to rip the game open early in the second half, beating Danilo Pereira with a brilliant piece of skill, but Rui Patricio saved his dinked effort well.

Ronaldo uncharacteristically misjudged a half-volleyed attempt from Guerreiro's searching cross and it was an unerring set-piece delivery from the Borussia Dortmund man that picked out a stooping Pepe, whose celebrations were correctly cut short.

A more familiar match-winner almost presented himself in stoppage time, but Lloris got down sharply to repel Ronaldo at his near post.

What does it mean? All to play for in the return

Despite the lack of a decisive moment, this was a high-class encounter with some of Europe's finest talents catching the eye. Portugal and France have seven points from their three matches and expect them to add three more apiece before meeting again next month.

What's next?

France travel to Croatia on Wednesday, when Portugal host Sweden.

Italy missed the opportunity to take a commanding lead at the top of Nations League Group A1 as an inability to finish off chances saw them held by Poland in Gdansk on Sunday.

Roberto Mancini's men extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches across all competitions, though they will be frustrated that they were unable to go four points clear of the Netherlands given the quality of their openings.

Italy posed the greater threat throughout but were particularly wasteful in the first half, with Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Pellegrini spurning two glorious opportunities in an entertaining opening 45 minutes.

Poland managed to tighten up a little in the second period, though they again had a let-off when Emerson Palmieri headed agonisingly wide and that proved to be Italy's last clear-cut chance.

Italy enjoyed a positive start and should have consolidated their position in the ascendancy by taking an 11th-minute lead, but Chiesa inexplicably shot over from close range after meeting Andrea Belotti's inch-perfect cross.

Poland sprang to life at the other end shortly after. Robert Lewandowski's left-wing delivery looked sure to be turned in by Kamil Jozwiak, only for Emerson to clear the danger in the nick of time.

The hosts had another fortunate escape 10 minutes before the interval as a low cross from the right found its way through to Pellegrini in the centre of the box, but he could not get enough on the ball and Lukasz Fabianski gathered gratefully.

Poland began the second period brightly and went close through Jakub Moder – his fierce effort from a tricky angle just outside the area forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma into a necessary save.

Italy remained the dominant force, though Poland became even tougher to break down.

Nevertheless, the visitors did work another glorious opening just past the hour, as Emerson met Chiesa's cross and failed to hit the target with his header.

Poland almost nicked the three points right at the end, but Karol Linetty slammed into the side-netting after being teed up by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Erling Haaland continued his stunning goalscoring form with a hat-trick in Norway's 4-0 win over Romania but was quick to praise team-mate Martin Odegaard, warning there is much more to come from the young duo.

Lars Lagerback's side bounced back from their Euro 2020 play-off loss to Serbia on Thursday with a resounding Nations League triumph, with Haaland the star of the show.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has scored 17 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances and now has six in as many outings on the international stage.

Two of the 20-year-old's goals on Sunday were assisted by Odegaard, who is just a year older, and Haaland was keen to share the credit.

"I just have to pay tribute to him a little. Finally he came to his senses and played the ball to me," he joked after interrupting Odegaard's interview with TV2, with the Real Madrid midfielder suggesting he could share the match ball.

"Yes, I can simply split it in two," added Haaland. 

"It's nice to play with Odegaard. It will only get better in the years to come. We are still young."

Odegaard revealed what a luxury it is to play with Haaland, who has perfected the timing of his runs to make the most of any passes in behind.

"We know that it's just [a case of] getting the ball in behind," said Odegaard.

"He starts perfectly every time and almost never goes offside. He times it well and always gets there first."

Coach Lagerback was also quick to join in with the praise, adding of Haaland: "He is still very young.

"It's unfair to compare players, but I've never had a striker who has been as far ahead as him. 

"He holds a high international class. But if you wait a little longer, I will compare with other players."

Gareth Southgate still sees room for improvement for England but described the hard-fought Nations League win over Belgium as a "big moment" for his players.

Mason Mount's deflected strike earned England a 2-1 triumph at Wembley over opponents who had not previously suffered defeat since November 2018.

The two teams had traded penalties in a first half that saw Belgium largely on top, yet England improved after the break to make it 20 victories in their last 21 competitive home matches.

While remaining grounded after beating a team sitting top of the FIFA rankings, Southgate was delighted with how the hosts performed, particularly from a defensive standpoint.

"We've got loads that we can get better at. We are not carried away by this win, we've got to back it up against Denmark, first and foremost," he told Sky Sports.

"We know the quality of the opponent today is the level we have got to aspire to on a consistent basis.

"There will be fewer chances in these games, they are games of concentration, games of detail. For our guys to come through that is a big moment for us.

"We can be a free-flowing, free-scoring team, but against the very best, the detail of how you defend as a team has to be absolutely bang on. In the second half we got that right. In the first half we struggled with their quality and movement."

Southgate pinpointed how many problems Belgium posed, particularly in an opening half that saw Romelu Lukaku open the scoring from the spot before Marcus Rashford levelled.

However, the England boss feels the experience will be a long-term benefit to some of his younger, less-experienced internationals when it comes to their development.

"They are a top side, an absolute top side. We knew some of the questions they would ask us, down the sides of our defensive block, but to answer those questions is more difficult," he said.

"The timing of their runs and overloading us in wide areas, there is so much decision making for our players, defensively, to make. For sure, they caused us problems with that – and we didn't retain the ball well enough in our build-up.

"We were a bit slow to move the ball up the pitch, we didn't ask enough questions over stretching them, which would have allowed us to drop players lower as well.

"But it was a top-level game and we had a lot of young players there - [Declan] Rice, Mount, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] - for whom that was a really great experience.

"You don't come into these games and play their sort of quality, their level of team, without having to deal with those problems. We had to see that spell through, and what pleased me was that we had the resilience to do so."

Southgate also singled out Kieran Trippier, lining up on the left side of the defence, for special praise, adding: "He was like a soldier out there – an unbelievable defensive performance."

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