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12:00 AM, November 05, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:02 AM, November 05, 2018


Wazza to bid farewell against USA

Wayne Rooney is to come out of England retirement for a final one-off appearance against the United States in an international friendly at Wembley this month, the Football Association announced Sunday.

Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years. But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington, will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture on November 15, proceeds from which will go towards Rooney's charity aiding disadvantaged children.                 -- Afp

Leicester's stars pay tribute to Vichai

Players and staff from Leicester City arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to attend a mourning rite for the club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose death last week in a helicopter crash stunned the Premier League club.

Sunday marks the second day of a week-long ceremony held at Wat Thepsirin, one of Bangkok's most famous temples which typically serves as the site for funerals of prominent Thais.

On Saturday the team played at Cardiff City, their first match since his death, with players from both teams coming together to pay their respects before the game.

Massive banners featuring Thailand's flag saying "R.I.P. Vichai" moved across the stadium, and the crowd observed a minute of silence. Fans wore T-shirts with Vichai's picture on it, underneath the words "The Boss".

After the match, 13 members of Leicester City -- including manager Claude Puel, striker Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki -- boarded a chartered flight to Bangkok.  -- Afp

Messi included for trip to San Siro

Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's travelling squad to face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Messi broke his arm during Barca's win over Sevilla on October 20, with the club predicting he would be out for three weeks. The striker has not yet been declared fit by Barcelona's medical team but he will travel with the squad to the San Siro.

"Leo Messi travels to Milan without the medical all-clear," the club posted on their Twitter account on Sunday.

Messi had trained the same day, along with other players not involved in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Barcelona have won all four matches without Messi, including a 2-0 win over Inter at the Camp Nou. They sit three points ahead of the Italians at the top of Group B.         -- Afp

India beat Windies in opening T20I

India beat West Indies by five wickets in the first T20I in Kolkata on Sunday with Dinesh Karthik making an unbeaten 31 and Kuldeep Yadav taking three wickets.

Chasing a modest 110 for victory, the hosts achieved their target with 13 balls to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas and skipper Carlos Brathwaite took two wickets each.

The second match is in the north Indian city of Lucknow on Tuesday.

"Exceptional performance with the ball. Was a lot on offer for the seamers. Even with spinners, it wasn't easy. Overall there was little bit for every department," skipper Rohit Sharma said after the win.         -- Reuters

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