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‘Messi is liberated’: Jorge Valdano on Argentina, politics and his goal in ‘86

The Guardian Sid Lowe in Doha - 53 minutes ago

Former striker discusses his World Cup triumphs and heartbreaks, and the current Argentina side’s chances against the NetherlandsJorge Valdano should have been at the Monumental; instead he was standing alone in a bar. He can still remember its name: Rincón de la Victoria. Just him and a group of Dutch fans looking at the screen, wondering what might have been. Mention Argentina and the Netherlands, who face each other on Friday night, and that’s the moment that comes to his mind. The 1978 final. Ticker tape, Mario Kempes and, clearest of all, Rob Rensenbrink hitting the post. “I watched with ‘long teeth’, envy,” he admits.He was missing out on Argentina winning their first World Cup; he couldn’t know it then, but he wouldn’t miss out on the second. Thirty-six years on from Mexico 86, Valdano would love a third, a spectator again but in the stadium, not some bar. “I asked \[the coach César Luis\] Menotti. He said if the World Cup started that day, I’d be in the squad. ‘What I can’t promise,’ he said, ‘is that I’ll be coach tomorrow, given this chaos.’ Continue reading...

Kieran Trippier relishes England’s relaxed life and is excited to face France

The Guardian David Hytner in Doha - 1 hour ago

Defender shares camp’s feeling of going for a Sunday kickaroundTrippier: ‘I love every moment and everyone else does’Kieran Trippier has revealed the sights and sounds of England’s World Cup dressing room before a match, describing a confident and ultra-relaxed atmosphere as the players prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final against France. The defender talked up the team spirit that Gareth Southgate has fostered – a key comfort before the meeting with the world champions – and he illustrated the point by calling out Jordan Pickford for his love of “horrific” rave music.“Everyone is relaxed, so is Gareth,” Trippier said. “He takes his meeting and then we get in the dressing room and listen to some horrific songs from some of the lads. Whose horrific music is it? Pickford’s. Honestly, he has the worst taste in music. Continue reading...

Chelsea save draw at Real Madrid thanks to Misa Rodríguez own goal

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 1 hour ago

Chelsea rescued a point against Real Madrid but could not get the win needed to confirm the team’s progression to the Champions League knockout stage with two games to play. Guro Reiten’s second-half penalty, which went in off the back of Real’s goalkeeper, Misa Rodríguez, cancelled out a mistake by Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Ann-Katrin Berger, who gifted the ball to the Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir for the opener in the sides’ 1-1 draw.Emma Hayes called it “a point gained” after a “team performance \[that\] was as bad as I’ve seen us.” The London side remain top of Group A, three points clear of Paris Saint-Germain and five ahead of Real, with a trip to Albania to face the minnows Vllaznia next before they welcome PSG to Stamford Bridge. Continue reading...

Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea: Women’s Champions League – live reaction

The Guardian John Brewin - 1 hour ago

Caroline Weir opened the scoring before Madrid goalkeeper Misa scored an own-goal off a Guro Reiten penalty, leaving Chelsea short of qualification1 min: And away we go in the Spanish capital, where Chelsea force an early corner. Millie Bright is the target and Real Madrid only just snaffle the ball behind. Another corner is soon forced. The Uefa anthem rings out. Here are our officials, all from Ukraine, the referee officiated in the Euro 2022 final. Continue reading...

Supporters surge to Qatar as Morocco carry hopes of entire Arab world

The Guardian Nick Ames in Doha - 1 hour ago

Atlas Lions’ run reaches across borders, with fans eyeing stays beyond Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against PortugalIt was in mid-air on the final leg to Doha that Hassan realised exactly what lay in store. He was travelling from Paris, via Istanbul, with his friends Manal and Zouhair after hours of searching for a ticket to Morocco against Spain finally paid off. “I didn’t understand what I was seeing and hearing,” he says. “There were Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, Yemenis – all of them had left their families and their jobs, just to come and support Morocco.”Hassan pulls up a video on his phone: almost every passenger is on their feet, chanting his homeland’s name. It was Monday night and, within 24 hours, they would witness history. Morocco had never reached the last eight of a World Cup before; if they defeat Portugal on Saturday they will do what nobody from their continent has ever managed, breaking Africa’s semi-final duck at last. Continue reading...

