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Gareth Southgate may hand England youngsters Lithuania chance - sources

The guys respond to your tweets about England's World Cup chances, Christen Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

Gareth Southgate will hand opportunities to England's emerging youngsters in next month's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania if a place at Russia 2018 is secured with a positive result against Slovenia at Wembley on Oct. 5, sources have told ESPN FC.

England head coach Southgate is set to name his squad on Thursday for the forthcoming double-header, which will see the team qualify for the World Cup if they secure two points from the two fixtures.

A win against Slovenia will confirm England as...

FIFA to relax rules against commemorating non-sporting events

England and Scotland players wore armbands featuring poppies during the teams' World Cup qualifier last year.

FIFA has relaxed the rules that ban teams from commemorating non-sporting events at football matches in response to high-profile disputes with British associations over honouring war dead.

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were fined by FIFA last year for displaying poppies at World Cup qualifying matches. World football's governing body ruled that poppies flouted regulations banning political, religious or personal symbols on kit and in stadiums, leading to the British nations to push...

Brazil arranging England, Japan friendlies for November

Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Ecuador.
Brazil are looking for challenges outside of South America.

SAO PAULO -- Brazil are only a few bureaucratic details away from confirming friendlies against Japan and England in November.

The Brazilian Football Confederation are in advanced negotiations for matches against Japan in the French city of Lille and days later in London against England, spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues told the Associated Press on Friday.

Brazil and Japan have already qualified for the World Cup in Russia next year.

England lead Group F of European qualifiers by five points with two...

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Tammy Abraham denies he's made decision on switching to Nigeria

Tammy Abraham has represented England at under-18, U19 and U21 levels.

Tammy Abraham has underlined his commitment to having an international career with England, amid Nigeria's efforts to convince him to switch allegiance.

The Nigeria Football Federation revealed earlier on Thursday that Abraham recently met with president Amaju Pinnick, who was also quoted in The Sun as saying the 19-year-old had agreed to play for the Super Eagles.

But Abraham refuted that claim, saying in a statement: "Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that...

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Arsenal's Danny Welbeck out at least three weeks with groin injury

Stewart Robson breaks down how Arsenal managed to keep Chelsea at bay and keep a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.
Craig Burley reacts to claims that Arsenal should operate without Sanchez and Ozil, saying one of the two is expendable.

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will miss at least the next three weeks with a groin injury, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday.

Welbeck pulled up injured during the late stages of Arsenal's draw with Chelsea on Sunday and was replaced by Olivier Giroud.

And after Welbeck had a scan on Monday, Wenger confirmed that he would not be able to return this month.

"Danny has a scan today, we don't know how bad his groin injury is but he will certainly be out until the international break," Wenger...