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Edin Dzeko joins Cristiano Ronaldo among Europe's top 10 international scorers, Wayne Rooney next to drop out

Edin Dzeko added two goals to his record tally for Bosnia and Herzegovina, which beat Northern Ireland to close in on UEFA Nations League promotion.
On the night he became Bosnia and Herzegovina's most-capped player, Edin Dzeko scored to lead the Dragons past Austria in the Nations League.

Edin Dzeko's two goals in Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in the UEFA Nations League on Monday saw him reach two personal milestones.

The first goal saw Dzeko pass the 300 career goals mark for club and country, while the second strike put him among the top 10 European international goal scorers off all time with 55 for his national team.

The Roma striker overtook two players -- including England's all-time top scorer, Wayne Rooney -- to go joint seventh. That...

Steven Nzonzi retweets Roma's account trying to get himself man-of-the-match award

Goals from Steven N'Zonzi and Edin Dzeko, along with a skied penalty from Empoli's Francesco Caputo helped Roma to a 0-2 win at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Italian Serie A: Edin Dzeko (85') Empoli 0-2 AS Roma
Italian Serie A: Steven N'Zonzi (36') Empoli 0-1 AS Roma

Roma's English account has called out midfielder Steven Nzonzi for retweeting and liking a post calling for him to be named man of the match in the 2-0 win over Empoli.

The World Cup winner scored his first goal for his new club as he opened the scoring on 36 minutes -- heading in from Lorenzo Pellegrini's freekick. But Nzonzi was clearly satisfied with his overall performance and believes it deserves recognition.

After each game, most official club accounts ask fans to vote for their choice of...

Edin Dzeko scores again, Roma win after withstanding Empoli pressure

Goals from Steven N'Zonzi and Edin Dzeko, along with a skied penalty from Empoli's Francesco Caputo helped Roma to a 0-2 win at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.

Edin Dzeko continued his upturn in form as Roma made it four straight wins in all competitions to move third in Serie A with a 2-0 win over Empoli. After a midweek Champions League hat trick, the Bosnian striker made sure of a hard-fought three points with his fourth goal in as many days when, with just over five minutes left, he combined with Stephan El Shaarawy before lofting a tidy finish over Pietro Terracciano.

The goal ended resistance from dogged Empoli, who kept plugging away after going...

Transfer Rater: Lorenzo Pellegrini to Man United, Donny van de Beek to Chelsea

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Donny van de Beek to Chelsea

The Blues, and a number of other potential suitors across Europe, have received a boost in their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek....

Ancelotti, Napoli the toast of Serie A as Italy rules Champions League

The FC crew discuss where Liverpool fell short at the Stadio San Paolo, taking aim at their inability to adapt to Napoli's potent attack in the second half.
The FC panel examine what's at the heart of Mohamed Salah's scoring struggles for Liverpool, during a stretch where he's scored just once in his last seven games.

On the eve of Liverpool's game in Naples, Jurgen Klopp called Carlo Ancelotti a "smart fox." Wily and venerable, perhaps he had the kitsune from Japanese folklore in mind, the ones who shape-shift and morph into human form, taking the guise of elderly men blessed with superior intelligence and magical powers.

As kickoff approached Wednesday night and the sound system at the San Paolo banged out "Lessons in Love" by Level 42 then "The Final Countdown" by Europe, attention was drawn to Klopp, who...

Edin Dzeko finds form with a hat trick, Bryan Cristante shines as Roma thrash Viktoria Plzen

Edin Dzeko snapped out of his early-season funk with a hat trick vs. Viktoria Plzen.
Edin Dzeko snapped out of his early-season funk with a hat trick vs. Viktoria Plzen.

Edin Dzeko shook himself out of his weeks-long funk by bashing home a casual hat trick against a dreadful Viktoria Plzen as Roma bagged their first Champions League points and officially brought their early season crisis to an end. Just over two minutes had gone when the Bosnian opened the scoring, taking full advantage of an inexplicable offside trap with no pressure on the ball to charge in from the left flank and end a seven-game goal drought.

Immediately the heavy air that has surrounded him...