PSG reveal interest in signing ‘amazing’ Marcus Rashford for next season

The Guardian PA Media - 4 hours ago

PSG president says club could pursue January talks with forwardManchester United deal ends in June but with option to extendParis St Germain would be interested in signing Marcus Rashford from Manchester United at the end of the season, according to their president, Nasser al-Khelaifi. The England forward will be out of contract in June, although United have an option to extend for a further year. Rashford has scored eight goals for United this season and three for England in Qatar to help them reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Continue reading...

Kyle Walker warned there is no proven formula to stop France’s Kylian Mbappé

The Guardian Ben Fisher in Doha - 5 hours ago

‘If he can stop Kylian then good for him,’ says Youssouf FofanaEngland right-back likely to face forward in quarter-finalFrance’s Youssouf Fofana has wished Kyle Walker well in his mission to contain Kylian Mbappé in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final and said if the England defender succeeds in stopping his teammate then Ligue 1 clubs will be queueing up for his winning formula.The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who has scored five goals in France’s four games, is the tournament’s leading goalscorer and a strong contender to win the Golden Boot. Walker was upbeat on Wednesday about his chances of muting Mbappé and said he has no plans to “roll out the red carpet” for him. Continue reading...

Jordan Pickford’s invisible saves are England’s secret World Cup weapon

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg in Doha - 5 hours ago

Three of the goalkeeper’s finest stops in Qatar have gone unnoticed by the match officialsAs a measure of how much Jordan Pickford’s performances have flown under the radar during this World Cup, it turns out the England goalkeeper is so underrated that three of his best saves haven’t even been recognised.Yes, there was plenty of praise for the sharp reflex stop from Iran’s Sardar Azmoun in England’s opener in Qatar. And true, everyone applauded when Pickford kept his side level during their last-16 match against Senegal by pushing away a shot from Boulaye Dia. Continue reading...

Brazil and Tite wary of ‘Croatian resilience’ in toughest hurdle yet

The Guardian Nick Ames in Doha - 6 hours ago

Zlatko Dalic’s savvy and seasoned core will offer Brazil’s flair players a different sort of test in World Cup quarter-finalTite had just pledged to dance along with his Brazil squad, and to hell with the churls, when he alighted upon another form of visual display. “When we paint a painting, the entire painting is the athletes,” he said. “They are the ones who are portrayed in this painting and we are just participants. We just contribute to the painting; the painting is just the players themselves.”If they are to draw a line under two barren decades, Brazil will have to master all the arts. The choreographed routines that greeted each goal against South Korea were looked upon dimly in some quarters but that is a trifling concern. The more pressing theme is whether Croatia, with their savvy and seasoned core, will allow as many opportunities for festivity when they face Tite’s players in the last eight. Continue reading...

Netherlands v Argentina: their previous World Cup meetings

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin - 6 hours ago

With the Albiceleste set to take on the Oranje in Qatar, we relive the best (and worst) from their previous showdownsThe first World Cup meeting between the sides is not one Argentina will remember with fondness. They are ruthlessly torn apart in Gelsenkirchen by the brilliant Johan Cruyff-inspired Oranje, whose collective vision, movement and passing patterns are complemented by steely tackling and defensive discipline. Cruyff dances around the goalkeeper, Daniel Carnevali, to roll in the first after latching on to Johan Neeskens’s chipped pass; it is the defender Wim Rijsbergen’s crunching challenge that sets the platform for the attack. Ruud Krol soon rockets in the second from the edge of the area after a corner. In the second half, Cruyff whips an immaculate cross to the far post where Johnny Rep’s bullet header makes it 3-0. On the sidelines, the Netherlands manager, Rinus Michels, laughs, claps and rubs his hands with glee. In the last minute, after yet another fluent passing move, Wim van Hanegem’s close-range shot is beaten out by Carnevali, only for Cruyff to audaciously volley in from an angle. For a proud footballing nation such as Argentina it is particularly painful to be taught a lesson in such emphatic fashion. Total football; total domination. Continue reading...

