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Three Lions head to San Siro
England’s Nations League trip to Italy in September will take place at the iconic San Siro, it has been confirmed.
The two sides will meet for the first time at Molineux next month, although that match will be played behind closed doors due to fan violence at Wembley ahead of last year’s European Championship final.
On that occasion, the Azzurri memorably took down the Three Lions in a dramatic penalty shootout to lift their second continental crown.
Gareth Southgate was scathing earlier this week when discussing the prospect of playing the fixture at home without fans, calling it an ’embarrassment’.
Southgate said: “We are where we are, now we are embarrassed to play behind closed doors at home.
“Normally when you watch these things happen overseas, we’re all saying it’s someone else’s problem and how the country should be treated – and now it’s us. “
Germany and Hungary are the other two teams joining England and Italy in Nations League Group A3.
Thiago and Fabinho give the Reds a boost
Liverpool have confirmed that Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are part of their traveling squad for tomorrow’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
There had been serious fitness issues regarding the midfield duo, but Jurgen Klopp will now have both men available for Saturday’s showdown in Paris.
#Thiago, 31, was sent off in the Reds’ Premier League win over Wolves last Sunday but has returned to training in recent days without any problems.
Meanwhile, Brazilian Fabinho, 28, has not been involved since May 10 against Aston Villa but is in contention to play at the Stade de France.
World Cup qualifiers streamed for free
Sky Sports have announced that the decisive clash between Wales and Scotland or Ukraine next Sunday will be broadcast on free channels.
A short statement read: “On Sunday June 5, everyone in the UK will be able to watch Wales take on Scotland or Ukraine in the FIFA World Cup play-off final.
“The important match will see the winner secure a place in the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar in November and will be available free-to-air on ITV in England, S4C in Wales and STV in Scotland, following agreements between Sky Sports and UK public service broadcasters.”
Steve Clarke’s Scots host Ukraine at Hampden Park on Wednesday, more than two months after the initial clash was postponed due to the ongoing dispute between the visitors and Russia.
Yarmolenko among West Ham exits
West Ham have announced that Andriy Yarmolenko is among four first-team players to complete their spell in East London this summer.
The Ukraine winger, 32, is finishing a mixed four years at the London Stadium after scoring memorable goals against Aston Villa and Sevilla in the final months of the campaign.
It follows club captain Mark Noble out of the gate, with the popular midfielder hanging up his boots after 18 seasons having made 550 appearances for the Hammers.
Defender Ryan Fredericks and goalkeeper David Martin were also released.