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Are England on the verge of another ‘Golden Generation’?

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Being a fan of the English national football team can be a difficult occupation at the best of times. Not only must the Wembley faithful tolerate rendition after rendition of “The Great Escape” being parped out by the notoriously awful England Supporters Band at every home game, but once every two years they’re forced to set sail for foreign shores to endure an equally sub-par tournament performance.

Sensitive Issue: England Players Told Not To Use Public Wi-Fi At 2018 World Cup For Fear Of Russian Hack Attacks

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England players and staff are being advised not to use public or hotel wi-fi at the World Cup in Russia next year for fear of nefarious hack attacks.

According to the Telegraph, the FA have alerted FIFA about their concerns over sensitive information, such as team selections, tactical details and injury issues, being leaked during the tournament.

England Rugby coach warns Southgate’s men to get over their ‘fear of failure’

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England’s Rugby head coach Eddie Jones says that English footballers have to step out of their comfort zone if they wish to achieve international success in major tournaments.

Gareth Southgate’s men are on the brink of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 2-1 victory over Slovakia in a qualifier on Monday.

Former Everton star blasts England, says Liverpool and Tottenham duo "don't offer top level technical quality"

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Former Everton and England star Trevor Steven believes Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier lack the skills needed to flourish at international level.

England produced two disappointing performances in their World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, and Steven was particularly unimpressed by Henderson and Dier’s contributions.

England keen to keep top spot through the International Break

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After three weeks in the Premier League, the tone for the season has been set for many clubs. Now it is time for players to take a week and turn their attention to their countries in World Cup qualification during the first international break of the season.

Gareth Southgate’s side is currently sitting in first place in Group F, two points ahead of Slovakia.

International football

World Cup Qualifier: England Women Combine To Score Lovely Team Goal In 6-0 Drubbing Of Russia (Photos & Video)

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England Women got their 2019 World Cup qualification campaign off to a rollicking start with a 6-0 drubbing of Russia at Tranmere's Prenton Park.

The first goal came after just 11 minutes when Nikita Parris rolled one home before rushing to celebrate with manager Mark Sampson, recently the subject of an FA investigation into discrimination and bullying within the England camp.

South Africa’s World Cup Qualifier Against Senegal To Be Replayed After Referee Given Life Ban For ‘Match Manipulation’

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FIFA have declared that the World Cup qualifying fixture between South Africa and Senegal will have to be replayed in full after the referee on duty was found guilty of 'match manipulation' and banned from football for life.

Back in November of last year, South Africa won the game 2-1 thanks to a penalty awarded byGhanaian ref Joseph Lamptey for a handball by Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

It’s All Too Beautiful: Commentator Breaks Down In Tears As Syria Keep World Cup Dream Alive With 93rd-Minute Equaliser Against Iran (Photo & Video)

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Syria's utterly inspirational journey toward qualifying for their first ever World Cup was kept alive in the most dramatic of circumstances on Tuesday evening.

Trailing 2-1 against rivals Iran as injury time wicked away, it looked for all the world like the dream was over.

However, Syria suddenly wrestled back possession and, on his first call-up in five years, Omar al-Soma broke clear on the break to slot a 93rd-minute equaliser through the legs of Iran 'keeperAli Beiranvand.

World Cup Qualifiers: Rep Of Ireland Face Uphill Task After Defeat To 10-Man Serbia (Photos & Video)

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The Republic of Ireland suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Serbia on Tuesday night, a result which seriously damages their hopes of making it to Russia next summer.

Shane Duffy thought he had scored early on, only for the goal to be correctly ruled out for offside.

World Cup Qualifiers: Chris Brunt Nets Cracking Free-Kick As Northern Ireland Beat Czech Republic At Windsor Park (Video)

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Northern Ireland secured second spot in Group C on Monday night after an impressive 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark, with Jonny Evans heading home after a corner.

Things got even better for the Irish on 41 minutes, with Chris Brunt scoring a fantastic free-kick.

England: Marcus Rashford Fires Three Lions To Wembley Win After Early Scare v Slovakia (Video)

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England moved a step closer to Russia 2018 with a deserved 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate started with Eric Dier back in central midfield and Marcus Rashford out wide.

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Judging by Martin Skrtel's death-stare, Slovakia were certainly up for the clash.

World Cup Qualifiers: L’Equipe Not Impressed As France Fail To Beat Lowly Luxembourg For First Time In Over 100 Years (Photos & Video)

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Unlikely as it may seem, little ol' Luxembourg pulled off the most remarkable result of the international weekend with a landmark 0-0 draw against the mighty France.

Despite fielding an expensively-adorned starting XI featuring the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe and racking up almost 80% of possession, the hosts ultimately failed to beat the Luxembourgians for the first time in over a century.

