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England’s big World Cup pleasure was proving people wrong, says Kyle Walker

• Defender contrasts reaction with what followed Iceland defeat• Walker says Gareth Southgate ‘needs to take the most credit’Kyle Walker believes England “brought the nation together” by reaching the World Cup semi-finals and proved their critics wrong…

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Dejan Lovren relishing chance to lock horns with nemesis Harry Kane

Croatian was tormented by England man early last season but recent form suggests a less one-sided battle awaits in MoscowDejan Lovren replied in the only way he could in the circumstances. Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Harry K…

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No goals? No problem. Olivier Giroud’s mission to supply France with glory

The striker has yet to score in 412 World Cup minutes but is content to play his part in letting Mbappé and Griezmann shineCan France win the World Cup with a centre-forward who fails to score a goal? Olivier Giroud has yet to get off the mark in 412 m…

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Croatia scouting report: Luka Modric the key man but set-piece flaws abide | Stuart James

Zlatko Dalic’s side boast a masterful midfield and variety up front – but England will be buoyed by Croatia’s frailtiesLuka Modric flagged up a weakness for Croatia without being asked. “We watched the [England] game today, we saw how good they are fro…

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There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it | Stuart James

An otherwise brilliant World Cup has been cheapened by the kind of histrionics witnessed in England’s game with Colombia and they have become a cancer in the gameThere was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, o…

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England must be wary of ‘formidable’ Colombia, warns Lukasz Fabianski

• ‘They tore us apart in group,’ admits Poland goalkeeper• Midfield particularly strong with Rodríguez and QuinteroLukasz Fabianski has warned England that Colombia are formidable opponents and capable of tearing teams apart if they get control of the …

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Roberto Martínez looks to last 16 and may make 10 changes for England

• Booked De Bruyne, Vertonghen and Meunier will not play• ‘We’re preparing for two games,’ says Belgium’s managerRoberto Martínez has refused to rule out the possibility of making as many as 10 changes for the England game on Thursday and also insisted…

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Eden Hazard a constant threat but Belgium’s wing-backs let you in | Stuart James

England’s final group opponents pose danger in the attacking third but Roberto Martínez has said he may make changes Continue reading…

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Romelu Lukaku working on helping Belgium to win rather than Golden Boot

• Roberto Martínez: ‘Rom’s here to try to help the team win’• Vincent Kompany back in training before Tunisia gameRoberto Martínez believes that Romelu Lukaku is not focused on winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup finals, with the Belgium manager c…

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Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov upbeat about mission to confound critics

Home coach goes into the opener against Saudi Arabia knowing his out-of-form side are under fire but is confident fans will embrace the World Cup once it startsStanislav Cherchesov smiled when asked by a Danish journalist whether he had a message for t…

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Arsenal to heed ‘good warning’ from Rome before CSKA showdown

• Arsenal take 4-1 lead to Moscow in Europa League quarter-final• Arsène Wenger: ‘I don’t think we are under threat of complacency’With Roma’s extraordinary comeback against Barcelona fresh in the mind, Arsène Wenger said there will be no complacency a…