What happened in football today: December 7, 2020

England draw against Poland and Hungary

England were drawn against Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in the qualifying stages for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Their toughest opponent will be Poland, ranked 19th in the world, who have one of the deadliest strikers in world football, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

The European qualification phase for the 2022 World Cup will start on March 24 and 25, 2021.

FA investigating Millwall and Colchester fans

The Football Association has launched inquiries after fans booed players taking the knee at Millwall and Colchester United before kick-off on Saturday.

A statement said: “The FA can confirm that investigations are ongoing into crowd-related incidents at both The Den and JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 5th December 2020.

“Comments have been requested from all parties involved and they will have until Thursday, December 10, 2020 to provide their respective responses.”

Newcastle training ground remains closed

Newcastle’s training ground remains closed, with Public Health England monitoring the situation ahead of their game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The North East side had to postpone their clash with Aston Villa on Friday night due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among their squad.

The training ground has been closed since last weekend and remained closed on Monday.

Terry fined £1,000 after 209 rule breaches

West Bromwich Albion loan manager Paul Terry has been fined £1,000 and advised to seek help with his game after admitting 209 breaches of FA betting rules.

Terry, the brother of former England captain John, suffered net losses of £46,916.73 on his bets, an FA regulatory committee has heard.

The former Yeovil player placed 34 bets which included competitions involving clubs he was involved in.

Pogba’s time in Manchester is ‘over’, says Raiola

Paul Pogba’s agent has claimed his time at Manchester United is ‘over’. The midfielder has been in and out of the first team for the past few months – although he has featured in their last two games.

His representative Mino Raiola told Italian outlet Tuttosport: “I can say it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United.

“Paul is unhappy with Man Utd. He’s not behaving the way he would like and expect. He needs to move, he needs a change of scenery.

In November, Athleticism Laurie Whitwell has analyzed Pogba’s future at United and what could come next.

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