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FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Alli over finger gesture

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London (AFP) – England’s Dele Alli could face a suspension after FIFA on Friday confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings over the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier.

Alli stuck his middle finger up during the national side’s match against Slovakia on Monday but said after the game the hand signal had been directed at teammate Kyle Walker as a joke.

FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Alli over finger gesture

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London (AFP) – England’s Dele Alli could face a suspension after FIFA on Friday confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings over the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier.

Alli stuck his middle finger up during the national side’s match against Slovakia on Monday but said after the game the hand signal had been directed at teammate Kyle Walker as a joke.

FIFA orders SAfrica to replay Senegal WC qualifier

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Paris (AFP) – FIFA on Wednesday ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was banned for match fixing.

The November 2016 tie, which will be restaged in November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty.

Alli’s obscene gesture takes shine off England win

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London (AFP) – England were left fearing disciplinary action against Dele Alli after the midfielder was caught on camera making an obscene gesture during his side’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

The Tottenham Hotspur player raised his middle finger during the 77th minute of Monday’s game at Wembley, which England won 2-1, and there were claims it was directed at French referee Clement Turpin.

Alli’s obscene gesture takes shine off England win

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London (AFP) – England were left fearing disciplinary action against Dele Alli after the midfielder was caught on camera making an obscene gesture during his side’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

The Tottenham Hotspur player raised his middle finger during the 77th minute of Monday’s game at Wembley, which England won 2-1, and there were claims it was directed at French referee Clement Turpin.

Israel captain Zahavi quits ahead of World Cup qualifier with Italy

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will face Italy on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier without their captain Eran Zahavi, who has decided to end his international career after being angered by booing from the home crowd.

Zahavi was left fuming on Saturday by fans in Haifa who started booing when Macedonia scored the only goal of a shock victory in a World Cup qualifier.

Israel captain Zahavi quits ahead of World Cup qualifier with Italy

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will face Italy on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier without their captain Eran Zahavi, who has decided to end his international career after being angered by booing from the home crowd.

Zahavi was left fuming on Saturday by fans in Haifa who started booing when Macedonia scored the only goal of a shock victory in a World Cup qualifier.

South Korea coach promises World Cup qualifier victory in Tashkent

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Seoul (AFP) – Under-fire coach Shin Tae-Yong has promised South Korea will “beef up their mental strength” and go all out for the victory against Uzbekistan Tuesday that would secure World Cup qualification for a ninth successive time.

“We’ll return home with victory no matter what,” vowed Shin ahead of the final Asian zone Group A encounter in Tashkent.

South Korea coach promises World Cup qualifier victory in Tashkent

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Seoul (AFP) – Under-fire coach Shin Tae-Yong has promised South Korea will “beef up their mental strength” and go all out for the victory against Uzbekistan Tuesday that would secure World Cup qualification for a ninth successive time.

“We’ll return home with victory no matter what,” vowed Shin ahead of the final Asian zone Group A encounter in Tashkent.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Chiellini deals Italy late blow for Spain showdown

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

Victory for either side at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu is likely to be decisive in deciding which side qualifies directly for the World Cup in Russia next year.

Chiellini injury deals Italy late blow for Spain qualifier

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

The Juventus centre-back has been ruled out for both the trip to Madrid and Tuesday’s qualifier at home to Israel.

Chiellini injury deals Italy late blow for Spain qualifier

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Madrid (AFP) – Italy’s plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.

The Juventus centre-back has been ruled out for both the trip to Madrid and Tuesday’s qualifier at home to Israel.

Kane aims to make amends for barren August

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane admits he is glad England’s World Cup qualifier against Malta falls on September 1 after the Tottenham Hotspur star suffered another barren August.

Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in August, a surprising statistic for a player who has won the Premier League’s golden boot two years in a row.

Keisuke Honda revs up again for Japan World Cup showdown

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Tokyo (AFP) – Keisuke Honda is out to be a hero again for Japan against Australia in Thursday’s crunch World Cup qualifier while South Korea will hope to secure a berth in Russia next year.

Midfield stalwart Honda’s 91st-minute penalty at Saitama four years ago secured a 1-1 draw against the Socceroos and with it Japan’s place at Brazil 2014.

Keisuke Honda revs up again for Japan World Cup showdown

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Tokyo (AFP) – Keisuke Honda is out to be a hero again for Japan against Australia in Thursday’s crunch World Cup qualifier while South Korea will hope to secure a berth in Russia next year.

Midfield stalwart Honda’s 91st-minute penalty at Saitama four years ago secured a 1-1 draw against the Socceroos and with it Japan’s place at Brazil 2014.

Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

Lippi down to business as China host Qatar

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Beijing (AFP) Marcello Lippi said China need to shed their "underdog" mentality as he faces a tough first game in charge a World Cup qualifier against Qatar which neither team dare lose.

While Lippi, who coached Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, admits rock-bottom China need a "miracle" if they are to reach Russia 2018, he said top priority was restoring their swagger.

Croatia’s Modric regrets 1-1 draw with Turkey

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfield star Luka Modric regretted being held 1-1 by Turkey in their opening World Cup qualifier at an empty Zagreb stadium on Monday.

"We were much better as a team and we created much more chances ... No one is to blame but ourselves," Modric told state-run HRT television after the match played in the Maksimir stadium.

Croatia’s Modric regrets 1-1 draw with Turkey

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfield star Luka Modric regretted being held 1-1 by Turkey in their opening World Cup qualifier at an empty Zagreb stadium on Monday.

"We were much better as a team and we created much more chances ... No one is to blame but ourselves," Modric told state-run HRT television after the match played in the Maksimir stadium.

