David Beckham could be recalled to the England squad on Friday for the friendly in Austria and the final Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.
England need to beat Croatia on 21 November and for Russia to fail to beat either Israel or Andorra to reach for next summer's finals.
Nigeria have lined up two friendly matches against Egypt and Sudan in Spain, as part of their build-up to next year's Nations Cup in Ghana. According to the spokesman for the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Ademola Olajire, the Super Eagles will tackle Egypt on 8 January.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp fears the African Cup of Nations could wreck their European ambitions. Four Africans played as Pompey beat Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday to strengthen their top four credentials.
It is one of sport's unwritten rules that the form book, the statistics and the odds all mean little when it comes to cup finals. Cup finals, it is often said, are won by the team that can hold it altogether on the field on the day.
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Bristol City striker Albert Adomah has lamented their penalty miss against Burnley in the English second tier on Saturday vowing that they will fight to beat the drop despite their 3-1 defeat.
A referee is recovering from shock as he emerged unscathed after a fan hit him with a vuvuzela during a South African top-flight league game.
Watch video of Robinho mocking Kevin-Prince Boateng's new blonde hairstyle which also attracted Balotelli to join the laughter.
Watch video of Ivorian striker Didier Drogba scoring an incredibly lucky goal with a lucky lob that looked like was going over the bar or wayward.
Hasaacas Ladies rallied to beat Fabulous Ladies 2-1 to win the inaugural Ghana National Women's League on Saturday.
Ghana defender John Boye played the full throttle in Stade Rennes 2-0 home defeat to PSG on Saturday.
Ghana defender Baba Abdul Rahman was again on the losing end as Greuther Furth suffered a 1-0 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.