England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford punches the ball clear during their win over Germany earlier this week. Photograph: John Sibley/Getty Images

Five months ago Jordan Pickford walked out at Anfield into the eye of a storm. His form for Everton had been poor for several months. He had been brie(...)

 Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scores an own goal against Spain at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain 5 Slovakia 0 They needed a little help but at last the cork came out and the cava flowed, carrying Spain through to the next round and maybe b(...)

Emil Forsberg celebrates after scoring Sweden’s winner from the spot against Slovakia. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Sweden 1 Slovakia 0 An intriguing tactical battle, a slow-burning minor classic, an enthralling game of subtly shifting patterns … ah, who are we kid(...)

 Allan Saint-Maximin after scoring for Newcastle United against Burnley. Photograph: EPA

Burnley 1 Newcastle 2 If Newcastle’s season has been defined in part by Allan Saint-Maximin, he might have rescued it in the space of seven minutes. (...)

Brighton’s French striker Neal Maupay scores against Newcastle United. Photograph: Getty Images

Brighton 3 Newcastle 0 Brighton pulled six points clear of the drop zone with a dominant 3-0 win over fellow relegation-battlers Newcastle. Steve B(...)

Jamaal Lascelles jumps to score Newcastle’s equaliser against Aston Villa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty/AFP

Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 1 Under the so called immutable law of the ex it is not uncommon for footballers to score against their old clubs but,(...)

 Ruben Neves equalises for Wolves against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Photograph: PA

Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 Injury-hit strugglers Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 home draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday(...)

 Emile Smith Rowe celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal against Newcastle United. Photograph: EPA

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0 AET Emile Smith Rowe came off the bench to fire holders Arsenal into the FA Cup fourth round with an extra-time goal against Ne(...)

Callum Wilson celebrates scoring Newcastle United’s opening goal of during the Premier League  match against  Crystal Palace  at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Andrew Couldridge/AFP via Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle United 2 For Steve Bruce, anything would have been an improvement on his side’s last two performances. In truth, the emba(...)

Stanislav Lobotka has been ruled out of the Slovakia side for Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff against Ireland. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Pavel Hapal claims the decision not to allow Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka return home for Thursday night’s Euro2020 playoff game against Irelan(...)

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