World Cup Qualifiers: Isco Shines As Silky Spain Cruise To 3-0 Win Over Italy At The Bernabeu (Video)

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Spain thoroughly outplayed Italy at the Bernabeu on Saturday, winning 3-0 courtesy of an outstanding individual display from Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

Spain took the lead after just 13 minutes, courtesy of a fine Isco free-kick.

Isco bagged his second of the game before the break, this time deftly firing home from outside the box.

World Cup Qualifiers: Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn Nets Belter On Debut As Wales Beat Austria 1-0 (Video)

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Wales debutante Ben Woodburn scored just 261 seconds into his senior international career as Chris Coleman's side battled to a vital victory against Austria in Cardiff.

Austria were the better side in the first period, with West Ham's Marko Arnautovic failing to make the most of a great opportunity to put the visitors ahead.

World Cup Qualifiers: Late Goal Glut Saves England’s Blushes After Mediocre Display Against Malta (Video)

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England toiled away to minnows Malta on Friday night, with three late goals flattering Gareth Southgate's men in a 4-0 win.

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Starting with Jake Livermore in midfield and new Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide, England struggled to find a way past an organised and combative Maltese side in the first-half.

World Cup Qualifiers: Liverpool’s Andy Robertson Nets Cracker As Scotland Enjoy Welcome Win In Lithuania (Video)

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Scotland enjoyed a much-need victory away to Lithuania, with Gordon Strachan's side running out 3-0 winners.

The highlight of the game came via a cracking strike from Liverpool new-boy Andy Robertson.

Picking up the ball outside the Lithuanian box, the 23-year-old former Hull defender unleashed a beautifully controlled left-footed effort which sailed into the back of the net.

Salt In The Wound: Thomas Lemar Shows Arsenal What They Missed, Bags Tidy Brace For France v Netherlands (Video)

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Thomas Lemar gave Arsenal a hint of what they almost got their hands on on Thursday night.

After apparently turning down a £90m move to the Emirates, the Monaco midfielder then went and bagged a fine brace for France in their World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.

World Cup Qualifiers: Belgium Hardman Axel Witsel Scores Stunning Bicycle Kick v Gibraltar, Sees Red Soon After For Reckless Challenge (Video)

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While the Deadline Day nonsense continued to spew out of every media orifice, some players were actually getting on with playing some serious football, courtesy of a slew of World Cup qualifiers.

One such game, featuring Roberto Martinez's Belgium and perennial minnows Gibraltar saw hardman Axel Witsel score a cracker and then get sent off within the space of about 13 minutes, the loon.

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Revitalised Falcao hoping for World Cup ‘dream’

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Monaco (AFP) – Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is aiming to realise his “dream” of playing in a World Cup next year, after continuing his red-hot start to the Ligue 1 season for Monaco on Saturday.

The 31-year-old scored a brace in the French champions’ 3-0 win over Strasbourg to make it nine goals in just six league games so far this term.

Revitalised Falcao hoping for World Cup ‘dream’

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Monaco (AFP) – Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is aiming to realise his “dream” of playing in a World Cup next year, after continuing his red-hot start to the Ligue 1 season for Monaco on Saturday.

The 31-year-old scored a brace in the French champions’ 3-0 win over Strasbourg to make it nine goals in just six league games so far this term.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

Football: China dare to believe despite World Cup exit

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Beijing (AFP) – Marcello Lippi is slowly beginning to make China believe they can become a footballing power, despite another failure to reach the World Cup finals.

Since his appointment as head coach in October 2016 with China rock bottom of their Asian zone World Cup qualifying group, the Italian has presided over a resurgence that saw just one defeat in six matches, 1-0 away to runaway group winners Iran.

China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

China out of World Cup despite victory

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Doha (AFP) – China’s faint hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia finally ended on Tuesday, despite securing the victory they needed in Qatar.

Syria’s draw in Iran and Uzbekistan’s draw with South Korea meant that two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in Doha were ultimately futile in China’s desperate bid to snatch a play-off place for next year’s tournament.

Road to Russia football fever unites war-divided Syrians

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Damascus (AFP) – For the first time in Syria’s conflict, sport has come to the defence of the deeply-fractured country’s unity, with regime backers and foes alike dreaming of World Cup 2018 qualification.

All eyes and ears will be on Tuesday night’s game away to Iran, the government’s ally in the six-year conflict but a barrier to Syria’s target of making its World Cup finals debut next year in Russia, another close war ally.

China’s Lippi confident ahead of World Cup clash

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Doha (AFP) – China’s coach Marcello Lippi insisted Monday his team could reach next year’s World Cup finals despite only having a “very small” chance of qualifying.

He was speaking 24 hours ahead of the match which will determine China’s fate, away to Qatar,

China need to win in Doha and hope that results go their way elsewhere in AFC Group A to guarantee a play-off place for next year’s tournament in Russia.

