Barbadian-born English fast bowler Jofra Archer insists the upcoming match-up against the team he once represented, the West Indies, will be just another game of cricket.

The 24-year-old Archer represented the West Indies U-19s three times in 2014, before moving to England and deciding to represent that nation.  Archer is eligible to represent England since his father holds a British passport.

Initially, the player was not expected to represent the country until 2022 as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules stated that as he did not live in England until after his 18th birthday, he needed to complete a seven-year residency period. 

Last November, however, the ECB changed its rules, reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three, which saw the bowler making his debut in May.

After a strong start to the ICC World Cup, Archer’s next opponents, a match slated for June 10, will represent the place he once called home and players he once stood shoulder to shoulder with.

“It’s just another game of cricket, same as today, same as the last game,” Archer told BBC Sport after a strong performance against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Friday.

 “I know them pretty good. I played with a few of the guys in under-19s, so it will be good to actually play against them this time. I’ll be able to share some knowledge but I do that whenever we play.”

Fabian Schar and Kevin Mbabu probably did not appreciate the attempts of their opponents to rouse this lulling Nations League occasion.

England midfielder Fabian Delph lined up a slide tackle from some distance on his Swiss namesake in the 18th minute, avoiding the yellow card that fellow former Leeds United youth teamer Danny Rose would collect for clattering into Mbabu.

It amounted to a percussive form of West Yorkshire resuscitation on a goalless match it was virtually impossible to shake any life into before Jordan Pickford scored and saved to win it on penalties.

Following the 3-1 defeat to Netherlands on Thursday, there was talk of Gareth Southgate's men having a semi-final problem, having fallen to Croatia at the same stage of the World Cup 12 months ago.

Given the abject state of the country's national football team for much of this century, it feels like a luxurious quandary. Elite players need no extra motivation to reach finals, but the incentive of avoiding further trips to the relevance vacuum of third-place matches might just sharpen the minds of the Three Lions.

For their part, Southgate and his players tried to make their outing at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques as useful as possible.

A line-up featuring seven changes was able to switch between three and four at the back as a result of Eric Dier's presence. Such flexibility could be a useful string to their bow against high-class opposition, given a common theme of the Croatia and Netherlands losses was England becoming a touch predictable and therefore unable to turn the tide when the games began to slip from their grasp.

As expected, Southgate changed his full-backs, with Rose and Trent Alexander-Arnold underlining the embarrassment of riches in that department. Alexander-Arnold rounded off a fine season with an accomplished display. His delivery for Dele Alli to head wastefully over 10 minutes before half-time was exquisite.

Raheem Sterling frequently launched into those scampering runs that have elevated 51 Manchester City games this season, one of which led to Callum Wilson's disallowed goal that briefly looked to have spared the ordeal of extra time. The City forward's thumping free-kick against the crossbar was the closest anyone came to averting penalties.

But the tank looked empty as Sterling lacked his usual verve and sharpness in missed chances and heavy touches. It is entirely understandable.

A head-scratching format and the bolting of more competitive fixtures onto an already packed calendar meant UEFA's launch of the Nations League received a lukewarm response.

But the action across September, October and November last year frequently delighted, never more so than when it involved the two teams dutifully fulfilling their obligations in Guimaraes.

England's feelgood factor from Russia 2018 rumbled on with stirring wins over Spain and Croatia, while Switzerland's logic-defying 5-2 comeback to sink Belgium and book their place in Portugal ranks among the very best performances of 2018-19.

The June staging of the last four is more or less unavoidable and the tournament has the finalist it needs in hosts Portugal, with Porto braced for its latest bout of Ronaldo-mania later on Sunday.

By full-time in that game, you might only remember major events from this one because it carried on half an hour longer than anyone wanted.

UEFA does not have a third place at the European Championship – much to its credit when set against the World Cup trudging on with its own fumble for bronze – and including one in this fledgling tournament was a mis-step.

Third place in the Nations League could have been decided by the losing semi-finalist with the best group-stage record, freeing up those involved for far more productive use of a sunny Portuguese afternoon in early June.

