Football Today, 23rd September 2022: Harry Kane backs England for great reaction against Italy

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Kane’s reunion call

Harry Kane says England are keen to recover from a difficult summer when they take on Italy at the San Siro tonight.

The Three Lions face relegation from the Nations League if they are defeated after two disastrous defeats to Hungary in June, the second by a 4-0 home scoreline.

“There is definitely a determination between me, the players, the coach and the staff to get me back,” Kane told reporters at the pregame news conference.

“We’ve had four or five really successful years and there will be times when you hit a rough patch.

“We know we didn’t play well enough in the summer, but there’s always another chance, starting with this game against a very good team.

“I think we’ve had a great week of preparation and the guys look very hungry in training.”

Reports this morning have suggested that Manchester United defender Harry Maguire is in line to start, with the new named Ivan Toney set to miss the Three Lions debut.

wales are worthy

Brennan Johnson thinks Wales took pride in the second half of their loss to Belgium
Brennan Johnson thinks Wales took pride in the second half of their loss to Belgium

Brennan Johnson believes Wales’ second-half performance against Belgium was proof that they are capable of blending in with the world’s elite.

Rob Page’s men lost 2-1 in Brussels and must now beat Poland on Sunday if they are to avoid relegation from the top flight of the Nations League.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi gave Wales a 2-0 half-time deficit before a better performance after the break, something that encouraged Nottingham Forest’s young Johnson.

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The 21-year-old winger said: “It was a two-half game. In the first, we lacked a lot of confidence. We didn’t know how good we could be tonight, and especially what we could bring forward.”

“We don’t show any of that. In the second part we came out with a different mentality and we were proud.

“Poland now is a great game to stay in this league. It will be a really important game and we will all be ready for it.”

More than 30,000 home fans are expected in Cardiff for the decider: the Dragons’ last game before the World Cup in Qatar.

The lionesses unite

Sarina Wiegman and her Lionesses will be celebrating history on October 7
Sarina Wiegman and her Lionesses will be celebrating history on October 7

England’s clash with the USA on October 7 will be used to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the senior women’s team, the FA has confirmed.

The Lionesses’ first full international match saw them meet Scotland in November 1972, with players from that original team set to line up alongside Sarina Wiegman’s Euro 2022 winners before the start of next month.

More than 100 former England internationals will also attend to be commended for their role in progressing the women’s game in front of a sold-out Wembley.

Wiegman said: “We are all grateful to the previous generation of players who paved the way for today’s growth and success.

“All of them represented their country with so much talent, but they also fought very hard on and off the pitch to break down barriers and make women’s football what it is today.

“Today’s players also know the challenges they faced and appreciate everything that has been done to give them the opportunities they now have.

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“It’s great that we can say thank you to the legends of the Lionesses.”

early start

Mansfield has moved up one of its upcoming League Two games by two hours in a bid to tackle rising energy costs.

The concept of games starting earlier during the winter has been floated publicly in recent weeks, with the idea that smaller teams could save on floodlight bills.

Now the Stags are ready to put the idea to the test when they welcome Walsall to Field Mill on October 15 at 1:00pm, instead of the usual 3:00pm.

A statement said: “The club is striving to mitigate the next significant increase in energy bills.

“As part of these efforts, the earlier start will allow the club to discern whether significant savings in light bulb use and other energy costs can be achieved.”

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