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‘I Wouldn’t Even Need A Phone Call’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic Drops Subtlest Of Hints That He’s Willing To Reverse Retirement To Play For Sweden At 2018 World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dangled the very subtlest of hints that he'd been willing to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Cup.

Ibrahimovic called it quits after Sweden went tumbling out Euro 2016 at the end of the group stage but, with 14 or so weeks left until Russia 2018 begins in earnest, the 36-year-old has casually put his name forward for selection without actually saying as much.

Another Year of Scholesy!

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Yesterday evening, at Manchester United's player of the year dinner, Sir Alex Ferguson announced that Paul Scholes will be staying on as a player at the club for another season. This news will delight the Red Devils fans and will surely soften the blow from missing out on the Premier League this weekend.

Nemanja Vidic & Martin Skrtel: Baby Boys Abound?

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When we're not cleaning Oreos out of our couches or populating the blogosphere with nonsense, we're stalking Nemanja and Ana Vidic.

Fresh off his international retirement announcement, Nemanja Vidic will have more time on his hands. To do what besides oil his hot robot self?

Well, change his soon-to-be-third-baby's diapers, perhaps.

RoM Reads

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Sport Witness translate JT's statement on CPO and take the piss out of the FA for their handling of Rooney

The Telegraph wonders how Rooney will respond to Kop abuse.

United Rant discusses Vidic's International retirement.

The Daily Mail reports on opposition to Liverpool's TV rights plan.

Paul Scholes tribute: Over the years

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The ginger haired maestro retires after spending 17 years as a Red Devil where he clocked 676 appearances and scored 150 goals. His career will continue as a coaching assistant He will join Utd's coaching staff.

Throughout his years Scholes proved to be an excellent goalscorer despite his shifting roles within the squad.

Mid-Day Ticker: Liverpool lands Suarez, Pazzini joins Inter and more

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Amid rumors that Fernando Torres is interested in joining Chelsea comes word that Liverpool has, in fact, added a star rather than lost one.

Liverpool has completed the acquisition of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Ajax for a reported €26.5 million euros. After a lengthy and public negotiations, Liverpool finally offered a total that Ajax deemed reasonable for one of the stars (and villains) of the 2010 World Cup.

A/S Sunday Newspaper Gossip (Oct 3)

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Tottenham fans will be re-naming the ground White Vaart Lane if the Dutchman continues his awesome form, maybe Fergie should have looked to sign the player instead of Bebe who he never seen playing before joining the Red Devils in the Summer. Below are some of the major stories headlining the Sunday Newspapers in the UK.

Carragher Blasts For Souness Reign

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Jamie Carragher admits he has nothing but admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello but the Liverpool defender is critical of Graeme Souness' tenure at Anfield.
The 32-year-old will today enjoy his testimonial with the likes of Michael Owen, Danny Murphy, Jerzy Dudek, Luis Garcia and Emile Heskey all set to turn out while former manager Gerard Houllier will also be at Anfield.


119 England Caps And Out: Wayne Rooney Announces International Retirement After 14 Years At The Coal Face

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It's been coming for a while, but Wayne Rooney has announced that, as of today, he is officially retired from international duty with England.

Rooney met with Gareth Southgate earlier in the week to discuss taking part in England's upcoming games against Malta and Slovakia, but politely turned down the call-up in favour of bowing out and giving somebody else a crack at it.

Chelsea legend John Terry to reconsider retirement?

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Reports in the newspapers over the weekend suggest that John Terry may be reconsidering his international retirement, with a view to gaining a place in England's squad for the Brazil World Cup.

Whilst this may seem an enticing prospect for the player, and an attractive opportunity for Roy Hodgson to have the Premier League's outstanding English centre-back available, it would surely be a poisoned chalice for both - not to mention the FA.

John Terry’s International Retirement: Terrible Or Terrific?

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John Terry’s International Retirement: Terrible Or Terrific?

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Few footballers in the English game today polarise opinion as much as John George Terry. To his supporters he's a warrior with the heart of a lion and to many Chelsea fans he's simply their "Captain, Leader, Legend". To his detractors Terry is a nasty boor, an arrogant individual whose powers are on the wane.