Otávio denies Ronaldo wanted to leave Portugal's World Cup squad – video

The Guardian - 7 hours ago

Portugal midfielder Otávio denied media reports which suggested Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team. 'He never wanted to leave,' said the Porto player, adding 'it's normal a player gets upset when he doesn't play'. Ronaldo, who has scored 118 international goals, started on the bench in Portugal's 6-1 last-16 win against Switzerland after reacting poorly to being substituted in the final group game against South Korea. Otávio insisted the team was 'united' with their captain. Portugal deny reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave World CupContinue reading...

World Cup 2022: England and France players face media, plus latest news – live

The Guardian Tom Davies (now) and Will Magee (earlier) - 7 hours ago

De La Fuente to replace Luis Enrique as Spain coachPortugal deny Ronaldo threatened to leave squadEmail Tom with any thoughts | Tweet @tomdaviesE17Here’s a stat which backs up the assessment of Griezmann as one of France’s biggest attacking threats. Contrary to accepted wisdom, Deschamps’ side are not just the Mbappé Show.You know who appreciates all things Antoine Griezmann? Didier Deschamps, firstly, but also Jonathan Liew. In fact, he thinks the Atlético Madrid man could have been more influential for France than Mbappé at this tournament. It’s an intriguing premise. Here’s why. Continue reading...

Qatar World Cup chief says ‘death is a part of life’ after reported worker death

The Guardian Sean Ingle in Doha - 8 hours ago

Filipino migrant worker reportedly dies at training siteComments condemned by human rights groupsThe chief executive of the Qatar World Cup has been condemned by human rights groups for saying “death is a natural part of life – whether it’s at work, whether it’s in your sleep”, when asked about a migrant worker’s death at the tournament.On Wednesday it was reported that a Filipino national contracted to fix lights in a car park at the Sealine Resort, the training site for the Saudi Arabia national team, had died after he “slipped off a ramp while walking alongside a vehicle and fell headfirst against concrete”. Continue reading...

Qatar World Cup chief hits out at media for focus on migrant worker deaths – video

The Guardian - 8 hours ago

Qatari authorities are investigating the reported death of a Filipino man working at a resort used by the Saudi Arabia national team during the group stage of the soccer World Cup. When asked about the incident, World Cup chief executive Nasser Al Khater expressed disappointment that journalists would ask questions on the matter. 'We're in the middle of a World Cup. And we have a successful World Cup. And this is something you want to talk about right now?' he said to a reporter. Qatar has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers and the number of work-related deaths is in dispute. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said three work-related deaths and 37 non-work-related deaths have occurred on World Cup related projects. The Guardian previously found through our own investigation that at least 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia – many of them likely to have been working on World Cup preparations – had died in Qatar since it won the right to stage the World Cup. Continue reading...

Start one, bench one, sell one: Phillips on Haaland, Bellingham and Mbappé – video

The Guardian - 9 hours ago

Kalvin Phillips was asked to choose who he would start, bench and sell out of three star names of the younger generation of football. Phillips laughed at the question and answered very carefully so as not to offend his fellow players. The England midfielder said he would start Jude Bellingham ahead of his Manchester City clubmate, Erling Haaland, as the Norwegian is capable of scoring a hat-trick off the bench. His reasoning for his final answer was entirely financial, as Phillips admitted he would sell Kylian Mbappé as he would make the most money. Continue reading...

100,000 more girls playing football in England as activity levels rebound

The Guardian Sally Weale Education correspondent - 9 hours ago

Girls’ participation in football up dramatically in five years, and children now as active as before pandemicThere are now 100,000 more girls playing football than there were five years ago, according to an annual survey of children’s fitness by Sport England, which also found secondary school girls are more active than they have ever been.Overall, children’s activity levels have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, but the Active Lives survey revealed that not all groups have made the same progress, with children aged seven to nine lagging behind, their activity levels still 4.5% below where they were before Covid. Continue reading...

