Internationals: Havertz opener and Werner brace send Germany to the World Cup

Wales’ qualifying campaign concludes next month with games at home to Belarus and Belgium. Four points there will guarantee them a play-off spot.

Without the suspended Mateo Kovacic, Croatia were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Slovakia. They slip to second in Group H after Russia won in Slovenia, and the 2018 World Cup finalists will likely need to beat Russia next month to guarantee their place in Qatar.

It was a successful day for three England youth teams who all won without conceding. Seven different Chelsea players featured across the different age groups. 

England Under-21s made heavy weather of their European Championship qualifier in Andorra. With Conor Gallagher prominent in midfield, they struggled to break down the resilient hosts despite plenty of possession and territory, and were then reduced to 10 men on the hour when Rhian Brewster was harshly shown a second yellow card.

However, Andorra were undone by the first corner they won in the game, with England counter-attacking from it. Curtis Jones slipped in Emile Smith Rowe to finally break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining. It finished 1-0, leaving England on seven points from three qualifiers ahead of a crucial fixture at home to Czech Republic next month.

Earlier today, England Under-20s thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 in Teplice. Tino Anjorin missed an early penalty for the Young Lions but did get his name on the scoresheet in the second half, sliding in to convert a low cross in the 70th minute. It was his last action before being replaced.

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