Raheem Sterling urged UEFA to take "a proper stance" against racism by issuing Montenegro with a stadium ban after he and England team-mate Danny Rose were allegedly targeted by monkey chants in Podgorica on Monday.

England ran out impressive 5-1 winners in the Euro 2020 qualifier, but the match was overshadowed by apparent racist abuse, with Sterling appearing to react while celebrating the fifth goal.

Manager Gareth Southgate claimed Rose was targeted after picking up a yellow card in second-half stoppage time, while Callum Hudson-Odoi said he heard "monkey stuff".

UEFA has often been accused of not punishing incidents of racist abuse harshly enough, and Sterling was mindful of that when demanding European football's governing body comes down hard on Montenegro.

When asked by Sky Sports if a stadium ban should be issued, Sterling said: "Yeah, it's got to be something that serious for them and make them think twice about ever doing something like that again.

"I can only, we can only, the FA can only do so much. We've got to leave this to the people in charge to make a proper stance on it.

"Just banning one or two people is not going to change anything, you've got to make [an example] – even if it was our fans, I'd be saying the same thing.

"The people in charge need to actually do it [punish] as a whole, the whole [of the] Montenegro fans. I don't know, I'm not the one who makes the rules, but they've got to do something that makes a real stance.

"It's 2019 now, I keep saying it. It's a shame to see this still going on. We can only bring awareness to the situation.

"It's now time for the people in charge to put a real stamp on it. You can fine someone, but what's that going to do?

"You've got to make it harder, you've got to punish the whole [group of] fans, [so] that [they] can't come to the ground.

"You've got to do something to really make them think twice, because if their team can't play with fans, it means it's going to be difficult for them, so it's got to be something to make them think twice about."

Callum Hudson-Odoi described "monkey" chants by Montenegro supporters as "unacceptable" and hopes that UEFA will deal with it following England's Euro 2020 qualifier.

Gareth Southgate's side ran out 5-1 winners, but alleged racist abuse directed at England players towards the end of the Group A contest threatens to overshadow Monday's match, with Raheem Sterling appearing to react to the chants while celebrating the fifth goal.

Proceedings got feisty late on in Podgorica as Danny Rose was booked for a heavy challenge, and it was then that reporters in the stadium claimed abuse was aimed at the Tottenham full-back.

Chelsea forward Hudson-Odoi – making his first start for the Three Lions – confirmed he heard "monkey stuff" from the stands and the 18-year-old hopes robust action will be taken.

"I don't think discrimination should be anywhere, we are equal," Hudson-Odoi told beIN Sports.

"We have to play a fair game and enjoy the moment, but when you're hearing stuff like that from the fans, it's not right, it's unacceptable. Hopefully UEFA deal with it properly.

"When I went over there, me and Rose heard it, they were saying: 'oohh ah ah', monkey stuff. We have to keep our heads, have a strong mentality.

"Hopefully Rose is okay, and we'll have a chat about what happened, but he's got a strong mentality, he's a strong guy, and hopefully UEFA deal with it. It's not right at all.

"Raheem always helped, he's been talking to me about it, saying: 'listen, don't worry about it, it's football, people do it, it's not right, but you've got to stay strong'.

"I've spoken to him and Rose about it at the same time, and they said that in football you always get things like that, people will always be rude, say things you don't want to hear.

"Sometimes you've got to block it out of your heads, but it should not happen in football. It's unacceptable."

Two-goal Ross Barkley praised England's character after they came from behind to thrash Montenegro 5-1 in Podgorica on Monday.

Marko Vesovic's well-taken opener had put the hosts ahead early on, but Barkley set up Michael Keane for the equaliser before scoring twice to put the game beyond their opponents.

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling added gloss to the scoreline late on and Barkley was impressed with how the Three Lions responded to the early setback to make it two wins from two in Euro 2020 qualifying Group A.

"Montenegro was always going to be a hard test but we showed character to come back and put in a positive performance," he told ITV. "It was a great night for myself."

Callum Hudson-Odoi, making his first start for Gareth Southgate's side, echoed Barkley's sentiments.

"Hopefully I did well, it is not about me, it is a team performance," he said.

"We had a great mentality from the start, going down was disappointing but we got back into it.

"I reacted slow to the ball and they scored from it. We have to react positively and keep going."