Lionel Messi is the star but Julián Álvarez has revived Argentina’s attack

The Guardian Ciaran McLoughlin - 9 hours ago

Messi needs the best platform to perform and that is exactly what the 22-year-old Manchester City forward providesBy Ciaran McLoughlin for WhoScoredSo much of the talk about Argentina at the World Cup has been about Lionel Messi finally getting his hands on the trophy. Argentina had the worst possible start, losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their opening game, but things have improved since with three wins over Mexico, Poland and Australia. If they beat the Netherlands on Friday night, they will reach the semi-finals for just the second time since 1990.While Messi has grabbed the headlines with his three goals – including the spectacular opener in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in the round of 16 – a lot of credit should go to Julián Álvarez. He is the player who came into the team when Argentina were struggling and helped their attack, including Messi, click. Continue reading...

Happy returns: will early World Cup exits benefit Premier League clubs?

The Guardian Will Unwin - 9 hours ago

Welcoming players back from Qatar now may provide a crucial advantage when the hectic domestic schedule restarts“If they all go out of the competition early and can train with us, that would be absolutely outstanding,” Jürgen Klopp joked of his Liverpool players before the World Cup. The German was lucky that just seven of his squad were called upon to travel to Qatar, although only Darwin Núñez has exited before the quarter-finals. The Uruguayan is one of 73 Premier League players no longer involved in the World Cup, leaving 61 in Qatar for their managers to worry about.Many clubs have enjoyed warm-weather training and have played or are to play friendlies to prepare for the Premier League’s Boxing Day return. But most of this will be done without their World Cup players, which could make a difference when the competitive action begins. Continue reading...

World Cup 2022 news LIVE: Portugal respond to Cristiano Ronaldo ‘threat’ claim as Luis Enrique replacement confirmed

Independant Jack Rathborn and Luke Baker - 9 hours ago

The Chelsea forward will rejoin Gareth Southgate’s squad in Qatar before the quarter-finals

Croatia vs Brazil prediction: How will World Cup fixture play out?

Independant Sports Staff - 9 hours ago

Neymar and the Selecao are eyeing a place in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals as they face the 2018 finalists

Croatia vs Brazil predicted line-ups: Team news, odds and more ahead of World Cup quarter-final

Independant Sports Staff - 9 hours ago

Neymar and the Selecao are eyeing a place in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals as they face the 2018 finalists

What TV channel is Croatia vs Brazil on? Kick-off time and where to watch World Cup 2022 quarter-final

Independant Sports Staff - 9 hours ago

Neymar and the Selecao are eyeing a place in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals as they face the 2018 finalists

Managing England expectations and a busy morning for Iberian outlets

The Guardian Will Unwin - 9 hours ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Harry Maguire has only gone and said England believe they can win the Human Rights World Cup, which is not particularly English of our beloved Slabhead. This level of confidence heading into a quarter-final with France will feel uncomfortable for anyone born between Berwick and Penzance. England may be a proud sporting nation, but with a collective pride built on pessimism. Continue reading...

Mauricio Pochettino reveals moment that sparked Harry Kane's rise to one of the best in the world

Daily Mail - 9 hours ago

Pochettino, who worked with Kane at Tottenham and Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, revealed a meeting telling the now-England captain what he was doing wrong was a turning point in his career.

World Cup 2022: Spain boss Luis Enrique to be replaced after last-16 exit

BBC Football - 10 hours ago

Luis Enrique leaves his role as Spain manager after their World Cup exit, with under-21s boss Luis de la Fuente the recommended replacement.

World Cup 2022: Croatia v Brazil - Tite won't apologise for his players dancing

BBC Football - 10 hours ago

Brazil coach Tite says he will not apologise to those who "do not know Brazilian history and culture" after criticism of his players for dancing after scoring goals at the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal deny that captain threatened to leave World Cup squad

BBC Football - 10 hours ago

The Portuguese Football Federation denies that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the World Cup after Portugal's win over Switzerland.

Brad Friedel tells USA stars to leave Arsenal and Chelsea after the World Cup: ‘They’re too good for the bench’

Metro Metro Transfer News Reporter - 10 hours ago

'They shouldn't be sitting on the bench.'

Goncalo Ramos has already told Manchester United what Erik ten Hag wants to hear

Manchester Evening News - 10 hours ago

Goncalo Ramos was linked with a transfer to Man United in the summer and the Benfica striker is now shining at the World Cup for Portugal.

