What's trending: Neville sacked, Messi hits 50 for Argentina, U.S. hit back
Here are the latest stories from Wednesday.
VALENCIA: The Spanish club have sacked Gary Neville as manager. The Englishman took over in December but won just three out of 16 league games. In all competitions, Neville's record was 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats.
ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi has become just the second Argentina player in history to score 50 international goals after netting against Bolivia on Wednesday. Messi, 28, struck in the 30th minute of the 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes to reach the half-century for the Albiceleste -- a feat only ever achieved before by Gabriel Batistuta. He now stands on 499 career goals. Next up? Real Madrid.
- Argentina will return to the top of the FIFA World Ranking when the new standings are released in April, while Chile move up to a highest-ever position of third.
- Argentine forward Carlos Tevez revealed that he was never offered a Manchester United contract before his high-profile move to cross-town rivals, Manchester City.
BRAZIL: Brazil coach Dunga admits his side's qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is going to be "complicated.'' The five-time world champions needed two goals in the final 10 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw with Paraguay
- Read the rest of the CONMEBOL wrap as Brazil struggled to a 2-2 draw and Colombia beat Ecuador.
- Yet a banner calling for the United States to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann flew over the Americans' World Cup qualifier.
- The United States U23s failed to qualify for consecutive Olympic men's soccer tournaments for the first time in a half century.
- The Mexican Soccer Federation launched a campaign on Tuesday urging fans to refrain from anti-gay chants that drew fines from FIFA earlier this year.
NIGERIA: Nigeria will not be competing at the 2017 African Nations Cup after losing 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday. Ramadan Sobhy took advantage of a missed clearance to put Egypt atop qualifying Group G at Borg El-Arab Stadium. Nigeria faced a must-win game after Chad withdrew from their group earlier this week.
- Wayne Rooney has insisted that he does not take his England place for granted but believes the squad will need experienced heads at Euro 2016.
- England under-19s qualified for this summer's U19 European Championship after a 2-0 win over hosts and reigning champions Spain in the elite round qualifier.
- England goalkeeper Jack Butland has undergone a successful operation on the fractured ankle he suffered against Germany on Saturday night.
- However the Real Madrid man is reported to be flying to Turkey to do an advert. So close to the Clasico?
GERMANY: Germany coach Joachim Low claimed his team had answered their critics with a 4-1 win over Italy on Tuesday night. After throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against England on Saturday, the world champions beat Italy for the first time in 21 years, running out convincing winners in Munich.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp has refused to comment on reports linking Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze with a switch to Liverpool this summer but did praise his former player's "extraordinary abilities."
Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair has agreed a deal to join Watford this summer, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.
- Arsene Wenger insists he has "no doubt" he'll still be at Arsenal next season and remains fully committed to the job despite the recent outpouring of criticism from fans.
BARCELONA: Barcelona have announced plans for a number of tributes to the late Johan Cruyff ahead of Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid. Netherlands, Ajax and Barcelona legend Cruyff died last week at the age of 68 after suffering from lung cancer.
CHELSEA: Eva Carneiro will begin her first new job since leaving Chelsea at a specialist medical clinic in Gibraltar on Thursday. The 42-year-old has been out of work since leaving her role as first-team doctor at Stamford Bridge under a cloud last year
ASTON VILLA: Aston Villa have announced that manager Remi Garde has left the club "by mutual consent." Villa are bottom of the Premier League, 12 points from safety with relegation to the Championship appearing a certainty.
SWANSEA: Swansea defender Neil Taylor has said "fantastic'' manager Brendan Rodgers would be welcomed back at Swansea. Rodgers left Swansea for Liverpool in 2012 after taking the Welsh club into the English Premier League for the first time and establishing them in the top flight.
Standing ovation in tribute to Johan Cruyff during England v Netherlands at Wembley pic.twitter.com/aQJqvXhSPo- Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) March 29, 2016
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