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England lining up clash against Australia after New Zealand pulled out of November friendly

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England are lining up a clash against Australia following New Zealand’s decision to scrap next month’s original friendly at Wembley due to Covid concerns.

Some Premier League clubs had hoped England would consider discarding the friendly altogether amid growing player fatigue concerns due to what will be a congested season.

But Sportsmail can reveal talks for the Socceroos to replace their neighbours as England’s opponents in November are at an advanced stage, with the Football Association hoping to confirm the match by the end of the week.

England are lining up a clash against Australia after New Zealand pulled out of a friendly

England are lining up a clash against Australia after New Zealand pulled out of a friendly

England and Australia share one of the world’s most fiercest sporting rivalries, next month’s clash rekindling memories of previous battles between the two nations.

New Zealand were scheduled to face Gareth Southgate’s side on November 12, but in a statement on their their website, chief executive officer Andrew Pragnell said: ‘It is with deep regret that we have been forced to cancel our participation in the upcoming match against England at Wembley.

‘It is not an action taken lightly, this is a match we all wanted to play, however, as it stands of the last All Whites squad selected for the November 2019 tour, even excluding the New Zealand based players, a significant number of the team would be subject to quarantine or restrictions on their return home.

New Zealand said they decided to pull out of the friendly due to concerns over coronavirus

New Zealand said they decided to pull out of the friendly due to concerns over coronavirus

The Socceroos have a number of players at European clubs which should ease travel concerns

The Socceroos have a number of players at European clubs which should ease travel concerns

‘This would heavily disrupt their domestic seasons and potentially jeopardise their professional careers.

‘The shifting nature of travel restrictions and commercial flight availability under Covid means that we do not have certainty we could assemble a squad at Wembley on this day and defaulting on this fixture at the last minute is not an option.’

The fact Australia have a number of players stationed at European clubs should ease their Covid-related travel concerns.

There had been some hope that the FA may not look to find a substitute opponent for New Zealand, particularly from coaches who fear players sustaining injuries whilst playing international football – particularly friendlies.

But Southgate and the FA view the games as vital towards the team’s development – particularly with the European Championships just eight months away.

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Liverpool vs Sheffield United LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score – Jota puts Reds in front in Premier League

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LIVERPOOL host Sheffield United at Anfield this evening as the Premier League champions look to get back to winning ways,

A chaotic 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby followed their infamous hammering at Aston Villa, so manager Jurgen Klopp will be seeking an altogether calmer and more predictable afternoon.

Meanwhile, Chris Wilder will be keen to give his side a lift with a point against bottom-side Fulham all they have to show for their efforts so far.

  • Liverpool vs Sheffield United is live on Sky Sports Box Office.
  • The match can be purchased for £14.99.
  • Alternatively, listen to all of the action live with talkSPORT’s commentary here.
  • Liverpool XI: Alisson; Trent, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Mane, Firmino; Salah
  • Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie, Brewster

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9pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘unhappy’ after transfer failure, Pobga wages REVEALED, Rashford is SPOTY favourite

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MANCHESTER UNITED face Chelsea this evening as they look to build on the excellent midweek win over PSG.

On the transfer front, Jadon Sancho is reportedly disenchanted at Dortmund following his failed move to Old Trafford while we’ve the very latest on Paul Pogba’s new deal.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford below…

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UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE RESULTS: Main event ring walks UNDERWAY – UK start time, stream, TV channel

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV makes his huge return to the Octagon TONIGHT to take on Justin Gaethje in a massive title clash at UFC 254.

The Russian secured a submission win over Dustin Poirier last time out while Gaethje stunned Tony Ferguson in a bout which saw him replace Khabib himself to score a shock win at UFC 249 in May.

Follow ALL of the action below…

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