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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.


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.


Maradona worried Argentina won't qualify for World Cup

Argentina may be left out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, football legend Diego Maradona has said.

The former star player and national team coach said on Tuesday that there was no one looking out for his country's interests inside football's decision-making organisations.


Miroslav Klose joins Germany's national coaching staff

Germany's all-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose is set to join coach Joachim Low's staff, the German football association, DFB announced on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old, who has not officially ended his playing career despite not having his contract at Lazio renewed in the summer, will join Low and his coaching team for their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against San Marino and friendly in Italy.


Lavezzi, Belluschi called up to Argentina squad for World Cup Qualifier against Brazil

Hebei China Fortune football club forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has been recalled to Argentina's squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month, the country's football association said.

San Lorenzo's Fernando Belluschi was also named after Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was ruled out of the matches with a hamstring injury.


Messi returns to Argentina squad for Brazil clash, Rojo and Lamela axed

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was recalled to Argentina's football squad for its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia next month. Messi has not played for the national team since scoring in the 1-0 home win over Uruguay on September 1. The 29-year-old returned from a groin injury last Saturday, scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 La Liga victory over Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou.

He followed that performance with a sublime hat-trick as Barcelona routed Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday. With these performances, he proved his fitness and was named in the squad declared on Friday.


Premier League quartet included in Brazilian squad for Argentina clash

The Liverpool duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester City's Fernandinho have all been included in the Brazilian squad that will host Argentina in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before travelling to Lima for a clash against Peru five days later.

Injured Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is also expected to be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Brazil's 2018 football World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru next month. Casemiro was among 24 footballers named by Brazil coach Tite on Friday for the team's final appearances this year. The former Sao Paulo player has not played since fracturing a fibula in Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Espanyol in La Liga last month.


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