Trending: Italy stars unhappy with fans' boos; Syria set up Australia playoff
Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...
ITALY: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Marco Verratti hit back at fans who jeered the Azzurri during their 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Israel on Tuesday.
- Outside the Lines: A bloody fight for the soul of soccer in Syria.
- Tunisia and Egypt were the big winners in Tuesday's CAF World Cup qualifiers, as the North African duo secured big results to take significant steps towards Russia. Full round-up.
- While Brazil and Colombia are on course, Argentina and Chile have problems, Tim Vickery writes.
- Chile forward Alexis Sanchez says he is "tired" of being criticised by the media and that it is affecting him.
- U.S. manager Bruce Arena lauded his side's battling qualities after the draw kept the Americans in control of their own destiny in terms of qualifying for Russia 2018.
- WATCH: More questions raised for United States.
ENGLAND: Marcus Rashford has insisted he did not owe England for his early mistake which led to an opposition goal in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia, claiming that his second-half winner was merely him doing his job.
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has told The Times he will need another summer transfer window to put the finishing touches to his Manchester United team before it is ready to compete for the biggest trophies at home and abroad.
- Mourinho has built a squad capable of winning United's first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Mike Phelan has told ESPN FC.
- Juan Mata insists there is a belief in the Manchester United dressing that they can win the Premier League title this season but the midfielder accepts Jose Mourinho's team may need "some luck" to lift the Champions League.
LA LIGA: La Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his attack on Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City for what he called "financial doping," saying Neymar and PSG were "peeing" in the "swimming pool" by completing this summer's world-record €222 million from Barcelona.
- Tebas says the Spanish league was powerless to stop the tax problems that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been embroiled in.
BARCELONA: Andres Iniesta has contradicted Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, denying that there is an agreement in principle for him to extend his contract at the Camp Nou beyond its expiry at the end of the season.
MAN CITY: Manchester City will consider making a fresh bid for Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window but Raheem Sterling will not be included as part of any deal, sources have told ESPN FC.
- Wilfried Bony says he would have liked to have played under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but he is delighted to have returned "home" to Swansea City.
LIVERPOOL: Brazil legend Ronaldinho says Philippe Coutinho will still "give everything" for Liverpool because of the upcoming World Cup.
- Jurgen Klopp wished Divock Origi the best of luck for his new challenge at Wolfsburg, the striker told reporters on Tuesday.
CHELSEA: Eden Hazard says he could see himself playing in La Liga "some day," but added that "at the moment" he has no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge.
- Hazard has told Marca he would like to see Diego Costa back at Chelsea amid reports that the striker is considering returning to London.
BAYERN MUNICH: Manuel Neuer says Bayern have an "outstanding generation" of players that can be compared to the group that led Spain to international glory between 2008 and 2012.
REAL MADRID: Martin Odegaard, currently on loan at Heerenveen, has suggested that he has extended his contract with the European champions.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will be without Nathaniel Clyne for "some time" due to his lingering back issue.
PSG: Kylian Mbappe has said that while he was attracted by the chance to play alongside the "extraordinary" Neymar, he made the decision to join Paris Saint-German this summer because of the club's ambition as he set his sights on the Champions League.
- Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery blamed a transcription error after Barcelona's Robert Fernandez suggested he had lied by telling Ernesto Valverde the Catalan club did not make an offer for Marco Verratti this summer.
- New Tottenham signing Serge Aurier has told the official Confederation of African Football (CAF) website that he was offered a three-year contract to stay at Paris Saint-Germain but says he was undervalued in France and there was "too much fuss" over his conviction for assault in France.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Long-serving football commentator John Motson will end his 50-year association with the BBC when he leaves the broadcaster at the end of the season.
SERIE A: AC Milan's season-ticket sales for this season have increased by almost 100 percent compared to last term with 31,000 fans securing tickets, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
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