Super Falcons: Five players get Womens World Cup entitlements

After their exit from the Olympic Qualifiers, the owed members of the team have finally received their entitlements

Five players of the Nigeria women’s team initially owed bonuses for playing at the Women’s World Cup in France have been paid, Goal can exclusively confirm.

On October 2, Goal reported that goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender Chidinma Okeke, forwards Ogonna Chukwudi, Alice Ogebe and Chinwendu Ihezuo were yet to get their entitlements.

However, Goal has now learnt the affected players were paid after the team was bounced out of the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Qualifiers by Cote d’Ivoire at the Agege Stadium on Monday.

Okeke and Nnadozie were involved in team’s Olympic qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire but the team could not see off Clementine Toure’s side as they crashed out on away goal in Lagos.

The players confirmed receipt of the other outstanding bonuses of $3000 each along with $1400 accumulated daily allowances apiece.

“We have all received our monies and wish to thank the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] for fulfilling their promise,” an unnamed player told Goal.

“We also wish to appreciate everyone who intervened on our behalf on this matter. Thank you, all.”

With their bonuses now in the bag, the country’s contingent will be expecting their 30 percent share of a $1 million appearance fee in France. 

European Leagues boss: Top-four leagues should lose one automatic Champions League place

The Premier League and others may have to deal with only three automatic spots in the future, says Lars-Christer Olsson

European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson has said he is in favour of taking away one automatic Champions League berth from the top four European leagues. 

Olsson has hit back at changes proposed by Juventus president and European Club Association chief Andrea Agnelli, who wants to expand the Champions League.

Under Agnelli’s proposal, the Champions League group stage would change from eight groups of four to six groups of six, increasing the number of matches for each team from six to 10.

Agnelli is hoping to switch to a Champions League model that contains promotion and relegation, putting more of an emphasis on European performance. 

Olsson, whose European Leagues organisation represents the interests of 36 professional leagues across 29 countries, is not in agreement with Agnelli’s proposal, saying it “closes the opportunities for others.” 

The Swede has instead fixated on a three-tier model for the Champions League in which qualification is based solely on domestic performance.

“Giving four fixed positions to top associations should be questioned because that closes the opportunities for others,” Olsson said at the Leaders Sport Business Summit.

“It would be better to have three fixed places for the highest-ranked countries with the fourth having to qualify through a play-offs.

“I think the big leagues would be fine if they are all treated in the same way. They are prepared to participate in this discussion.

“Clubs should not have an advantage because of what they have done in the past.

“Neither do I think the big leagues – England, Spain, Italy and Germany – should have four teams who go straight into the group stages because it limits the opportunities for teams from other countries.”

Olsson has said he is in favour of eliminating the coefficient rankings that currently determine how many places each European league receives in the Champions League. 

“The historical coefficient should be scrapped completely, absolutely,” Olsson said. 

“It should be replaced. We need to look at financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity payments, to the smaller clubs and countries, has to increase. Up to 25 per cent of the money has to go to them.”

Liga MX transfer news: The latest rumors and chisme in Mexican soccer

Will JJ Macias head to Europe? Is Andres Guardado moving to MLS? Who will coach Monterrey? Goal summarizes the transfer talk

Cordova getting looks from abroad 

America midfielder Sebastian Cordova is drawing attention from a number of European teams including Benfica, according to  A Bola .

However, if Benfica is going to make Cordova the first Mexican to play at the club since Raul Jimenez, it is said it will have to fight off interest from Sevilla and Manchester United. Cordova has three goals in 11 league matches this season and impressed in Mexico‘s non-FIFA friendly win against Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.

Olympique Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking for defensive help this winter and may have personally contacted Tigres center back Carlos Salcedo, according to blog Football Club de Marseille .

With OM’s defense hurting, the 26-year-old Mexico international may be an attractive option giving his proven European success with Eintracht Frankfurt and Fiorentina and his versatility in playing center back or either fullback slot. Salcedo’s Tigres teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac is an OM legend.

Macias’ interest from European teams grows

Jose Juan Macias was observed by scouts from FC Koln during Wednesday’s Mexico friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, according to  Marca Claro .