China’s Lippi confident ahead of World Cup clash

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Doha (AFP) – China’s coach Marcello Lippi insisted Monday his team could reach next year’s World Cup finals despite only having a “very small” chance of qualifying.

He was speaking 24 hours ahead of the match which will determine China’s fate, away to Qatar,

China need to win in Doha and hope that results go their way elsewhere in AFC Group A to guarantee a play-off place for next year’s tournament in Russia.

South Korea World Cup hopes hit by 10-man Iran

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were left hanging in the balance after a 0-0 draw against 10-man Iran in Seoul Thursday when a win would have booked their ticket for Russia 2018.

Syria’s 3-1 victory over Qatar coupled with China’s 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in Thursday’s other Group A matches means a defeat for the Koreans in their final match in Tashkent on Tuesday could see them fail to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1982.

FIFA

FIFA tinkers with World Cup seeding

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Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA deciding it's a heck of an idea to mess with World Cup seeding. The last time they did this it was using the October FIFA Ranking to determine the seven teams joining the hosts in pot 1. This time, next month's FIFA ranking seeds all the teams that make the World Cup.

World Cup: First Wave Of Tickets For Russia 2018 Put On Sale And They Really Aren’t Cheap…

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The first batch of tickets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have gone on sale today and, guess what, they're not exactly what you might call affordable.

From Thursday, fans will be able to submit an application to purchase tickets for the tournament the cheapest being a bog standard 'category 3' ticket for group stage at matches priced at £79 matches and the most expensive being a frankly extortionate 'category 1' ticket for the final.

World Cup 2018

FIFA Organizing Committee approves new World Cup draw procedure

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The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions has approved a new procedure for the 2018 World Cup draw.

Instead of the 32 teams being grouped by confederation, all 32 teams will be sorted into four pots of eight teams based on the October 2017 FIFA rankings. The hosts, Russia, and the top seven of the qualified nations will form the first pot.

Where to find France vs. Netherlands World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

France sits in second place in Group A of UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the Netherlands is in third, three points behind France.

Where to find France vs. Netherlands World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

France sits in second place in Group A of UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the Netherlands is in third, three points behind France.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 83 broadcasts during six days

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With 83 broadcasts during six days of World Cup qualifying, soccer fans in the United States will have plenty of games to choose from.

Here’s our preview of many of the games to keep an eye out for during the next week:

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: It’s a cracking race in Group A, where the French – thanks to that incredible Hugo Lloris mistake in Solna in June – have lost their grip on the top spot to Sweden, with the Netherlands trailing just behind.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 83 broadcasts during six days

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With 83 broadcasts during six days of World Cup qualifying, soccer fans in the United States will have plenty of games to choose from.

Here’s our preview of many of the games to keep an eye out for during the next week:

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: It’s a cracking race in Group A, where the French – thanks to that incredible Hugo Lloris mistake in Solna in June – have lost their grip on the top spot to Sweden, with the Netherlands trailing just behind.

Scottish Premier League

On This Day in Football: Death of a Scottish legend

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On this day in 1985, former Celtic and Scotland legend Jock Stein passed away at the end of Scotland’s 1-1 draw against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park in Cardiff.

Played in front of nearly 40,000 fans, this was the two countries 101st meeting at the international stage – a run of games that stretched back to 1876.

Furious Celtic star blasts defender after Scotland's win: He is a horrible b*****d

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Scotland captain Scott Brown could not hide his contempt for Malta’s Steve Borg for spitting at him when the two teams met last night.

The home side picked up a 2-0 win and Brown believes that the Maltese defender had spit on him in an attempt to wind him up. Brown was one booking away from missing next month’s vital qualifier against Slovakia and the midfielder was furious with Borg’s intentions.

Mexico

Will The United States qualify for the World Cup?

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Bruce Arena and the United States men’s national team have struggled heavily in recent World Cup qualification matches. They are now, essentially, in a must-win scenario after picking up a measly point during this international break.

The United States faced off in a crucial game against Costa Rica on September 1st.

41 cities across North America bid for to serve as host cities for 2026 World Cup

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The united North American trio bid is starting to take shape.

On Thursday, 41 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada officially submitted bids to serve as Official Host Cities for the North American pending bid of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Of which, the United Bid Committee (UBC) will trim down to shortlist of cities later this fall.

The Rest

World Cup ticket sale announced, PSG trio dominate Champions League, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 13, 2017

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PSG is gonna be a problem this year.

Happy Wednesday folks. Tons going on today, including more Champions League matches. Real Madrid, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are the big names in action. Before that, let's get to the news:

Ticket sales for 2018 FIFA World Cup to start on 14 September 2017 | FIFA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is drawing nearer, and starting tomorrow, fans can begin to apply for tickets.