Isco shines as Spain ends Italy’s unbeaten run in qualifiers

Isco was the star in today’s clash between Italy and Spain as the Real Madrid playmaker led la Roja to an outstanding 3-0 victory at Santiago Bernabéu. Following a foul near the angle of the 18-yard box, Isco opened the score for the hosts with a splendid free-kick. The Spaniard curled the ball above the wall and left Buffon agape, as the Italian keeper had a disappointing reaction time for this free-kick that he could have arguably saved, had he noticed the ball’s trajectory earlier. Around the forty-minute mark, as Spain started to get even more comfortable with the ball, Isco received the ball from Iniesta a couple of meters away from the 18-yard box. Spain’s number 22 had a

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England: First call-ups for Chalobah, Maguire

In what could be a turning point for the Three Lions, Southgate has earlier today called up 28 players for the World Cup qualifying fixtures against Malta and Slovakia, respectively in 1 and 4 September. England are currently topping their group with a two-point advantage on Slovakia, with Slovenia being only three points behind and therefore within reach of the qualifying spot by the end of the international break. This England list marks the first England call-ups of young defender Harry Maguire and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, both in great form for Leicester and Watford, respectively. Adam Lallana will be missing for the Slovakia and Malta games, whereas Rooney is absent following his international retirement announcement on Tuesday. Called up for

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England’s Wayne Rooney announces international retirement

The news hit the footballing world by a blast. Despite making a comeback to his former club Everton and slowly regaining the form that he had a couple of years ago, Wayne Rooney has now taken his international retirement from England’s National Team and caused an outburst of reactions all cross the footballing world, shocking even some of his teammates and former coaches. Wayne Rooney announced the news through his official website, then via his Twitter account earlier today. “Dreams can come true and playing for England has been exactly that. Thanks to everyone involved, it’s been amazing,” the forward posted on social media. Rooney has been hitting multiple milestones in the past couple of years; just last week, he

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