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Internationals: Nelson and Nketiah score

Three more of our players were in international action on Friday and Saturday night. 

Scroll down to find out how they got on.

Eddie Nketiah scored twice while Reiss Nelson also struck as England Under-21s beat Turkey 3-2 in Euro 2021 qualifying. The Young Lions made the perfect start when Nketiah slotted home from close range, but the hosts responded through Dogukan Sinik and Mert Meldur. 

Nketiah then finished Phil Foden's through ball to level with his fourth goal in five England Under-21s appearances, before Nelson drove into the box and beat Altay Bayindir to secure a dramatic win and lift the Young Lions up to fourth in Group C. 

Our young duo will be hoping to continue their winning run against Kosovo in Hull on Monday at 6.45pm (UK). 

Lucas Torreira played the first 45 minutes of Uruguay's last-minute friendly win over Costa Rica. Daniel de Arrascaeta and Jonathan Rodriguez scored to cancel out Celso Borges' strike.

Torreira could be in action once more in the early hours of Wednesday morning, when Uruguay take on the United States in St Louis at 1am (UK).

Lucas Torreira

And finally, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi were unused substitutes on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Our duo will be hoping to feature when Germany face Northern Ireland on Monday at 7.45pm and France take on Andorra on Tuesday at 7.45pm (both times UK).

We could have up to five players in action on Sunday. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sead Kolasinac go head to head as Armenia face Bosnia & Herzegovina at 2pm, before Granit Xhaka's Switzerland host Gibraltar at 5pm.

Sokratis could then be in action for Greece against Liechtenstein, while Dani Ceballos' Spain take on Faroe Islands, with both games kicking off at 7.45pm (UK).

Dani Ceballos

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England 4-0 Bulgaria: Harry Kane scores hat-trick in Three Lions win

Captain Harry Kane is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring England's opener

England captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as they cruised to victory against Bulgaria at Wembley to maintain their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Gareth Southgate's side made it three wins from three with 14 goals scored, barely needing to break sweat as they comfortably cleared another obstacle in their path to next summer's showpiece.

Kane and Raheem Sterling were deadly once more as England built momentum from a low-key first 45 minutes to brush Bulgaria aside.

The pair combined to give England a 24th-minute lead when Sterling pounced on an error by Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev at a goal-kick to set up Kane for a smart finish on the turn.

Kane scored England's second from the spot four minutes after the break, the penalty awarded for Nikolay Bodurov's foul on Marcus Rashford, then he crossed for Sterling to bundle home the third in the 55th minute.

Tottenham's Kane completed his treble with another spot-kick after he was hauled down by Kristian Dimitrov to take his outstanding international record to 25 goals from 40 appearances, with this his second hat-trick after achieving the same feat against Panama in the 2018 World Cup.

Southgate, with victory assured, was able to give a senior debut to Chelsea's Mason Mount as England had the perfect preparation for the next qualifier against Kosovo in Southampton on Tuesday.

Kane and Sterling set the standard

Kane and Sterling will claim the headlines for England once more and rightly so - they are a deadly pair of attackers operating at the top of their game.

Kane's hat-trick takes him past England's 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored 24 goals in 49 appearances for the Three Lions.

Sterling set him up for his first and Kane repaid the compliment for England's third, their partnership growing in stature and providing Southgate with an attacking weapon that will cause problems for most defences.

Sterling's pace was a constant threat to an admittedly very poor Bulgaria side but, in tandem with Kane, he was able to lift England from a poor first-half display on to a level that eventually made it simply a matter of how many they would score.

England have been presented with what, on the surface, looks like a very comfortable passage to Euro 2020 from Group A - but the manner in which they have swept aside the Czech Republic, Montenegro and now Bulgaria has been quietly impressive.

England cruising to Euro 2020

England may have come up short at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and this summer's Uefa Nations League Finals, but it seems a formality that they will get another crack at ending the years of hurt at Euro 2020.

In reality, England and manager Gareth Southgate could barely have asked for a kinder draw than the one they have been given and it is hard to see any of the teams in their group seriously troubling them.

The only problem England may face is that, once again, the first serious test of their credentials, ambitions and progress may yet come in the Euros next summer.

Southgate must make sure England are ready and match sharp for that, both with performances and by building a squad that will hit the ground running once the serious action starts at Euro 2020.

England may not have too many serious tests before then so Southgate will need to use time and games wisely to assemble a squad that is finally in shape to get over the line when it matters.

