Italy coach Roberto Mancini insisted his side were not inferior to Portugal, despite slipping to a 1-0 Nations League defeat in Lisbon.
Portugal, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their Nations League campaign under way with a 1-0 victory against Italy in their Group A3 clash at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.
England manager Gareth Southgate is under no illusion about the task ahead and believes the World Cup semi-finalists face an “exceptional challenge” for the rest of the year.
Gareth Southgate is unsure whether England have time to become genuine Euro 2020 challengers but pledged to “keep faith” with his principles after Spain delivered an uncomfortable reality check.
France boss Didier Deschamps wants his team to be sharper when they play Holland in the Nations League on Sunday.
Wales meet Denmark in their second Nations League game in Aarhus on Sunday.
Steven Naismith insists he can provide Scotland with the firepower to shoot down Albania if Leigh Griffiths does not pull through.
Sergio Ramos will lead out Spain at Wembley for their Nations League clash with England unconcerned by any negative reception he may endure from the home fans.
France coach Didier Deschamps admitted that Germany finished the stronger side in the European heavyweights’ eagerly awaited Nations League opener in Munich on Thursday night.
Philipp Lahm believes England can take a leaf from Germany’s book by using a World Cup breakthrough to herald a new era of sustained success.
Germany and France played out a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Arena in Munich as the winners of the last two World Cups respectfully cancelled out each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ryan Giggs had a homecoming to remember as Wales began their Nations League campaign in style with a 4-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.
Germany head coach Joachim Low has admitted France will be favourites when the two giants of European football meet in Munich on Thursday for the first game of UEFA’s new Nations League tournament.
Ryan Giggs is preparing for Wales to enter the unknown against a Denmark side consisting of lower-league and futsal players.
UEFA have revealed the groups for their Nations League, which they hope will revamp international friendly games and provide an alternative route to the Euros.