Gareth Southgate praised Jermain Defoe after his contributions to England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania on Sunday, but accidentally put a condition on his position in the squad. The 34-year-old scored the opening goal and contributed heavily to the buildup of Jamie Vardy‘s score, and Southgate was happy that his decision to play an in-form striker paid off. “If he scores like he is in the Premier League, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be,” Southgate said. “We’re never able to pick a full cohort, so it’s important we can call upon the likes of Jermain and he can have the impact like he did today. “I think we’ve got to look every time we get together as to who is in form. I don’t know if we can have
Facing as close to a must-win situation as it had in many years for a World Cup qualifier, the U.S. poured in three goals in the first 32 minutes and rode a Clint Dempsey hat trick to a 6-0 beatdown of Honduras in coach Bruce Arena’s first qualifier since 2005. The U.S. marketing slogan for this game was #Get3-as in the three points that were crucial after losing the first two Hexagonal games in November-but few would have imagined that the U.S. would get three goals in the first half. In the end, the raft of goals came from Sebastian Lletget (who had to leave the game early with an injury), Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey (three) and Christian Pulisic.
Cristiano Ronaldo made history on Saturday in World Cup Qualifying against Hungary. After scoring a sweet goal in the first half , he scored an even better one in the second half with a brilliant free kick. And that goal was his 70th international strike, joining the 70-goal club for European players, which also includes just Miroslav Klose and Ferenc Puskas. Here is the goal: What a way to get it. It’s tough enough to go far post, but to do it from that distance is absurd.