Football Today, June 6, 2022: Gareth Southgate will continue to experiment with the England squad in the Nations League

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Southgate set to experiment with Nations League

Gareth Southgate says he is willing to risk more poor Nations League results in order to experiment with his England side ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Saturday saw the Three Lions stumble to a surprise 1-0 loss to Hungary in Budapest, with Southgate making full debuts for West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen and Leicester defender James Justin.

With Germany and Italy also in their group, qualification now looks like a tall order and the 51-year-old boss has admitted results are not his top priority in the competition.

He said: “I knew that going into this block of four games you were running the risk of some results that could hurt.

“But I have to look at the big picture and ignore the inevitable that comes with defeats and take what I’ll learn from it by going to Qatar. We don’t have friendlies to try it out, so we have to do it. in these types of games.

“We don’t have a 38-game league where you work with players all the time, so if I don’t try some of the players in those kinds of games, either we whip the team that’s been more consistent and we know it all, and they fade anyway at the end of those four games.

“Or, we try to balance it by putting players with experienced players around them, which hopefully gives them the best chance of succeeding.”

Changes are expected for tomorrow night’s clash with former foes Germany, who are 10 games unbeaten under Hansi Flick following their 1-1 draw at the weekend in Italy.

Wiegman will miss the England camp

England head coach Sarina Wiegman will be absent from Lionesses training camp this week

The England Women have confirmed that head coach Sarina Wiegman will not be at their St George’s Park training camp this week due to a family bereavement.

The 52-year-old Dutch boss has left her plans in place with the rest of her coaching staff and hopes to return to work next Monday.

The Lionesses take on Belgium on Thursday June 16 in the first of three friendlies as preparations for next month’s Women’s Euro 2022 ramp up a notch.

Ashworth begins role at Newcastle

Newcastle have confirmed that Dan Ashworth has officially taken over as the club’s new sporting director.

Ashworth, 51, has established a fine reputation in the game and the Magpies had to agree a compensation plan with Brighton in order to secure his release last month.

Having also enjoyed successful stints with West Brom and the English FA, he is now taking on an important role on Tyneside.

A statement released today read: “Ashworth will be responsible for the club’s overall sporting strategy, football development and recruitment at all age levels, and will work closely with head coach Eddie Howe, the academy director Steve Harper and recruiting manager Steve Nickson.”

Ronaldo gets on his bike

Legendary centre-forward Ronaldo travels 280 miles to score promotion from Real Valladolid
Legendary centre-forward Ronaldo travels 280 miles to score promotion from Real Valladolid

Brazilian icon Ronaldo is set to rack up the miles on his bike after Real Valladolid’s promotion to La Liga.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker, now 45, owns a 51 per cent stake in the Spanish club and has vowed to walk the 280-mile Camino de Santiago trail if he seals a high level return.

Speaking before setting off for the ride, Ronaldo said: “It will be wonderful. I know I will suffer physically, but it will be an unforgettable experience.

“When we were relegated I knew we had to do a lot of work to get back to the top flight.

“I made the promise, and we did a really good job, especially at the start of the year, with all the changes we made, all the philosophies we changed.”

Pilgrims are robbed

Plymouth saw its stadium robbed
Plymouth saw its stadium robbed

Plymouth have appealed to the public for information after intruders broke into their Home Park stadium on Saturday night.

The Pilgrims, who missed out on a Ligue 1 play-off spot on the final day of last season, say the perpetrators started a club tractor once inside the pitch and drove it onto the playing surface.

A club statement said: “After starting the ignition with tools, the individuals drove the tractor onto the Home Park pitch, which is in an early and crucial stage of renovation ahead of the 2022-23 season, leaving significant damage.”

The Devon outfit offers a reward to anyone who can meet her demands.

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