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Wolves stars rested in Portugal – international round-up

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the only Wolves player involved for Portugal as they made it successive home draws in their Euro 2020 qualifiers, this time ending 1-1 against Serbia. Patricio was picking the ball out of the net as early as the seventh minute when Serbia led after Dusan Tadic’s penalty, but the hosts equalised through a spectacular 25-yard strike from Danilo Pereira. Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, who both started Friday’s 0-0 draw against Ukraine, were unused substitutes for the Euro 2016 winners this time, while Diogo Jota was again on the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured, pulling…

Wolves have sold more than 21,000 tickets for Wembley so far

Wolves have sold more than 21,000 tickets for their FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley, prior to them going on sale to members tomorrow. Seats go on sale to members, based on a loyalty point structure, on Tuesday as the club prepares for its first semi-final since 1998. Tickets for the game, which is on Sunday, April 7 (4pm), will be sold online at www.wolvestickets.co.uk, or via telephone on 0371 222 1877. They will not be available from the ticket office via counter sales. Sales to My Wolves, #WolfPack or Young Wolves members begin on Tuesday, March 26 at…

Bright future uncertain for Wolves forward

Bright Enobakhare’s chances of joining Coventry on a permanent basis could hinge on the Sky Blues’ financial position. The 21-year-old Wolves forward has scored four goals in 11 games on loan at the Sky Blues after six games for Kilmarnock in the first half of the season. Coventry boss Mark Robins is a big admirer of Enobakhare but suggests any move is up in the air. Asked if there was a chance he could sign him permanently, Robins told www.wolvesbitecom: “Who knows? There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet. “Bright’s contribution on the ball will never…

Wolves new boys have made the difference – Bennett

Ryan Bennett admits Wolves’ summer signings have taken the team to another level. Since Wolves romped to the Championship title last season, Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore have been added to the squad at a cost of around £71m. Wolves are hoping to turn Jimenez’s loan from Benfica into a £30m permanent signing and become a new club record capture, eclipsing the £18m they paid for Traore and Jonny. The significant investment looks money well spent though, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side seventh in the Premier League and into the semi-finals…

Mick: I got it wrong over Doc positional switch

Mick McCarthy admitted his experiment in playing Wolves’ Matt Doherty as a right winger in Ireland’s 1-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Gibraltar didn’t work. Doherty played as an orthodox right-winger, having spent this season impressing as a right-wing back, while captain Seamus Coleman played right-back in the 1-0 win. The pair linked up neatly during the first-half, but Doherty made way for Robbie Brady just 11 minutes into the second-half. “No. It didn’t particularly work well, that,” said the Ireland manager and former Wolves boss when asked about his decision to play the 27-year-old in a more advanced role.…

Wolves stars Jimenez and Gibbs-White on target – international round-up

Raul Jimenez transferred his ‘goalden’ Wolves form to the international stage as he was on target for Mexico. The 27-year-old striker put Mexico ahead from the spot in the 52nd minute as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in front of more than 41,000 at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California to give new manager Tata Martino a winning start. Hector Moreno headed home a corner in the 64th minute and Hirving Lozano chipped a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper’s head less than a minute later to put the contest out of Chile’s reach, before Nicolas Castillo’s 69th minute…

No way back for Wolves U23s after early goals at Newcastle – report

Wolves Under-23s suffered their second successive defeat as they went down 2-0 away to Newcastle United Under-23s in Premier League 2. Rob Edwards’s side, who are top of the table, got off to the worst possible start as they conceded both goals inside the first seven minutes at Blue Flames Ground, Northumberland FA. Tyrique Bartlett netted after 40 seconds before defender Cameron John’s own goal doubled Newcastle’s advantage. United are now third in the table, three points behind Wolves, who lost 2-1 away to Derby in the Premier League 2 Cup last time out. Edwards’s side will look to bounce…

Wolves players on duty for Portugal – report

By Portuguese football expert Alex Goncalves In what was a disappointing result for the national team, few players did themselves true justice for Portugal in their 0-0 draw with Ukraine. While Portugal dominated the possession and looked to break through a stubborn Ukrainian backline, the movement and final ball always seemed off and Ukraine deserved their draw. The obvious standout performers from a Portuguese perspective were Pepe and Ruben Dias at the back; while Ukraine had few chances overall, the centre-back pairing were crucial in limiting their goalscoring opportunities and looked solid throughout the game when required. William Carvalho was,…

Wolves trio start for Portugal alongside Ronaldo

All three of Wolves’ Portugal internationals started as the European champions were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their opening Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Ukraine. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio played the full game and Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho featured for 62 minutes and 87 minutes respectively in Lisbon. Wolves’ other player in the squad, Diogo Jota, will have to wait a while longer for his first full cap after being an unused substitute. The big plus for Portugal was the return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after he missed the past six internationals following Portugal’s exit from the…

Nuno says he is happy at Wolves amid Chelsea link

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he and Wolves are on a journey together after reports linked him with the manager’s job at Chelsea. The Portuguese head coach is currently with his family in his homeland before returning after the weekend, but reports have placed him on a two-man shortlist with Derby manager Frank Lampard to replace Maurizuo Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Sarri, 60, is under pressure to ensure Chelsea finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League and they are currently sixth, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. The Italian’s position was undermined by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to…