Just a couple of weeks after disappointing on the latest Euro finals France, Spain and Portugal could have a chance to place that behind them because the European World Cup 2022 qualifiers proceed.
The fourth spherical of matches kick-off on Wednesday, with France towards Bosnia-Herzegovina being one of many stand-out video games.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps made a number of modifications to his squad for the Group D conflict, leaving out Olivier Giroud, however recalling Manchester United’s Anthony Martial. He additionally referred to as up 4 uncapped gamers.
Deschamps informed reporters that the choice to omit Giroud was not a sign that the ahead now not had a job to play. “Olivier is still available, his situation has changed with his transfer to AC Milan where for now he has more playing time.
“It’s a sporting choice of the moment in a competitive environment with the return of Anthony Martial,” he said.
Three days after taking on the Bosnians in the Stade de la Meinau in Strasbourg Les Bleus face a difficult away game in Kiev against Ukraine.
The Ukrainians qualified top of their group ahead of Portugal for Euro 2020, but have only three points from their opening three games in the World Cup qualifiers, after drawing all matches 1-1, including disappointing home draws against Kazakhstan and Finland.
Also on Wednesday, Portugal face the Republic of Ireland in Faro in Group A. Ireland were stunned 1-0 at home by Luxembourg in their last match and having lost both games they have played, Stephen Kenny’s side are in desperate need of three points.
For Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Wednesday’s game and the match six days later against Azerbaijan will be another opportunity to break the all-time international scoring record.
Ronaldo, who is on the verge of re-joining Manchester United, currently stands on 109 goals, as does Iran’s Ali Daei.
In Group B, Sweden welcome Spain in a top-of-the-table clash in Solna on Thursday. The Swedes are a point behind the Spaniards, but have a game in hand and will find themselves in a very strong position should they make it three wins out of three.
Euro finalists England top Group I with nine points from three matches and are two points ahead of Hungary, whom they face in Budapest on Thursday.
Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate has given a first call-up to Patrick Bamford, rewarding the striker for his impressive performances with Leeds in the Premier League last season.
“There is an opportunity for Patrick as a No9,” Southgate stated. “His progress with Leeds has been excellent, he was very close at the end of last season. We worked with him at under-21 level, so we know him anyway, and it is a special moment for his family.”
England additionally face Andorra at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and Poland in Warsaw three days later.
The two unbeaten groups in Group C – Euro champions Italy and Switzerland – face one another in Basel on Sunday. Italy, who’re additionally taking over Bulgaria and Lithuania throughout the worldwide break, have received their three video games, whereas Switzerland have received each their matches.
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