Sergio Ramos has no plans to step away from penalty duties for Spain despite missing two spot-kicks against Switzerland.

Ramos made his 177th international appearance, surpassing Italy great Gianluigi Buffon for the most by a European man, but marked the milestone with two penalty misses in a 1-1 Nations League draw on Saturday.

The defender had scored a remarkable 25 straight penalties for Spain and Real Madrid before his two misses.

Ramos, who skipped a news conference on Monday amid links to Paris Saint-Germain, said he would continue taking penalties.

"If there was another penalty of course that I would take, of course," he told Spain's media channels.

"If I didn't approach it that way, I would stop being me."

Spain host Germany in Seville on Tuesday, needing a win to finish top of Group A4 and reach the Nations League Finals.

Ramos, 34, said he was proud of his appearance record, and he dismissed any talk of retiring from internationals.

"It is a pride to surpass a legend like Buffon in caps. In the end, when you start you don't think you can get that high," he said.

"I have spent many hours running around here through the streets of Seville and there is a lot of effort behind it, perseverance and perseverance.

"In the end it is that. As long as I feel like it, I will continue. My head is in charge, and for now, it allows me."

Injured duo Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have returned to their respective clubs to undergo further assessment after withdrawing from the England squad.

Liverpool captain Henderson was replaced in the second half of England's 2-0 loss to Belgium on Sunday with what boss Gareth Southgate described as "a bit of tightness".

Manchester City attacker Sterling played no part against Belgium because of a "small niggle" picked up in training.

Both players have been ruled out of Wednesday's Nations League clash with Iceland and Southgate has decided against calling up any replacements.

"Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling will miss England's forthcoming UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland," an England statement read on Monday.

"The pair have returned to their respective clubs for further assessment. Gareth Southgate will continue his preparations for Wednesday with a 22-man squad."

Ben Chilwell also left the field early against Belgium with a back problem but remains part of Southgate's squad for the Iceland match at Wembley.

England can no longer finish top of Group A2 with one game to play and are safe from relegation, leaving them in a direct battle for second with Denmark, who are three points better off and could still qualify for the Finals with a win over Belgium.


Kylian Mbappe is fit to feature in France's Nations League clash with Sweden on Tuesday but Anthony Martial is an injury doubt. 

Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe sat out Saturday's 1-0 win over Portugal, as well as last week's 2-0 friendly loss to Finland, because of a hamstring issue. 

However, he took part in full training on Sunday and is now in contention to play a part in the meeting with Sweden at the Stade de France. 

"Kylian is fine - he took part in the collective training session yesterday," France boss Didier Deschamps said at Monday's pre-match news conference. "He will also take part in the session today. 

"I will then take the time to discuss with him to see if he starts or if he comes into play from the bench. These are the two options with their advantages and disadvantages.  

"I will decide on what is best for the team and for him. He had two weeks without playing, but he really wants it. He wants to be there tomorrow, and if all goes well, he will be." 

Martial, however, may not be fit for the visit of Sweden, with Deschamps confirming the Manchester United forward trained separately from the group due to a back problem.

The 24-year-old started against Portugal and had more shots than any France player, though he failed to beat goalkeeper Rui Patricio with any of his three on-target attempts. 

He has now failed to score with each of his last 22 shots for France but captain Hugo Lloris insisted his team-mate offers a lot more to the side than just goals. 

"If he is here with us it is because the coach shows confidence in him," Lloris said. "He has adapted very well to the team thanks to his personality and his qualities as a player.  

"The coach has given him confidence. He made the defensive efforts, coming to help [Benjamin] Pavard down the right-hand side, so that means he has the right frame of mind." 

Mbappe and Martial's lack of fitness could see Olivier Giroud start, despite Deschamps recently raising concerns over the striker's lack of playing time at club level. 

Giroud has made just three appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League this term, all of them from the bench, and his national team boss has raised the prospect of the country's second-leading scorer finding a new club in the January transfer window. 

"The situation is not good for him. It is for him to sort - he will decide," Deschamps said. "But compared to the France team, psychologically and physically for him too, he has every interest in having playing time.  

"I hope that by January he will have more playing time. After that, he will stay or not. He knows what I think about it - I've told him, although I don't forget what he has done for us and might still do." 

France have already made certain of top spot in Group A3 ahead of their concluding fixture against Sweden, who are level on points with Croatia in the battle to avoid relegation.

Tottenham defender Matt Doherty has tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty with the Republic of Ireland, news that will no doubt anger an already frustrated Jose Mourinho.