Arsenal

Chile Coach Calls Alexis Sanchez “Fat And Out Of Shape”

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Alexis Sanchez has been blasted by Chile's former Under-20 coach Jose Sulantay, who says the Arsenal star is 'fatter than normal' and 'totally out of physical shape.'

The forward's miserable start to the season continued when Chile were beaten 3-0 by Paraguay in last Thursday's World Cup qualifier and things went from bad to worse this week with a 1-0 loss in Bolivia.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez suffering fitness problems

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Chile's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, according to Uruguayan newspaper Ovacion. The Gunners...

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Videos

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.

Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard waiting to hear if he will earn his 100th England cap

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Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard says he hasn't been told yet whether he will win his 100th cap for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. The 35-year-old is set for the milestone it once appeared he might fall just short of reaching. Asked if manager Roy Hodgson had told him whether he would be [.

Video: Everton’s Kevin Mirallas scores (Scotland 0-2 Belgium)

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas scored a late goal to help Belgium to a 2-0 away win over Scotland in their World Cup qualifier. Steven Defour had given the Belgians the lead, but they had to wait until the 88th minute to add to that when Mirallas' neat turn aided by some slack defending left [...]

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scores two goals (Uruguay 2-1 Peru)

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Steven Gerrard says the international stage was set for Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge

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England captain Steven Gerrard says the injury to his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge is "a shame" because he had the chance to shine in international football in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. Sturridge, already a matchwinner for the Reds three times this season, had to pull out the Moldova game through injury.

Manchester United new boy Marouane Fellaini: ‘I want to win trophies’

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Marouane Fellaini says he has joined Manchester United because he wants to win trophies. The Belgium international was aware that former club Everton were keen for him to stay. But after five years at Goodison Park the 25-year-old felt it was time to move on to pursue his ambitions of winning silverware and playing in [.

Video: Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne meets his lookalike

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Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has had an interesting preparation for Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Scotland: meeting his doppelganger. The Red Devils squad each got to meet their lookalike as part of a sponsor's event. The players were in fits of giggles as they were presented with their doubles before teaming up with them [.

Bolivian president Evo Morales dresses Lionel Messi in a poncho

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With the world's best footballer in town for a World Cup qualifier, Bolivia's president Evo Morales took the opportunity to foist the national dress upon him. Morales handed Lionel Messi a poncho to wear when the two met. The Barcelona star duly obliged, although he seemed eager to get out of his poncho again as [.

D.C. United

Paul Arriola on USMNT roster for World Cup Qualifiers

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The Black-and-Red sees another player join his national team for Russia games.

D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola, has been recalled for the United States' upcoming World Cup Qualifier matches against Costa Rica (at Red Bull Arena on September 1) and at Honduras on September 5. The rest of us learned that Arriola has already arrived for USMNT duty, along with current German club players Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Bobby Wood (Hamburg) via a tweet from U.

Bruno Miranda called up to Bolivia in World Cup Qualifiers

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It matters little now, but it helps him out all the more.

D.C. United forward Bruno Miranda has been included in the preliminary roster for Bolivia in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Peru on August 31 and home against Chile on September 5. The 19-year old played in La Verde's last World Cup Qualifier when he was substituted in extra time against Argentina in March and played 90 minutes in a friendly against Nicaragua in June, his second and third caps for the team.

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Major Link Soccer: USMNT Face Crucial World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras

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With their World Cup Qualifying fate still in the balance, the USMNT face a crucial test in Honduras today.

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Delamea, Watson to miss time while on international duty

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The two defenders are headed abroad.

On the heels of a two-match losing streak, the Revolution will enter Saturday's match against Orlando City SC without defenders Antonio Delamea and Je-Vaughn Watson.

Delamea will head to Europe for two World Cup Qualifiers: Friday on the road against Slovakia, and Monday, Sept.

Watch: Joevin Jones finishes off brace with absolute golazo

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Trinidad & Tobago punched ticket for Hex.

Although he's usually deployed as a left back, Joevin Jones has shown quite a bit of offensive flair in his limited opportunities farther up the field with the Seattle Sounders. But his display in Trinidad & Tabago's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala was quite unlike anything we'd seen before.

POTD : France Facing Uphill Task To Qualify For World Cup Tonight Against Ukraine

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There's a little bit of worry in the air for both France and Portugal tonight, as they prepare for the second leg of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Les Bleus, in particular, are facing an uphill task to defeat Ukraine after a 2-0 loss to them last week.

Spain’s Negredo Says Tough Fight For Places In National Team As Del Bosque Complains About Lack Of Aggression

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Alvaro Negredo may have scored in Spain's 2-1 win over Belarus last Friday, but the striker has also admitted that the pressures of playing for La Furia Roja are slowly taking its toll on him. You'd feel the same if you were wearing that national kit, too!

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to start for England vs Moldova

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Rickie Lambert will make his first start for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. The Southampton striker is the beneficiary of Roy Hodgson's injury woes. With Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ruled out with a thigh injury. Wayne Rooney was already out of contention because of a cut to his head.

World Cup Qualifier Preview: Mexico vs Jamaica

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The 2014 World Cup Qualifiers continue on June 4th as Jamaica host the traveling Mexico side in Kingston. The CONCACAF rivals continue their quest for an automatic place in the World Cup in Brazil next summer as the battle of The Hex heats up. The Reggae Boyz previously tied El Tri with an impressive 0-0 draw in the Azteca back in February, but soon after their qualification hopes took quick tumble without being able to conjure up a crucial three points since.

Dynamo captain Brad Davis bides time with USMNT

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Although Dynamo captain Brad Davis was the only U.S. national team player who didn't suit up for the memorable victory in snowy conditions last Friday against Costa Rica, he's patiently waiting his turn.

"For me just being a fan of U.S. Soccer for so long, my name being out of the loop and now coming back into it, it is an extreme honor," he said.