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Lionel Messi and his teammates announced they will no longer speak with the press going forward following their win over Colombia.
Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

ARGENTINA: Lionel Messi led the Argentina national team into the postmatch news conference after a decisive 3-0 win against Colombia and declared that the team will no longer speak to the media after accusations were made regarding teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi.
- Edgardo Bauza leapt to the defence of his Argentina players after they beat Colombia to end a four-match winless streak and put their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.


Per-Mathias Hogmo steps down as Norway coach

Per-Mathias Hogmo oversaw Norway's unsuccessful 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 campaigns.
The Norwegian football federation has said coach Per-Mathias Hogmo will step down after three years in the job.
With only three points from four matches in World Cup qualifying, Norway have little chance to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The Norwegians, who lost to Czech Republic on Friday, beat San Marino 4-1 for their only victory so far in Group C. Germany lead the group with 12 points.
Hogmo said he has "reached the point where the players and [the federation] weighed more."

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…

Werder Bremen’s Serge Gnabry: I nearly rejected Germany chance

German coach Joachim Low is happy with his 'inexperienced' side, which played out a scoreless draw against Italy.
Werder Bremen winger Serge Gnabry says he nearly turned down his Germany call-up for the 2016 Olympics.
Gnabry, 21, ended up as the top scorer at the Olympics over the summer as Germany won the silver medal in Rio de Janeiro.
His form led to a move from Arsenal to Werder Bremen and last week he made his senior international debut in the 8-0 win over San Marino, becoming the first German to score a hat trick in his first appearance for the country since Dieter Muller against Yugoslavia in 1976.

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.

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…

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