Luis Enrique leaves Spain as head coach with Luis de la Fuente appointed as successor

Independant Jack Rathborn - 11 hours ago

The amicable departure comes after La Furia Roja’s defeat to Morocco in the last 16 on penalties

Tite vows to keep Brazil dancing ahead of World Cup quarter-final with Croatia

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 11 hours ago

Brazil were criticised for their celebrations in the last-16 rout of South Korea.

Luis Enrique leaves Spain job with Luis de la Fuente set to replace him

The Guardian PA Media and Reuters - 11 hours ago

Spanish FA statement confirms Under-21 manager will take overLuis Enrique departs after World Cup last-16 defeat to MoroccoLuis Enrique has left his post as Spain manager after the side’s World Cup last-16 exit to Morocco, with the national team’s under-21 coach, Luis de la Fuente, to replace him.The Spanish FA (RFEF) issued a statement on Thursday thanking Luis Enrique for his service and expressing its desire to start “a new project” for the national team. A subsequent statement added: “The RFEF has chosen Luis de la Fuente as the new national coach. Continue reading...

EFL to offer clubs guidance on how to tackle poor behaviour by fans

Independant Jonathan Veal - 11 hours ago

The Supporter Sanctioning Guide was written by experts in football policing.

Arsenal’s stance on recalling Folarin Balogun amid Gabriel Jesus injury hammer blow

Metro Metro Transfer News Reporter - 11 hours ago

The Brazil striker is likely to be out of action for three months.

This World Cup has shown us the most important position in football

Independant Richard Jolly - 11 hours ago

The lack of a legitimate or in-form centre-forward has proven the death knell for many teams in Qatar

Manchester United decide against signing Martin Dubravka on permanent basis

Metro Sean Kearns - 11 hours ago

His deal expires in July.

World Cup history hangs over Argentina-Netherlands quarter-final, while also enriching it

Independant Miguel Delaney - 11 hours ago

Argentina vs Netherlands is not just any World Cup fixture, and this quarter-final is one laced with symmetry and symbolism on both sides

Luis Enrique sacked by Spain

Telegraph Telegraph Sport - 11 hours ago

‘It will be easy!’ – Rafael van der Vaart predicts Netherlands to hammer ‘not so great’ Argentina

Metro Tony Mogan - 11 hours ago

The two meet in a World Cup classic on Friday.

‘A score to settle’: Van Gaal builds up Netherlands for Argentina showdown

The Guardian Nick Ames in Doha - 11 hours ago

After painful 2014 World Cup semi-final the manager wants his squad to puff out their chests in latest encounterOn a grisly, awkward night in São Paulo eight years ago Louis van Gaal could pick from a list of regrets. There was the fact Lionel Messi had been rationed to scraps in a game almost bereft of clear chances; he could reflect that, when one did arrive, Javier Mascherano slid in with Arjen Robben poised to score; then came a shootout and, with it, the kicker.Van Gaal had made all his substitutions by the time penalties seemed nailed on and could not bring on Tim Krul, who had successfully been deployed for exactly that purpose against Costa Rica. Instead, Jasper Cillessen was powerless to prevent Argentina scoring four times while Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder fluffed their lines. A place in the final slipped away. “I don’t like to think about it,” Van Gaal said this week. Continue reading...

Portugal deny reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave World Cup

The Guardian PA Media - 11 hours ago

Stories of showdown talks with Fernando Santos rebuffedPortuguese FA praise ‘unquestionable commitment’ to teamThe Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has denied reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to walk out on Portugal’s World Cup campaign. The 37-year-old started on the bench for Tuesday’s last-16 win against Switzerland by Fernando Santos, having reacted poorly to being substituted in the final group game against South Korea.Ronaldo came on as a second-half substitute, but it was the first time since Euro 2008 that he has been left out of a starting lineup at a major tournament, and he held talks with Santos on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Luis Enrique steps aside as Spain head coach after World Cup exit

Metro Chris Davie - 12 hours ago

Spain lost to Morocco on penalties earlier this week.

FAI fined by UEFA over pro-IRA song in Women’s World Cup play-off celebrations

Independant Jamie Gardner - 12 hours ago

A video circulated online of the players singing the chant.