Doherty featured for his country in both last Thursday's friendly loss to England at Wembley and the 1-0 Nations League reverse against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday.

However, Ireland announced on Monday that Doherty, along with team-mate James McClean, had returned a positive test result before the squad flew back to Dublin.

Neither will be involved in Wednesday's game against Bulgaria, while the self-isolation guidelines imposed during the pandemic will also mean the duo will not be available for their clubs this weekend.

Mourinho will therefore have to do without Doherty when Spurs host Manchester City in Premier League action on Saturday.

The Portuguese seemingly made clear his feelings about the November international break in an Instagram post that showed him working out after a training session that saw just six players involved.

"Amazing week of football. Great emotions in the national team matches, superb friendlies and total safety," Mourinho wrote. 

"Covid test results after matches been played, randomers running on the pitch while team sessions are taking place and much more.

"After another training session with only 6 players, it is now time to take care of myself."

Doherty has started six times in the league this season since arriving from Wolves, helping his new club sit second in the table.

After hosting Pep Guardiola's City, Spurs have a Europa League group game against Ludogorets on November 26, followed by a trip to face London rivals Chelsea less than 72 hours later.

Sergio Ramos withdrew from a Spain media conference on Monday amid speculation Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a big-money offer for the Real Madrid captain. 

Ramos became the most capped European male player with 177 international appearances in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Switzerland, although he missed two penalties.

He was scheduled to speak alongside head coach Luis Enrique ahead of Tuesday's Nations League clash with Germany, but has been replaced by Manchester City midfielder Rodri. 

The 34-year-old's absence comes as Ligue 1 giants PSG are rumoured to be preparing a three-year deal worth €20million per season to secure his services.

Ramos' deal at Madrid expires at the end of the 2020-21 season and he is free to talk to other clubs about a lucrative free transfer from January 1. 

Los Blancos head coach Zinedine Zidane, however, believes Ramos will stay on at the club, saying earlier this month: "I have no doubt that he will stay. He is our leader and of course we love him forever."

Spain go into Tuesday's clash knowing only a win will be good enough to help them finish top of Group A4 and qualify for next year's finals. 

England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed he contracted coronavirus last month, though he has since recovered.

Reports emerged prior to Sunday's 2-0 Nations League loss to Belgium that Southgate had tested positive for COVID-19.

After England's hopes of reaching the Nations League Finals were ended by Group A2 leaders Belgium, Southgate revealed the positive coronavirus test.

"I did have the virus," Southgate told reporters. "I was fortunate it was not as serious as so many people in our country but not pleasant, not something you'd choose to have but everything is fine now."

Southgate's England needed at least a draw to ensure their chances of topping Group A2 remained alive going into their final game against Iceland.

However, first-half goals from Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans put Belgium on track for a win that leaves them needing just a point in their final group game against Denmark to reach the Finals.

It was England's 10th defeat in 48 matches under Southgate – making him the first manager to lose 10 games with the Three Lions since Sven-Goran Eriksson, who lost 10 of his 67 fixtures in charge.

England also suffered back-to-back competitive internationals losses for the first time since tasting three consecutive defeats between July and September 2018.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne said he wants to remain at the Premier League giants as he provided an update on his contract situation.

De Bruyne's future has been the topic of discussion, with City looking to re-sign the Belgium international midfielder to a new five-year deal.

The 29-year-old – who arrived from Wolfsburg in 2015 – is contracted to Pep Guardiola's City until 2023.

Asked about his future following Belgium's 2-0 Nations League win over England on Sunday, De Bruyne told VTM Nieuws: "I am at a good club [with] good owners.

"We are a bit in talks – not advanced. At the moment I am doing the talks myself.

"I would like to stay with the club, so it's easy. If I didn't want to stay, it would take someone to mediate. But when you want to stay, it's not so difficult."

Since joining City five years ago, De Bruyne has won two Premier League titles, four EFL Cups, the FA Cup and Community Shield.

In 161 Premier League appearances, De Bruyne has 110 wins, just 23 losses, 37 goals and 69 assists for City.

This season, De Bruyne boasts one goal and three assists as City sit 10th in the standings, six points adrift of leaders Leicester City, though they have a game in hand.

Jordan Henderson was withdrawn from England's 2-0 defeat in Belgium due to injury – potentially adding to Liverpool's selection woes.

Reds captain Henderson made way for Harry Winks at half-time at Den Dreef, as the Three Lions were denied the possibility of a return to the Nations League Finals.