The Leon forward was scouted by Frankfurt, among other teams, at the U-20 World Cup in the spring, and people representing Real Betis and Manchester United also were present this week in Toluca to take a look at the 20-year-old, who scored in a 2-0 win.

This week, footage from Borussia Dortmund‘s  Amazon  series also emerged in which the club’s chief scout Markus Pilawa watches tape of Macias’ Liga MX matches from last tournament.

Almeyda hasn’t been in touch with Rayados

San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda has not had contact with Monterrey about its vacant manager job, the MLS team said in a statement Thursday after reports Rayados had agreed to pay Almeyda’s buy-out clause and make the former Chivas boss their new head coach.

The club also said there is not a clause that would allow Rayados to buy out Almeyda, with various reports indicating the contract has a list of teams who could make a move for Almeyda but the northern Mexico side not appearing on the list.

Former Argentina national team coach Jorge Sampaoli also has been linked to the Rayados job, with various reports saying the Santos FC manager is a target for Rayados and the club would be willing to pay his $900,000 release clause.

Hugo Sanchez and Antonio Mohamed are among the other names floating around as potential replacements for Diego Alonso, according to  MedioTiempo . Sanchez is currently a pundit who has not coached for several years (see below), while Mohamed had a successful stint with Rayados previously but was unable to get the team over the hump and win a league title.

Antuna set for Man City extension

Mexico national team winger Uriel Antuna is set to sign an extension keeping him with Manchester City until 2022, according to  Fox Deportes .

Currently on loan with the LA Galaxy, the 22-year-old scored four goals at the Gold Cup this summer and has six goals and four assists in 30 matches for the Galaxy this season. 

Sanchez could return to coaching

Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez is the top candidate for the vacant Costa Rica national team job, according to  RadioCentro Deportes .

Currently an ESPN pundit, Sanchez last managed in 2012 but has put his name in the conversation for a number of openings since that stint with Pachuca. The Costa Rica job came open when Gustavo Matosas abruptly resigned, saying he was bored by coaching international football. Sanchez managed the Mexico national team from 2006-2008.

Guardado set for MLS move in 2020

Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado will move to Major League Soccer in 2020, according to TUDN .

While various MLS teams are interested, according to the report, it’s the Chicago Fire who would have the first right of refusal. Talks already are underway with Real Betis.

Peralta considering retirement

Chivas forward Oribe Peralta is considering ending his career after the Apertura, according to  Record .

The former America and Santos Laguna player is one of the most successful Mexican forwards in the last decade but with his last start coming on Aug. 28 and no goals to his name this season, the 35-year-old is considering hanging up his boots.

Apparent Facebook hack puzzles Tigres

A Facebook post from Parma‘s account announcing Tigres manager Tuca Ferretti as the club’s new manager looks to be a hack, with various reports indicating neither team has any idea about a potential move.

Ferretti is by far the longest-serving coach in Liga MX and is set to lead the northern Mexico club this weekend when it takes on Puebla on Tuesday.

Chivas courting ex-Cruz Azul exec Pelaez

Deposed Cruz Azul sporting director Ricardo Pelaez is unlikely to return to the club and now is being wooed by Chivas, according to  ESPN Deportes .

While Pelaez currently is on vacation and has not been given a formal offer by Chivas, the Guadalajara club’s president Amaury Vergara is interested in bringing in Pelaez.

Last week,  Record  reported Cruz Azul president Guillermo “Billy” Alvarez is hoping to speak with the executive in a calm setting after a wild chain of events regarding the club’s managerial situation set off the former Necaxa forward’s departure. His contract, however, has not been officially terminated, leading to a bit of delay in figuring out where his next step will be.

La Liga teams looking at Macias

Teams in Spain are hoping to bring in Leon forward Jose Juan Macias this summer, according to multiple reports .

Currently the top scorer in Liga MX, the teenager on loan from Chivas was scouted by a number of European clubs at the Under-20 World Cup. While Frankfurt was one of those teams, Sevilla has emerged as another potential suitor.

El Tri heading on tour

The Mexico national team will play its Concacaf Nations League home match against Bermuda within its borders but is seeking an alternative site to the Estadio Azteca, according to  Record .

Among the potential locations are Monterrey, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi and Tijuana. The Nations League game against Panama likely will take place in the Azteca.

