Roy Hodgson, the England manager, has acknowledged that he has been eager to get a closer look at Saido Berahino after calling up the West Bromwich Albion striker to the senior squad for the upcoming games against Slovenia and Scotland.
Louis van Gaal says he feels "lousy" after Manchester United's poor start to the season.
The scouting report for next week's meeting between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland kicked off on the unfamiliar neutral territory of Merseyside.
Steven Fletcher, the Sunderland striker, believes he is approaching the peak of his powers ahead of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland next Friday.
Chelsea must wait to secure qualification from Champions League Group G after Eden Hazard missed a late penalty in a 1-1 draw against minnows Maribor.