Speaking after the match, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Henderson was taken off due to muscular tightness, although he refused to confirm whether or not this was in the hamstring.

"Jordan had a bit of tightness at half-time and felt he couldn't carry on," he said.

"Probably medically I would have to leave that [a diagnosis] for now but, yeah, we will just have to assess him when we get back."

Liverpool take on Premier League leaders Leicester City when they return to action in seven days' time, with injuries already threatening to take a significant toll upon their title defence.

Jurgen Klopp could be without both of his first-choice centre-back pairing for the remainder of the season after Joe Gomez was forced to undergo knee surgery last week, joining Virgil van Dijk as a long-term absentee.

That means Fabinho – himself a recent hamstring injury victim – is likely to play most of the campaign as a makeshift central defender, meaning Klopp can ill afford to have his midfield options further thinned out by Henderson being sidelined, especially given recent signing Thiago Alcantara has not featured since being on the receiving end of Richarlison's wild lunge during the Merseyside derby

Trent Alexander-Arnold is facing a month out after sustaining a calf strain against Manchester City before the international break, while Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus during his time away with Egypt. The star forward was asymptomatic.

England host Iceland in their concluding Nations League fixture on Wednesday, a match Raheem Sterling will sit out.

The Manchester City forward missed out against Belgium due to a calf problem and will not be ready for midweek, although Southgate suggested Sterling will be ready to return for Pep Guardiola's side versus Tottenham next weekend.

"Raheem missed training on Friday, a small problem with the calf," he explained. "He trained yesterday, wasn't happy with it and so he won't be ready for Wednesday, but I imagine he will be ready by the weekend."

Gareth Southgate acknowledged that Jack Grealish is working his way up the England pecking order after another impressive individual performance in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

Grealish was the undoubted highlight for the Three Lions as they saw their hopes of another UEFA Nations League Finals appearance dashed in Leuven.

The Aston Villa man took more touches (76) than any of his fellow England forwards, completed more passes in the opposition half (47) than any other player on the pitch, and won 86 per cent of his 14 duels.

Asked if Grealish had further strengthened his claim for regular England starts as a result, manager Southgate told ITV: "Yeah, 100 per cent. 

"I sort of explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September. 

"I think it's been helpful for him to bed in with the group so that he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him. 

"Today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level and I couldn't speak highly enough of his performance.

"What I saw, that I knew I would see, was someone with the bravery to play. 

"I think he took the ball in tight areas, his technique was good, he took players out of the game. We knew he would buy a lot of free-kicks, which of course he did. 

"I just thought he was outstanding. He should be absolutely delighted with the way he played."

Grealish, too, alluded to his private conversations with Southgate, insisting they had been key to his emergence on the international stage.

He continued: "I said the other day, he's been brilliant with me since I first came here in September. He told me what I needed to do to get into the side and I've gone away and worked on that. 

"At the end of the day, that's what you need to do in football; there's only one person that you need to impress if you want to get in the team and that's the manager. 

"He obviously gave me some praise after the game, which is nice."

Paul Pogba has described playing with France as a "breath of fresh air" in the context of his bleak situation at Manchester United. 

Pogba completed 90 minutes as N'Golo Kante netted the winner in Saturday's 1-0 Nations League victory over Portugal in Lisbon. 

Didier Deschamps still counts the former Juventus man as a key pillar of his World Cup-winning team, somewhat in contrast to Pogba's falling stock at United. 

Amid an underwhelming start to the season at Old Trafford, the 27-year-old has only started half of United's 10 games across the Premier League and Champions League. 

"This is a period, the kind of which I have never experienced in my career," Pogba told RTL. 

"The French national team is a breath of fresh air. We are very happy to come here and all very happy to see each other again. It is not the same as with the club. 

"We all group together, it is magical. We realise that everyone is happy to come and that makes a difference."

Pogba felt claiming three points against the country who beat France on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 provided the perfect response to a 2-0 friendly defeat to Finland.

“We are still excited, joyous, it is true that we really savoured this one," he said.

"We played like a mature team. We attacked and defended together as one and we felt this feeling again that we had at the World Cup.

"The response was quick and immediate after the defeat to Finland and we will remember this one."

While his future prospects at United appear increasingly uncertain, Pogba has a clarity of purpose when it comes to France building on their triumph in Russia two years ago.

"Our aim is to win the Euros," he added. "We want to win. It is meaningless if we cannot go all the way.

