OVERNIGHT FOOTBALL ROUND-UP
Harry Kane led England’s record-busting 10-0 win in San Marino – just as absentee Raheem Sterling was being linked to Arsenal.
Skipper Kane’s four goals in 15 minutes made him the Three Lions’ highest-ever scorer in a calendar year on 13 as Gareth Southgate’s men wrapped up World Cup qualification.
The Tottenham striker’s second first-half hat-trick for England in three days took him level with 48-goal Gary Lineker, behind only Bobby Charlton’s 49 and 53 from Wayne Rooney.
And Southgate joked to ITV: “If we left him on another half an hour, we would have had Wayne Rooney’s family on the phone.
“He is a phenomenal goalscorer. We wanted to give him the chance tonight and he took it well.”
Euro 2020 winners Italy were dumped into the play-offs after Northern Ireland brilliantly held them to a 0-0 draw at Windsor Park.
And Scotland booked a seeded play-off spot with a top-notch 2-0 defeat of Denmark, John Souttar and Che Adams netting at Hampden Park.
Meanwhile, it’s claimed Arsenal could move for Sterling, possibly even in January.
Barcelona have reportedly backed off the Manchester City attacker due to his huge wages.
Juventus’ Sweden winger Dejan Kulusevski is rated as a gettable target for the Gunners as well as Spurs.
And Brighton chief executive Paul Barber believes manager Graham Potter is going nowhere.
Potter, 46, has been linked to hotseats such as Tottenham and Everton.