The international break is often a subject of derision, with some fans already pining for the return of the Premier League – but you should be all ears as Euro 2020 qualification reaches its climax.
This week’s Squawka Talker team, consisting of Sam Long, Will Hall and Tom Green, assess the state of play as the home nations attempt to secure a place at next summer’s tournament.
But how on earth does qualification actually work now that the Nations League – and standard play-offs – are in the mix? And which big names are still at risk of missing out? We’re looking at you, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Will Gareth Southgate consider closing the same door that he flung open at the start of his England tenure? Has Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman risked awakening a beast in Belfast after questioning Northern Ireland’s style of play?
Can Wales turn things around in Group E and claw their way back into contention? Or will Ryan Giggs fall short against a Hungary side that should definitely be in the market for a Red Bull partnership?
And, with beef on the menu in the England camp this week, we discuss who is actually the ‘big man’ in the Three Lions squad in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s fisticuffs with Joe Gomez. Has anyone got a hope in hell against Harry ‘Slabhead’ Maguire and Tyrone ‘The Stamper’ Mings?
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TIMINGS FOR THIS WEEK’S SQUAWKA TALKER FOOTBALL PODCAST:
00:00:00 – 00:05:20 | Euro 2020 qualification and expansion explained
‘It’s confusing to the extent that you need a FIFA degree.’
00:05:20 – 00:12:15 | Too much transparency from the England camp?
‘The media gobbled up Southgate’s openness policy.’
00:12:15 – 00:16:45 | Can Wales qualify?
‘Red Bull powered Hungary could trouble Wales.’
00:16:45 – 00:24:20 | Netherlands back in the big time?
‘We’ve missed Holland at international tournaments.’
00:24:20 – 00:26:45 | Other talking points
‘Five teams still have a chance of a 100% record.’
00:27:20 – END | England beef
‘On mass alone, Harry Kane has to be a contender.’