Javier Mascherano announces retirement from International football

Javier Mascherano announced his international retirement following Argentina's World Cup exit. The 34-year-old midfielder revealed his decision in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 4-3 last-16 defeat by France. Speaking to reporters shortly after the final whistle, Mascherano said: "It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in. "Hopefully in

Ribery blow for France

France have been handed a devastating blow ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the news that forward Franck Ribery will miss out through injury. Ribery, who has 81 caps for France, had been a doubt for the tournament and missed Les Bleus' last two friendlies because of a

Nasri: It’s hard to accept

Samir Nasri has told Sky Sports News that he suspected he would not be picked for the World Cup by France. France manager Didier Deschamps opted to leave Nasri out of his squad for the upcoming tournament in Brazil, despite the 26-year-old's successful season at Manchester City. And Nasri thinks he now

No Nasri for France

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has not been included in the France squad for this summer's World Cup. Defender Gael Clichy was another City player not to get the nod from manager Didier Deschamps in the young 23-man set-up for the tournament in Brazil. Nasri, who has won 41 caps, and Monaco

France 3-0 Finland: Match Report

France will have to negotiate the play-offs to reach the 2014 World Cup finals, despite finishing their qualification campaign with a 3-0 win over Finland. Franck Ribery opened the scoring in the eighth minute before a Joona Toivio own goal and Karim Benzema's late strike earned Les Bleus victory. It was

England could face France in World Cup playoffs

Controversial seeding system would put England into top pot, but could mean tricky two-legged tie against France if Poland cannot be beaten England could face a World Cup play-off against France next month if Roy HodgsonÔÇÖs team fails to win against Poland at Wembley on Tuesday night. While EnglandÔÇÖs qualification fate remains