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Harry Maguire reached a new low at Wembley… he looks in desperate need of a quiet holiday

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In the 31 minutes minutes he was on the field, Harry Maguire had in the region of a dozen touches of the ball. Two of them were fouls and about six others were uncertain pieces of control, one of which appeared to lead to a tweak at the top of his left hamstring. In a poor season for the Manchester United defender, this was most certainly the worst night of all.

How Maguire must wish he had never taken that holiday to Mykonos in August. That trip – and the conviction for bribery and aggravated assault that followed – looks to have set his season on an inexorable course for disaster that reached a new low here at Wembley.

The red card – delivered for a second clumsy booking – was a blow to England but at the same time felt like an act of mercy for the 27-year-old. Maguire mistakes were running like water by then and something already felt as though it was going to have to give. 

Harry Maguire (right) was sent off during the first half of England's defeat to Denmark

Harry Maguire (right) was sent off during the first half of England’s defeat to Denmark

The first booking had been awarded early for a late lunge at Yussuf Poulsen and the fact it clearly wasn’t even deliberate spoke volumes. Had Maguire arrived late to stand on the Dane’s ankle on purpose then he would have answered for it. But this was a picture of a defender so out of sorts that he was actually trying to take the ball only to fall victim to his own abysmal sense of timing.

This is what happens when your game is off. Simple tasks become small mistakes and then those small mistakes become big ones. Then, a poor header and a couple more uncertain touches later, another lunge at a loose ball brings you in to contact with a different opponent – this time Kasper Dolberg – and suddenly you are walking down the tunnel with your team-mates left in the cart.

As he left the field, Maguire just looked resigned to it all. His response to his travails in Greece – he has appealed the conviction – has been to try and play through his poor form and clear his muddled mind. At United they are not exactly blessed with reliable central defenders but nevertheless he looks like a footballer in desperate need of a holiday somewhere quiet.

The dismissal further extends Maguire's torrid start to the 2020-21 campaign on the pitch

The dismissal further extends Maguire’s torrid start to the 2020-21 campaign on the pitch

Maguire is a popular player among team-mates and the kind of lad to put his best face on and get on. It is tempting to wonder with the benefit of hindsight, however, whether a couple of weeks out of the spotlight may have served him well.

All of this is easy to say now. What is clear is Gareth Southgate’s problems once Maguire had departed are about to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s at Old Trafford. United are at Newcastle on Saturday and then face games against PSG in Europe and Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton in the Premier League.

They will need their skipper but Maguire simply looks over burdened. He played the whole of Sunday’s win over Belgium and struggled against Romelu Lukaku in the first half. He was not alone there and did improve but here all the things that usually come naturally to a top class central defender presented themselves as hard work.

Jamie Redknapp says he 'feels sorry' for Harry Maguire as his turbulent season continued

The £85m defender was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Kasper Dolberg at Wembley

England manager Southgate will hope things improve as Maguire is his first defensive pick. Of the rest, he seems less sure and Wednesday night’s selection was a little strange.

The return of Conor Coady after sitting out the Belgium game was astute and the Wolves defender has advanced his international cause hugely over the last week or so. Coady was impressive again here and almost equalised at the death. That would have been two for the week for the Liverpudlian.

But why Kyle Walker was asked to play once again in a position he doesn’t like is harder to fathom. On the bench were three Premier League centre halves – Joe Gomez, Michael Keane and Tyrone Mings. Coady is right-footed and could have played on Walker’s side. Walker could then have played right wing-back which would suit him more.

Southgate does know his own mind. That much is clear from decisions elsewhere during an international triple-header that has seen him start with 23 different players.

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Once again here there was no place for Jack Grealish or Danny Ings, despite their excellent performances against Wales. Those two certainly know where they stand. So too, in a different way, does Mason Mount. Southgate actually answered a question about Grealish with an answer that talked up Mount last week and his confidence in the latter was underlined by his selection here.

Mount played well, mind. So too, it must be said, did debutant Reece James behind him and England were pretty much in control for the first half hour. Declan Rice was finding space in the centre and both full-backs were able to get forward and give England some welcome width.

But Maguire’s exit was soon followed by a penalty that shouldn’t have been and England were suddenly behind. This game turned as quickly as the Belgium one did, just in a different direction. On the basis of their three performances, two wins from the week feels about right. 

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Krasnodar vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, teams and kick-off time – Rudiger starts in Champions League match

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CHELSEA face a 4000-mile round trip to Russia to take on Krasnodar in their second Champions League group game.

The Blues played out a 0-0 draw at home to Sevilla in their opening match as the two group favourites ended up deadlocked.

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Chelsea are hoping to build on successive 0-0 drawsCredit: Reuters

But Krasnodar will be buoyed by a 1-1 draw away to Rennes in their first game and know that a shock win here would give them a reasonable chance of qualifying.

