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Kovac blames Real over Modric

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Fernando Torres could return for Spain, Vincente del Bosque says

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone says his side weren't distracted by their upcoming Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona as they beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says Fernando Torres has a chance to return to the international stage and welcomed his move back to Atletico Madrid.

Torres has scored 38 goals in 110 games for his country, winning the 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012 European Championships, but he has not featured at international level since scoring in the 3-0 win over Australia in Spain's final group game at the 2014 World Cup.

The 30-year-old had appeared unlikely to return to international action after struggling...

By ESPN Staff
Jan 8, 2015

Rooney earns England top honor

Manchester United striker Rooney played all 13 games for the Three Lions last year and was top scorer with eight goals earning him England's player of the year.

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 By Ben Gladwell

Antonio Conte asks Serie A bosses to keep Italy stars fit

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Italy coach Antonio Conte would like to see more done by club coaches to ensure Italian players are getting more regular game time.

The former Juventus coach met with 15 of his colleagues from Serie A clubs on Tuesday and told them he wants to see more Italian talent on the field each weekend. If they cannot oblige, he has asked them to ensure the players he can select his squads from still get a good run-out each weekend to keep them in shape.

"I pointed out to them that, out of 23, only eight to...

Croatia coach Niko Kovac blames Real Madrid for Luka Modric injury

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos admits his side will miss Luka Modric who injured himself playing for Croatia.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac has blamed Luka Modric's current hamstring injury on him being overplayed by club Real Madrid.

Modric is currently sidelined with a tendon tear picked up playing for Croatia against Italy in a Euro 2016 qualifier in November, with Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti saying this week that the recovery was going well and he expected the 29-year-old to be training again in mid-January.

Kovac is not so phlegmatic about the situation, telling Goal.com Croatia that staff from Madrid...

Pal Dardai to stay coach of Hungary through Euro qualifying

Pal Dardai, who took over Hungary on an interim basis, will remain coach through the Euro qualifying campaign.

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The Hungarian soccer federation says Pal Dardai will remain coach of the country's national team until the end of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.

Dardai, a 38-year-old former midfielder who played 61 times for Hungary, was interim coach during one friendly and three Euro 2016 qualifying matches after the dismissal of Attila Pinter in September.

Dardai, who will retain his job with Hertha Berlin's youth teams, says urging from his 8-year-old son convinced him to...