England Completes Unbeaten Euro 2024 Qualifying Campaign by Drawing at North Macedonia 

England's Harry Kane applauds the crowd after the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between North Macedonia and England at National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP)
England's Harry Kane applauds the crowd after the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between North Macedonia and England at National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP)
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England Completes Unbeaten Euro 2024 Qualifying Campaign by Drawing at North Macedonia 

England's Harry Kane applauds the crowd after the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between North Macedonia and England at National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP)
England's Harry Kane applauds the crowd after the Euro 2024 group C qualifying soccer match between North Macedonia and England at National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje, North Macedonia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP)

England completed an unbeaten qualifying campaign for the European Championship by drawing at North Macedonia 1-1 on Monday, with Harry Kane forcing an equalizer via an own-goal just seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Kane entered in the 58th minute and his first action was to challenge Jani Atanasov at a corner swung in by Phil Foden. The ball struck the North Macedonia midfielder and rebounded into the net.

“I came on at the right time,” Kane, England’s record scorer with 62 goals, said with a smile. “It was good to get on the pitch. I always want to help the team out, whether it’s for 90 minutes or 10 minutes.”

The own-goal canceled out the opener from Enis Bardhi, who tucked away a rebound after his penalty was saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 41st minute.

The spot kick was awarded when Rico Lewis, the Manchester City defender making his England debut, was judged to have struck Bojan Miovski in the face with his hand as he made a clearing header. Following a long video review, the referee awarded the penalty — overturning his on-field decision — after looking at the incident on the pitchside monitor.

England had already secured qualification for next year’s tournament in Germany and finished Group C with six wins and two draws, six points clear of second-placed Italy. England beat North Macedonia 7-0 at home earlier in qualifying.

“Coming here tonight was a different test, given we’ve qualified and everything was achieved,” England manager Gareth Southgate said.

“The mentality of the players was excellent, the quality with the ball was good on a very difficult pitch, and a lot of positive performances.”

Southgate again tried right back Trent Alexander-Arnold in a central-midfield role alongside Declan Rice as he assessed his options for Euro 2024.

“The next exciting bit is the draw at the beginning of December and we will see what the path looks like,” Southgate said. “There are a lot of players to keep a track of.”



Spain Players’ Euro 2024 Celebration Song Pushes Gibraltar Soccer Body to Weigh Complaint to UEFA

File: Spain’s Alvaro Morata holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
File: Spain’s Alvaro Morata holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Spain Players’ Euro 2024 Celebration Song Pushes Gibraltar Soccer Body to Weigh Complaint to UEFA

File: Spain’s Alvaro Morata holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
File: Spain’s Alvaro Morata holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Gibraltar’s soccer federation said Tuesday it is taking legal advice about Spain players’ “extremely provocative and insulting” chants at a welcome home party for the European Championship title winner.

In Madrid on Monday evening, Spain captain Alvaro Morata and player of the tournament Rodri led thousands of fans singing “Gibraltar is Spanish.” It was at a celebration for the team’s 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday in Berlin, The aP reported.

Gibraltar, on the southern tip of Spain, has been a British overseas territory for more than 300 years with a population of about 35,000 people. Spain has maintained its sovereignty claim.

Gibraltar has been an independent member of European soccer body UEFA since 2013 and FIFA three years later but the diplomatic issue has meant its teams are separated from Spanish opponents in competition draws.

“Football has no place for behavior of this nature,” the Gibraltar federation said Tuesday in a statement, noting the “extremely provocative and insulting nature of the celebrations around the Spanish men’s national team winning Euro 2024.”

The federation said it is taking legal advice about a formal complaint to UEFA for “unacceptable chanting and songs.”

UEFA has clear jurisdiction over political statements and chants at stadiums of games it organizes, though the Spain players sang at a public square in Madrid.

Footage of the incident Monday showed Morata, who previously played in England for Chelsea, reminding long-time Manchester City star Rodri that he still plays in that country. Rodri reportedly replied “I don’t care.”