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Scotland in it to win it
Jack Hendry insists victory in Scotland's World Cup play-off with Ukraine will mean just as much to his country as it does to their war-torn opponents.
The pair are set for an emotional meeting at Hamden on Wednesday night knowing the winner will play Wales for a place at this year’s tournament in Qatar.
Club Brugge defender Hendry, 27, has been supporting his team-mate Eduard Sobol during the Ukraine crisis but admitted friendships will be forgotten when they take to the field tomorrow evening.
He told Sky Sports: "Having him [Sobol] has given me an eye-opener about what's happening in his country and how it's affected him and his family.
"I've been there to support him during that difficult time and obviously I hope he plays on Wednesday night, but I won't be wishing him any luck in the football match.
"I know how much it means to him and how much his team-mates will be up for this game, but there's no doubt that we as a group of players from Scotland will match that and even more.
"We know how important it is to the county to try and achieve this, so come Wednesday it will be a friendship put aside for 90 minutes and it will be totally focusing on the best team coming out at the end of it."
Bowen is here to stay
Jarrod Bowen has described his first ever England call-up as "everything you dream of" — but is determined to ensure he is here to stay as a Three Lion.
A magnificent campaign for West Ham was rewarded by winning a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s Nations League fixtures against Hungary, Germany and Italy.
After arriving at St George’s Park for the first time, Bowen said: "It is everything. It is everything you dream of when you’re growing up and to get the call, obviously it is an honour and a privilege."
While focus will be on those fixtures — which kick off with Hungary on Saturday — the 25-year-old will hope to impress enough to keep his place ahead of November’s World Cup.
On potentially making the squad for Qatar, he added: "Of course I have thought about it. For me it is not about just to come and go, it is my first camp.
"The Nations League is a great tournament as well and you want to be successful in every tournament."
Fans showed Real class to Bale
Wales boss Rob Page was pleased to the "class" shown by Real Madrid fans to departing forward Gareth Bale.
Bale, 32, will end his nine-year stay with Los Blancos this summer after picking up his fifth Champions League title last Saturday — albeit having barely featured this in this particular triumph.
But despite criticism coming the Wales captain’s way in recent seasons, he was applauded by supporters at the Bernabeu last Sunday as they celebrated their victory over Liverpool.
On the send-off, the Wales boss said: "They [Real fans] showed class and rightly so for what he's achieved for that football club.
"You look back to what he's done, scoring winners in Champions League finals and in the manner in which he's done it, he deserves all the plaudits, absolutely.
"What an achievement for him personally. To be a part of that group of people, that team that's achieved that, is phenomenal. Not many players can say they've done that, so credit to him for that."
Despite his lack of minutes this term, Welsh hero Bale is sure to play a key role for Page as they prepare to face either Scotland or Ukraine on Sunday for a place at the 2022 World Cup.
Lampard fined for Anfield comments
Everton boss Frank Lampard has been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for comments made after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in April.
Lampard was angered that referee Stuart Attwell did not award the Toffees a penalty for a challenge by Joel Matip and suggested it would have been given if it was made on a Liverpool player.
The FA say the comments breached rule E3 “in relation to media comments proven during a personal hearing”.
Lampard said: "It was a penalty, you don't get them at Anfield.
"If that was Mohamed Salah at the Kop end, I think [the referee] gives that. It was a foul on Anthony."
Spence wants Forest move
Djed Spence has admitted he would "love" to join Nottingham Forest permanently following their promotion to the Premier League.
The right-back, 21, has had an excellent season on loan from Middlesbrough and played a key role in their return to the top tier via Sunday's 1-0 play-off final win over Huddersfield.
Reports indicate Forest are keen to seal a permanent deal but will face competition from Tottenham this summer, with a departure from Boro almost certain.
Speaking on his future, Spence told Nottinghamshire Live: "[This club] means everything to me. I’ve come here and the fans and gaffer have both taken me in. We lose together and win together.
"We’re going up together. This means everything to me. I would love to stay, but it’s not in my hands. We’ll see what the future holds."
Later during the wild celebrations with supporters in Nottingham’s city centre, Spence admitted that he hopes to play at the top level regardless of whether Forest opt to sign him or not.
He added to Sky Sports News: "I feel like I’m in a good place with my career right now. I just want to get to the top, whether that’s with Forest or with someone else. I just want to enjoy it, really.
"I feel I’m ready [for the Premier League], I think everyone’s ready so we’ve just to prepare for the next step."
PSG trigger Mendes switch
Paris Saint-Germain have triggered their option to sign teenager Nuno Mendes permanently from Sporting Lisbon.
The left-back, 19, made 37 appearances for the Parisians after joining on loan last summer.
The Portugal international was nominated for the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and named as the league’s best left-back.
He has impressed enough for PSG to trigger their option for a permanent move from Sporting and will now remain at the Parc des Princes until 2026.