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Brian McBride: It will take time and money to fix U.S. soccer

Brian McBride says young United States players need to experience the successes and failures of European competition if they’re to succeed on the international level. The guys discuss the sluggish MLS Cup Playoffs, and Eric Wynalda calls in to discuss his run for U.S. Soccer president. Ian Darke shares his thoughts on the U.S. missing the World Cup in his first appearance on ESPN FC since their loss at T&T. The FC pundits share their thoughts and experiences with coaches in the U.S. youth system and how it has contributed to the national team’s World Cup failure. For the first time, Brian McBride shares his thoughts and feelings on the U.S. failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Brian McBride is one of those American players with an impressive breadth of experience. He ...

Lionel Messi donates ¬70k to charity after libel case win against newspaper

Despite trailing Barcelona by eight points in La Liga, Sid Lowe feels Real Madrid will have chances to mount a comeback. Lionel Messi has fulfilled a promise made last year to Doctors Without Borders and donated over €70,000 to the charity after winning a libel case against newspaper La Razon, the player’s management company has confirmed. Spain’s Supreme Court has agreed with a Barcelona court’s ruling that the criticism against the forward had been “unnecessary and impertinent” in an article published after Argentina’s World Cup final defeat to Germany in 2014. Beyond just criticising the Barca player, journalist Alfonso Ussia, who wrote the article, went as far as to claim that Messi wore a wig and had used the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone. L...

Spurs must build on glory night

The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham’s superb win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. As Tottenham fans “Ole‘d” every pass, revelling in Real Madrid’s humiliation, thoughts drifted back to the last time Spurs had hosted the European champions. White Hart Lane rather than Wembley was th...

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PSG’s Thiago Silva slams ‘unnecessary pressure’ on Neymar, Kylian Mbappe

Things are looking up for PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa following his hat trick against Anderlecht, says Jonathan Johnson. Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has spoken out in defence of teammates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar after the recent criticism aimed at both. The 33-year-old skippered his side to a 5-0 home win over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday and Mbappe started that encounter despite heavy speculation beforehand that he would be used as a substitute instead. Speaking after the final whistle at the Parc des Princes, the Brazil international said that both Mbappe and Neymar are being put under too much pressure by the media. “I think there is unnecessary pressure on Kylian,” he told Esporte Interativo. “Neymar too, who is still only 25. He also s...

Anthony Martial back in France squad; no recall for Karim Benzema

English Premier League: Anthony Martial (81′) Man United 1-0 Tottenham Man United’s Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial speak after the hosts ground out a 1-0 win over Tottenham. Steve Nicol explains why France could be done in by increasing pressure from their supporters and the media. Anthony Martial has been rewarded with a recall to the France squad following his excellent form this season with Manchester United, but Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema remains excluded by national team coach Didier Deschamps. While struggling to establish himself at United following manager Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford in 2016, Martial dropped out of his country’s senior squad, playing his last international in October 2016. The former Monaco forward, 21, has won over Jos...

Joe Gomez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham get England call-ups

Tammy Abraham is on loan with Swansea from Chelsea. Chelsea loanees Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been handed their first senior England call-ups along with Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez for the upcoming friendliest against Germany and Brazil, the Football Association has announced. Abraham has been rewarded for a promising start to his Premier League career on loan at Swansea City, where he has registered four goals and one assist in 10 appearances, while Loftus-Cheek has made six Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace despite missing time with a thigh injury. Gomez, meanwhile, has rebounded well since returning from a 15-month layoff with an ACL injury in January, starting seven times for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. The inclusions of Abraham (20), Loft...

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United players deserve more credit

Steve Nicol fully agrees with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois’ statements that their match against Man United is a must-win. MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s victory over Real Madrid this week proves his Manchester United players deserve more credit. Tottenham beat the European champions 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday, just four days after they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford. There have been criticisms of Mourinho’s style this season, despite his team sitting second in the Premier League table and top of their Champions League group, and the United manager insists they should get more recognition. He told a news conference on Thursday: “I know that it is a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason, similar performances for some...

England U17 star Brewster must be patient, says Gerrard

Highlights: England beat Spain to win U17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster has “got to be patient” in his bid to break into the Liverpool first team, says Reds great Steven Gerrard. Former Chelsea academy striker Brewster, 17, was the top scorer in the tournament with eight goals. But Liverpool U18 boss Gerrard warned: “We’ve got wonderful footballers in the first team, especially in the attacking positions, so it’s not easy. “It’s getting more and more difficult. These kids have to be world class now.” Chadwell Heath-born Brewster, who joined Liverpool aged 14, scored a hat-trick in the semi-final win against Brazil and was also on target in the final as England came from 2-0 down to beat Spain 5-2. He is due to return to L...

England call up Abraham, Gomez & Loftus-Cheek

Tammy Abraham, who is also eligible to play for Nigeria, has featured at youth level for England England have called up the uncapped Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil this month. Chelsea striker Abraham, 20, has scored five goals this season since joining Swansea on loan. Defender Gomez, 20, has been a Liverpool regular, while Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, 21, has played seven games on loan at Crystal Palace. The full squad will be announced at 14:00 GMT. England play Germany on 10 November and Brazil on 14 November at Wembley. Swansea boss Paul Clement said Abraham had been “picked on merit”. “It’s very pleasing news to see someone we’ve brought to the club on loan rewarded with his first call-up,...

Libya militia refuses extradition request

Image copyright Libyan Interior Ministry Image caption Libya’s interior ministry issued this photo of Hashem Abedi in May The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi will not be returned to the UK by the militia holding him in Libya, a spokesman for the group says. Hashem Abedi was arrested in the country shortly after the suicide attack that killed 22 people. Greater Manchester Police have issued an arrest warrant in relation to murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion. The militia group said Libya’s courts would be able to deal with his case. Mr Abedi is being held by the Deterrence Force (Rada), a counter-terrorism group allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli. Its spokesman, Ahmad Ben Salim, told the Reuters news agency: “We will not...