Sparring Partners: Italy hold England, Spain dish out a beating, Russia's plight and Portugal's chances

It's time to round up the international break ahead of league football's return this weekend, and we do that in some style, taking in Italy's trip to Wembley and the current state of play with the Azzurri and Spain's humiliation of a soft-centred Argentina thanks to an inspired Isco.


Elsewhere we fear for host nation Russia three months out from the start of their World Cup after they are beaten badly by Brazil and France, before taking in Portugal's chances of following up their Euro 2016 win by making an impression this summer.


We also welcome back club football with an extended look ahead to the big games of the weekend, including Milan's trip to Juventus and Dortmund's visit to Bayern Munich. Enjoy!


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