Scholes: Hodgson Didn’t Ask Me To Play

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Following yet another disappointing tournament for England, with veteran Andrea Pirlo stealing the show in midfield during England's defeat to Italy, Paul Scholes has revealed that new manager, Roy Hodgson, didn't ask him whether he was could consider coming out of International retirement to play at Euro 2012.

Robson: Welbz Should Go To Euros

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With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games of the Euros, Bryan Robson has claimed that Danny Welbeck would do a great job filling in for him before joining him as a strike partner this summer.

"I don't think Danny would let anybody down," said Robson. "He's a real hard worker.

Joey Barton launches the new England kit via Twitter. D’oh!

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FA bosses and no doubt Umbro bosses will probably be fuming this morning after Joey Barton launched the new England kit via Twitter! New England kits are usually released after a carefully orchestrated photoshoot involving senior players, with images released to the media strictly embargoed until after the official launch.

Carragher: It Is Embarassing To Have A Foreign Coach

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Just hours before England's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, traces of disquiet in the team camp are emerging. Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has for the first time spoken out the issue surrounding the FA selecting a foreigner to coach the team.

Carragher believes it was wrong for England to have appointed a foreigner to coach the team.

The Future England Team Is Full Of Talent

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As the final whistle in Bloemfontein signalled the end of England‘s dismal World Cup campaign, the nature of their departure from South Africa became hot topic for journalists and the public alike.

Nerves, tiredness and performance were just a handful of excuses as to why Fabio Capello and his squad failed to deliver but the lack of any young prodigies in the English game gained extra attention.


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It looks as though Emmanuel Adebayor's decision to come out of international retirement is about to be confirmed with reports that the player is happy to discuss a comeback with Togolese officials.

Ade hasn't played for his country since the fatal attack on the country's team bus in 2008 but he could re-appear as early as next week, in Togo's game with Guinea Bissau.

England Players Gripped By Fear - Carragher

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Former England defender Jamie Carragher admits players suffer from a fear factor when they are playing for the national team.
Carragher came out of international retirement when he was selected by England manager Fabio Capello for last year's World Cup campaign in South Africa. However, England experienced a woeful tournament and crashed out 4-1 to Germany in the last 16, leading to a torrent of criticism for both players and management.

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Vidic International Retirement Confirmed

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After hinting strongly that he would be retiring from International football after Serbia's failure to qualify for Euro 2012, Nemanja Vidic has today confirmed he will not play for his country again.

"After a great deal of thought and with a heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football," Vidic told the official site.

Carragher Demands English Boss

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes England are 'cheating' by having a foreign manager in charge of the national team.
Fabio Capello was handed the reins after Steve McClaren failed to guide the Three Lions to qualification for Euro 2008, and persuaded Carragher to briefly come out of international retirement for last summer's World Cup.

Trap should look to reformed Kenny

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Almost five years on, the fall-out from Ireland's humiliation in Nicosia seems to go on. That galling 5-2 hammering at the hands of Cyprus signaled the end of the international road for three of the starters that night. Clinton Morrison has only appeared once in a 40-man provisional squad since, whilst sliding down the divisions in England, currently scoring occasionally at League One Sheffield Wednesday.

Trezeguet to make a comeback for France?

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Will Trezeguet's performance for Hercules be enough to catch Blanc's attention?

If David Trezeguet has anything to say about it, then yes. On this Sunday's edition of Telefoot, he declared himself "available" to Blanc should his former France teammate decide to call him up.

England Fringe Strikers Must Grasp Rare Opportunity

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Sunderland forward Darren Bent has a right to feel hard-done-by in terms of his international career. Since making his debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson against Uruguay in March 2006, Bent has won just six more caps. Considering he has scored 65 goals in 147 Premier League appearances since then, you might think he would walk into any international side.


Carvalho Walks Out on Portugal

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Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho has walked out on Portugal and announced his retirement from international football after being made feel inadequate at the teams training base in Portugal ahead of their 2012 Euro qualifier against Cyprus tomorrow night. It's believed Carvalho was to be dropped for the clash however before losing his dignity the 75 capped Portuguese international quit with immediate effect.

Rejoice!! Park retires from international duty

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No longer will we have to lose him to the Asian Cup or other international related selections. This is good news for the club since it means a more rested player while others are incurring an extra 90-180 minutes of game time and potential injuries.

Look at our existing players and how they've benefited from international retirement.