Josip Drmic saw his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford as England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties to claim third place in the Nations League after a goalless draw in Guimaraes.

In the first 90 minutes, England were twice denied by goalkeeper Yann Sommer making fingertip saves to push the ball onto the woodwork, while Callum Wilson had a late strike ruled out following a VAR check.

Sommer again came to Switzerland's rescue during the 30 additional minutes but despite a steady stream of excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses England could not find the breakthrough.

Gareth Southgate's side broke their penalty malaise at last year's World Cup and, after 11 converted kicks, including one from Pickford, the Everton keeper dived to his right to keep out Drmic's poor effort and finally settle the prolonged play-off clash.

England almost opened the scoring in the second minute, but Harry Kane's clever chip bounced back off the crossbar after goalkeeper Sommer got a touch to the ball.

Kane freed Raheem Sterling for a one-on-one chance but his tame finish was blocked by Sommer, the forward then failing to convert a right-wing cross from Alexander-Arnold.

Another pinpoint Alexander-Arnold delivery created an even better opportunity for Dele Alli in the 35th minute but his header flew over the crossbar.

Sommer made a great save to prevent Fabian Schar scoring an own goal after the interval, turning a deflection off the defender onto the post, then at the other end Pickford was called into action to push away Granit Xhaka's firm drive.

Substitute Wilson seemed to have won it late on for England, but the strike was disallowed after a VAR check for his foul on Manuel Akanji in the build-up.

A brilliant double save by Sommer maintained the deadlock in extra time, with the woodwork saving Switzerland again when Sterling beat the goalkeeper with a 20-yard free-kick.

Sommer could do nothing about England's penalties, though, with Pickford netting himself before making the decisive save from Drmic in the shoot-out.

What does it mean? England experiment with flexibility

Southgate used a fairly irrelevant game to try a new tactical system, which saw England alternate from a traditional back four to more of a central three, with Eric Dier dropping into defence from the base of midfield.

Switzerland's lack of goal threat is no secret - last year's 5-2 defeat of Belgium remains a curious outlier - but a solid defence should see them reach Euro 2020 relatively easily.

Sharp Sommer stars for Swiss

That Switzerland stayed in the game owed much to their goalkeeper, who twice made vital interventions to turn the ball onto the woodwork. On the back of a solid season for Borussia Monchengladbach, Sommer stood out for his composure and reactions in key moments.

Tired Sterling wasteful for Three Lions

England could and perhaps should have been out of sight at half-time, but Sterling failed to make the most of two clear chances. The Manchester City winger looked like a long season had caught up with him with fatigue seemingly playing a part in an under-par display, a heavy touch in the box during the second half summing up his frustrating efforts.

What's next?

Both teams will enjoy a deserved rest before the 2019-20 season. In September, England's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign sees them host Bulgaria and Kosovo, while Switzerland play the Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar.

Eoin Morgan calmed fears over the injury scare to Jos Buttler that threatened to sour England's thumping Cricket World Cup win over Bangladesh in Cardiff.

The ODI wicketkeeper could not take to the field for Bangladesh's innings on Saturday after suffering a hip injury when batting.

Jonny Bairstow, the Test keeper, took over from Buttler as England ran out winners by 106 runs to get their tournament campaign back on track.

Buttler had cracked 64 from 44 balls, with four sixes, but he was struggling to run between the wickets for a long part of his innings.

England do not have a match until they tackle the West Indies in Southampton on Friday, however, and Buttler might be back for that.

"There's no serious concern with Jos at the moment," captain Morgan said. "He didn't keep in the innings as a precaution. He'll be monitored over the next 48 hours."

After losing to Pakistan at Trent Bridge, England stacked up 386-6 against Bangladesh before bowling out their opponents for 280.

Morgan added: "We knew we would have to improve to win a tough game against Bangladesh and I think in the batting particularly we were outstanding."

Jason Roy plundered 153 and opening partner Jonny Bairstow made 51 as they put on 128 for the first wicket.

