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Dier, Redmond, Zaha among wildcards for Hodgson's England in Euro 2016

Former England defender Ledley King believes youth is the key behind England's flying Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, having become the first side to book their place in the finals in France next year.

Whatever happens this week against Estonia and Lithuania in qualifying matches, England are going to the European Championships. And whatever happens on the pitch, we probably know the bulk of the squad already.

But who are the rank outsiders who might make a late break for inclusion? Who are England's wildcards? ESPN FC asked Iain Macintosh to look down manager Roy Hodgson's long list.

Once considered England's right-back for the coming decade, Micah Richards won only 13 caps and hasn't played...

Klinsmann struggled at Bayern but he laid foundations for today's success

The ESPN FC panel discuss if Jurgen Klopp's attacking style of play will fit in at Liverpool, if Jose Mourinho's antics are bad for the game and what will happen to Jurgen Klinsmann if the USMNT don't beat Mexico.

The following is an excerpt from Raphael Honigstein's new book, "Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World." In it, Honigstein winds the clocks back to 2008, when Jurgen Klinsmann was placed in charge of Bayern Munich but found the going tough in the face of an unlikely challenge.

The idea that players could be developed, along with a team, into something that was bigger than the constituent parts was music to the ears of Bayern Munich bosses. The perennial Bundesliga...

FIFA continues to unravel after Blatter, Platini provisionally banned

FIFA have provisionally suspended president Sepp Blatter, UEFA president Michel Platini and secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days following recommendations from their own ethics committee.

We're in uncharted waters. It's something I've written before -- way too many times -- when it comes to FIFA, but the fact is this ship is sailing further and further toward the edge of the map.

FIFA's statement Thursday brought news of a raft of provisional suspensions at the summit of world football from the body's Independent ethics committee. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the man hoping to replace him next February, UEFA president Michel Platini, have been "banned from all football activities...

Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas and Hazard among Chelsea strugglers

The ESPN FC crew look at whether Jose Mourinho's days are numbered at Chelsea.

Chelsea had only lost one home league game in more than five seasons under Jose Mourinho; now they have lost two of the last three. They had only conceded 15 league goals in 38 games when his 2004-05 side became champions but have conceded 17 in eight matches already in the current campaign. They had 22 points at this stage 12 months ago, but just eight now.

The statistics are extraordinary -- but what are the reasons for this remarkable decline?

Matic fails to shield defence

Nemanja Matic established...

South Sudan making strides and dreaming of a place at the World Cup

For South Sudan, their World Cup qualifiers are far more than just a football match.
For South Sudan, their World Cup qualifiers are far more than just a football match.

When Richard Justin Lado was born, South Sudan, the country he captains in international football, did not exist. It did not exist when midfielder Adnan Nan was born, when goalkeeper Roy Gulwak was born or even when the youngest member of the current South Sudan team, 20-year-old Friday Zico was born.

South Sudan only became a country in 2011. A year later, it became a FIFA member and four years later, even as the civil war rages on, South Sudan are beginning a journey which they hope will end at...

Jurgen Klopp's rise from Bundesliga 2. to one of the most-wanted managers

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why Jurgen Klopp is a better option for Liverpool than Carlo Ancelotti.
Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.

The following is an excerpt from Raphael Honigstein's new book, Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.

In it, the clock is turned back more than a decade to look at the rise of a little-known manager named Jurgen Klopp.

Bild feted 'Kloppo' as the 'Harry Potter' of German football. He wore metal-rimmed glasses and the same youthful haircut as the wizard's apprentice, not to mention that him getting little Mainz into the Bundesliga reeked of magic. 'There's no...