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2 days ago

After Ireland rout, U.S. veterans say team needs to regain their fight

Ireland handled matters quite easily in Aviva Stadium with a 4-1 win over the United States.

DUBLIN -- Even the eternally optimistic Jurgen Klinsmann struggled to find a silver lining after this one. There was just no sugarcoating it. The national team's 4-1, year-ending friendly loss to Ireland on Tuesday was ugly. The lopsided result here matched the worst of Klinsmann's three-plus years in charge, when the U.S. was routed by Brazil in May 2012.

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After it was over, the coach was in no mood to mince words.

"They have to get tougher," Klinsmann said of American players in general and...

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2 days ago

Three Points: Scotland vs. England

Wayne Rooney scored a brace to guide the Three Lions to a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Celtic Park.

GLASGOW -- A trio of observations on England's 3-1 win vs. Scotland.

1. Rooney inspires "Auld Enemy"

It was a night of England's glory. Roy Hodgson's team revealed clear superiority over Scotland, who had no answer to the "Auld Enemy" and the ruthless finishing of their forwards.

Wayne Rooney scored his 45th and 46th international goals to move within three of Sir Bobby Charlton's England record and, in doing so, reminded of his continuing ability as a pure centre forward. 

His first came...

2 days ago

Three Points: Spain vs. Germany

A late, long-range strike from Toni Kroos handed Spain their first loss at home in 34 games.

VIGO, Spain -- Three quick points from Germany's 1-0 win over Spain in Tuesday's friendly meeting at Celta Vigo's Balaidos ground...

1. Kroos missile decides meeting of two experimental sides

The meeting between the last two world champions was always going to attract attention and each coach talked beforehand about their respect for their counterpart and wish to put on a good show. But this game caught both sides in transition -- after respective unexpected slip ups in qualifying for Euro 2016,...

2 days ago

Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off in Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina

Argentina head coach Tata Martino believes his side did not deserve to lose 1-0 to Portugal after having the majority of the game's chances.

MANCHESTER, England -- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off at Old Trafford, a friendly in which Raphael Guerreiro gave Portugal the 1-0 win over Argentina at the death. Here are three points from the match. 

1. Messi and Ronaldo draw a rare blank

They are forever together, much as it may irritate both. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, men who have taken their games to a greater height because of competition from the other, players whose trophy...

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5 days ago

England ratings: Wayne Rooney scores in his 100th appearance

England continue their perfect record in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on a special night for Wayne Rooney.

LONDON -- A first half of complete Wembley drudgery was wiped away by a far better England performance in the second half. Strangely, they were energised by Slovenia's opening goal, an own-goal from Jordan Henderson, before Wayne Rooney rattled them back by winning and then slotting in the equalising penalty.

Danny Welbeck's two goals completed the victory and continued England's strolling progress to qualification for the European Championship finals.

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5 days ago

Three Points: England vs. Slovenia

Wayne Rooney netted the equaliser on his 100th cap and Danny Welbeck bagged a brace to give England a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.

LONDON -- After a dull first half, it took a shock 1-0 Slovenia lead to spark England's attack as goals from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck gave the Three Lions a 3-1 win at Wembley. Here are three points from the match.

England stage swift fightback

England's cruise to France in 2016 continues to be a leisurely stroll. They continue to have a 100 percent record in qualifying, though they did suffer the blemish of conceding their first goal. If Wayne Rooney was a central figure, both for reaching...