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Player ratings: Kane feasts, Smith Rowe arrives

Harry Kane starred again as England secured their place at the 2022 World Cup with a 10-0 thrashing of San Marino.

After scoring a first-half hat-trick against Albania on Friday, the Tottenham ace went one better against the world’s lowest-ranked side, with four goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Debutant Emile Smith Rowe, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka were also on target, with an own goal and red card for the hosts helping England out, too. Here’s how the players performed…

Aaron Ramsdale – N/A

His debut for his country and he’ll never have an easier night in an England shirt. Nicola Nanni checked he was awake on 32 minutes with a shock shot for the visitors and he had to punch away the follow-up corner, but he was just watching on from afar for the majority of it.

Harry Maguire – 7

There was no hands-to-ears statement celebration this time but Maguire has enjoyed a refreshing international break after his recent struggles with Man Utd. Underlined his importance at set-pieces with his second goal in two games, which made it five for England in 2021, before being withdrawn at half-time.

Conor Coady – 6

Sat at the base of England’s defence, Coady enjoyed an easy night. Maintained a 100 per cent passing rate from his 90 passes, too, which is just about all Southgate could have asked of him.

Tyrone Mings – 7

Tyrone Mings celebrates scoring for England against San Marino

Had the second-most touches and found the net for his country for the first time with one of them, heading in well from Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick. Kept the ball moving to build England’s attacks and enjoyed a couple of forays forward down the left side. Had to dash back and recover well during a rare San Marino attack in the second half but an otherwise straightforward night.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

A hat-trick of assists – and three crosses which showed his quality of delivery. Had been surprisingly quiet during the first half but, although this was never going to be the night when he made a statement about the right wing-back battle with Reece James, could enjoy a satisfying second half, given his recent ups and downs in an England shirt.

Kalvin Phillips – 6

Won the ball back swiftly for his side on the rare occasions they didn’t have it and showed his passing precision to find Smith Rowe for a Kane goal. Perhaps his selection was the most significant part of the night – Southgate seems to go with him whenever he’s fit and available these days.

Jude Bellingham – 7

Cruelly denied his first England goal by an overly-picky VAR and referee check. Could often be found on the edge of the box calling for cut-backs but knitted everything together in the centre of the park. The World Cup is almost exactly a year away – by then he could be a fixture in this side.

Bukayo Saka – 8

Bukayo Saka was one of England’s best performers in San Marino

Eventually got the goal his performance deserved. Played wing-back in the first half but still enjoyed a lot of possession deep in San Marino territory, with the most touches in the opposition box, and his deflected shot caused the own goal for England’s second. Moved further forwards after the break and was involved in Arsenal team-mate Smith Rowe’s goal. Created more chances than any of his team-mates in another good demonstration of his quality and versatility.

Phil Foden – 6

Had a direct hand in a couple of goals, with his corner headed in by Maguire before his acrobatic scissor kick earned an odd penalty, and had some fun taking it around the opposition, with a game-high seven dribbles during his 45 minutes on the pitch.

Emile Smith Rowe – 8

A first international start, a first goal for his country, and a first assist on this stage, too. Smith Rowe saw a close-range header blocked early on but combined with Phillips to cross for Kane’s second and then profited from Abraham’s neat flick to sweep home himself just before the hour mark. It’s been a whirlwind week after beginning the break with the U21s, but Smith Rowe looks set for plenty more experiences with the senior team.

Harry Kane – 9

Harry Kane makes it five for England from the spot against San Marino

Given the chance to swell his England goal tally after missing the reverse game with the world’s lowest-ranked side and seized it gleefully. Had four inside 42 minutes, making it a second hat-trick in four days for his country. His first penalty made him the first Englishman to score more than 12 goals in a calendar year but the more significant milestone of Wayne Rooney’s record total of 53 is now just five away. A welcome confidence boost as he heads back to Tottenham, who will hope this break can be a launchpad for their main man.


Ben Chilwell – 6

Has been among the goals this season but although he might have picked up an assist had Gallagher converted his smart pass through the defence, wasn’t able to find the net during his 45 minutes here.