"We need to continue on what we did at the World Cup."

Frank de Boer was happy to end his wait for a first win as coach of the Netherlands in a 3-1 Nations League victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

After replacing Ronald Koeman at the helm, De Boer went four games without a win prior to Sunday's success in Amsterdam.

Georginio Wijnaldum became the first player since Tonny van der Linden in 1961 to score twice in the first 13 minutes of a game for the Netherlands before Memphis Depay made it 3-0, De Boer's men denied a clean sheet by Smail Prevljak.

De Boer was pleased to end his wait for a win, with his side a point behind Italy with one game left to play in Group A1.

"Of course you are waiting for that first victory," he said.

"But we had two interests today. Staying in the race for the final round of the Nations League and we are now in the World Cup qualifying in pot one. That is nice. Pot two also contains good countries, but now we are certainly avoiding the very strong countries."

Wijnaldum's brace gave the Netherlands a dream start before Depay scored his first international goal in 538 minutes of play and after attempting 21 consecutive shots without finding the back of the net.

De Boer said his team had focused on making a fast start, and he was glad it paid off.

"As staff we indicated that we had to give full throttle for the first 20-25 minutes and make a difference," he said.

"This can be done by keeping the pace high. We did a fantastic job."

While pleased with the start, Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rued the way the Netherlands finished the encounter.

"We were ready for a victory," he told NOS.

"We started well in the first half, but we got a bit sloppier at the end. Maybe we wanted to attack too much, which made the spaces bigger. In the second half it also got a bit sloppier."

The Netherlands wrap up their Group A1 campaign away to Poland on Wednesday.

Italy moved top of Nations League Group A1 heading into the final matchday as a Jorginho penalty and Domenico Berardi's late goal sealed a 2-0 win over 10-man Poland. 

With coach Roberto Mancini isolating after testing positive for COVID-19, his team turned in an accomplished display in Reggio Emilia as they extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches. 

Jorginho's 27th-minute spot-kick proved crucial, with the penalty awarded for Grzegorz Krychowiak hauling down Andrea Belotti, whose earlier venture into an offside position had cancelled out Lorenzo Insigne's would-be opener. 

Though Belotti and Nicolo Barella squandered chances to add to Italy's lead, Poland's comeback hopes all but ended when Jacek Goralski received a second yellow card, with Berardi subsequently adding gloss to a dominant display.

Italy thought they had their reward for a bright start when Insigne drilled in from Barella's cross, only for the goal to be disallowed due to Belotti's position. 

Yet the striker swiftly made amends by drawing a clumsy foul from Krychowiak, with Jorginho coolly sending Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way. 

Belotti looked set to double Italy's lead only to volley over after latching onto Insigne's delightful pass, while Barella lashed over following the restart. 

Goralski was fortunate to escape with a booking for a lunge on Belotti, with Poland's half-time substitute having flown in with his studs up, though his luck soon ran out. 

After Belotti had a penalty appeal for handball dismissed, the Torino player was scythed into by Goralski, who duly received his marching orders to end a dismal cameo off the bench. 

Italy made their numerical advantage count to grab a deserved second – Insigne playing in the unmarked Berardi to thump in his second international goal.

England hopes of reaching the Nations League Finals were ended as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

Gareth Southgate's side needed at least a draw to ensure their chances of topping Group A2 remained alive going into their final game against Iceland.

However, first-half goals from Dries Mertens and Youri Tielemans put the hosts on track for a win that leaves them needing just a point in their final group game against Denmark to reach the Finals.

Belgium made a strong start to proceedings as some front-footed defending from Jan Vertonghen was followed by the ball being fired up toward Tielemans, whose shot took a deflection off Tyrone Mings before going in off the post just 10 minutes in.

England almost hit back immediately, Harry Kane's header from a corner being brilliantly cleared off the line by Romelu Lukaku.

But Roberto Martinez's men doubled their lead shortly after, Mertens curling in a fine free-kick despite the visitors' protests that Declan Rice had not committed a foul in the build-up.

With Southgate's words clearly ringing in their ears, England started the second half on top, winning a succession of free-kicks at the edge of the Belgium box before Kane forced a save from Thibaut Courtois with a low drive.

The visitors could not make the most of their chances, however, a theme that continued following the introduction of Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin from the bench and ensured their evening would end in defeat.

