Mourinho includes ‘exiled’ Schweinsteiger in senior squad, fresh injury set-back for England keeper Butland and Italian Club Chievo make shirt number history

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1. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was happy that ‘football history’ had been made during the friendly international between Italy and France. The game saw video replay technology used for the first time in an elite level match.

2. Recently retired Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League senior squad for the 2016/17 season. Reports earlier in the summer suggested he had either been told to train alone or with the youth team by new manager Jose Mourinho.

3. Yaya Toure has been omitted from Manchester City’s Champions League squad for the upcoming campaign. Pep Guardiola could only include 17 overseas players, although clubs can change up to three players after the group stage. His omission means that Toure will not feature against Celtic, Barcelona or Borussia Monchengladbach.

4. Stoke City and England international goalkeeper Jack Butland could be out of action for a further two months as he is currently preparing to undergo an operation to fix a troublesome recurring ankle injury which has kept him out of action since England’s 3-2 friendly win over Germany in March.

5. West Brom’s Michael McGovern claims his Northern Ireland and Baggies team-mate Johnny Evans would get more respect if he was of a different nationality. Evans made the move to the Hawthorns after being kept out of the first team at Manchester United by the likes of Rio Ferdinand.

6. Italian Serie A club Chievo have made a small piece of sporting history. For the first time ever they have given the squad number 1 to an outfield player; new signing and midfielder Jonathan De Guzman (WhoAteAllThePies).

7. Lionel Messi scored the winner for Argentina in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Uruguay just two months after announcing he had hung up his boots. As the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons would have it, ‘that is, without doubt, the worst retirement everrrrr’ (BBCSport).

8. A day after Everton completed a deal to sign West Ham striker Enner Valencia on loan, Swansea produced an in-depth guide to their new signing…erm, West Ham striker Enner Valencia… Perhaps someone should have told them (Standard).

9. Watch in awe as Barcelona B score their fastest ever goal with a sublime passing move starting from kick off, during which the opposition didn’t touch the ball once (Mirror).

10. And finally…a major fast food chain have offered Russian club Zenit St Petersburg £5.7m to change their name to Zenit Burger King (Joe.ie).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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About Ben Wheatland (121 Articles)
Ben is a supporter of Swindon Town FC. He is an aspiring sports writer, and his ramblings can be found on TheBootRoom and TheFootballForecast. He is also the editor of TheOffsideDaily. In his spare time he reads and writes about corruption in FIFA, and in football more generally.

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