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US Roster Wednesday…The Klinsmann Journey Begins

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With the United States-Mexico friendly nary two weeks away, Jurgen Klinsmann's first brushstroke to his legacy begins.

But who else?


On Wednesday, the US roster comes out for the August 10th friendly against El Tri in Philadelphia.

There is a lot to balance in the first roster announcement including dialing up the appropriate amount of cut-bait with respect for legacy players.

Joe Jordan vs Gennaro Gattuso

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Joe Jordan can slam a revolving door, Joe Jordan washes his eyes with tobasco sauce, there is no such thing as global warming, Joe Jordan got cold so he turned the sun up – these were some of the tweets of football fans everywhere following Tottenham's emphatic 1-0 win over AC Milan on Tuesday Night.


Liverpool Look To Raid £7m England International From Premiership Rivals

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Having given up hope of signing Jose Enrique and Gael Clichy, Kenny Dalglish has apparently turned his attention to securing the services of Wayne Bridge.
Bridge, moving to West Ham United on loan at the end of last season for 15 league appearances, proved that he still has a lot to offer in the top tier of English football.

Milan Jovanovic Vows To Snub Serbia Until Liverpool Form Improves

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Serbian forward Milan Jovanovic has vowed to go into temporary international retirement until his rather lapse form at Liverpool begins to improve.

With a considerable reputation garnered during his time with Standard Liege and a half-decent World Cup under his belt, many though (me included) that Jovanovic would soon hit his stride at Liverpool given their relative lack of forwardly-mobile , but the stark truth is that the 29-year-old's flaccid displays have seen him slip down pretty sharply in manager Roy Hodgson's estimation during the four months he's been at Anfield.

Kevin Davies

A Rather Tardy News Round Up

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The first piece of news is quite obviously about our wonderful captain, Kevin Davies earning his first cap. In a rather depressing goalless draw against Montenegro, Kev was brought on in the 69th minute for Peter Crouch. He did not score a goal, though he did earn a yellow card. Over all, it was probably a disappointing debut for Davies, though the fact that he got it in the first place is a little victory.

Clueless Capello running out of ideas and time

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The arrival of the latest England squad on Monday afternoon brought with it the sad realisation that Fabio Capello is just not the right man for the job anymore and it probably is in the country's best interests to dispense with him.

The notion that any manager should be given a ‘practice' tournament (e.


Nikos Lyberopoulos Makes Return To Greece For Euro 2012 Qualifiers Against Latvia And Israel

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The solution to the sudden international retirement of goal machine Theofanis Gekas, who's currently in red-hot form for Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt?

None other than 35 year-old AEK Athens striker Nikos Lyberopoulos, who recently enjoyed a successful spell with the same club before returning to his spiritual home this season.

Theofanis Gekas Retires from International Football

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Eintract Frankfurt and Greece international striker Theofanis Gekashas has announced his international retirement. The news came from his blog today in which attributed to "special circumstances" (Full story from FIFA). Gekas has player for Greece since 2005 scoring 20 goals in 49 caps.

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The Rest

#BUNCHOFTWATS-gate: Chelsea star Ashley Cole’s unique form of international retirement

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Ashley Cole looks set for a fine and suspension of his own after using an expletive in his Twitter review of the FA's report into the John Terry racism case. The Chelsea left-back's evidence was called into question in the 63-page report published today, prompting Cole to tweet: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did [.

England’s Faye White Ponders Retirement, The German Cup Final & Homare Sawa Goofs Around

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It's our Weekly Women's round up again and the focus this week is on the DFB or German Cup Final scheduled to take place in Cologne on May 12! Bayern Munich and FFC Frankfurt are set to face off against each other for the title and interestingly, it is Frankfurt's twelfth time in the final.

24 Year Old Former French U-21 Retires From International Football

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24 year old West Brom midfielder Youssof Mulumba has brought down the curtain on his Congolese International career. Mulumba who represented France at u-21 level before committing his international future to Congo, he released a statement saying:

"This decision has been taken following long discussions with my family and medical advisers.

Denmark Scrape Win @ Home To Iceland

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I caught the second half of the Denmark Iceland game... Thomas Kahlenberg fired in a late winner via a deflection in stoppage time to send Danish fans into raptures, in much off the game Denmark played with alot of the ball but didn't really look like breaking down the Iceland mean defence.