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Keane claims Rooney deserves his England send-off Michael Keane claims his former Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney deserves his farewell England appearance against the United States.

Messi not among the best 25 players in the world?! How everyone voted for Leo in the 2018 Goal 50 - Goal.com Lionel Messi may have won a double, and the European Golden Shoe, last season but three of our voters snubbed the Barcelona and Argentina forward.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Argentina 1-1 Panama Argentina is heading to its' third Women's World Cup after a 5-1 aggregated win over CONCACAF representatives Panama in the double-legged intercontinental play-off. Last week, the Albiceleste secured a 4-0 win over Panama on home soil, hence yesterday's game was much more of a formality.

'Don't worry bro' - France star Benjamin Mendy's epic response to Donald Trump's Twitter jabs - Goal.com France defender Benjamin Mendy provided a brief response to a tweet from Donald Trump, reminding the United States president of the nation's recent World Cup success. President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron have had a war of words recently.

China to test bid for 2030 Fifa World Cup ahead of targeting tournament in 2034 Bid expected to be announced when Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Fifa Legends on Tour visit in May 2019Speculation on when China will stage the tournament ongoing since Xi Jinping expressed desire to host in 2011.

Wilshere not giving up on England The former Arsenal midfielder was left out of England's World Cup squad despite proving his fitness ahead of the summer, following year's of regular injury issues. He has now revealed that Three Lions boss Southgate has not spoken to him since before the finals in Russia.

Young Dragons taking flight A month ago, Wales fans were forced to take a step into a past they haven't had to consider for some time - life without both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. For the first time in 11 years, they were without their two talismans for a competitive game when they faced Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League.

Goal 50 winner Modric: Real Madrid going for fourth straight Champions League triumph Luka Modric has spoken of his delight after winning the 2018 Goal 50 - awarded to the world's best player of the last 12 months - and says that Real Madrid are gunning for a fourth straight Champions League trophy, despite their poor start to the season.

Goal 50: Modric beats Ronaldo and Salah to win 2018 prize - Goal.com However, Modric has claimed the award after a stellar year in which the midfielder helped Real Madrid win a third consecutive Champions League before then leading Croatia to the final of the World Cup.

Canadian women ready for FIFA U-17 World Cup opener against Colombia Canada's journey to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay was anything but simple. But the turmoil getting there appears to have only made the young team closer.

Injury forces Kieran Trippier to withdraw from England squad Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad for the matches against the United States and Croatia with a groin injury.

Argentina's Lionel Messi 'still chewing over World Cup disappointment' - AFA chief Tapia Argentina will not rush Lionel Messi's return to the national team but will allow him to "finish chewing the disappointment of the World Cup."

FIFA U-17 WWC: Black Maidens coach Evans Adotey targets world cup triumph Black Maidens head coach Evans Adotey has a set the target of winning the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay this year. Ghana arrived in Montevideo last week and are poised for the opener against Uruguay on Tuesday evening.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar considering offers from Iran and other nations to host teams, reveals organiser Iran has recently offered to host teams who will play in tiny Qatar in the World Cup which starts in just over four years time. When asked whether teams could be based in Iran, chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi said Qatar had received "numerous proposals from countries with regard to hosting teams" around the time of the tournament.

Footballers' playacting hampered official FIFA study into concussion during World Cup, report says Footballers' feigning injury hampered an official FIFA study into concussion during last summer's World Cup, a new report has found. Researchers who reviewed every head injury incident during games in Russia found new concussion protocols were "ineffective" in almost two thirds of matches at the tournament.

Goal 50: Neymar out of the top 20 players in the world - Goal.com Neymar has plummeted down the Goal 50 standings after a year in which his club campaign with PSG was cut short by injury before his World Cup with Brazil was overshadowed by alleged diving.

Qatar considering Iran offer to host World Cup teams Qatar is considering an offer from Iran to host teams during the 2022 World Cup, but no decision has been taken yet. Iran recently offered to host teams who will play in tiny Qatar in the World Cup which starts in just over four years time.

Martial and Pogba out of France squad with injuries PARIS - Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial as well as Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette were ruled out of France's upcoming matches as a wave of injuries struck the World Cup winners. Coach Didier Deschamps called Moussa Sissoko and Alexandre Lacazette as replacements on Monday.

Sarachan backs Rooney for England finale United States’ interim manager Dave Sarachan has backed the decision to let Wayne Rooney play for England against America on Thursday.

Line-up for FIFA Club World Cup almost complete with 6 sides confirmed Both the Tunisian side and Japanese outfits join the already qualified Real Madrid, local side Al Ain who qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time by winning the 2017/18 UAE Pro-League title, CONCACAF Champions League victors Guadalajara with the Mexican side playing at their first ever Club World Cup.

Nacho set to miss 2018 FIFA Club World Cup The defender has damaged knee ligaments with Casemiro set to recover just in time for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup which starts on December 12.

Goal 50: Mohamed Salah named as the third best player in the world - Goal.com Has Cristiano Ronaldo retained his title? Is Lionel Messi back at No.1? Or will we have a new winner, given Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann are all in contention after stellar years? Find out on Tuesday, November 13 when the Goal 50 is published in full at 12:00 UK time.

Goal 50: Kylian Mbappe is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo & Ronaldo were as teenagers, says Luis Figo - Goal.com Luis Figo believes that 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe is as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo at the same age. The Portuguese Ronaldo quickly became a crowd favourite at Old Trafford after joining Manchester United as an 18-year-old in 2003, while the following year he helped his country reach the final of the European Championship.

Ronaldinho: England World Cup 2002 goal my best ever Ronaldinho has picked the goal he scored against England at World Cup 2002 as the greatest of his illustrious career.

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