Gullit seeking Liga MX return

Carlos “Gullit” Pena is in talks with Monarcas de Morelia about coming back to Liga MX, according to  MedioTiempo .

Pena has terminated his relationship with Polish second division side GKS Tychy, a team for which he signed but never played. Now the 29-year-old midfielder, who has struggled with alcoholism in the past, wants to return to his home country. Pena is a veteran of Miguel Herrera’s 2014 World Cup squad.

Lazio intrigued by Lainez

Lazio have Diego Lainez on the radar and may make an attempt to buy him from Real Betis, according to  Il Messaggero .

Lainez arrived in La Liga just six months ago, and in his introductory news conference Betis boss Rubi said he thinks Lainez is a fantastic player. However, the club may be willing to sell this summer if it can recoup its €14 million investment. The Italian club would look to pay off the debt it currently owes Betis after signing Riza Durmisi last summer and then pay the Lainez fee in a pair of installments. Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi may be forced to deploy a 4-3-3 this season, which would suit the 19-year-old winger well.

Enugu Rangers, Heartland set for another Oriental duel

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) teams Enugu Rangers and Heartland will be up against each other in a friendly on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

This is the second game between the sides in five weeks as the two Oriental rivals step up their preparation for the 2019/20 campaign.

In the reverse tie played in Okigwe, it was the Flying Antelopes who emerged 4-2 winners over Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men.

Coach Ilechukwu had blamed his team’s defeat back then on lack of fitness as the Naze Millionaires were only commencing their preseason preparations at that time.

However, having gone on to play a handful of practice games since that defeat, it is expected that Heartland would put up a better fight against the Caf Confederation Cup campaigners.

Heartland’s Solomon Onu told Goal on Tuesday that beyond the result from the friendly game against Rangers, the match is to test the readiness of the team for the NPFL 2019/20 season.

“It is not a revenge game, it is more for us to see how prepared we are for the upcoming season meant to commence now on October 20,” the Heartland official said in an interview.

“This is another opportunity for coach Ilechukwu to test his boys and see how they are adapting to his football philosophy.”

Heartland, in their last outing, scored nine goals against non-league side Ajaye FC, with former Nigeria U20 forward Christian Pyagbara scoring five of the goals.

Caf Champions League: New date for Zamalek’s encounter with Generation Foot revealed

The encounter was cancelled after the Senegalese champions rejected the change of venue, and subsequently returned to West Africa

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has revealed the Champions League encounter between Zamalek and Generation Foot will be played on Thursday, October 24 in Cairo.

The sides were billed to face off on Saturday, September 28 at the Petrosport Stadium, but the game was moved to Sunday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Generation Foot protested the change and returned to Senegal without turning up for the second leg of the rearranged game.

Caf’s Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions and Club Licensing System met on Tuesday, October 8 at the Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt and disclosed the new date and time for the rescheduled fixture.

In a statement on the governing body’s website, Zamalek are mandated to confirm the venue of the game on or before Saturday, October 12.

Caf also revealed it will cover travel and accommodation expenses of Generation Foot as well as other important match officials.

Furthermore, the body’s Disciplinary Committee will continue to review the situation that prompted the game’s suspension.

The winner of the first-round tie will progress to the Champions League group stage, while the losing side drops down to the Caf Confederation Cup.

Generation Foot leads the tie having defeated Zamalek 2-1 in Senegal On September 14.

When does Mexico play? El Tris schedule and results

Goal takes a look at when the next national team matches take place and what time you should tune in…

It’s time for Mexico to turn its attention to the Concacaf Nations League.

Mexico manager Tata Martino plans to use the new tournament to get a look at players who he hasn’t seen much of since arriving in January. 

Many of those players will be young and based in Liga MX, but the Argentine also has brought in big names like Napoli winger Hirving Lozano and Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera.

While the competition may not be the stiffest in a group that includes Bermuda and Panama, Mexico will look to finish the year strong and earn a place in June’s final.

