In the African Cup of Nations yesterday, both Senegal and Ivory Coast won their games and both countries now look certain to qualify for the finals – now to be held in Equatorial Guinea on the west coast of Africa, and they have been selected to replace Morocco, who pulled out of hosting the tournament last week based on Ebola fears.
Mehdi Abeid – on crutches yesterday
Senegal beat Egypt away 1-0 with a goal after 7 minutes from Diouf, and they now have 10 points from their five games and have qualified.
Papiss Cisse was an unused substitute in the game.
The Ivory Coast won 5-1 at Sierre Leone, and they now have 9 points from their five games and play at home to Cameroon on Wednesday night in the final game.
They are 3 points ahead of DR Congo with a better goal difference, so a draw on Wednesday will see them definitely qualify.
Cheick Tiote is not in the squad and he stayed in Newcastle to receive treatment for his calf injury.
But if the Ivory Coast lose and DR Congo beat Sierre Leone by a decent score, the Ivory Coast may not make it, although they would probably still get through as the best placed third team.
Algeria won 3-1 at home to Ethiopia to keep their 100% record after 5 games, but Mehdi Abeid didn’t play and the bad news that he is injured and on crutches.
England won 3-1 in the Euro 2016 qualifiers at home to Slovenia, but it took an own goal from Jordan Henderson after 58 minutes to wake them up and take their chances.
England got a penalty from Wayne Rooney one minute later, after 59 minutes and two good goals from Danny Welbeck ( 66, 72) completed a fairly routine win for the England side.
We top Group E with a maximum 12 points from 4 games.
This follows the usual procedure for England when we do very well in qualifying and get our hopes up, but then it usually all falls apart in the finals when the event seems too much for too many England players.
Maybe that will change in 2016 in France?
Holland and maybe Tim Krul play Latvia in Amsterdam today, in what looks like a must win game for the Dutch, after they lost two of their first three games in Group A to Iceland and the Czech Republic.
Daryl Janmaat was not included in the Dutch squad this time around.
That’s about it – other than Moussa Sissoko played for France for 80 minutes in the friendly 1-1 draw at home to Albania on Friday night for his 25th cap.
We’re a bit concerned about Mehdi Abeid’s injury. 🙁
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