OVERNIGHT FOOTBALL ROUND-UP
Not many would have predicted just 48 hours ago that Newcastle would be vying with England for the headlines on international match-day.
But while the Three Lions prepare for tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Andorra, the Toon are planning a remarkable new future under the world’s wealthiest owners.
The Magpies’ Saudi owners – worth around £320billion – say they bought out Mike Ashley to “build long-term success for the club”.
Brighton chief Graham Potter and England legend Steven Gerrard are the latest names mentioned to become new manager, as current boss Steve Bruce fears the sack.
Roberto Martinez, Antonio Conte, Eddie Howe, Brendan Rodgers, Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard have also been highly tipped.
Meanwhile, the Three Lions are expected to rest most of their regular starters for what should be a regulation win – ahead of Tuesday’s tougher test at home to Hungary.
England’s line-up should be close to this (possible 4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Trippier, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Henderson, Ward-Prowse; Lingard, Mount/Sancho, Saka; Abraham.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants Manchester United to sign Italy winger Federico Chiesa from his old club Juventus.
And United midfielder Paul Pogba has said “let’s see” about his future in the summer – after admitting he loved life at Juve.
Lastly, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the French mega-spenders can “accomplish anything” if legends Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos return to their best.