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Spain boss Luis Enrique to miss Euro qualifiers

Spain produced a second lacklustre performance in the space of four days in an unimpressive 0-2 win in Malta.
NYCFC and former Spain striker David Villa discusses Spain's early World Cup exit, the expectations for La Roja under Luis Enrique and more.

Spain announced on Friday that Luis Enrique will continue his leave of absence and not coach the national team in next month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Sweden.

The former Barcelona coach has been away from the team since March 26 for "serious personal reasons."

His assistant, Robert Moreno, who guided Spain in their 2-0 win over Malta in their last game, will continue at the helm.

Spain sporting director Jose Francisco Molina said in Friday's news conference at the national...

Montenegro racism ban leaves England's Danny Rose at loss for words

Callum Hudson-Odoi calls on UEFA to take action and condemns the fans responsible for the monkey chants he heard during England's win over Montenegro.
Shaka Hislop calls on UEFA to do more than assessing a monetary fine, following alleged racial abuse directed at England players in Montenegro.

England defender Danny Rose said he was at a loss for words, but not surprised after UEFA handed down a one-match ban to Montenegro for their fans racist abuse of Three Lions players.

UEFA ordered Montenegro to play their next home game against Kosovo on June 7, behind closed doors following racism charges that emerged during England's 5-1 thrashing of Montenegro in a European qualifier in March.

As an additional part of the punishment, the Montenegro FA has been ordered to display...

Chelsea's Sarri barely watched Odoi with England, yet to speak about racist abuse

Craig Burley feels Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to leave Chelsea to get more minutes, citing the Bundesliga as an ideal situation for the England international.
Callum Hudson-Odoi calls on UEFA to take action and condemns the fans responsible for the monkey chants he heard during England's win over Montenegro.
Following England's 5-1 thrashing of Montenegro, the FC crew discuss how this group of England players are evolving under Gareth Southgate.

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri has said he watched only 20 minutes of Callum Hudson-Odoi's first England experience and has not spoken to the 18-year-old about the racist abuse he encountered on international duty.

Hudson-Odoi's stock rose considerably with bright displays from the bench against Czech Republic and in Gareth Southgate's starting XI against Montenegro, but the winger's promising start to his senior England career was marred by racist abuse from fans in Podgorica towards several of...

Ukraine accused of fielding ineligible player in Euro 2020 qualifying

Gerson Rodrigues' own goal in the 93rd minute sealed Luxembourg's untimely fate, as Ukraine escape with a gift victory in Group B.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were held scoreless by Ukraine, but were gifted a point by the visitors, who missed a golden chance late on.

Portugal and Luxembourg filed protests with UEFA against Ukraine fielding Brazil-born forward Junior Moraes in European Championship qualifying games.

UEFA says it opened disciplinary proceedings against Ukraine for a possible breach of player eligibility rules. No date for a hearing was confirmed.

Moraes was this month granted citizenship in Ukraine where he has played for most of the past seven seasons, currently for Shakhtar Donetsk.

FIFA rules allow players to acquire a nationality if they...

Balotelli blasts Italy snub on Instagram, Mancini says: 'You can't be everybody's darling'

Fabio Quagliarella's brace against Liechtenstein made him Italy's oldest-ever goal scorer, and he added an assist for good measure in a 6-0 rout.
Fabio Quagliarella scores for Italy for the first time since 2010 and becomes the Azzurri's oldest goal scorer ever at 36 years old.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has said Mario Balotelli must get in better condition before he can make a return to the national team, after the striker appeared to criticise his omission from the Euro 2020 qualifying squad.

Balotelli has scored five Ligue 1 goals in eight matches since moving to Marseille in January but Mancini overlooked him for Italy's qualifying wins over Finland and Lichtenstein.

"Have you ever thought that -- and it might never happen -- but I might be needed again one day,...