Here are Mexico’s upcoming fixtures plus a look back at the team’s performances in 2018 and 2019: 

Upcoming Mexico national team fixtures

CONCACAF Nations League:  at Bermuda – 9 p.m. ET, Oct. 11 (Bermuda National Stadium – Hamilton, Bermuda) TV: TUDN

CONCACAF Nations League:  vs Panama – 9:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 15 (Estadio Azteca – Mexico City)

CONCACAF Nations League:  at Panama – Nov. 15 (Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama)

CONCACAF Nations League:  vs. Bermuda – Nov. 19 (Mexico)

Recent Mexico scores and results

Mexico 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago – Friendly – Oct. 2 (Estadio Nemesio Diez – Toluca, Mexico) – Several young players stand out in an exercise that served its purpose for El Tri’s rising stars.

Mexico 0-4 ArgentinaFriendly – Sept. 10 (Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas) – Martino uses his top team, but his players fail a test against the strongest team faced in 2019.

United States 0-3 Mexico Friendly – Sept. 6 (MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey) – El Tri flashed its depth, dismantling their regional rival with an alternate lineup that understood the coach’s system.

Mexico 1-0 United States – Gold Cup final – July 7 (Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois) – Mexico proves once more it’s the King of Concacaf with Jonathan dos Santos’ goal good enough for Gold Cup glory.

Mexico 1-0 Haiti (ET) Gold Cup semifinal – July 3 (University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona) – Haiti showed there are few easy games for Mexico these days, but El Tri still got into the Gold Cup final.

Mexico 1-1 Costa Rica (5-4 Mexico on PKs) Gold Cup quarterfinal – June 29 (NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas) – Guillermo Ochoa came up big for El Tri, making a key stop in extra time and then a save in the shootout.

Mexico 3-2 Martinique  Gold Cup group stage – June 23 (Bank of America Stadium  – Charlotte, North Carolina) – Martino’s squad had to grind it out but closed out group play with another win.

Mexico 3-1 Canada –  Gold Cup group stage – June 19 (Broncos Stadium at Mile High – Denver, Colorado) – El Tri ran into a resolute Canada but extended its winning streak with a professional performance.

Mexico 7-0 Cuba –  Gold Cup group stage- June 15 (Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California) – It’s a special night for Uriel Antuna, who days after being added late to the Gold Cup squad nets a hat trick & shows El Tri’s depth.

Mexico 3-2 Ecuador Friendly – June 9 (AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas) – Luis Montes has a bright moment on the same field where he had his darkest moment five years earlier.

Mexico 3-1 Venezuela Friendly- June 5 (Mercedez-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia) – El Tri continues its strong start to life under Martino but may lose Edson Alvarez for the Gold Cup.

Mexico 4-2 Paraguay Friendly – March 26 (Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California) – With two big wins over South American opponents in two matches, Martino’s initial mission with El Tri is accomplished.

Mexico 3-1 Chile Friendly –  March 22 (SDCCU Stadium – San Diego, California) –   Mexico begins the Tata Martino era with a victory that shows the manager’s ideas and concepts already are sticking.

2018 Mexico national team results and analysis

Mexico 1-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina   – January 31 (Alamodome – San Antonio, Texas) –  Gio dos Santos fails to impress, but Hugo Ayala’s header gives Mexico a win to open the year.

Mexico 3-0 Iceland – March 23 (Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California) –  A pair of goals by Miguel Layun lifts El Tri to a victory over another World Cup-bound country.

Mexico 0-1 Croatia –  March 27 (AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas) –  Mexico leaves frustrated after losing not only the game but also seeing Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcedo suffer injuries.

Mexico 0-0 Wales – May 28 (Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California) –  There are plenty of chances created but no goal for the crowd of 82,345 to celebrate.

Mexico 1-0 Scotland  – June 2 (Estadio Azteca – Mexico City, Mexico) –  The team is sent off to Russia with boos and chants of ‘Fuera Osorio’ despite topping Scotland.

Denmark 2-0 Mexico – June 9 (Brondby Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark) –  Worries are raised about a number of positions for Mexico with the home side dominating the final match before the World Cup.

Mexico 1-0 Germany – June 17 (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia) –  A dream start to the World Cup for la seleccion, as Hirving Lozano’s goal helps Mexico top the reigning champ.

South Korea 1-2 Mexico     June 23 (Rostov Arena – Rostov-on-Don, Russia) – Exactly the result Mexico needed, with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scoring what proved to be the winner.

