Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino gets deja vu after international injuries

The ESPN FC guys talk World Cup qualifying following Thomas Muller's controversial quote after Germany beat San Marino 8-0.
Just before the October international break, Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 — still their last win in all competitions — but Mauricio Pochettino welcomed the time off.
"It's good, there's no problem, we're happy we have time to recover players," said the Spurs manager, who was without Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane against City. "We have a lot of games ahead. October and November are tough to compete. We need all [the players], so now it's good to rest."
Two weeks later, Pochettino had changed…

Wayne Rooney spokesman defends celebrations after England win

Gareth Southgate says England must share responsibility within the team and not rely on Wayne Rooney to be a solo leader.

Brian McBride assesses why the Chicago Fire would even consider signing an aging Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether Manchester United's Memphis Depay would benefit from a loan move.

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes sift through the latest rumours surrounding Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Marouane Fellaini.

The FC crew discuss Chris Smalling's injury as well as the implications it has for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
A spokesman for Wayne Rooney has defended the England captain's celebrations following the World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland.
Photographs have been published of the Manchester United forward allegedly attending a wedding party in the England team's hotel on Saturday.
The Sun newspaper claimed the 31-year-old had been drinking and that a picture showed him looking worse for wear.
The spokesman for Rooney said: "Wayne, along with the rest of the England squad, was on a night off duty.
"Rather…

Swansea City confirm Paul Williams as new assistant manager

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Shaka Hislop predict who will be relegated at the end of the Premier League season.

Bob Bradley didn't have many positives to speak on following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Man United.
Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of England under-20 coach Paul Williams as their new assistant manager.
Williams, 45, will join the Swans ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Everton after leaving his position with the Football Association.
Former Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Williams has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Swans, working as No. 2 to the Welsh club's manager Bob Bradley, who was appointed last month.
"I am excited about having the chance to work…

West Ham looking to end Simone Zaza’s loan from Juventus – sources

Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest rumours including Cesc Fabregas, Dimitri Payet and more.
West Ham United are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza to allow them to bring in a new striker in January, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
Zaza, 25, has struggled to impress at West Ham since his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Juventus in August.
The Italy international has failed to score in nine appearances for the Hammers and his performances have come in for criticism.
As part of the loan deal, if Zaza makes five more appearances then it would trigger a permanent…

Gareth Southgate sole England candidate, set to be hired – sources

The FC panel discuss whether England's result against Spain finally guarantees Gareth Southgate the England job.
Gareth Southgate could be confirmed as the permanent England manager as early as next week and is the only serious contender for the role on a full-time basis, Football Association sources have told ESPN FC.
Southgate, in interim charge of the senior team for four games following Sam Allardyce's resignation just 67 days into the job in September, appears to have won the support of the players and wider public by guiding the team to two wins and two draws, culminating in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against…

EFL scraps league restructuring plan over FA Cup dispute

Shaun Harvey has ended discussions between the EFL and the FA over their Whole Game Solution.
The English Football League has scrapped plans to restructure the league pyramid after the Football Association refused to consider scheduling FA Cup games in midweek slots.
The EFL's 72 clubs have been debating the Whole Game Solution since the end of last season, with the main proposal being a move to five divisions of 20 teams but also a commitment to playing as many league fixtures as possible at weekends.
That plan depended on the FA being willing to stage FA Cup games during the week but its…