Monday 7 October
Ashley Cole misses the internationals with a rib injury. He will stay at Cobham to have treatment and may be available for Cardiff.
Sunderland finally announced that Gus Poyet will manage the side. Gus’s name has been linked to the post from the moment Paulo Di Canio left but negotiations have taken this long.

Tuesday 8 October
How football journalism works number 14 in a series:
Kevin De Bruyne is not injured. Rumours started this morning that he was rushed to hospital for tests on an ankle injury – only for the news that he was fine to drown out the initial clamour. You can forgive them, it is an international fortnight after all and there isn’t much to report.

Thursday 10 October
England’s U21 overcame the might of San Marino 4-0 but Nat Chalobah watched from the bench. At U19 Lewis Baker made a few new strides scoring late to nick a point against Slovenia.
Nathan Ake’s Dutch side beat Georgia 0-6 but Milan Lalkovic lost as Slovakia crumbled to Scotland.

Friday 11 October
England 4:1 Montenegro
Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard played as England struggled on against limited opposition. Ukraine beat Poland away meaning we will need to win our last game against the Poles to qualify.
Elsewhere, Belgium will play in Brazil after two Lukaku goals secured a win against Croatia with Courtois, De Bruyne and Hazard all in the side.
Andre Schürrle scored as Germany booked their place with a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Saturday 12 October
David Luiz captained Brazil to a win over South Korea in Seoul. Oscar scored the second goal in a 2-0. Brazil now play Zambia in Bejing – yes, in China – on Tuesday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored twice for England U19 as they thumped Andorra 7-0.

Sunday 13 October
Ashley Cole will miss the game against Poland at Wembley on Tueday. He is still struggling with a rib injury.
Obi John and Victor Moses played as Nigeria came from behind to beat Ethiopia in the first leg of their play off. And, for old times sake, Ivory Coast won with goals from Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

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