England manager Gareth Southgate is adamant Three Lions left-back Danny Rose was racially abused by Montenegro fans during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Podgorica.

Southgate's impressive side ran out 5-1 winners having fallen behind, Ross Barkley the star of the show with two goals and an assist.

But alleged racist abuse directed at England players towards the end of the contest threatens to overshadow the match, with Raheem Sterling appearing to react to the chants while celebrating the fifth goal.

Proceedings got feisty late on as Rose was booked for a heavy challenge, and it was then that reporters in the stadium claimed abuse was aimed at the Tottenham full-back.

Southgate insisted he heard it as well, confirming England will be reporting the incident to UEFA.

Speaking to ITV after the game, Southgate said: "I definitely heard it when Danny Rose got booked towards the end of the game.

"There's no doubt in my mind that happened, and we'll report it to UEFA. It's not acceptable.

"I had a quick chat with Danny as I heard that, but I've not had a chance to talk to Raheem yet.

"I don't want to speculate yet, but I know what I heard. We will definitely deal with it in the right way. We have to make sure we support our players."

Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured as Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Serbia in a frantic Euro 2020 qualifier in Lisbon.

A goalless draw with Ukraine in their opening Group B fixture on Friday put the pressure on Portugal heading into Monday's encounter, and their task was made more difficult when Ronaldo appeared to suffer a hamstring injury before the half-hour mark.

Dusan Tadic's penalty had put Serbia ahead early on, though Portugal overcame Ronaldo's injury to level through Danilo Pereira's rasping 42nd-minute strike.

Portugal were awarded a spot-kick with 17 minutes remaining only for referee Szymon Marciniak to change his mind after consultation with his assistant and Serbia held firm to frustrate their hosts.

William Carvalho had a goal disallowed against Ukraine and should have put Portugal ahead inside four minutes here, but he failed to apply a finish from point-blank range.

Portugal were made to pay for Carvalho's miss three minutes later, Tadic making no mistake from the spot after Rui Patricio barged into Mijat Gacinovic, though Serbia's lead would have been short lived if not for a pair of superb saves from Marko Dmitrovic.

Ronaldo's injury looked to have knocked the wind out of Portugal's sails, but the hosts drew level when Danilo picked out the top-right corner with an outstanding strike from 30 yards.

The reigning European champions failed to recapture the same intensity after the restart and were fortunate that Adem Ljajic blazed over in the 56th minute, while Nemanja Maksimovic made a vital block to deny Andre Silva at the other end.

Portugal looked to have been handed a lifeline when Marciniak initially deemed Antonio Rukavina handled in the area, but the assistant referee came to Serbia's rescue when he instructed the official to change his decision.

The hosts' frustrations only grew in stoppage time when Bernardo Silva and Pepe squandered chances to secure a dramatic win.

Ross Barkley was decisive with two goals and an assist as England thrashed Montenegro 5-1 in Podgorica on Monday to make it two wins from as many games in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Barkley – like full debutants Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi – was starting due to injuries, and he took full advantage of his opportunity, inspiring the rampant Three Lions by having a hand in three goals.

Marko Vesovic's well-taken opener had England on the back foot early on, but they went into the break ahead thanks to Michael Keane's first international goal and an instinctive finish from Barkley, who set up the equaliser.

England's play became sloppy at times early in the second period but Barkley effectively ended Montenegro's chances just before the hour, before Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling wrapped up the victory to add to Friday's 5-0 demolition of the Czech Republic at Wembley.

Although England controlled the early exchanges, Montenegro took the lead against the run of play in the 17th minute – Vesovic beating Jordan Pickford with a curling effort from 12 yards after playing the ball against Keane.

The England centre-back levelled at the half-hour mark, however, finding the bottom-right corner with a fine header from Barkley's free-kick.

Barkley was vital again as England took the lead eight minutes later, diverting Hudson-Odoi's slightly wayward shot in from close range.

Danijel Petkovic was helpless in the 59th minute as Sterling' cutback was knocked straight to Barkley by Stefan Savic, and the Chelsea man swept home from the centre of the area.

Kane got in on the act with 19 minutes to play, tapping a squared pass from Sterlin - who was released by Barkley - in from close range for his 17th goal in 20 England appearances under Gareth Southgate.

Manchester City star Sterling rounded things off in the 80th minute with a tidy finish following substitute Jordan Henderson's incisive pass.

