‘LITTLE PRINCE’ MARCHISIO ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT:
seasons, until 2018, without interruption except for one year he spent on loan at Empoli. Marchisio played almost 400 matches for Juve, winning seven Scudetto titles and four Italian Cups.
POGBA OUT OF FRANCE SQUAD AS MBAPPE, KANTE RETURN:
Paul Pogba was left out of the France squad named Thursday for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, but N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe both return. Pogba is currently struggling with a foot problem and was not named in Manchester United’s squad to play AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday.
ENGLAND CALL UP ABRAHAM, TOMORI, DROP ALLI AND LINGARD:
England dropped Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard but called up Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori in a 25-man squad on Thursday for away Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Striker Abraham turned 22 on Wednesday, celebrating in style with the opener in his club’s 2-1 Champions League victory at Lille, and is the leading English goalscorer in the EPL. Despite making two senior appearances for England in friendlies two years ago, he is also eligible for Nigeria and had said he was undecided about his international future.