Barcelona have signed highly rated England youth international Louie Barry on a three-year contract.
Barry's contract with English side West Bromwich Albion expired last month and he had drawn interest from Europe's biggest clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Juventus.
However, Barca managed to win the race for the 16-year-old's signature, with ESPN FC revealing how they wrestled him away from PSG at the eleventh hour.
🔵🔴📝 Louie Barry s'incorpora al Barça. 🇬🇧 El davanter anglès, de 16 anys, arriba procedent del West Bromwich Albion i jugarà al Juvenil A.— FC Barcelona - Masia (@FCBmasia) July 11, 2019
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One of England's longest-serving players will make her final appearance Saturday.
Karen Carney announced her retirement Friday, on the eve of England's third-place playoff against Sweden at the Women's World Cup.
"My mind still wants to do everything and it still can, but I don't think my body can anymore," said the 31-year-old Carney, who at times had tears in her eyes. "I think you've seen the level and the growth of the game, how fantastic it's become, and that's a credit to everyone.
Alyssa Naeher saved a penalty and Alex Morgan headed in the winning goal on her 30th birthday as the United States survived a stiff test from England to win 2-1 on Tuesday and advance to the Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France.
The pregame news was dominated by changes from both managers. Megan Rapinoe was not in the U.S. lineup, and England coach Phil Neville was forced to start Carly Telford after goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was ruled out with a reported hamstring injury.
LYON, France -- England Women manager Phil Neville hailed U.S. star Megan Rapinoe as "world class" and said he knew of her competitiveness to his own cost after she inadvertently destroyed his watch during a game last year.
Rapinoe has been one of the stars of the Women's World Cup, scoring all four goals in the U.S.'s two knockout matches to help them into the semifinals.
She and her teammates now face England in Lyon on Tuesday, and Neville said he knew how hard it would be to curb her influence.