"The two boys at the top of the order set a really solid platform and Jason managed to go on and get quite a significant score at a good clip again," Morgan said.

"So that's great to see. He's intimidating to play against when he does score runs."

Man-of-the-match Roy said at the post-match presentation: "It was great to get out there and right our wrongs from the last game and put in a big performance."

Asked about the fact it was the first time he and Bairstow had given England a strong start together in this World Cup - their previous two stands were of one and 12 - Roy was quick to dismiss the statistic.

"We're only three games in," he said. "We've been doing pretty well together over the last couple of years so we've got nothing much to worry about, I don't think. We'll just go out there and get the job done."

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza praised Shakib Al Hasan, who made a fine century of 121 to hold up England.

Mortaza said: "He's playing so well for us, batting at number three, giving so much depth in the batting. His bowling also has been fantastic. There's a long way to go, still six matches left, and hopefully the other boys will come and step up."

Jason Roy flattened an umpire and bludgeoned Bangladesh as World Cup hosts England returned to winning ways in Cardiff. 

Jos Buttler gave England an injury scare at the Cricket World Cup when a hip problem meant he could not keep wicket against Bangladesh.

Buttler's rapid innings of 64 in England's 386-6 was marred by his clear discomfort when running between the wickets, seemingly caused by a hip issue.

The 28-year-old then did not take the field with England as Bangladesh began their reply in Cardiff, as Jonny Bairstow took over behind the stumps.

England could not risk a key man whose movement was so clearly restricted, and they would not wish Buttler to suffer any greater damage.

In Bairstow they had an accomplished wicketkeeper to call on as Buttler's deputy, with the Test glovesman taking over ODI duties.

James Vince was England's substitute fielder, in the absence of Buttler.

Gareth Southgate joked he is glad England's supporters were booing opposition players rather than their own after Virgil van Dijk was jeered during the Nations League semi-final.

Five days on from lifting the Champions League trophy with club side Liverpool, Netherlands centre-back Van Dijk was targeted by England's travelling fans every time he touched the ball in Thursday's match in Guimaraes.

But rather than join any condemnation of his side's supporters, Southgate feels it can be considered a positive that opposition players are being singled out instead of his own men, as was the case during a World Cup qualifier in Malta in 2017.

"I'm happier they're booing the opposition now than when they booed our players when we started," he said ahead of Sunday's third-place play-off against Switzerland.

"We're making progress. Driving through the streets of Malta... if Virgil has to take a bit, fair enough."

Defender Joe Gomez has questioned the mentality of those who picked on his Liverpool team-mate, however, as it had no positive impact on England.

Gomez, an unused substitute in his side's 3-1 extra-time defeat, said:  "I don't know where it was coming from. I hadn't see him do anything wrong. It doesn't pose much benefit for us as a team.

"We get on the ball and play the same way. I don't see the relevance with it. Maybe they were just following on. I don't think it affected us or the way we play as a team."

England will leave Portugal with a sense of disappointment following their second tournament near miss in as many years, says manager Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions take on Switzerland in Sunday's Nations League third-place match, returning to the Estadio D. Afonso Henrique in Guimaraes, where they were beaten 3-1 in extra time by Netherlands on Thursday.

Errors from John Stones and Ross Barkley leading to Dutch goals in the additional period made the loss a tough one to take for Southgate and his team, a year on from their World Cup semi-final reverse against Croatia.

"We're at the stage now where we know as a team we're close to getting into finals and the opportunities to win trophies," the England boss told a pre-match news conference.

"Everyone is disappointed throughout the camp but what has been encouraging is the players are highly motivated about how we've got to be spot on going forward.

"I've seen some positive signs in that response but of course we're unhappy.

"We're steps beyond where we've been for the last 15 or 20 years but we're not happy with that. Whatever happens tomorrow we will leave here with a sense of disappointment."

Southgate rejected suggestions that there were a worrying number of parallels between the Netherlands loss and the Croatia defeat after England again lost a lead and appeared to cede control of midfield to a technically savvier team.