Tammy Abraham – 7

Finally got his goal with an excellent touch, turn and finish. Had been kicking himself when he was played in by Kane and shot over when he seemed sure to find the net but refocused well to tee up Smith Rowe moments later with a smart flick. Bizarrely booked when the ref spotted he’d touched an opponent with his backheel in the build-up to Bellingham’s ruled out goal and was denied another goal later in the game.

Conor Gallagher – 6

Clear through when he met Chilwell’s chipped through ball but stuck it straight at the goalkeeper. His driving runs kept causing problems, though, with one drawing Dante Rossi into a foul which earned him a second yellow and a sending off before he hit the post – although it would have been scrubbed off by VAR anyway. A first England appearance before a league appearance for his club, but the Chelsea youngster – who has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace this season – deserved his upgrade from the U21s.

Reece James – 6

Sent on to play in midfield, as he had done briefly against Andorra earlier in this qualifying campaign, but if there is intention to play him there in the future, it would be handy to see him up against more serious opposition.

John Stones – N/A

Sent on for the final 15 minutes and it was nothing more than a light workout.

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England player ratings: Kane, Sterling struggle

A close-range finish from John Stones cancelled out Roland Sallai’s penalty but England couldn’t find a winner as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary. Here, we rate the individual performances on a frustrating night for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Jordan Pickford – 6

Restored to the side after Sam Johnstone was handed a start against Andorra. Went the wrong way for Sallai’s penalty but had little else to do, with Hungary failing to muster any shots on target from open play.

Kyle Walker – 6

Given more of a defensive remit than fellow full-back Shaw. Did not have too many problems at the back but some of his long-range passing was a little wayward.

John Stones – 8

A good night for the centre-back, who remains a key figure for Southgate despite struggling for playing time at Manchester City. Took his goal well and went close to a second when he headed narrowly wide. Defended well and completed 94 of his 97 passes.

Tyrone Mings – 6

Not as assured as his centre-back partner. Seems to have cemented his status as England’s third-choice centre-back behind Stones and the absent Harry Maguire but struggled with the movement of Hungary’s forwards at times.

Luke Shaw – 5

Conceded the penalty for Hungary’s opener when he was penalised for a high boot on Loic Nego. Earned a booking for that misjudgement and while he had some good moments going forward, he looked unconvincing defensively throughout.

Declan Rice – 6

A difficult night for the West Ham player, who was often outnumbered defensively due to Southgate’s decision to field an attack-minded midfield in the absence of Rice’s usual partner Kalvin Phillips. Worked hard, though, and only misplaced one of his 65 passes.

Phil Foden – 6

Handed another chance to impress in midfield following his eye-catching display against Andorra. Not as influential this time around and occasionally caught out of position defensively, although his outstanding delivery for Stones’ equaliser was another reminder of his quality.

Mason Mount – 5

Fortunate he was not punished when a loose pass in the first half allowed Hungary to spring forward on the break. Typically tenacious off the ball, making four tackles and three interceptions, but sloppy on it and, like Foden, sometimes left Rice exposed.

Jack Grealish – 7

Lined up on the left-hand side, where he combined effectively with Shaw, and relished the freedom to drift across the front line. Won the free-kick for England’s equaliser on the right and caused Hungary problems until he was surprisingly taken off for Bukayo Saka.

Raheem Sterling – 5

Attempted more shots (three) and completed more dribbles (four) than anyone else but lacked composure at key moments. Headed straight at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the first half and spurned a one-on-one against him in the second.

Harry Kane – 5

Another subdued showing from a player who continues to look out of sorts. Denied an early goal by some last-ditch Hungary defending and let down by poor control on other occasions. Sent Sterling through on goal with one fine pass in the second half but only had 19 touches overall and his sliced effort shortly before his withdrawal summed up his night.


Bukayo Saka – 6

Had some good attacking moments after replacing Grealish although almost cost England a goal when he was robbed near his own box. Fortunately, Filip Holender blazed his shot over.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Brought on in place of Sterling as Southgate rejigged his midfield but his passing radar looked a little off.

Tammy Abraham – 6

Headed a late opportunity wide – although it would have been ruled out for offside. Replaced by Ollie Watkins in stoppage time due to an injury.

Ollie Watkins – n/a

Only on the pitch for a few minutes after Abraham was forced off but did at least manage a shot on target when he fired at Gulacsi.