 

What does it mean? England's character shines through

Although England's performance against the Czech Republic was impressive, they were not exactly required to show much mental fortitude. The same cannot be said about their trip to Podgorica, as they fell behind early on to a team more than prepared to scrap.

It was not vintage, but they showed a strength of character and ruthlessness rarely associated with England teams over the past two decades.

Hudson-Odoi proves his place is merited

While Barkley was the star of the show, Hudson-Odoi deserves praise. Many spoke of misgivings about his senior call-up given he is yet to even start a Premier League game for Chelsea, but – after a shaky start – the 18-year-old winger more than showed his class.

Savic all at sea

Montenegro's captain and most-recognisable player, Savic endured a less than impressive outing. He failed to cut out Sterling's pass for Barkley's second goal and then let Kane run through for his solitary strike.

What's next?

While Montenegro return to qualifying action in just under three months with games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic, England's next outing is their Nations League semi-final with Netherlands in June.

France made it two wins from two in Euro 2020 qualifying Group H as they cruised past Iceland 4-0 at Stade de France on Monday.

Didier Deschamps' side got their campaign off to a routine start with a 4-1 win over Moldova on Friday and wasted little time setting up another comprehensive win, Samuel Umtiti heading home in the 12th minute.

Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Blaise Matuidi all missed opportunities to extend their advantage during the first half, however, and they were almost punished for their profligacy when Birkir Bjarnason tested Hugo Lloris shortly after the interval.  

Giroud, Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann ensured a drama-free finish for the World Cup winners, though, all scoring inside the final 22 minutes as Les Bleus turned on the style to wrap up the most comfortable of three points. 

 

Lionel Messi will be in Argentina's Copa America squad regardless of concerns over a lack of playing time with the national team, coach Lionel Scaloni has confirmed.

Messi made his first appearance for Argentina since the 2018 World Cup in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela in Madrid on Friday but has since returned to Barcelona due to a knock sustained in that game.

Argentina face Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday, with Scaloni revealing that Juventus forward Paulo Dybala will replace Messi in the line-up.

The Morocco friendly is Scaloni's final chance to assess his options before picking his Copa America squad, with Argentina kicking off their campaign against Colombia on June 15.

However, he insisted that Messi can be sure of his place, though the coach noted that Argentina cannot be so dependent on their star man.

"We have decided 80 per cent of the [squad] for the Copa America, we are missing three or four places," Scaloni told a press conference.

"In principle, Messi was at his maximum [against Venezuela], he got very involved in the group and he finished the game.

"We talked about the game, not the future. But it is clear that he will be at the Copa America.

"It's something that we knew could happen in attack, we have to work so that does not happen, that each player is not attracted to Messi and understands that he is one more player that will help win the matches."

Sclaoni confirmed only Gonzalo Montiel, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez will retain their places in the starting XI against Morocco, who he believes will represent a stern challenge as Argentina look to bounce back from their display against Venezuela.

"Morocco are a great team that posed a lot of problems for Portugal and Spain in the World Cup," he said.

"When I said that the players had to give more [after the defeat to Venezuela], I talked to them and they understood me. If everyone does what they do at their clubs we will be a better team. It went badly but it is better that it goes wrong now so we can avoid repeating it."

Kylian Mbappe has become the youngest player to reach 30 appearances for France after starting their Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland on Monday.

The 20-year-old is six months younger than Karim Benzema was when he reached the landmark in 2010.

Mbappe made his debut for Les Bleus in a 3-1 win over Luxembourg in March 2017 and scored his first international goal in a World Cup qualifier against Netherlands in August later that year.

He has wasted little time in becoming one of his country's key figures and played a vital role in their triumph in Russia last year, scoring his fourth of the tournament in the final against Croatia.

And Mbappe marked his record-breaking appearance with the assist for Samuel Umtiti's opening goal at Stade de France on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured in Portugal's Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia on Monday, sparking worries for Juventus ahead of the closing stretch of the season.

Ronaldo pulled up with an apparent hamstring strain with just under half an hour played in Lisbon, immediately signalling to the bench that he needed to be replaced.

Despite his side being 1-0 down at the time, Portugal coach Fernando Santos wasted no time in sending on Pizzi in place of the captain, who headed straight down the tunnel for further treatment.

Juventus are 15 points clear at the top of Serie A, which they look set to win for an eighth straight season, and face Ajax in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.