"I think It's a different game to the semi-final. We had a period at the start where we weren't able to play though their press as well as we should but then we had a period where we did that well," he added.

"The start of the second half we were on top and then they were on top. They had a lot of possession without creating. All their chances came from our possession."

England will remain committed to their style of building play from the back despite Stones and Barkley erring – something their manager made light of.

"Last year we got it tactically wrong," Southgate said. "We stopped trying to play out. We certainly didn't stop trying to play out the other night. Whether we did it well is another matter."

Ben Chilwell and Jordan Henderson are doubts for the Switzerland match, along with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, who was substituted at half-time in midweek following a robust tackle from Denzel Dumfries.

"I don't think it'll be a long-term thing," Southgate said of Rashford. "We just had a 48-hour turnaround for this game so it's hard to get anyone back from any injury at all. I don't think it's a significant one."

A raising of the bat, a vigorous fist pump, maybe even a skip in the air.

Those are the more traditional ways one may wish to celebrate making a century, as Jason Roy did in England's Cricket World Cup encounter with Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.

One way you would not normally demonstrate your happiness at reaching three figures is clattering into the umpire.

But that is exactly what happened with Roy who, not realising his pull off a short Mustafizur Rahman delivery had reached the ropes, completely wiped out the poor, unsuspecting Joel Wilson.

To his credit, Roy took plenty of time to ensure Wilson, who was quickly back on his feet, was okay.

His team-mates up in the pavilion were highly amused, though, with captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Ben Stokes among those doing little to stifle their laughter at what was admittedly a pretty funny accident.

Gareth Southgate has offered his full backing to John Stones following the defender's costly error against the Netherlands, insisting he remains England's best centre-back.

Thursday's Nations League semi-final was poised at 1-1 in the first half of extra time when the 25-year-old was caught in possession on the edge of his own box.

Stones was robbed by Memphis Depay, who forced a save out of Jordan Pickford, but Kyle Walker bundled the ball into his own net under pressure from Quincy Promes.

The Netherlands went on to win 3-1 to set up a showdown with Portugal in the final, with Stones taking plenty of flak after the match.

But Southgate has leapt to the defence of the Manchester City man and has stuck by his decision to start him alongside Harry Maguire in Guimaraes.

"He knows I am here to support him. I know he is going to get criticism, but he's had a difficult end to the season in that he was not playing regularly at his club," Southgate told reporters.

"We still think he has been our best centre-back. He has huge qualities and huge potential to be a top player. But he has had so little football at the end of the season that the sharpness and fatigue as the game wore on were definitely factors in what has happened."

Stones has started four of England's five Nations League matches, but he appeared to fall out of favour under Pep Guardiola at club level towards the business end of the season.

And Southgate has suggested others could potentially usurp the former Everton defender should his situation not improve at the Etihad Stadium.

"I think we have to wait and see how that develops," he said. "At the beginning of the season he was playing in all the big games. That hasn't been the case towards the end but it was one of a number of difficult selection issues we had to deal with, really.

"But Joe [Gomez] was with us for only two days and he hasn't played either, and Michael Keane hasn't played in this sort of a game, so I think Stones and Maguire are our best two, and I have got to be there to support in their difficult moments."

England conclude their Nations League campaign with a third-place play-off against Switzerland on Sunday.

Harry Kane has challenged his England team-mates to learn from another semi-final loss that compounded a week of personal heartache for the Tottenham striker.

Kane made his first appearance in almost two months following his latest ankle setback when Spurs went down 2-0 to Liverpool in last Saturday's Champions League final.

Gareth Southgate opted not to start his captain against Netherlands in Guimaraes but he came on at half-time for Marcus Rashford, who was injured in a challenge with Denzel Dumfries after winning and converting a penalty that opened the scoring.

But Kane was left once again frustrated and feeding off scraps against a defence marshalled by Virgil van Dijk, with the Three Lions subsiding to a 3-1 extra-time loss – errors from John Stones and Ross Barkley leading to a Kyle Walker own-goal and a late Quincy Promes strike after Matthijs de Ligt powered in a headed equaliser, atoning for his earlier foul on Rashford.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot," Kane said. "Of course, this week could have been so different and, as a professional athlete, that's what you dream about.