What’s next?

England will play their final two World Cup Qualifiers in November – hosting Albania at Wembley on Friday November 12 before a trip to San Marino on Monday November 15.

Hungary play on the same days, hosting San Marino before finishing off their campaign away to Poland.

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Star Wars and Flash Gordon among films given stricter ratings due rise in complaints

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has changed the age ratings of several classic movies from PG to 12A. The board says the tighter classifications have been put in place “to ensure policies remain in step with parental expectations and societal standards”.

A PG rating says a film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older, while 12A recommends children under 12 should not watch without being accompanied by an adult.

Of 93 complaints made to BBFC in 2020, 27 were about Flash Gordon’s 40th anniversary re-release.

The re-release was reclassified up to 12A due to the inclusion of “discriminatory stereotypes”.

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The Elephant Man had its rating tightened due to “moderate threat, upsetting scenes and injury detail” and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was classified from a U to PG for “moderate violence and mild threat”.

BBFC chief executive David Austin said: “We talk to over 10,000 people every four-five years to revise our Classification Guidelines.

“As a result of changing standards in society, it is not infrequent that a distributor will submit something to us that we have classified in the past, but which we need to take a fresh look at under our current guidelines.

“The issue of discrimination is one of the core issues set out in our guidelines, and in 2020, the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests showed how important it is that discrimination be tackled and flagged up wherever it occurs.”

Author: Leah Stanfield
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GB News viewing figures: How 'anti-woke' channel ratings compare as it takes on Sky & BBC

Since GB News’ opening night, things haven’t gotten much better in terms of the technical side of things.

The news channel has faced a variety of technical blunders, advertisers pulling their campaigns, and an embarrassing on-air prank.

Further revelation shows GB News has sparked a flood of Ofcom complaints, with hundreds contacting the broadcasting watchdog over Dan Wootton’s show.

The former The Sun showbiz journalist began his show on Sunday evening with a monologue over the then-rumoured delay to England’s delaying of lockdown easing.

Ofcom is said to have received 373 complaints after Mr Wootton said: “It’s increasingly clear now that there is a move among some pubic health officials and politicians to create an ultra-cautious biosecurity state, copying the likes of China.”

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Piers Morgan teases GMB return as he says ITV want him BACK due to 'obvious ratings issue'

Piers Morgan nearly missed his flight home from Edinburgh last night but was allowed on the plane after making a deal with the cabin crew to return to Good Morning Britain. The 56-year-old presenter made his comments online after claiming that ITV bosses want him to return to the show.
The former GMB host, who quit the programme in March, took to Instagram to share the details after turning up late for the departure.

After successfully making it onto the aircraft, he snapped a selfie to share with fans following a weekend of golfing.

In the image, he could be seen giving a thumbs up to the camera while wearing a face mask.

He cheekily told his 1.7 million followers that he’d put a call into ITV.

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Piers, who hosted GMB with Susanna Reid for almost six years, quit the breakfast show following an on-air spat with weather presenter Alex Beresford over his comments about Meghan Markle and her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The row led to him walking off the set, something which he has since said he regrets doing.

Many took to the comment section of Piers post to share their thoughts on the matter including his son Spencer.

“Fair play – We all need you back on GMB ASAP! Come on Piers, you have had a long holiday now. Get back to work,” one social media user remarked.

“It’s not the same without you, I never watch it now. Even though I didn’t always agree with you,” another added.

A third pleaded: “Please come back.”

“Did he get on the plane? He got on the plane,” Piers’ eldest son penned, referencing a line from the American sitcom Friends.

The 27-year-old made the quip after the TV star revealed that he thought the long-running series was the “most overrated show in TV history” amid the release of a reunion episode.

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'Go woke go broke' Piers Morgan hits out as US chatshow The Talk ratings plummet

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Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 56, has hit out at “the woke brigade” as USA show The Talk suffers a drop in ratings. The ITV host claims that his friend Sharon Osbourne, 68, was “driven out of the job she loved for defending my right to disbelieve a liar”, following his controversial comments about Meghan Markle.

Sharing the new story for his 7.9 million Twitter followers to see, the ITV presenter tweeted: “Go woke… go broke.”

The Talk’s ratings have reportedly plummeted since Sharon decided to step down from the show.