Luis Enrique scoffed at suggestions Spain do not score enough goals, pointing out they are averaging more than LaLiga's most prolific side Barcelona.

Spain began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Saturday, beating Norway 2-1 thanks to Sergio Ramos' 71st-minute penalty.

But the European champions of 2008 and 2012 were guilty of wasting a host of chances, and for a short while that looked like costing them when Joshua King equalised from the spot midway through the second half.

It was put to Luis Enrique that the performance against Norway was indicative of an apparent problem Spain have in front of goal, but he dismissed such a suggestion.

"The debate about the lack of goals has reached me," he told reporters ahead of Tuesday's match away to Malta.

"We have 19 goals in seven games, an average of 2.7 goals per game. Barca, I think, have 2.6 goals every game on average and they're the top scorers in LaLiga. To be short of goals, we don't look too bad.

"We played better [against Norway] than we did in the 6-0 win over Croatia [in September]. There were many good actions, very few mistakes, very good high pressure. The match is close to a [rating of] nine."

Ramos stepped up in typically commanding fashion to see Spain over the line with his spot-kick against Norway, and Luis Enrique paid tribute to his captain.

"One of the great things about Ramos is that his conditions are unique, but his personality is still of the top level," the coach said.

"He is a leader, an example in everything, that means taking care of himself as well. We're talking about valuing something which is very difficult to find."

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini has warned his players not to take Liechtenstein lightly in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.

The Azzurri kicked off their Group J campaign with a 2-0 win over Finland on Saturday and are expected to comfortably cruise past their opponents in Parma, who are ranked 181st in the world and have won just twice in their last 31 games.

Mancini, though, has pointed to Brazil's shock 1-1 draw with Panama on Saturday as proof that there are no guaranteed wins in international football.

"If we are not alert at the beginning, it can become dangerous," he told a media conference.

"Look at the Brazil v Panama game. There are no easy games, and all should be approached with maximum concentration.

"A team should approach all matches the same way – it doesn't matter what opponent is front of us."

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mancini is keen to harness a more positive atmosphere surrounding Italy at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. 

Three points against Finland got them off to a fine start, but Mancini knows he has more to do to fully win back supporters.

"We are happy because we wanted to bring back enthusiasm," he added. "We could only do it because of the quality of the team.

"We have to work hard to improve and to get many more people attached to the national team."

After opening his international account against Finland, Juventus striker Moise Kean is expected to once again start up front at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, but Mancini intends to shuffle his pack.

"We have not made any decisions yet, but we will probably change three or four players," he said.

Uruguay captain Diego Godin says he retains the same enthusiasm as ever for international football after becoming his country's most-capped player.

Godin's 126th appearance for Uruguay came on Monday as his side beat Thailand 4-0 in the final of the China Cup.

Uruguay did not concede any goals in either of their matches in the mini-tournament, with Godin and his side mostly untested against moderate opposition.

But it was still a memorable occasion for the Atletico Madrid defender, who is linked with joining Inter at the end of the season.

"I continue coming with the same enthusiasm and the same desire as the first day I debuted," Godin said.

"That speaks to the feeling generated by selection for any Uruguayan footballer.

"The feeling for me does not change, the moment I stop feeling that for this shirt I probably do not deserve to be here."

Uruguay will return to action in June with Oscar Tabarez's side drawn in Group C of the Copa America.

Godin and his team-mates open their campaign on June 16 against Ecuador before facing special guests Japan and defending champions Chile.

Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi will make their first England starts in Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier away to Montenegro.

The Three Lions began their campaign with a crushing 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday, with both players making their international bows off the bench.

But, due to a number of injuries and fitness doubts, they have moved into the starting XI in Podgorica.

Eric Dier was forced off in the first half on Friday, while Jordan Henderson and Jadon Sancho – both of whom are among the substitutes against Montenegro – are struggling with fitness issues.

Hudson-Odoi has come in for Sancho on the wing, Rice takes the place of Henderson and Ross Barkley replaces Dier as he did at Wembley.

It is a particularly big achievement for 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi, given he is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea.

The only other change sees Danny Rose replace Ben Chilwell at left-back.

England are out to make it two wins from as many games in Group A, while Montenegro will hope to improve on their 1-1 draw away to Bulgaria on matchday one.

Reggae Girl defender Dominique Bond-Flasza says signing a new contract with PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie will help keep her game at a high level.

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