Trending: Messi to Newell’s Old Boys, Rooney played ‘wherever he wanted’

The ESPN FC crew evaluate England’s first match under Sam Allardyce, a 1-0 win over Slovakia in World Cup Qualifying.

Here are the latest stories for Monday.

ENGLAND: Sam Allardyce praised Wayne Rooney’s performance after he played ‘wherever he wanted to’ in England’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia.

– Relief was the overriding emotion in the dressing room following England’s last-gasp victory over Slovakia in their World Cup qualifier, according to John Stones.

– Eric Dier says England must be more “ruthless” after Sam Allardyce’s reign got off to a slow start with Sunday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia.

BARCELONA: Argentina forward Lionel Messi has revealed his desire to play for boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys before retiring from football.

– Messi has revealed he changed his hair colour to move on from a summer in which he faced tax charges and retired from international duty with Argentina.

– Barcelona have confirmed that Andre Gomes has suffered a leg muscle injury while on international duty with Portugal.

MAN UNITED: Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has told Canal+ it was “difficult to turn down Jose Mourinho” and a move to Manchester United this summer, but says Zinedine Zidane’s vote of confidence convinced him to stay in Spain.

– Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is taking Bastian Schweinsteiger’s position as a warning for his own future, but feels the Manchester United player “does not deserve” the way he is being treated.

– Manchester United fans have urged the club to “reconsider” their decision to remove a plaque commemorating Sir Matt Busby in the directors’ box at Old Trafford.

MAN CITY: David Silva is enjoying his new role at Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola’s perfect start to the season. Guardiola has switched Silva into a slightly deeper role than his usual No. 10 position, and the 30-year-old is thriving.

BUNDESLIGA: Serge Gnabry’s transfer to Werder Bremen from Arsenal is unconventional, according to a member of the German club’s supervisory board amid persistent reports Bayern Munich have some involvement in the deal.

BAYERN MUNICH: After an impressive start to his Bayern Munich career, Douglas Costa has admitted to suffering a downturn in form with the Bavarian giants.

– Mario Gotze’s Bayern Munich career fell short of expectations, but his younger brother still has a burgeoning future at the club.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s concerns over Sadio Mane’s fitness have been eased after he returned from the international break unscathed, a club source has told ESPN FC.

EVERTON: Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has told Belgian media he wanted to leave in the summer. Lukaku, 23, broke Everton’s single-season Premier League scoring record with 18 goals last season.

TOTTENHAM: Son Heung-Min decided to miss South Korea‘s World Cup qualifier against Syria on Tuesday to focus on resurrecting his Tottenham Hotspur career.

– Harry Kane says he was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-0 win in Slovakia but insisted the team’s final ball could have been better as his goal drought extended to 11 matches.

SOUTHAMPTON: Jose Fonte has insisted he is “fully committed” to Southampton despite being a transfer target for Manchester United during the summer window.

HULL: Hull City are set to name Mike Phelan as permanent manager, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Phelan has been acting as interim manager at the KCOM Stadium since Steve Bruce’s shock departure in July.

SPAIN: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has backed Chelsea forward Diego Costa despite his struggles in front of goal for his country.

ARSENAL: Arsenal forward Joel Campbell says he deserved more playing time at the Emirates but is excited about a new chance at Sporting Lisbon after joining the Portuguese club on loan.

JUVENTUS: Hernan Crespo has said Juventus did not pay over the odds for Gonzalo Higuain — but indicated that Manchester United may have done so for Paul Pogba.

– Stephan Lichtsteiner has vowed to fight for his place in the Juventus team this season after being left out of their squad for the Champions League.

GERMANY: Joachim Low was satisfied with Germany’s 3-0 win away to Norway on Sunday and had special praise for Thomas Muller, while admitting that Mario Gotze needs more time to get back to his best.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Howard Webb has warned against turning officials into “remote-controlled referees” after Mark Halsey claimed he had been told to say he had not seen incidents which could be open to video review.

– The trade union boss representing Premier League referees has no knowledge of match officials being instructed to lie in their postmatch reports.

AUSTRALIA: Enduring Socceroos striker Tim Cahill has no plans to hang up the boots any time soon as he looks to lead a new Australian strikeforce to Russia.

MLS: LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena heaped praise on his players for helping him become the second man to reach 200 wins in Major League Soccer. The Galaxy have been winless since July. 23 and finally nailed their first three points in a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at the StubHub Center.

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