Despite the CBS talk show returning in April after its month-long hiatus following an internal investigation, the once-favourite has now become the lowest-rated daytime show in the USA.

The ratings report for the week of April 12-16 revealed that The Talk ranked in last place in the Women 18-49 and Women 25-53 demographics.

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Following the departure of Sharon in March, the show lost over 1.5 million viewers, down 27 per cent from the previous season.

The Talk ranked last among 13 daytime programmes in all rating categories.

Sharon made the decision to step down from her presenting role on The Talk after she defended Piers’ controversial comments about Meghan, following her landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Speaking to the media mogul alongside husband Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex claimed to have experienced suicidal thoughts after she joined the Royal Family.

Addressing Piers’ comments, Bill said: “He was called a racist and lost his job and you were called a racist and lost your job, do I have it right?” Bill asked Sharon.

“You got it right, that’s exactly how it went,” she stated.

“I’ve been called so many things in my life. I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”

Current The Talk presenters include Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth.

Followers of the former newspaper editor took to the comments section to weigh in on Piers’ take on the subject.

Referencing Sharon’s departure from The Talk, one wrote: “Genuinely can someone tell me why sharron Osborne has to go, and non of her co- hosts.” (sic)

Another added: “People are losing patience with this holier than thou type of TV show format. Is it entertainment, is it news? No, it’s just garbage…”

While a third compared The Talk’s ratings to that of GMB following Piers’ departure: “Same as @gmb low ratings since you left,” they wrote.

Hotel 'scam' warning: 'Fake' star ratings could catch holidaymakers out – how to spot them

Hotel reviews have changed as the internet has evolved, with many guidebooks being pushed aside in favour of online reviewing platforms. Furthermore, in many parts of the world hotel review systems vary compared with the official ratings in place in the UK.
Travel journalist Simon Calder and former BBC producer Mick Webb for a new this week discussed how travellers can spot the ever-growing hotel review “scams” which often catch holidaymakers out.

Joined by Lonely Planet guidebook writer David Else, they identified how best to spot accurate reviews.

The prevalence of hotel scams is one that is particularly relevant when it comes to online “customer written” reviews.

This is largely because these often anonymous reviews are sometimes not really written by the general public at all.

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This is true of hotels in the UK as well as those further afield.

“What I have heard about TripAdvisor reviews is that if a new property opens up the first review will be from the proprietor which will be very favourable.

“The second from the proprietor’s spouse or partner, again very favourite.

“And the third from the hotel down the road and it will be extremely unfavourable.”

What he suggests is weeding out some of the top and bottom reviews, to get an overall opinion of what the hotel is truly like.

“I would emphasise the point that just because it is online doesn’t mean it is fake,” said Mr Else.

“In many parts of the world where I have travelled the star system is decided upon by the property. He tells the signwriter ‘after you’ve written the name of the hotel can you stick a few stars underneath it.’

“The star system on its own can often be meaningless.

“It may be down to the number of trouser presses, or my favourite is the ‘stool in the bathroom’, and various other sorts of practical considerations rather than how friendly the staff are, what the atmosphere of the place is like, that you can never entirely sum up in two, three or four stars.”

Mr Else concluded: “Don’t just automatically ignore [a review] because it happens to be on the internet and not on a printed page.

“It is much more about the source of the review and who has done the review.”

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

NBA 2K21 update: PS4 and Xbox patch notes reveal new 2K21 ratings

There is plenty of +1 to -1 to look through, with the main highlights including Bogdan Bogdanović: 79 OVR (+3), P.J. Washington: 77 OVR (-3), Kelly Olynyk: 78 OVR (+4), Moses Brown: 77 OVR (+3), Chuma Okeke: 76 OVR (+4), Thanasis Antetokounmpo: 75 OVR (+3), Jaden McDaniels: 75 OVR (+3), Brodric Thomas: 69 OVR (+3).

These new rating changes follow another update released for NBA 2K21 on PS4 and Xbox One, with the patch notes listed below.

This update brings a number of fixes to MyTEAM, updates to player likeness and facial animations, new additions to 2K Beach, and additional fixes to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K21 across all game modes.


  • New seasonal decorations in 2K Beach
  • Updated another set of player likeness improvements for current NBA players