Max Rushden is joined by Respected Journalism’s Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Philippe Auclair to discuss the international fixtures, including England’s behind-closed-doors Nations League game in Croatia. Just which England player will have a potty mouth?
We also preview the upcoming games for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – all of whom have enjoyed their fair share of column inches before a ball has even been kicked. There’s also plenty of Battleships references throughout.
Moving into part two, we discuss the fact Dean Smith has been appointed Aston Villa manager, with John Terry as his high-profile assistant. Also in the section, Philippe runs to the defence of the Ballon d’Or, we discuss Trent Alexander-Arnold playing chess and we are joined by Guardian football editor Marcus Christenson, who informs us of the Guardian’s Next Generation 2018, our annual list of 60 of the best young talents in world football.
Finally, we speak to Jacqui Oatley about Tuesday’s England Lionesses game against Australia, where the referee took centre stage, and we discuss Manuel Pellegrini’s new roundabout.
Back on Monday!
PS: come to our Christmas special! On 29 November, we’ll be at the Emmanuel Centre in London with Max, Barry, Jonathan Wilson and one more guest TBC. Tickets and more information here.