Mexico 0-3 Sweden     June 27 (Ekaterinburg Arena – Yekaterinburg, Russia) –  A near-disaster, as Osorio’s side fell apart in the second half against Sweden, advancing only thanks to Germany‘s loss. 

Brazil 2-0 Mexico   July 2 (Samara Arena – Samara, Russia) – El Tri starts brightly but can’t keep up with Neymar, Willian or Roberto Firmino as the quarterfinal dream once again is dashed.

Mexico 1-4 Uruguay   Sept. 7 (NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas) –   A young Mexico led by interim coach Tuca Ferretti is taught a lesson by Luis Suarez and Uruguay‘s World Cup base.

United States 1-0 Mexico     Sept. 11 (Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee) – Rising star Diego Lainez will never forget his first El Tri start after a pair of memorable moments in a rivalry defeat.

Mexico 3-2 Costa Rica   Oct. 11 (Estadio Universitario – San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico) – Victor Guzman leads a young group that twice comes from behind to top the Ticos in Ferretti’s first win as interim.

Mexico 0-1 Chile     Oct. 16 (Estadio Corregidora – Queretaro, Mexico) – Nicolas Castillo makes El Tri pay for their poor finishing with a late goal to give La Roja the victory.

Argentina 2-0 Mexico     Nov. 16 (Estadio Mario Kempes – Cordoba, Argentina) – Defensive concerns emerge that Mexico’s next manager will have to deal with as El Tri again concede from a set piece.

Argentina 2-0 Mexico     Nov. 20 (Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – Mendoza, Argentina) – Different place, same result with another defeat showing how ready Mexico is to turn the page and start the Martino era.

James didnt ask to stay in Madrid, I didnt call him up – Colombia boss Queiroz

The 28-year-old won’t join up with his country for their upcoming friendlies against Chile and Algeria

Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz has said it was his decision to not call up James Rodriguez for his side’s upcoming friendlies. 

Queiroz’s comments came amid reports that Rodriguez had requested to not be called up for his country’s game against Chile on Saturday and their match against Algeria on October 15.

After spending two seasons on loan with Bayern Munich, Rodriguez has returned to Real Madrid this season and is working his way back into prominence with the Blancos. 

The 28-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, scoring one goal and adding one assist. 

After Rodriguez did not get called up for Colombia’s upcoming friendlies, reports emerged that he had requested to stay in Madrid to prove his commitment to manager Zinedine Zidane. 

However, Queiroz has refuted those reports, insisting that he decided to leave Rodriguez out in order to give him some rest. 

“Some have said that James requested not to be called up, but that’s not the truth,” Queiroz said at a press conference.

“I’ve never had a player ask that. The decision is natural, it’s my decision.

“The players who are here correspond to the objectives we have, wanting to maintain a base of 15 or 16 players. We can’t be upset if one player or another one isn’t here.

“We can’t just stick with the most important references of each team. There’s a need to look for the future. I hope to have the best players ready for when we’ll be competing for three points.”

Colombia won’t be competing for three points for some time, with the next competitive match for the Cafeteros not coming until 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin in March. 

Real Madrid, meanwhile, will return from the international break on October 19 with a La Liga match against Mallorca at the Son Moix Stadium.

Zidane’s side are currently in first place in the Spanish top flight, having started the season with five wins and three draws from their first eight league matches. 

Barcelona are in second place, two points behind their great rivals, while Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side are three points behind Madrid. 

Arsenal target Zaha admits his head was a bit all over the place after failed summer move

The Ivorian forward was linked with a big transfer this summer, and it took time to accept that it never came to fruition

Wilfried Zaha admitted that his head was “a bit all over the place” at the beginning of the season following a summer full of transfer speculation.

The forward was heavily linked to Arsenal all summer, only for Crystal Palace to reject all bids for the Ivorian star.

Everton were also said to be interested in Zaha, who has featured in all six of his side’s Premier League matches this season. 

Zaha admitted that he struggled mentally at the start of the season but with the campaign now in full swing, he is determined to prove himself once again as a player for Palace.

“I had to put my head down and play my football,” Zaha told BBC Africa .

“I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.

“I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.

“I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.”

Zaha originally came through as a Crystal Palace player before joining Manchester United in 2013.

