Argentina unlikely to risk Messi on Tuesday
Argentina unlikely to risk Messi on Tuesday

Lionel Messi looks set to miss a second consecutive match because of a foot problem when Argentina meet Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run
Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run

Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino`s goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty goal. Brazil forward Neymar and Chilean Alexis Sanchez were the standout players for their sides but were often wasteful after dazzling build-up play in a full-blooded game that was punctuated by a host of fouls and heavy challenges.

Spain`s former glories not far away: Vincente del Bosque
Spain`s former glories not far away: Vincente del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque insists his side are not as far away from the form that saw them win three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012 as their critics suggest.

Antonio Conte warns over Croatia, Norway danger
Antonio Conte warns over Croatia, Norway danger

Italy coach Antonio Conte admits the Azzurri could be pushed all the way by Croatia and Norway as they look to secure one of the top two places from Group H in qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.

Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy friendly
Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy friendly

England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday`s friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England`s 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal in five Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Trio to leave England squad, Danny Welbeck doubtful
Trio to leave England squad, Danny Welbeck doubtful

England manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Friday that Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner will all drop out of the squad for next week`s friendly with Italy.

African champions Ivory Coast defeat Angola
African champions Ivory Coast defeat Angola

Ivory Coast began life as African champions with a 2-0 home victory over Angola Thursday in an international football friendly match.

Dunga pleased with Brazil character
Dunga pleased with Brazil character

Brazil coach Dunga was delighted with the character shown by his side as they came from behind to beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris on Thursday to continue their impressive post-World Cup form.

Brazil come from behind to down France
Brazil come from behind to down France

A fine finish from captain Neymar helped secure a come-from-behind 3-1 win for Brazil over France in a friendly in Paris on Thursday as they maintained their perfect record since the return as coach of Dunga.

Juventus forward Morata eyeing Spain opportunity
Juventus forward Morata eyeing Spain opportunity

Diego Costa`s injury could hand fellow Spain forward Alvaro Morata a chance to try to transfer his fine form for Juventus to the international stage although he knows he faces a stiff task to win a place in the team.

Diego Costa out of Ukraine game, Netherlands friendly
Diego Costa out of Ukraine game, Netherlands friendly

Spain forward Diego Costa will miss the holders` Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday and a friendly away to Netherlands four days later due to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Chelsea at the weekend.

Socceroos face `mammoth` task, admits Jedinak
Socceroos face `mammoth` task, admits Jedinak

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak admits they face a `mammoth task` against new-look world champions Germany in Wednesday`s friendly as Australia try and pull off another major upset.

Wayne Rooney happy to be back with England squad
Wayne Rooney happy to be back with England squad

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is happy to be back with the England squad ahead of the nation's Euro 2016 qualifiers game against Lithuania and an international friendly against Italy. 

Germany`s Manuel Neuer ruled out of Australia clash
Germany`s Manuel Neuer ruled out of Australia clash

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out of the world champions` friendly against Australia on Wednesday with a knee injury, coach Joachim Loew has confirmed.

Tottenham's Harry Kane earns first senior England call-up
Tottenham's Harry Kane earns first senior England call-up

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has earned a first senior England call-up to the squad to face Lithuania and Italy at the end of the month.

Stefan Okaka scores on debut as Italy beat Albania
Stefan Okaka scores on debut as Italy beat Albania

Stefano Okaka scored a late goal on his debut to give Italy a 1-0 win over Albania in a friendly on Tuesday as they remained unbeaten in six games since the World Cup.

Goal machine Claudio Keseru leads Romania to victory over Denmark
Goal machine Claudio Keseru leads Romania to victory over Denmark

Claudio Keseru grabbed two superb second-half goals to earn Romania a comfortable 2-0 win over Denmark in a friendly at the National Arena on Tuesday.

James Rodriguez`s Colombia rally past USA as France settle for draw
James Rodriguez`s Colombia rally past USA as France settle for draw

Colombia, skippered by their youngest ever captain James Rodriguez, came from behind to beat the United States 2-1 in an international friendly Friday in London as France salvaged a 1-1 draw against Albania in Rennes.

Lionel Messi misses penalty as Brazil beat Argentina
Lionel Messi misses penalty as Brazil beat Argentina

Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in a fiercely contested "Superclasico" friendly in Beijing on Saturday.

Palestine test awaits Indian football team
Palestine test awaits Indian football team

An acid test awaits the Indian football team as it gears up to take on higher-ranked Palestine, who are also the current AFC Challenge Cup champions, in an international friendly here on Monday.