What time does Krasnodar vs Chelsea kick off?

  • Krasnodar take on Chelsea TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 5.55pm – 8.55pm in Krasnodar.
  • It will be played at the Krasnodar Stadium.

What TV channel is Krasnodar vs Chelsea on and can I live stream it?

How do I watch Krasnodar vs Chelsea for free?

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Krasnodar XI: Safonov; Smolnikov, Kaio, Martynovich, Chernov; Vilhena, Gazinski; Utkin, Olsson, Ramírez; Berg

Latest odds

Krasnodar 5/1

Draw 29/10

Chelsea 4/9

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Sunday, October 25

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EFL Trophy renamed Papa John’s Trophy as takeaway joint take over sponsorship and Burton hand out free pizza

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CLUBS are hungry for a slice of the EFL Cup after it was renamed the Papa John’s Trophy following a tasty new sponsorship deal.

Burton Albion players handed out pizzas for families in need to celebrate the EFL’s new three-year arrangement with the Pizza takeaway firm – and boost Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals.

Burton players Ben Fox, Kane Hemmings and Ryan Edwards gave out Papa John's pizzas to needy families after the trophy's new sponsorship deal

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Burton players Ben Fox, Kane Hemmings and Ryan Edwards gave out Papa John’s pizzas to needy families after the trophy’s new sponsorship dealCredit: Rex Features
Man Utd and England star Marcus Rashford has been campaigning for the Government to extend free school meals beyond term time

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Man Utd and England star Marcus Rashford has been campaigning for the Government to extend free school meals beyond term timeCredit: PA:Press Association

Papa John’s will supply a new base and toppings for the cup after succeeding former car leasing company sponsor Leasing.com as its sponsors.

But some fans mocked the partnership on social media, suggesting it was a little too cheesy.

One said: “This is the reason it is not taken seriously!” – while another argued the competition’s new moniker was worse than “Uber eats”.

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But others couldn’t resist tucking away a few open goals – with comments like “They want a pizza the action” and “They’re paying a lotta dough for this”.

The competition’s new name will feature for the first time in the build-up to the next round of group stage matches – on November 10-11.

And the brand will also become the “official pizza of the EFL”.

Burton stars gave away Papa John’s pizzas to families during half-term in response to calls for the Government to expand free meals to holidays.

The League One club passed on 100 lunches to families outside their Pirelli Stadium.

Papa John’s also donated 120 slices to help Burton’s effort.

FL Chief Commercial Officer Ben Wright said: “The EFL is delighted to welcome Papa John’s as title sponsor of the EFL Trophy and a new addition to the League’s portfolio of partners.

“As we continue to navigate through the challenging times that the coronavirus pandemic presents, it is testament to the growing appeal of the EFL that we are able to attract new partners and invest the sponsorship fee into the competition through payments to clubs, which is important during this difficult period.”

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F1 slammed by human rights groups after Saudi Arabia race in Jeddah announced for first time on Grand Prix calendar

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F1 BOSSES have been condemned by human rights groups for scheduling next year’s penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia.

But Amnesty International fell short of demanding the cancellation of the race in Jeddah – only asking the Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the grid to speak out against the country’s regime.

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F1 chiefs have been slammed for scheduling a race next year in Saudi ArabiaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Formula One chiefs have been in discussions with the Saudi authorities over a race in the Gulf state for most of this year.

Now they plan the street circuit in the Red Sea city which will host the first Saudi GP while a new purpose-built track at Qiddiyah, scheduled for 2023, is completed.

But the proposal faced an instant push back from Amnesty International, which branded the race “part of ongoing efforts to sportswash the country’s abysmal human rights record”.

The organisation added: “Saudi authorities apparently still see elite-level sport as a means of rebranding their severely tarnished reputation.

“If a Saudi Grand Prix goes ahead, at the very least Formula One should insist that all contracts contain stringent labour standards across all supply chains, and that all race events are open to everyone without discrimination

“In the lead-up to a race in Jeddah, we would urge all F1 drivers, owners and teams to consider speaking out about the human rights situation in the country.

“Including by expressing solidarity with jailed human rights defenders.”

While Saudi Arabia is on the provisional schedule for the first time, there is currently no Brazilain GP planned for the first time since 1972.

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This year’s race was cancelled because of Covid-19 but F1 is now in a dispute with the promoter of the Interlagos track on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, this weekend’s Emilio Romagna GO at Imola will take place without fans after the Italian government banned spectators.

Track chiefs had planned for a 13,000 attendance but rising Covid-19 infections in the region saw Government bosses in Rome step in, with F1 saying it “understands and respects the decision taken by the authorities”.

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