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Brazil looking for redemption at the Mineirao Stadium

Brazil will seek a slice of redemption when they meet Argentina in a World Cup qualifier here on Thursday, according to Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho.

The fixture will be the Selecao's first at the Mineirao Stadium since their calamitous 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, a result widely described in Brazil as a national tragedy.

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England squad announced for Spain and Scotland ties

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England's interim football manager Gareth Southgate has announced a 25-member squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland and international friendly against Spain. The England football team is scheduled to meet Scotland on November 11 while the tie against Spain is on November 15.

Experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has rediscovered his form at Italy's Serie A outfit Torino, is expected to retain his place in the starting XI. The 29-year-old will be keen to make amends for a disappointing campaign at the European Championships earlier this year when England crashed out following a defeat to vastly improved Iceland in the second round.

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Maradona surprisingly calls for Argentina recall for Tevez

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Diego Maradona has urged Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza to hand Carlos Tevez an international recall to kick-start the team's ailing World Cup qualifying campaign.

Tevez has not represented the Albiceleste since their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay in Asuncion 13 months ago, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

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Gnabry amongst young trio called up by Germany, Ozil rested

Germany's football coach Joachim Loew has included three youngsters in his 25-men squad for the upcoming international matches.

Loew, on Friday called up three promising players - Bayer Leverkusen's Benjamin Henrichs, Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt and Werder Bremen's Serge Gnarby - for the upcoming games.

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Giroud recalled, Pogba included in France's squad for World Cup Qualifier with Sweden

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Didier Deschamps has recalled Olivier Giroud into the French squad for next week's World Cup qualifying match hosting Sweden and an international friendly with Cote d'Ivoire.

The Arsenal striker missed France's last World Cup qualifier visiting the Netherlands on October 10 due to a toe injury. He's back to fitness and scored twice in his club's English Premiership match at Sunderland.

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Ronaldo, Andre Gomes in Portugal squad for World Cup Qualifier

Portugal national football team coach Fernando Santos has announced squad for the European qualifier against Latvia on November 13 for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The squad included Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Andre Gomes, while Pepe was excluded due to injury. The list, which was unveiled on Thursday, also included the Valencia duo of Joao Cancelo and Luis Nani.

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Alexis, Bravo and Vidal all included in Chile squad for World Cup Qualifiers

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo were among 17 foreign-based players named in Chile's squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Uruguay.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi also included Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, Hoffenheim attacker Eduardo Vargas and Inter Milan defender Gary Medel. But there was no place for veteran midfielder Jorge Valdivia, who was dropped from the squad that lost to Ecuador and beat Peru last month.

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