Man of the match - Harry Kane (England)

Kane has been directly involved in 25 goals in 30 competitive appearances for England (20 goals, five assists), having a hand in all four goals vs Bulgaria (three goals, one assist)

'We enjoy playing together' - what they said

England striker Harry Kane speaking to ITV: "First half we got caught on the counter a couple of times, we said at half-time we needed to try and come out and get an early goal and that's what we did. It's a good result we hope to take into Tuesday.

"It's great for [Raheem Sterling] that he's taken his club form into international form, he's an amazing player. We enjoy playing together, we all do."

England manager Gareth Southgate speaking to ITV: "I think it improved as the game went on. We didn't need to over-complicate things. We looked dangerous, at times we took a few too many touches. Their formation caused us problems out of possession as well.

"In a game like this you have got to make sure the concentration is right. I always felt we had enough firepower to win the game. I'm not sure it's complacency - every team will have some moments, you just have to make sure you see the runs - but I'm generally pleased. Some of our attacking play was really exciting."

No qualifying defeat in almost 10 years - the stats

  • England are unbeaten in their 11 matches against Bulgaria (W7 D4 L0) - they've faced no nation more times without losing (11 - level with Finland and Turkey).
  • England are unbeaten in their last 42 Euro/World Cup qualifying matches (W33 D9 L0), since losing 0-1 to Ukraine in October 2009.
  • Bulgaria haven't won an away match in qualifying for the World Cup or the European Championship since June 2015 against Malta, drawing two and losing eight since then.
  • Harry Kane became the first player to score 25+ goals in his first 40 appearances for the England men's team since Gary Lineker (27 goals). It was his 13th hat-trick for club and country (11 for Spurs, two for England).
  • Kane has scored eight penalties for England (excluding shoot-outs) - only Frank Lampard (nine) has netted more for the Three Lions.
  • Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in nine goals in his last seven appearances for England (seven goals and two assists); as many goal involvements as he registered in his previous 33.
  • Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid) became the first player representing a Spanish club to play for the England men's team since David Beckham (Real Madrid) in June 2007.


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Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores reappointed after Javi Gracia exit

Quique Sanchez Flores led Watford to 13th and the FA Cup semi-final in his one campaign in charge

Watford have reappointed Quique Sanchez Flores as manager after announcing the exit of Javi Gracia.

Sanchez was in charge of Watford for the 2015-16 campaign before leaving at the end of the season.

Fellow Spaniard Gracia, whose coaching team have also left, had been in charge since January 2018 - making him the first Hornets boss to last more than one full season since 2013.

The appointment of Flores was confirmed 30 minutes later.

Watford are bottom of the Premier League table with one point.

Gracia led the club to Wembley last season, where they lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the biggest FA Cup final win in over a century, as well as 11th place in the Premier League.

But three defeats in their opening four league games saw him lose his job in an announcement made by the club during the first half of England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria.

Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury said: "Javi has represented Watford with great dignity and will always be deserving of our fullest respect for his achievements."

Watford picked up two points from their last eight Premier League games under Javi Gracia

Gracia and Sanchez have Watford's best managerial records in the Premier League - with an average of 1.18 points per game each.

Watford have become known in recent years for changing managers on a regular basis. Since Gianfranco Zola's exit in December 2013, they have had nine managers including Flores twice.

In one spell between August and October 2014, they had four permanent bosses. Since then Slavisa Jokanovic lasted eight months, Flores and Walter Mazzarri one season each and Marco Silva about eight months.

Sanchez has managed Espanyol in La Liga and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua since leaving Watford in 2016.

Exactly 30 minutes separated the announcements

Analysis - 'club affairs work smoothly whoever is in charge'

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

Javi Gracia can feel a measure of injustice at his sacking as Watford manager after leading them to only the club's second FA Cup final in their history in May.

But he has paid the price for a poor end to last season in the Premier League and an undistinguished start this term.

Watford may have a reputation for instability when it comes to managers but behind the scenes there is a tried and trusted scouting and recruitment network that means much of the club's affairs work smoothly whoever is in charge of coaching the players.

It has ensured Watford have established themselves in the Premier League and may explain why they have acted so quickly and, in the eyes of many, harshly. They will not want to risk that hard-won status.

Watford trust their set-up and system, although there is some irony that they have now gone back to a manager they sacked previously in Quique Sanchez Flores.

There will, though, a good deal of sympathy for Gracia.


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Euro 2020 qualifiers: Jesse Lingard withdraws from England squad

Jesse Lingard (right) has won 24 caps for England

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will miss England's upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

The Three Lions announced