El Salvador players reject alleged World Cup bribe attempt, Rooney should retire from internationals says Shilton and Gordon Strachan tells a reporter exactly what he thinks of him  


1. El Salvador officials have confirmed their players each rejected £3,000 bribes to intentionally lose their up-coming World Cup qualifying match to Canada. El Salvador cannot progress to the next stage of qualifying but Canada will if they win the game and other results go their way.

2. Anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out reports that it received an increased volume of incidents of hate last season as compared to 2014/15.  They said they thought the increase was due in part to “worrying levels of hate and prejudice in society”.

3. England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton says he feels Wayne Rooney should have retired from the international scene after the European Championships defeat to Iceland which saw them crash out of the tournament.

4. After scoring two of Wales’ goals in their 4-0 World Cup Qualifying win over Moldova, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has insisted they have put their Euro 2016 exploits behind them and are focused on creating ‘more history’ for the country.

5. Hal Robson-Kanu says he rejected ‘significant offers’ from foreign clubs to sign for West Bromwich Albion. He starred for Wales in the European Championships this summer despite having been released by Reading and thus finding himself as a free agent.

6. Kosovo equalised in the 80th minute of their game against Finland to claim a 1-1 draw and earn a point in the tiny Baltic state’s first ever World Cup Qualifying match (YahooSports).

7. Israel may have lost 3-1 in their World Cup Qualifying game against Italy but they can take a crumb of consolation in knowing that Tal Ben Haim (confusingly not the one who played for Bolton) scored the goal of the game with a glorious chipped effort (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. The Republic of Ireland were held to a 2-2 draw against Serbia, thanks in no small part to a penalty inexplicably awarded following a ridiculous dive by Serbian winger Filip Kostic (DispensableSoccer).

9. TV presenter and former Olympic gymnast Gabby Logan dealt with Twitter trolls spectacularly when they questioned her reaction to Scotland’s 5-1 win over Malta on Sunday night. Well done Gabby (Joe.ie).

10. And finally…staying with Scotland, here is manager Gordon Strachan reprimanding an interviewer in typically sensational style (Mirror).

By Chris Horricks


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