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Schweinsteigher not included in Europa league squad


Manchester United have left midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger out of their 27-man squad for the Europa League group stages. The former Germany captain was included in United's Premier League squad earlier this week but will not feature in the Europa League after being omitted by Jose Mourinho. Schweinsteiger was free to leave Old Trafford prior to Wednesday's transfer deadline, but he stated his desire to stay at United rather than joining another European club and a move failed to materialise.
Mourinho said last week it would be "very difficult" but not impossible for Schweinsteiger to feature under him for United this season. Jose Mourinho says it will be very difficult for Schweinsteiger to force his way into his plans at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho says it will be very difficult for Schweinsteiger to force his way into his plans at Manchester United. Promising defenders like Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 18, and Axel Tuanzebe, 18, have been included by Mourinho.
Below are United's squad for Europa league:
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcus Rojo, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Allardyce reveals England's Eleven


Sam Allardyce has included John Stones in his first England team Sam Allardyce has made only three changes to the England team that lost 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016 for his first match against Slovakia on Sunday. John Stones, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are included in Allardyce's first starting line-up as England manager, with Chris Smalling, Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli dropped from the side that were defeated by Iceland in June.  Joe Hart, who left Manchester City on Deadline Day to join Serie A side Torino on a season-long loan, keeps his place in goal for England's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier and will win his 64th cap in Trnava.
Stones will partner Gary Cahill in central defence, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose retaining their places at right-back and left-back respectively.  Eric Dier anchors the England midfield alongside Henderson at the Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, with captain Wayne Rooney, who will become the Three Lions' most capped outfield player, deployed in an attacking role behind lone forward Harry Kane.  Jordan Henderson will start in midfield for England against Slovakia Raheem Sterling and Lallana complete Allardyce's first XI, and will be tasked with providing width against Slovakia.
Ahead of the match, Lallana said: "We definitely need to win on Sunday. We put the most pressure on ourselves to win games.  Allardyce has deployed captain Wayne Rooney (centre) in an attacking role behind Harry Kane (right). "We know we are a very talented group of lads and it's been important to get some good training in this week." Dier added: "It will be a completely different game to the one at the Euros. We'll be a different team with a different manager. You can't compare the two games." England team to face Slovakia (4-2-3-1): Hart; Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose; Dier, Henderson; Lallana, Rooney, Sterling; Kane.

ITALY 1-3 FRANCE: LES BLEUS RUIN VENTURA'S AZZURRI BOW


Giampiero Ventura suffered defeat in his first game in charge of Italy as his side slipped to a 3-1 loss at the hands of France in an international friendly on Thursday. The Azzurri fell behind to an Anthony Martial strike in the first half but replied four minutes later through Graziano Pelle. However, France restored their lead moments later when Arsenal marksman Olivier Giroud found the back of the net in Bari. And Italy, who handed a senior debut to 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma, were unable to rally under new boss Ventura as Layvin Kurzawa wrapped up a morale-boosting win for France on the 81st minute.
Pelle volleyed wide from Antonio Candreva's corner inside the opening two minutes as Italy made the brighter start, but France weathered the early spell of pressure and began to probe for an opening. Ventura, who replaced Antonio Conte as Italy boss after Euro 2016, lined his side up with Fiorentina's Davide Astori in a back three that was missing Leonardo Bonucci due to the Juventus player's family commitments, and a mistake from Andrea Barzagli allowed Martial to score easily after 17 minutes.
Paul Pogba tried an ambitious pass down the right that Barzagli should have dealt with easily, but the Juventus defender misjudged it and allowed Martial to race clear and slide a low, side-footed finish under Buffon and into the net. France were ahead for less than five minutes, however, as Eder outpaced Kurzawa down the right and crossed to Pelle, who took a touch to control the ball before spinning past Raphael Varane and firing beyond Steve Mandanda with brilliant skill. 
But France exposed Italy's defensive frailties again just before the half-hour mark when the home side failed to clear Antoine Griezmann's corner and Kurzawa headed the ball down into the path of Giroud, who volleyed the ball into the corner of the net before his markers could react. Second-half substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac flashed a shot just wide when Djibril Sidibe's pass found him in yards of space on the edge of the box, before Riccardo Montolivo drew a good save from Mandanda at the other end with a swerving 30-yard drive.
Stadio San Nicola saw a piece of history when Donnarumma replaced the country's most-capped player, Gianluigi Buffon, and became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the national team, but the rookie was at fault when Kurzawa beat him at his near post to make it 3-1.
The Milan shot-stopper was alert to block Kurzawa's 77th minute cross with Gignac waiting to pounce, but he guessed wrong when the Paris Saint-Germain full-back got a second chance, diving away from his goal as the ball flashed between him and the post. It was a harsh lesson for the inexperienced goalkeeper, but he spared himself further blushes when he made a good save from Pogba's awkwardly bouncing 25-yard free-kick. France's victory extended their fine record on Italian soil ahead of facing Belarus next Tuesday, whereas Italy will look to bounce back when they face Israel on Monday as both sides get their World Cup qualifying campaigns up and running.


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