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Gary Lineker: ‘The adulation at home will make them feel a bit better’

The BBC presenter and member of the Italia 90 squad says England are on the cusp of being ‘exceptionally competitive’Gary Lineker says he felt like a German on Wednesday evening inside Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium as he willed England to reach penalties, …

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England out of the World Cup but Gareth Southgate has relit the fire | Martha Kelner

After an electrifying start to the semi-final, the nation’s hopes were dashed by a fiercely determined Croatian teamThe dream came to a crushing end for England in Moscow on Wednesday as their first World Cup semi-final appearance for 28 years ended in…

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Croatia are tired but ready to play against England, says Zlatko Dalic

• Manager admits shootout wins have taken their toll• Danijel Subasic passed fit for World Cup semi-finalAt their training base Croatia have been putting themselves back together again, almost literally in the case of some players, after the physical a…

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Mosborough to Moscow: England’s Harry Maguire a huge source of pride

The defender’s assured performances in the World Cup have created much excitement at the Derbyshire high school where he is remembered as a fine all-round sportsmanSt Mary’s Catholic high school in Chesterfield has been one pupil and one teaching assis…

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England clinch first World Cup shootout win in intimidating sea of yellow

Colombian fans outnumber English in Moscow, but England go through after Eric Dier scores decisive penaltyMaybe things are changing with England. At the fourth attempt, they finally won a World Cup penalty shootout to secure victory in a knockout game …

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Colombia’s José Pekerman upbeat despite James Rodríguez injury

• Bayern star doubtful for England match due to calf problem• Manager says his side are confident with or without midfielderJosé Pekerman said Colombia are confident of beating England even without their star player James Rodríguez who was looking incr…

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Still fancy going to Russia for the World Cup? All you need to know

There are tickets available for France v Argentina and, more importantly, Colombia v England on Tuesday in MoscowTickets for six of the eight round of 16 games are still available to varying degrees on the Fifa late availability website. There is still…

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FA ponders 2030 World Cup bid after declaring confidence in voting process

• Uefa president praises England for mending ‘arrogant’ image• FA to assess pros and cons of bidding during the next yearThe chances of England hosting the 2030 World Cup have been vastly improved by transparency around voting for Fifa tournaments and …

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Morocco receive late boost in their bid to host 2026 World Cup

• Joint USA, Mexico, Canada bid promises higher profit• Belief Donald Trump could alienate some nationsThe race to host the 2026 World Cup finals was too close to call, according to Fifa insiders, as Morocco received a late boost to their hopes with th…

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Leave it to VAR: World Cup referees told not to flag for tight offsides

• Pierluigi Collina tells officials to let video rule out goals• VAR rulings will be replayed on big screens inside stadiumsFans inside the World Cup stadiums will be shown replays of incidents requiring video assistant refereeing decisions to reduce t…

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World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

• ‘It would be folly for us not to be serious and make sure our mentality is right’• Manager remembers playing for England when they beat Tunisia at France 98Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russia 2018 despite England being drawn …

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Vitaly Mutko claims there is ‘no proof’ of systematic doping in Russia

• Russia FA vice-chairman makes incredible defence ahead of World Cup draw• ‘The presumption of innocence is a principle that has not been validated’Vitaly Mutko launched an incredible defence of Russian sport on the day of the World Cup draw, insistin…

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For all the Russia 2018 draw razzmatazz, shadow cast by Olympics takes off gloss | Martha Kelner

Moscow stages the World Cup draw on Friday but Russia’s systematic doping at Sochi 2014 and beyond has eroded what should be football’s crowning gloryThe darkness will be thick and the temperature below freezing in Moscow when the first ball is drawn b…

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Rainbow flags allowed at World Cup, but LGBT fans cannot ‘propagate’ to minors

• Russia 2018’s Alexei Smertin says LGBT fans will be welcomed• ‘I can’t imagine anyone going to a school and propagating that way to children’Fans at Russia 2018 will be allowed to fly rainbow flags to highlight the rights of LGBT supporters but must …