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Mascherano shoots down Sampaoli rift rumours

Veteran Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano insists relations between the players and coach Jorge Sampaoli are not strained after reports of unrest within the team camp. Sampaoli...
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Cabin fever and comedians -- life in the World Cup bubble

World Cup footballers often face an unexpected hurdle as they try to cope with the intense scrutiny and pressure of the game's biggest showpiece -- it can be boring... really,...
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Sterling keeps England place after media row

Raheem Sterling kept his place in England's starting line-up for Sunday's Group G clash against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod despite suggestions he would be dropped for Marcus...
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England's Kane gang eye last 16, Japan face Senegal

Harry Kane-inspired England will aim to seal their place in the knockout phase of the World Cup on Sunday while Japan bid to edge closer to a last 16 berth when they take...
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"The Germans somehow win" - Lineker updates famous quote

Gary Lineker updated his famous quote about the Germans always winning after Toni Kroos's dramatic late goal kept the holders' World Cup dreams alive with a 2-1 win over Sweden. "Football...
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Japan already World Cup champions... for exemplary fans

Japan are unlikely to win the World Cup but their fans are proving champions off the pitch in Russia with their exemplary behaviour, even cleaning up after themselves at matches. Their...
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Kroos hits out at Germany's World Cup doubters

Germany's matchwinner Toni Kroos has criticised former internationals and pundits for putting the boot into the defending champions after their shaky World Cup start. Kroos's...
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Modric would win Ballon d'Or if he was Spanish or German - Lovren

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes Luka Modric never gets the credit he deserves and would win the Ballon d'Or if he played for Spain or Germany. Modric has been one...
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German crisis averted for now, but World Cup holders have work to do

Toni Kroos's last-gasp winner ensured that Germany remain right in World Cup contention but the holders are not yet safe from the threat of an ignominious group-stage exit. A...
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Isco urges Spain to stay true to selves in Morocco decider

Spain midfielder Isco believes his side must stay true to the philosophy that brought them World Cup glory in 2010 to achieve the result they need in Monday's Group B decider...
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