Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi led the Argentina national team into the postmatch news conference after a decisive 3-0 win against Colombia and declared that the team will no longer speak to the media after accusations were made regarding teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi.
– Edgardo Bauza leapt to the defence of his Argentina players after they beat Colombia to end a four-match winless streak and put their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.
UNITED STATES: Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 on Tuesday night to drop the Americans to 0-2 for the first time in the final qualifying round for the CONCACAF region.
BRAZIL: Manchester City-bound forward Gabriel Jesus scored one and set up another as Brazil made it six wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Peru.
ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate could be confirmed as the permanent England manager as early as next week and is the only serious contender for the role on a full-time basis, Football Association sources have told ESPN FC.
– England captain Jordan Henderson admits it was devastating to concede two late goals to draw 2-2 with Spain at Wembley.
– England interim manager Gareth Southgate insists Wayne Rooney’s absence against Spain was due to a knee injury.
– Adam Lallana has given Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp an injury scare after the midfielder limped off midway through England’s game.
LIVERPOOL: Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has told Goal he has no doubts that Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho would be success at the Camp Nou.
– Liverpool legend Steve Heighway says Bill Shankly would approve of Jurgen Klopp’s work at the club.
CELTIC: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he is unsure where speculation over a move for Steven Gerrard came from but remained coy on any potential deal.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have concerns over the fitness of Gareth Bale, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic and Karim Benzema ahead of Saturday’s derbi at Atletico Madrid.
BARCELONA: Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Jeremy Mathieu all trained on Wednesday, handing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique some good news ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game against Malaga at Camp Nou.
MLS: Steven Gerrard will not return to the LA Galaxy after his contract expires next month, the MLS club confirmed on Tuesday.
– Chelsea are set to offer Frank Lampard a job in some capacity if he chooses to retire, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC.
SCOTLAND: Sunderland manager David Moyes is the leading candidate to take charge of Scotland if Gordon Strachan pays the price for the nation’s unconvincing start to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, with sources telling ESPN FC that the former Everton and Manchester United manager would be open to discussions about managing his country.
MEXICO: Four points from a possible six represents an excellent return for Mexico in the early stages of the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, according to El Tri captain Rafa Marquez.
MAN UNITED: Italian right-back Matteo Darmian is puzzled by Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to put him in Manchester United’s starting XI since the start of the season.
– Henrikh Mkhitaryan has all the tools in his game to become a star at Manchester United, according to former club winger Jesper Blomqvist.
MAN CITY: Manchester City loanee Samir Nasri says that Pep Guardiola’s ban on sex before midnight helped top Barcelona players like Lionel Messi to avoid injuries.
ARSENAL: Alexis Sanchez was hailed as one of the world’s best players by Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after the Arsenal forward shrugged off injury worries to score twice in the team’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay.
– Alex Iwobi says he expected Arsene Wenger to send him out on loan rather than give him a regular spot in the Arsenal lineup this season.
PSG: Paris Saint-Germain star Adrian Rabiot is proud to have made his France debut in the 0-0 draw against Ivory Coast but could now be out of the Champions League clash against Arsenal due to injury.
FRANCE: France coach Didier Deschamps defended his decision to make a number of changes for the goalless friendly draw at home to Ivory Coast.
NORWAY: The Norwegian football federation has said coach Per-Mathias Hogmo will step down after three years in the job.
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