SYDNEY (AP) After clinching first place in Australia’s A-League without taking the field, Sydney FC enhanced its record achievement with a 3-0 win over the Perth Glory on Sunday. Sydney FC won the Premiers Plate as regular-season champions after the second-place Melbourne Victory lost 1-0 to Brisbane on Saturday, when Sydney had a night off. The Brisbane win left Sydney with an unassailable 11-point lead in first place with three rounds to play. The Sydney side also created some history: it became the only team to have remained in outright first position in the standings for an entire season. In the other match Sunday, the Wellington Phoenix beat Newcastle 5-0 to remain within five points of
Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have committed their future to the club amid uncertainty over their future. Lingard is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, while Martial has been marginalised this term - yet neither player is ready to leave. Lingard has made just 10 Premier League starts this season but goals in the recent EFL Cup final win over Southampton and league victory at Middlesbrough have acted as a timely reminder as to his quality.
England moved a step closer to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday evening, as it defeated Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. Jermain Defoe and substitute Jamie Vardy scored in each half against a team that offered little to test Gareth Southgate’s team in defense. Here is what we learned from another routine qualification victory for England. Why England may not need an ‘identity’ The former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes noted, in well-publicized prematch comments, that England “needed an identity” under its newish manager. Southgate, though, has suggested England requires “flexibility.” In his second game since taking permanent charge of England, Southgate appeared