Republic of Ireland women: FAI fined 20,000 euros by Uefa for players' pro-IRA chant

BBC Football - 12 hours ago

The FAI is fined 20,000 euros by Uefa over the Republic of Ireland women's team singing a pro-IRA chant after their World Cup play-off win over Scotland.

World Cup 2022: Who will win the Golden Boot - vote now

BBC Football - 12 hours ago

Can anyone catch Kylian Mbappe in the race for the World Cup Golden Boot? Vote for who you think will finish as top scorer in Qatar.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not threaten to leave World Cup – Portuguese Federation

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 12 hours ago

The 37-year-old was left on the bench for his country’s 6-1 last-16 win over Switzerland by boss Fernando Santos.

How have England’s players rated at the World Cup so far?

Independant Jamie Braidwood - 12 hours ago

We have been recording how England’s players have performed during Qatar, so who’s standing out and who’s struggling to make the grade?

Raheem Sterling to return to England’s World Cup squad after burglary

Independant Luke Baker - 12 hours ago

Sterling will head back to Qatar ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final against France

England’s adaptability and squad depth can give them an edge against France | Karen Carney

The Guardian Karen Carney - 12 hours ago

Gareth Southgate could use a five-man defence to combat Kylian Mbappé and has the advantage of a strong benchThere has been a lot of discussion about how England can try to nullify the threat of Kylian Mbappé in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday but the important thing for them to think about is how to impose themselves on France.England had inner-confidence and focus in their win over Senegal. They have scored 12 goals in their four matches in Qatar, a sign of their attacking prowess and clinical nature. France have shown vulnerability at the back and are missing their first-choice full-backs. Jules Koundé is a central defender but has been moved out to the right due to the paucity of options and the left-back Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in their opening match. Hugo Lloris and Raphaël Varane are highly experienced but have shown fragility at times. Continue reading...

Liverpool make ‘big step in pursuit of Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat’

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 12 hours ago

The Reds reportedly held a meeting with the Fiorentina midfielder ahead of the World Cup

Football rumours: Liverpool make big step in pursuit of Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 12 hours ago

The Reds reportedly held a meeting with the Fiorentina midfielder ahead of the World Cup

Manchester United to open talks with PSV over Cody Gakpo transfer

Metro Metro Transfer News Reporter - 12 hours ago

United have stepped up their efforts to get this deal over the line.

Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires says Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli can join a club on ‘another level’ than the Gunners

Metro Tony Mogan - 13 hours ago

Clubs from Spain have shown interest in the Gunners star.

Man Utd star Luke Shaw slams England team leaks ahead of France showdown

Metro James Goldman - 13 hours ago

News of Bukayo Saka's return to the England starting XI broke well before Sunday's game against Senegal

Barcelona issue fresh Frenkie de Jong transfer update amid ongoing Manchester United links

Manchester Evening News - 13 hours ago

Man United were very keen on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

Football in Wales set to go ahead on day of King’s coronation

Independant Phil Blanche - 13 hours ago

The Football Association of Wales cancelled all fixtures on the weekend following the death of the Queen in September.

The battle that will decide England vs France in World Cup quarter-final

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 13 hours ago

England meet France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday with a place in the semi-finals at stake

World Cup 2022: Raheem Sterling to return to Qatar for England v France

BBC Football - 13 hours ago

England winger Raheem Sterling is to return to Qatar before Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against France.

Portuguese FA respond to claims Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave World Cup after being axed

Metro Ewan Roberts - 13 hours ago

The 37-year-old reportedly had a blazing row with manager Fernando Santos.

Jude Bellingham v Aurelien Tchouameni: Midfield battle key to quarter-final

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 13 hours ago

England meet France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday.

World Cup 2022 news LIVE: Kyle Walker addresses media ahead of England’s quarter-final with France

Independant Jack Rathborn and Luke Baker - 13 hours ago

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future in doubt after being replaced by Goncalo Ramos, who hit a hat-trick as the Selecao thrashed Switzerland

Raheem Sterling returning to Qatar to rejoin England squad ahead of France tie

Independant Simon Peach - 14 hours ago

The 28-year-old did not feature in Sunday’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concerns over his family’s wellbeing.