"You dream about lifting trophies and winning games, so it'll hurt over the summer. It's something you can't just clear out of your mind.

"But I think it's important, not just for me but for all the lads who've had tough years to refresh as much as possible with the mind and body.

"Of course, it comes around fast. Before we know it, it will be the Premier League again and we'll be talking again.

"But it hurts. There's nothing else I can say. I want to win, the boys want to win and the Spurs boys want to win.

"It wasn't our week. The only thing you can do is learn from it."

Since their surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals last year, England have changed formation and become a more potent attacking force – besting Spain and Russia 2018 conquerors Croatia in their Nations League group before plundering five goals apiece against the Czech Republic and Montenegro to emphatically kick-off qualifying for Euro 2020 three months ago.

But Thursday's loss at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, where Southgate's men will return for Sunday's third-place match against Switzerland, felt in some ways like being transported back to the Moscow defeat to Croatia as a technically savvy midfield systematically sapped England and broke them down.

Even so, Kane is keen not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

"It would have been easier just to take your foot off the gas and be happy with what we achieved," he said.

"But we got to a semi-final [in a competition] of the best 12 teams in Europe. We had a tough group with Spain and Croatia and we got through. That was progression.

"Of course it hurts a bit to lose in a semi-final like this, but we're knocking on the door and that's what we want to take inspiration from."

After dealing with their unwanted weekend obligation, England will begin a year-long countdown to a Euro 2020 tournament that concludes with semi-finals and a final at Wembley.

Kane believes such a huge incentive will encourage his team-mates to harness their latest bitter setback.

"That's the challenge now," he added. "We won't know until we get there, of course, but we've got to use these big games and these big disappointments to motivate us and help us learn.

"We are a young team but more of us now are playing big games for club and country. It's a good sign of where the nation's going.

"But, of course, in those big moments it's down to us now to progress and find a way to win."

England will be looking to return to winning ways in Cardiff on Saturday after their bid for Cricket World Cup glory suffered an early blip.

After an impressive opening win over South Africa, the Cricket World Cup hosts slipped to a surprise 14-run defeat against a Pakistan side who were on a dismal run of ODI defeats going into that clash.

But captain Eoin Morgan suggested in his news conference on Friday that England came into the competition well aware that they would have to deal with setbacks in their pursuit of success.

And one way of countering that disappointing reverse might be a change to the line-up, with the possibility of Liam Plunkett coming in as an extra seamer.

That would seem to be a response to a weather forecast that promises wind and rain in the Welsh city. Morgan's men will surely be keen to see the match is completed as they look to get back on track.

Opponents Bangladesh will be no walkover, though, having already stunned South Africa in their opener, while they have beaten England at the past two World Cups.

Bangladesh will hope to spring another surprise after toppling the Proteas, while they also pushed New Zealand in a thrilling finish at The Oval on Wednesday.


England will hope to find more consistency as the tournament goes on. They thrilled at times in the win over South Africa last week - the highlight being Ben Stokes' stunning catch - but the subsequent defeat to Pakistan was concerning for a supposed contender.

Bangladesh similarly started well, beating South Africa, and came up short in their second match, but they pushed New Zealand hard.


England captain Eoin Morgan: "It is going to be a difficult game. They are a good side. I think people underestimate them. We certainly don't."

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: "I think this is one of the best teams England have ever produced, especially in a World Cup. I still think they are in the right way, winning matches and in good touch."


- The defeat to Pakistan was the first time England were unable to produce a successful ODI run chase on home soil since September 2015 (against Australia).

- That reverse also means England have won just two of their past 10 World Cup matches against teams from Asia.

- After a century against Pakistan, Jos Buttler has recorded hundreds in three of his past seven ODI knocks.

- Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan has scored 408 runs across his past seven ODI knocks in Europe, reaching 50 on five occasions.

