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WITH a ticket for the 2012 European Championship already secured, defending champions Spain can afford to focus on striker Fernando Torres to help him rediscover his firepower in a qualifying match away to the Czech Republic tonight.
SCOTLAND will clinch a Euro 2012 play-off place by winning their next three qualifying games - assuming that Spain beat the Czech Republic.
BUMPTIOUS Radio Five Live host Garry Richardson gets this week's "stating the bleedin' obvious" award.
SPAIN might be cruising through Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifying group with a 100 per cent record, but not all their players are happy.
THE Czech Republic moved five points clear of Scotland in Euro 2012 Group I last night with a nervy 2-0 win over minnows Liechtenstein.
FABIO Capello was happy with England's performance in last night's 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley, and even conceding the late equaliser could not dampen his delight.
Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying hopes plummeted for the second time in five days as they mustered only a goalless draw against Slovenia.
SPAIN maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2012 qualifying Group I, but were pushed hard by Lithuania in Kaunas before securing a 3-1 victory.
The friendly no-one wanted turned into the best of its kind since the new Wembley was opened in 2007 - and ended with gleeful Ghana racing to their fans in jubilation following Asamoah Gyan's last-minute leveller.
Spain are concerned about the quality of the pitch for the 2012 European Championship Group I qualifier at Lithuania tonight.
FOR Scotland, the desire to participate once more in the finals of a major tournament has to be tempered by a realisation they are likely to find themselves seriously out of their depth if they get there.
THERE is a clear distinction between honest rivalry and racist abuse, one which the vast majority of football supporters are able to make. Some football players, alas, are not so capable, among them being Brazilian starlet Neymar.
Jonny Evans says that qualifying for the European Championship finals with Northern Ireland would rank as a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League with Manchester United.
FABIO Capello has defended his decision to send five key men back to their clubs ahead of England's sell-out friendly with Ghana at Wembley tonight.
Jose Mourinho has revealed he came within "hours" of taking the England manager's job before the appointment of Fabio Capello.
Charlie Adam has vowed to learn the lessons from Scotland's comprehensive 2-0 defeat to Brazil in time for the resumption of their European Championship qualifying campaign.
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has leapt to the defence of Fernando Torres despite the Chelsea striker extending his goal drought against the Czech Republic on Friday night.
James McCarthy emerged from his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland delighted to have finally ended the debate over his allegiance.