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Behind El Tri's win over USMNT

U.S. vs. Mexico

England the perfect hero, Netherlands the villain of international break

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down the Netherlands' poor performance and believes they didn't deserve to qualify with the way they played.

It's the international break, but that doesn't mean there aren't heroes and villains. Iain Macintosh reviews the best and worst of the final round of group stage matches in European Championship qualifying.


We'll be seeing a host of unfamiliar names next summer, but none more surprising than Albania. Traditionally the whipping boys of the qualifiers, it has proved most unwise to underestimate Gianni De Biasi's side this year. They beat Portugal in Aveiro, they drew twice with Denmark,...

 By Nick Ames

Netherlands fail to qualify for Euro 2016 leaving big questions over future

Despite a late rally, the Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in Group A with their 3-2 loss to Czech Republic.

Three thoughts from the Netherlands' 3-2 loss against the Czech Republic in a qualifier for the 2016 European Championship. 

1. The Dutch bow out ignominiously

It was an exit perfectly in tune with the skittish, error-strewn nature of the Netherlands' qualifying campaign.

While the team's qualification chances ultimately depended on the result of Turkey's match against Iceland (which Turkey won), Danny Blind's side might have been expected to at least keep its side of an unlikely bargain against...

 By Michael Cox

Appointing Sam Allardyce as manager is a typically Sunderland thing to do

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager and will join the club on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

There was something grimly inevitable about Sunderland's decision to appoint Sam Allardyce as manager last week; such a thoroughly predictable event that you could have anticipated it before the season had even begun.

Sunderland have come to depend upon a midseason managerial switch to earn Premier League survival. Not since 2010-11, under Steve Bruce, has the club gone an entire Premier League campaign without changing managers, yet they've always retained their position in the top flight. Martin...

Several Arsenal players are using Euro 2016 as motivation this season

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has stoked the flames over a potential move to Arsenal, after admitting his affection for the Gunners.

Tuesday marks the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. By Wednesday morning, 20 of the 24 qualifiers will be known (the final four places will be decided by playoffs next month). As usual, a host of Arsenal stars will be headed to the competition if fitness permits.  

Some, like Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, are guaranteed to be among the first names selected by their international coaches. However, several of the club's players will be fretting anxiously about their place in their respective...

Valencia face tough spell and an Alvaro Negredo vs. Paco Alcacer dilemma

Alvaro Negredo's scoring struggles have become an issue as Valencia look to keep pace near La Liga's summit.

Whether the most cynical Valencia fans sniffed more disparagingly about the appearance of the club's sports psychologist or a set of black rubbish bins on the training ground these last few days, it's hard to guess. Whatever Javier Figueroa has been doing since joining in the summer isn't yet bearing fruit.

At one end of the pitch, Valencia are missing sitters. At the other, they're shipping in avoidable goals more quickly than Apple ships our new iPhones. Mental concentration, cutting edge,...

Jurgen Klinsmann turns to youth as a new U.S. era begins

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman and Ian Darke look ahead to how the United States could rebound from its loss to Mexico in its friendly against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

HARRISON, N.J. -- It would be easy to dismiss Tuesday's friendly between the United States and Costa Rica (6:55 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) at Red Bull Arena as meaningless.

After all, the match comes just three days after the U.S.' 3-2 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, which was followed by coach Jurgen Klinsmann sending nine veterans who were on his roster for that match back to their clubs.

Those players included captain Michael Bradley, as well as DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Kyle Beckerman,...