Alex Greenwood focused on Manchester City not World Cup

Independant Rachel Steinberg - 14 hours ago

The 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand gets under way on July 20

World Cup 2022: 'Being gay should not stop me supporting England'

BBC Football - 14 hours ago

England fan Darce shares his experience of the 2022 World Cup as a gay man travelling in a country in which same-sex relationships are criminalised.

FA confirm Raheem Sterling will return to England squad ahead of World Cup quarter-final against France

Metro Louis Sealey - 14 hours ago

Sterling will rejoin his England team-mates on Friday.

World Cup 2022: Fifa 'deeply saddened' after migrant worker death

BBC Football - 14 hours ago

Fifa says it is "deeply saddened" following the death of a migrant worker at a World Cup facility in Qatar.

Sterling returning to World Cup gives England ‘massive lift’, says Phillips

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg in Doha - 14 hours ago

Kalvin Phillips delighted Sterling coming back before France tiePhillips says burglary has led players to worry about securityKalvin Phillips has said Raheem Sterling’s decision to return to England’s World Cup squad has given the team a massive lift before Saturday’s quarter-final against France.Sterling, who missed last Sunday’s last-16 victory over Senegal after returning to the United Kingdom because of the robbery at his Surrey home, has flown back to Qatar after spending the week bolstering his security arrangements and is due to train with his teammates on Friday. Continue reading...

Chris Sutton reveals France’s TWO weaknesses ahead of England clash

Metro Sean Kearns - 14 hours ago

Can the Three Lions exploit it?

David Seaman U-turns on Cristiano Ronaldo transfer advice to Mikel Arteta

Metro James Goldman - 14 hours ago

The now former Manchester United star's future remains the subject of intense speculation.

Jordan Henderson key to stopping Kylian Mbappe when England take on France, reckons John Barnes

Metro Phil Haigh - 14 hours ago

Has Barnes found the answer to the Mbappe problem?

Takehiro Tomiyasu in U-turn over Arsenal link-up after saying he needed time off

Metro Metro Sport Reporter - 14 hours ago

The Japan star said he needed to 'forget about football' following the World Cup.

World Cup 2022 score predictions: Chris Sutton predicts the quarter-finals

BBC Football - 14 hours ago

BBC Sport's football expert Chris Sutton predicts the scores for the four World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar.

Quiz: Can you name every World Cup quarter-finalist in history?

BBC Football - 15 hours ago

With the quarter-finals upon us in Qatar, can you name every nation to reach the last eight at least once in World Cup history?

Michael O'Neill: New Northern Ireland boss says he hoped to return for second spell

BBC Football - 15 hours ago

Michael O'Neill says he always hoped he would return as Northern Ireland manager after leaving to take over Stoke City almost three years ago.

Kyle Walker names Sadio Mane as his toughest opponent as he prepares for Kylian Mbappe test

Metro Phil Haigh - 15 hours ago

The former Premier League star is Walker's trickiest opponent so far.

Jose Mourinho 'wants' Manchester United 'target' at Roma and more transfer rumours

Manchester Evening News - 15 hours ago

The latest transfer rumours coming from Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho targets Memphis Depay signing.

Jamie Carragher makes prediction for England vs France World Cup quarter final

Metro James Goldman - 16 hours ago

The Three Lions face a huge test against the holders.

Emma Hayes urges Chelsea to secure Champions League knockout qualification

Independant George Sessions - 16 hours ago

Chelsea were runners-up in 2021 but exited in the group stage last season

Antoine Griezmann greases the wheels to get best out of France

The Guardian Jonathan Liew in Doha - 16 hours ago

The reluctant superstar hasn’t scored but has made more key passes than anyone to make his team run more smoothly“At least he’s not tired,” Didier Deschamps observed sardonically. It was September and Antoine Griezmann was in the latest circle of a recurring nightmare. Back at Atlético Madrid on loan after a gruesome two seasons at Barcelona, Griezmann found himself in the surreal position of being allowed to play only 30 minutes per game, lest an automatic buy clause in his deal be triggered. And so for several weeks, despite being fully fit, Griezmann would watch from the bench, before being wheeled out as a substitute on the hour mark.Still, you could rely on the France manager to put a positive spin on things. Of all the stalwarts of the Deschamps era, it is Griezmann with whom he seems to have the closest bond of all, an almost paternal connection that has held firm through the toughest of times. Even as Griezmann withered away at Barcelona, even as he languished on the bench in Madrid, even when it seemed as though the peak years of this extraordinary footballer were winnowing away, Deschamps’ faith in his talismanic forward never wavered. Now, in their third World Cup together, we are seeing the results. Continue reading...

