Rooney recalled to captain England against Scotland, Non-League manager banned for betting against his own team and Croatian striker sets new hat trick record

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1. Wayne Rooney will captain England in their World Cup qualifying game against Scotland at Wembley tomorrow night. Gareth Southgate had left the striker out of the starting eleven for the last match, a 0-0 draw in Slovenia.

2. Former England international Chris Sutton feels Gordon Strachan might resign as Scotland manager if they are defeated in the match at Wembley. Sutton also thinks ‘any sort of win’ would be enough for Southgate to be appointed permanent England manager.

3. Vincent Kompany was withdrawn from the Belgian squad for their game against Holland shortly before kick-off, but coach Roberto Martinez said it wasn’t because of an injury and that the Manchester City captain ‘didn’t feel well during the warm up’.

4. Frome Town manager Nick Bunyard has retired after been banned from football until 2019 for betting against teams that he was in charge of. Officials from the non-league club have reacted angrily over the length of time it took for the case to be heard and the decision to be reached.

5. Jose Mourinho is planning fundamental changes at Manchester United as he is apparently perturbed by some aspects of first team players’ personal arrangements and behaviours in training, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic having his own physio.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may regularly score hat tricks but even the two best players in the world can’t compete with Croatian side NK Dracice’s striker Stjepan Lucijanic who has set a new record by scoring three times in five consecutive games (FoxSports).

7. In a truly heart-warming gesture, Rochdale named terminally ill five-year-old supporter Joshua McCormack in their squad for their EFL Trophy match against Hartlepool, even allocating him with his own squad number (BBCSport).

8. Fans who go to watch games at North West Counties League club Cheadle Town are currently able to pick which pie they would like from a list of two, potato and meat or meat and potato (ESPN).

9. Brazilians traditionally pride themselves on playing a flowing, skilful brand of football. However, it seems that someone forgot to tell players from Cruzeiro and Gremio, who produced a passage of play that wouldn’t look out of place on Hackney Marshes (Mirror).

10. And finally…Former German international Tim Weise may have recently made his WWE wrestling debut but he is still keen to stay involved in football, so much so that he has now signed for German semi-professional side SSV Dillingen (WhoAteAllThePies).

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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