However, that Old Trafford stint proved a failed one, with the forward returning to Selhurst Park just two years later.

And, despite the summer of transfer rumours, Zaha insists that he’s focused on his goals with Palace, not another chance with a big club.

“I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club,” he added. “I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes.

“The season’s gone well so far. We’ve got a lot more in us and I’m happy with the squad and everyone’s happy with where we are right now.

“All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out.

“Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again – that’s all that’s on my mind.”

Crystal Palace are set to host Manchester City and visit Arsenal in the club’s first two matches following the conclusion of the international break.

This is what dreams are made of – Man Utd loanee Henderson wins first senior England call-up

The Sheffield United goalkeeper has been called up in place of the injured Tom Heaton

Dean Henderson has been called up to the England squad for the first time, replacing the injured Tom Heaton.

The goalkeeper, on loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, will join up with Gareth Southgate’s squad at St George’s Park on Wednesday.

“The decision was taken after Heaton returned to his club for further assessment on an injury sustained during Aston Villa‘s win against Norwich City last weekend,” the FA added in a statement.

Henderson will join fellow goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope in the squad.

“This is what dreams are made of… it’s a dream come true to receive my first England senior call up!!” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Henderson, who has represented England from Under-16 to Under-21 level, has impressed with Sheffield United in the past year, helping them secure promotion to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old rejoined the Blades in July for another season after signing a new three-year contract with Manchester United.

Prior to returning on loan to the Blades, Henderson admitted that he was concerned he may not get a chance to represent the club in the Premier League. 

“I was always worried, even though I made it clear I wanted it to happen. Everyone wanted it to happen, no one more so than me. But I was getting nervous about things, yes,” Henderson said.

“The longer things went on it was only natural I got concerned. But now it’s sorted, I’m so relieved. I’m delighted to come back, everybody knows and can see that.”

Henderson has started all eight of Sheffield United’s Premier League matches thus far in 2019-20, with the Blades off to a better-than-expected start in league play.

Tipped by many as favourites for relegation, Sheffield United have won two, drawn three and lost three to currently sit in 13th place.

The Blades, however, do only sit two points ahead of 18th-place Everton, who occupy the third and final relegation spot. 

England face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifiers on Friday and Monday respectively.

Should England win in Prague on Friday, they will qualify for Euro 2020. 

Henderson will be back in action with the Blades after the break as his side face Arsenal in a home match on October 21. 

PSG star Mbappe withdraws from France duty due to injury

The star striker has endured a difficult start to the season after missing a month with a hamstring problem

Kylian Mbappe has withdrawn from France national team duty due to an injury setback, the France federation has confirmed. 

Mbappe will miss his side’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland on Friday and against Turkey on Monday.

“After having spoken with the player, who was following a protocol of recovery since Monday, and Franck Le Gall, the doctor of the French team, [France manager] Didier Deschamps decided to return the player to his club, Paris Saint-Germain,” a statement from the French federation read.

“Kylian Mbappe will leave Clairefontaine Wednesday morning. The staff of the France national team wishes a quick return to Kylian.”

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea has been called up in Mbappe’s place and is expected to report at Clairefontaine on Wednesday. 

The injury setback continues a difficult early-season period for Mbappe, who has already missed a month of action with a hamstring injury. 

Mbappe made his return from that injury on September 28 against Bordeaux, before making another appearance off the bench on the bench in the Champions League against Galatasaray on October 1.

But the 20-year-old then suffered another injury and had to miss PSG’s match against Angers at Parc des Princes on Saturday.

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted that Mbappe’s new injury was not a recurrence of his previous injury. 

“He’s not suffered a relapse,” Tuchel said last week. It’s a reaction between the scar and the nerve. I understand that it’ll take a bit of time to treat the scar.

“He felt very free but now there’s been a small reaction. When he feels that, he is not loose.”

Despite the injury, Mbappe was still called up for France but the striker is now set to miss more time.

Mbappe has made four appearances in all competitions for PSG this season, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

PSG will be hopeful that Mbappe will be healthy enough to take part in their first game after the international break, a match against Nice on October 18.

The defending Ligue 1 champions are once again on top of the French league, sitting two points ahead of second-place Nantes.