Frank de Boer got his first win as Netherlands head coach as two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum led them to a 3-1 Nations League victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

A friendly loss to Mexico and three consecutive draws, most recently against Spain on Friday, amounted to an inauspicious start for Ronald Koeman's successor with Oranje.

Things were looking up when Liverpool's Wijnaldum scored twice inside the first 13 minutes at Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday, and a further strike from Memphis Depay made certain of the victory.

Smail Prevljak pulled a goal back for Bosnia-Herzegovina but the Netherlands fully deserved the three points that kept their hopes of finishing top of their group alive.

Wijnaldum broke through in the sixth minute in when he converted from Denzel Dumfries' pass after a fine move involving Depay.

Miralem Pjanic blasted over from a promising position and Bosnia-Herzegovina were promptly punished, Wijnaldum turning in his second goal after Steven Berghuis nodded Memphis Depay's cross back across the box.

It should have been 3-0 when Luuk de Jong tapped in from Berghuis' cut-back but the assistant referee incorrectly raised his flag for offside, with no VAR present to correct the call.

Goalkeeper Ibrahim Secic kept Bosnia-Herzegovina in the contest early in the second half, denying Berghuis after good work from Depay and then saving low to keep out the Lyon man's strike.

He could do nothing to stop Depay from making it 3-0 in the 55th minute, though, the forward tapping in a simple finish after Dumfries charged through a challenge from Sead Kolasinac.

Prevljak got a goal back with his first touch, firing low past Tim Krul with his team's first shot on target after 63 minutes of play.


What does it mean? Oranje still alive in Finals pursuit

The result puts Netherlands top of Group A1, a point above Poland and two ahead of Italy, having played a game more than each.

Depending on the result between those sides later on Sunday, De Boer's men could head into Wednesday's final round knowing a win would see them qualify for the Finals.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's defeat means they will be relegated to League B.

Klaassen keeps control

Depay and Wijnaldum were superb in attack but particular praise must go to Davy Klaassen on his first international appearance for three years.

The Ajax midfielder regained possession 10 times, won three tackles and misplaced just two of his 60 passes as he dictated the Dutch play from deep.

Gojak sums up listless showing

The Netherlands got in far too easily down either wing as the visiting full-backs were left consistently exposed, but at least Edin Visca offered some attacking output down the Bosnia-Herzegovina right.

On the opposite flank, Amer Gojak managed just 20 passes and a single cross in 62 minutes, and failed to make a tackle or interception.

What's next?

Netherlands conclude their Group A1 campaign against Poland in Chorzow, while Bosnia-Herzegovina host Italy in Sarajevo. Both of those matches are on Wednesday.

Harry Kane will captain England in his 50th international appearance after being named in the starting line-up to face Belgium in the Nations League.

The Tottenham striker was an unused substitute in Thursday's 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

But the prolific Kane will start for England and reach the milestone in Leuven on Sunday evening.

Kane will be supported by Jack Grealish and Mason Mount in attack as England look to repeat last month's 2-1 home win over Belgium.

How does Kane rank in England history?

In-form frontman Kane is the 62nd player to reach a half-century of caps for England.

He has scored 32 international goals in 49 appearances, with Jimmy Greaves (43) the only player to have scored more in his first 50 outings for the country.

Kane is the first outfield player to win his first 50 caps while playing for the same club since Chelsea great John Terry did so. He also becomes the first player to win 50 England caps while at Tottenham, passing Jermain Defoe, who won 49 caps as a Spurs player.

This is the 28th time Kane has captained his country, with only Billy Wright (33) and Bobby Moore (31) doing so more times inside 50 games.

The 27-year-old does fall short of the youngest players to reach 50 caps, with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen both only 23 at the time they had reached that tally, with Raheem Sterling next quickest having been 24.

This will be Kane's 33rd appearance since Gareth Southgate took charge of England. The only player to have been used more often by Southgate is Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford (37).

Spurs flying high

His international recognition comes amid a magnificent start to the season for Spurs, who are just one point off the top in the Premier League.

In 14 appearances across all competitions so far in the 2020-21 campaign, Kane has racked up 13 goals and an astonishing 10 assists.

He has created 22 chances, 18 of which have come in the Premier League. Only four players have a bigger tally, with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah top on 21 in the top flight.

Kane's creative streak has come as part of a flourishing partnership with Son Heung-min. The two attackers have already equalled a record for the amount of goals two Spurs players have combined for in a single Premier League season (nine).

The England skipper's winner against Burnley at the end of October, which was set up by Son, took them on to 29 goal combinations in Premier League history, second only to Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

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