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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane sign new Republic of Ireland contracts

Martin O'Neill became Republic of Ireland manager in 2013.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane have signed new contracts until the end of the 2018 World Cup.

O'Neill, who led Ireland to the round of 16 at Euro 2016, confirmed the deal at a news conference to announce his squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Georgia and Moldova in October.

Ireland are drawn alongside Wales, Austria, Serbia, Georgia and Moldova in Group D and began their campaign with a 2-2 draw in Serbia.

"I have signed a new deal," O'Neill said....

 By Ian Holyman

Marco Verratti will be as influential for Italy as he is for PSG - Leonardo

PSG haven't lost in the league in September in seven years, with their last defeat coming against Monaco in 2009.

Leonardo brought Marco Verratti to Paris Saint-Germain as a relatively unknown talent and now believes the Italy international has developed into one of the world's best midfielders.

Verratti, 23, joined PSG in the summer of 2012, with his arrival in the French capital from Pescara overshadowed by the unveiling of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the same day.

Since then, however, Verratti has made a real name for himself at the Parc des Princes, playing a central role in the club's four successive Ligue 1...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sam Allardyce: England fans shouldn't be expecting 10-0 win vs. Malta

Sam Allardyce won his first England game earlier this month against Slovakia.

England manager Sam Allardyce believes the team will struggle to live up to supporters' expectations when they face Malta next month.

The Three Lions, who saw off Slovakia 1-0 earlier this month, next face Malta at home on Oct. 8 as they continue their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scotland, who are also in Group F, defeated Malta 5-1 in their opening qualifier, but Allardyce has warned fans not to necessarily be expecting a walkover when England play them

"I think the atmosphere [at Wembley]...

Brazil climb five spots to fourth in FIFA World Ranking, Argentina stay top

ESPN FC's Brian McBride discusses Brazil's impressive play in their World Cup Qualifying matches.

Brazil's victories in 2018 World Cup qualifying this month have lifted them from ninth to fourth in the FIFA World Ranking, with Argentina keeping hold of their place at the top.

As reported by ESPN FC last week, Brazil's 3-0 victory over Ecuador and 2-1 win against Colombia -- who also sit joint-fourth -- earlier in September has seen them make the biggest move in the top 20 after the month's global rounds of World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil were playing their first games under new coach Tite, who...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

In-form Carlos Vela has earned Real Sociedad start - Eusebio

Without Ronaldo or Benzema, Gareth Bale scored two and 20-year-old Marco Asensio bagged a stunner for Real Madrid.
One Nacion's Tom Marshall and John Sutcliffe recap Mexico's disappointing draw with Honduras.
After a disappointing 2015, there are signs of life from Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela in the early stages of 2016.
Real Sociedad coach Eusebio said Carlos Vela has earned the chance to start.

Mexico forward Carlos Vela has earned the chance to start for Real Sociedad against Espanyol on Friday for the third match of the season, coach Eusebio has said. 

The 27-year-old Vela has been up and down for the La Liga side since joining Real Sociedad in 2012 after a loan spell from Arsenal.

But he assured fans during a news conference on Thursday that he is committed to the club as well as to Mexico.

"There are two years left on my contract and there is no doubt that I am committed to Real...