Cameroon striker Eto’o in retirement U-turn

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o (above), has reversed his decision to retire from international football, pledging on Tuesday to join up with Cameroon for next week’s 2014 World Cup Africa Zone play-off in Tunisia.

Last month the record four-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award told his Cameroon teammates he was quitting the national team.

His u-turn will be welcome news to the ‘Indomitable Lions’ who face Tunisia in Rades on October 13 followed by the return leg in Yaounde on November 17.AFP

Indian football team to play against Philippines

The Indian football team will play an international friendly match against Philippines at home on November 15.

The match will be beneficial for some of the India players who have been without an I-Leauge club, after aligning with the IMG-Reliance for the IPL-style football league early next year, as they will get an opportunity to be in action.PTI

Fellaini to wear splint for Belgium: Man United

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini (right below) will wear a wrist splint in his country’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales, his club, Manchester United, revealed on Tuesday. The 25-year-old missed United’s 2-1 win at Sunderland last weekend due to a wrist injury and the Premier League champions subsequently revealed that he would sidelined for “at least a few weeks”.

However, despite British media reports that he could be out of action until December, United said he will be able to play in Belgium’s game in Croatia on Friday and next week’s home fixture against Wales.

“Marouane Fellaini has trained with Belgium wearing a protective cast on his injured wrist,” read a statement published on the United website.AFP

Milan baffled as stadium bans hit Italy’s Serie A

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hit out at the imposition of stadium bans in Italy’s Serie A as racism reared its ugly head once more in the country’s top flight.

Italian football’s long-standing problem reappeared last weekend when visiting Milan fans reportedly targeted two of Juventus’s black players, Frenchman Paul Pogba and Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah, with racist chanting.

Milan went on to lose 3-2 and the Rossoneri’s woes – they are currently 12th, 13 points behind leaders Roma – deepened when disciplinary officials slapped a one-match stadium ban on the club.AFP

Wilshere hopeful about young English talent

England midfielder Jack Wilshere (above) says he is not concerned about the lack of young English players plying their trade in the Premier League this season.

Only around 30 percent of players in the English top flight qualify to play for the national team and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke voiced fears about the trend in a recent speech in London.

“I don’t think we should be worried at all,” Wilshere said during a press conference on Tuesday ahead of England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier against Montenegro on Friday.

“A lot of young English players are breaking into teams, too. OK, there are a lot of foreign players as well.

“But I can learn from the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil (at Arsenal). They are top players. Playing with the best players in Europe can only help my game. That is a positive.”AFP

Protests during latest FIFA Brazil visit

Dozens of public sector workers took the latest visit by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to the central city of Cuiaba as an opportunity to protest and demand a wage hike on Tuesday.AFP

Playing four matches in eight days is tough: Toal

With Indian football team playing four matches in a span of eight days at the AFC U-19 Championships, Youth Development head coach Colm Joseph Toal on Tuesday said it’s going to be a tough ask for the boys.

“When you are playing four matches in the span of eight days, the going gets really tough,” said Toal, who is also in charge of the current team.

“When you play in such a condensed tournament, it goes down to the team which can recover fastest. It’s basically a battle of endurance. Also teams who have a reservoir of fit players, because they are the ones who recover faster,” opined the Brit coach.PTI

Jagielka backs Baines to plug Cole hole

Phil Jagielka has backed Everton colleague Leighton Baines (below) to prove an able deputy for the injured Ashley Cole in England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier at home to Montenegro on Friday.

Chelsea defender Cole has been ruled out of the game due to a rib injury and could also miss England’s final Group H game at home to Poland next Tuesday.

It means manager Roy Hodgson will probably turn to Baines, who has excelled at left-back for Everton for several seasons but whose progress at international level has long been barred by the consistency of Cole.AFP