ROME -- If Mario Balotelli wants to return to Italy's squad, coach Antonio Conte says he'll have to show that he deserves a spot.
But Italy will call up Major League Soccer players Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco for European Championship qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria next week.
Balotelli hasn't played for Italy since the Azzurri were eliminated in the first round of last year's World Cup. On Thursday, he was loaned back to AC Milan after scoring only one goal in the Premier League for...
Miguel Veloso earned his first call-up in a year as Portugal coach Fernando Santos announced his 24-man squad for a friendly against France and a European Championship qualifier in Albania.
The Dynamo Kiev midfielder was included Friday alongside full-back Raphael Guerreiro, who has yet to make his first full international appearance.
Portugal's midfield will be weakened by the absence of injured regular William Carvalho, and playmaker Joao Moutinho is still in doubt, but central defender Pepe is...
Arjen Robben has been made captain of the Netherlands in Danny Blind's first squad since taking over from Guus Hiddink as national coach, replacing striker Robin van Persie.
Blind said on Friday he needs a captain with more "on-field presence" as his team heads into two crucial European Championship qualifiers against Group A leader Iceland and Turkey.
"I have not made this choice based on their soccer skills," Blind told the Dutch federation's website.
"In the guidance and coaching of teammates...
Emre Can has earned his first senior Germany call for the forthcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Scotland.
The Liverpool midfielder, who has appeared for his country at under-21 level, has impressed Germany coach Joachim Low in recent months and could make his senior debut in Frankfurt on Friday, Sept. 4.
"Emre has developed well for Liverpool and his versatility, his on-field presence and his dynamism have impressed us,'' Low said.
"Now we want to get to know him...