Thursday's gossip: Gakpo, Amrabat, Martinelli, Mudryk, Rabiot, Musiala

BBC Football - 16 hours ago

PSV's Gakpo would think about joining Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool interested in Fiorentina's Amrabat, plus more.

Why have there been so many shocks at this World Cup?

Independant Jamie Braidwood - 16 hours ago

This World Cup has become known as the tournament of unpredictability, but will it last?

Raheem Sterling set for decision on World Cup return ahead of quarter-final with France

Independant Jamie Gardner - 16 hours ago

Sterling returned to the UK but could be back in Qatar ahead of England’s quarter-final on Saturday

Are there any World Cup games today? Full schedule, kick-off times and fixtures

Independant Lawrence Ostlere - 16 hours ago

Full list of World Cup 2022 fixtures and dates

Today at the World Cup: Kyle Walker getting ready to stop Kylian Mbappe

Independant Pa Sport Staff - 16 hours ago

The quarter-final games will begin on Friday

Netherlands v Argentina: Dennis Bergkamp scores iconic goal in 1998 World Cup

BBC Football - 17 hours ago

Highlights of the 1998 World Cup quarter-final between Netherlands and Argentina at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.

Manchester United have been handed an £18million boost ahead of January transfer window

Manchester Evening News - 17 hours ago

Man Utd have been handed a boost as they prepare to make a move for a new forward in the January transfer window.

World Cup 2022: Top 10 greatest World Cup goals

BBC Football - 17 hours ago

The World Cup's greatest goals are ranked by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards in the Match of The Day: Top 10 podcast.

World Cup 2022: How French commentators described Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe's goals against Poland

BBC Football - 17 hours ago

Listen to commentary from French broadcaster TF1 as Olivier Giroud becomes France's leading men's scorer and Kylian Mbappe scores twice in their 3-1 last-16 win over Poland at the World Cup.

Manchester United transfer news LIVE plus reaction to Cadiz friendly and Frenkie de Jong update

Manchester Evening News - 18 hours ago

Keep tabs on the latest news, views and Man Utd transfer rumours with our dedicated blog updates.

Looking ahead to all four World Cup quarter-finals – Football Daily podcast

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Mark Langdon, Robyn Cowen and Lars Sivertsen. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Max Sanderson. - 18 hours ago

Max Rushden is joined by Mark Langdon, Robyn Cowen and Lars Sivertsen to preview an intriguing set of last-eight ties in QatarRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.Today; the panel ask; how can England stop Kylian Mbappé? Will Gareth Southgate stick with the 4-3-3 that’s got him this far or go more conservative at the back? Continue reading...

Raheem Sterling set for decision on World Cup return ahead of France clash

Independant Jamie Gardner - 19 hours ago

Sterling returned to the UK but could be back in Qatar ahead of England’s quarter-final on Saturday.

Manchester United have just found World Cup wildcard to complete Erik ten Hag's midfield

Manchester Evening News - 19 hours ago

Morocco World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat could be the cherry on top of the cake for Manchester United's midfield.

World Cup 2022 briefing: lesser lights sharing stage with the stars

The Guardian Will Unwin, Gregg Bakowski, Martin Belam and Daniel Harris - 19 hours ago

Clubs from Burnley to Breda are represented in the last eight by players who probably know this will be their career highWelcome to the final eight of the World Cup, an incredible group of teams with players plying their trade in various corners of the globe. Many represent some of the biggest names the sport has to offer, from Barcelona to Manchester City, and will go back to challenging for silverware in domestic and continental competitions, but others will eventually return to less glamorous surroundings. Continue reading...

Portugal still to decide if Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Morocco

Metro Gavin Brown - 22 hours ago

He saw his replacement hit a hat-trick on his full debut

Harry Maguire feels he’s under more scrutiny playing for Man Utd than England

Metro Matthew Nash - 22 hours ago

'Everything I do gets analysed.'