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Netherlands, Belgium play out hard fought 1-1 draw

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The 126th edition of the 'Derby of the Lowlands' in Amsterdam on Wednesday ended in a 1-1 draw.

Belgium were the favorites with the better team on paper with players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel and Jan Vertonghen, while the Netherlands are in the middle of a lean period in their long footballing history.

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Former Man United and Chelsea striker finally earns international recall

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Radamel Falcao has said he never lost faith that he would return to Colombia's national team as he prepares for his first international appearance in 13 months. The 30-year-old was last week recalled by coach Jose Pekerman for Colombia's World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina.

"You always suffer when you are left out. Everybody wants to be here all the time. But the coaching staff were always in contact, They visited me several times and that gave me hope that sooner or later I'd be back playing for the national team," the Monaco striker told reporters on Wednesday.

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Former Man City striker to retire next week

Former Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguay's all-time leading scorer, has announced that the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Bolivia in the next week would be his last appearances for the national football team.

The 35-year-old said on Tuesday, "With this call-up I am bringing to an end my time in the national team. It's a decision that's hard to take but had to be taken at some point...I think it's time to just dedicate myself to my club. I'm happy to retire at a time when I still feel good enough to play," added Santa Cruz, who currently plays for Olimpia club.

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Butcher calls for Rooney inclusion

Former England skipper Terry Butcher believes the exclusion of Wayne Rooney from the national side will give Scotland an advantage in a crucial football World Cup qualifier to be held on Friday.

Rooney, who has been out of favour in his club Manchester United, is expected to be in the England teamsheet for the match to be held at the Wembley stadium. Butcher said England need him back in the starting line-up as a leader as they are still mentally scarred following the embarrassing second round Euro exit to minnows Iceland.

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All eyes on Iwobi and Iheanacho as Nigeria square off against Algeria

Nigeria's national football team began to tune up for next Saturday's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against North African rivals Algeria. Nigerian team officials told the press today that training has commenced in the country's capital, Abuja.

Nigeria had invited a total of 25 players to tune up for the Algerians known to have a fast-paced attacking squad. The match is scheduled to take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in the southeastern city of Uyo.

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Neymar focused on Argentina, not fraud case

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Brazil's star forward Neymar will not let an ongoing fraud case affect his form on the pitch, according to his national football team's winger Douglas Costa.

Spanish judge Jose de la Mata on Monday accepted a request by the Supreme Court to reopen the case against the 24-year-old, after original charges were dropped in July. Prosecutors have 10 days to formally request a trial.

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35 year old Evra earns surprise France recall

Former Manchester United skipper Patrice Evra was on Monday called up by France's football squad to replace the injured Layvin Kurzawa.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Kurzawa underwent a medical examination on Monday at France camp outside Paris, while the medical staff recommended the exclusion of the 24-year-old from his national team.

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