Livermore selection 'sends message'

England manager Gareth Southgate says Jake Livermore’s loyalty to the cause deserved to be rewarded. West Brom midfielder Livermore is in the squad for this month’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy despite the struggles of the Baggies – who are seven points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League. Having included him ahead ...

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Italy call up Buffon for England game

Gianluigi Buffon has been included in the Italy squad for friendlies against England and Argentina despite retiring from international football last year. AC Milan forward Patrick Cutrone and Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa have been handed their first call-ups, although there is no place for in-form Nice striker Mario Balotelli. Following Italy’s play-off defeat to Sweden in November – leading to ...

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