Trending: Southgate backs Shaw and Smalling, Courtois rejects Madrid talk

The FC panel address Jose Mourinho’s strange comments about his player’s commitment, singling out Luke Shaw.

Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.

ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate has no doubt that Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are injured, despite Jose Mourinho appearing to question the validity of the Manchester United defenders’ absence.

– West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell has been handed a first England call-up after being drafted in alongside Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

CHELSEA: Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has denied he is in contact with Real Madrid and said he is very happy at Stamford Bridge.

ARSENAL: Full-back Hector Bellerin is close to agreeing a contract extension, according to his agent.

LIVERPOOL: The club’s attacking trio of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are “world-class,” according to captain Jordan Henderson.

– The Reds have confirmed that Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn have all signed long-term contracts at the club.

REAL MADRID: Arsenal and Germany international forward Mesut Ozil says Cristiano Ronaldo is “one of the greatest footballers in history.”

MAN UNITED: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised for the suspension that will rule him out of the Premier League game against Arsenal on Nov. 19.

– Cristiano Ronaldo has said Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to join Manchester United in the moments after playing a friendly game for Sporting Lisbon against the Red Devils in 2003.

BARCELONA: Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has revealed that if he could pick one player to join the French champions it would be Barcelona’s Neymar.

MLS: Despite his heroics for Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco has been left out of the Italy squad because coach Giampiero Ventura believes “he plays in a league that doesn’t count for much.”

LA GALAXY: Steven Gerrard is ready to continue his playing career when his contract at LA Galaxy expires next month, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

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