Eoin Morgan has suggested England might consider dropping Adil Rashid for Liam Plunkett as they look to bounce back from defeat last time out at the Cricket World Cup.

Hosts and favourites England lost by 14 runs to Pakistan on Monday, with spinner Rashid contributing disappointing figures of 0-43 from five overs.

Seamers have been favoured on Cardiff's green wicket in the first week of the competition and captain Morgan hinted that his side could follow suit against Bangladesh on Saturday.

"There's a chance we might go to four seamers," he told BBC Sport, with Plunkett, who lost his place to fit-again Mark Wood against Pakistan, seemingly set to benefit.

"The wicket that we saw yesterday looked similar to the wickets that have been played on here previously. With weather around as well, there's a chance we will look into changing the team."

However, for the sake of all the sides involved in the tournament, Morgan is hopeful the forecast bad weather will turn.

"Yeah, I think the weather will have an impact," he told a pre-match news conference. "It's something we spoke about, having the tournament at home, it will impact it at some stage.

"We do want it to turn, because it has a big impact on every team. We've seen that two years ago in the Champions Trophy.

"Australia only played one game, which is not what you want in a competition, and it has a big effect on how the wickets will play and be prepared and the groundsmen have an extremely difficult job preparing three wickets, as opposed to just one, for one game.

"So I think everybody would like to see it turn."

While many captains might prefer their players to focus on themselves, Morgan acknowledges England are paying attention to the fortunes of their rivals.

"Being a World Cup year and with everybody loving cricket, the majority of the guys will keep an eye on the results regardless," he said.

"We talk in the changing room about certain things that happen, certain trends. That's part of being open to try and learn throughout the tournament. Guys are watching the majority of the games."

England manager Gareth Southgate labelled a section of the country's supporters an "embarrassment" after trouble during the Nations League Finals.

Southgate's team suffered a 3-1 extra-time loss to Netherlands in a semi-final in Guimaraes on Thursday, but some England fans have caused problems in Portugal.

Riot police charged fans on Wednesday after bottles were thrown in a designated fan zone at Porto's Praca da Liberdade, where Portugal supporters gathered to watch their team's 3-1 win over Switzerland.

Although further large-scale violence was avoided, there were also clashes involving England fans and police around night spots on Rua da Fabrica and Rua de Candido dos Reis, which are adjacent to Praca da Liberdade in the city centre.

Speaking after his side's defeat, Southgate slammed the element of fans misbehaving.

"I haven't seen it, I'm aware of it. The saddest thing for me is we have thousands upon thousands come and support us brilliantly and have the ability to enjoy themselves without causing offence or causing problems," he said.

"But we have a group who are an embarrassment. As an Englishman, they aren't supporters of the team, they reflect so poorly on us as a country.

"We don't associate ourselves with them at all."

England will face Switzerland in a third-place play-off in Guimaraes on Sunday.

Frenkie de Jong is hopeful Netherlands team-mate and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt will join him at Barcelona.

De Ligt is one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, with LaLiga champions Barca, Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus all reportedly interested.

Barca are believed to be keen on reuniting De Ligt with De Jong, who will move to Camp Nou from Dutch champions Ajax for the 2019-20 season.

When asked if he was trying to convince De Ligt to join Barca following Netherlands' 3-1 extra-time win over England in the Nations League semi-finals, De Jong told reporters: "No, he has to make his own decisions.

"Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It's up to him."

"I don't know, it's his decision," De Jong continued on Thursday. "You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca."

De Jong added: "Of course we talk about it [De Ligt joining Barca]. It's not up to me to say what he's going to do or his thoughts.

"I don't have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family."

Netherlands reached the inaugural Nations League final thanks to a Kyle Walker own goal and Quincy Promes' late effort in extra time.

An additional period was needed after De Ligt cancelled out Marcus Rashford's penalty in Guimaraes.

Netherlands will now face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Sunday's decider.

"For sure it is really nice that we gave so much energy and in difficult moments we fight together. We did a good job," Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek said.

"We have a chance on Sunday to win a trophy and we have to do that."

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