Here are the latest stories for Thursday.
ENGLAND: Captain Wayne Rooney has “unreservedly” apologised to interim manager Gareth Southgate and Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth, admitting images taken of him drinking at a wedding after England’s win over Scotland were “inappropriate for someone in his position.”
– Southgate has become a “much stronger” candidate for the England manager’s job, according to Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn, after overseeing a four-game unbeaten run in interim charge.
ARGENTINA: Argentina will stay top of the FIFA World Ranking when the new table is published on Nov. 24, but Brazil are closing fast and have moved up into second place.
PREMIER LEAGUE: The league has been conducting trials over the use of video technology this season, referees’ chief Mike Riley has revealed.
BARCELONA: President Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced Lionel Messi will sign a new contract and end his career at the club.
– New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo wishes he had played under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard was coach of Barcelona and also regrets never having signed for Real Madrid.
ARSENAL: Right-back Hector Bellerin will be sidelined for four weeks with an ankle injury, Arsene Wenger has said.
– The Gunners will assess forward Alexis Sanchez on his return from international duty with Chile, but look set to again have to do without playmaker Santi Cazorla for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.
MAN UNITED: Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that suggestions Jose Mourinho has lost his magic are “ridiculous.”
– Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports that Manchester United’s game against Arsenal on Saturday is a “must-win” for Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.
MK DONS: Frank Lampard has ruled out becoming MK Dons manager after being sounded out over the job, sources have told ESPN FC.
LIVERPOOL: The Reds’ request to move fixtures over the festive period in order to ease congestion has been rejected by the Premier League, multiple sources have told ESPN FC.
NICE: Mario Balotelli has vowed to “fly a helicopter over Nice” if the club pull off a shock Ligue 1 title triumph this season.
UNITED STATES: Jozy Altidore believes he and his United States teammates need to take a look in the mirror following a humiliating 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
MLS: New York City FC is preparing to reduce the average age of its squad by targeting younger recruits rather than an aging superstar to fill the designated player slot vacated by Frank Lampard’s departure, sources have told ESPN FC.
– D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid is training with English Premier League side Swansea City, according to the Washington Post.
– D.C. United has acquired midfielder Luciano Acosta on a permanent basis from Boca Juniors, following the completion of a one-year loan, the club has announced.
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