Vazquez could use Italy call-up to prove success isn’t limited to Palermo

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson preview the international friendly between Italy and England in Turin.

Argentinian-born Franco Vazquez could make his Italy debut vs. England on Tuesday.

Franco Vázquez will become the latest member of Italy's national team if he takes to the field against England in Turin on Tuesday. The Argentinian-born attacking midfielder, whose mother hails from Padua in northern Italy, has enjoyed an excellent season in Serie A with Palermo with seven goals and nine assists and is expected to make his debut off the bench for Antonio Conte's side.
Vázquez was born in Tanti, Córdoba province to an Italian mother and Argentinian father. He grew…

Understated Michael Carrick remains a key Manchester United player

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says Michael Carrick is his second captain, and a very important player for the team as he signs one year contract extension.

The ESPN FC crew break down Manchester United's chances of finishing in a top-four spot in the Premier League.

Given how footballers, including Manchester United's players, often make the front pages as well as the back ones, here's a tale that won't make headlines.
Take this recent night out for midfielder Michael Carrick.
Along with his wife Lisa, the Carricks turned up at a local pub near Woodford in Cheshire for a 60th birthday party for Nev Jennings, a pub regular.
"They're lovely people, very down to earth," another guest told us in words which definitely won't be making any tabloid front pages. "They…