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Werder Bremen’s Serge Gnabry: I nearly rejected Germany chance

German coach Joachim Low is happy with his 'inexperienced' side, which played out a scoreless draw against Italy.
Werder Bremen winger Serge Gnabry says he nearly turned down his Germany call-up for the 2016 Olympics.
Gnabry, 21, ended up as the top scorer at the Olympics over the summer as Germany won the silver medal in Rio de Janeiro.
His form led to a move from Arsenal to Werder Bremen and last week he made his senior international debut in the 8-0 win over San Marino, becoming the first German to score a hat trick in his first appearance for the country since Dieter Muller against Yugoslavia in 1976.
But…

Wayne Rooney spokesman defends celebrations after England win

Gareth Southgate says England must share responsibility within the team and not rely on Wayne Rooney to be a solo leader.

Brian McBride assesses why the Chicago Fire would even consider signing an aging Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether Manchester United's Memphis Depay would benefit from a loan move.

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes sift through the latest rumours surrounding Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Marouane Fellaini.

The FC crew discuss Chris Smalling's injury as well as the implications it has for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
A spokesman for Wayne Rooney has defended the England captain's celebrations following the World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland.
Photographs have been published of the Manchester United forward allegedly attending a wedding party in the England team's hotel on Saturday.
The Sun newspaper claimed the 31-year-old had been drinking and that a picture showed him looking worse for wear.
The spokesman for Rooney said: "Wayne, along with the rest of the England squad, was on a night off duty.
"Rather…

Swansea City confirm Paul Williams as new assistant manager

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop predict who will be relegated at the end of the Premier League season.

Bob Bradley didn't have many positives to speak on following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Man United.
Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of England under-20 coach Paul Williams as their new assistant manager.
Williams, 45, will join the Swans ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton after leaving his position with the Football Association.
Former Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Williams has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Swans, working as No. 2 to the Welsh club's manager Bob Bradley, who was appointed last month.
"I am excited about having the chance to work…

Gareth Southgate sole England candidate, set to be hired – sources

The FC panel discuss whether England's result against Spain finally guarantees Gareth Southgate the England job.
Gareth Southgate could be confirmed as the permanent England manager as early as next week and is the only serious contender for the role on a full-time basis, Football Association sources have told ESPN FC.
Southgate, in interim charge of the senior team for four games following Sam Allardyce's resignation just 67 days into the job in September, appears to have won the support of the players and wider public by guiding the team to two wins and two draws, culminating in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against…

West Ham looking to end Simone Zaza’s loan from Juventus – sources

Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest rumours including Cesc Fabregas, Dimitri Payet and more.
West Ham United are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza to allow them to bring in a new striker in January, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
Zaza, 25, has struggled to impress at West Ham since his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Juventus in August.
The Italy international has failed to score in nine appearances for the Hammers and his performances have come in for criticism.
As part of the loan deal, if Zaza makes five more appearances then it would trigger a permanent…