Morocco(N) vs Iran - Iran boss Queiroz quiet on Spain’s coaching debacle

Posted Friday, June 15, 2018 by PA

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz is refusing to be distracted by Spain’s coaching calamities as his team prepare to kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign against Morocco in Saint Petersburg.Spain and Queiroz’s native Portugal make up the rest of Group B but the 65-year-old insisted it would be “disrespectful” to bring up the sudden departure of Julen Lopetegui to Real Madrid.Ir...Full Story »

Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Cherchesov embraces pressure as Russia prepare to kick-start WC

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by PA

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov insists he is comfortable with the level of scrutiny being directed at the World Cup hosts.They kick off the tournament against Saudi Arabia on Thursday looking for their first win at the summer finals since their opening match of the 2002 event, against Tunisia.The omens have not been good in the build-up as Russia have failed to win in seven non-competitive at...Full Story »

France vs USA - Didier Deschamps stands up for Paul Pogba as World Cup nears

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2018 by PA

France boss Didier Deschamps insists he has “no worries” about the form of Paul Pogba ahead of the World Cup.A lacklustre performance from midfielder Pogba in France’s warm-up friendly against Russia 2018 absentees Italy in Nice last week caused some concern.Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored for Les Blues at the Allianz Riviera where Pogba was far from...Full Story »

Germany vs Saudi Arabia - Germany let bruised Mesut Ozil sit out Saudi Arabia friendly

Posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 by PA

Germany will not take “unnecessary risks” with Mesut Ozil as the Arsenal midfielder looks to shake off a knee problem and be fully fit for the World Cup.The German Football Association (DFB) said Ozil had only done running exercises during Thursday’s final training session ahead of the friendly against Saudi Arabia as he continued to recover from a “minor bruise to his le...Full Story »

Italy vs Netherlands - Roberto Mancini hoping Italy can tighten up at the back

Posted Monday, June 04, 2018 by PA

New coach Roberto Mancini has promised Italy will get the defensive side of their game right ahead of Monday’s friendly against Holland.Italy lost 3-1 away to France in Nice on Friday night after beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 a few days earlier, Mancini’s first game in charge.“The game against France was very important for us and this too will help us learn for the future,” Ma...Full Story »

Brazil vs Croatia - Neymar eyeing return to action as Brazil take on Croatia at Anfield

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2018 by PA

Neymar will make his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Brazil when they play Croatia on Sunday, coach Tite has confirmed.The Paris St Germain forward, the world’s most expensive player, has been out injured since February 25 when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.Tite revealed his starting line-up for the friendly at Anfi...Full Story »

Republic of Ireland vs USA - John O’Shea has one eye on management

Posted Friday, June 01, 2018 by PA

John O’Shea will call time on his 17-year Republic of Ireland career with one eye already on a move into management.The 37-year-old Sunderland defender will make his 118th and last senior appearance for his country against the United States at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday having already indicated he would like another season in club football when his current deal at the Stadium of Light e...Full Story »

France vs Italy - Deschamps expects Zidane to be France coach one day

Posted Friday, June 01, 2018 by PA

France coach Didier Deschamps fully expects Zinedine Zidane to take charge of Les Bleus one day, but is not letting that prospect distract him from his World Cup mission.Zidane is now a free agent after stepping down as Real Madrid boss just days after leading the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League title.Deschamps, who along with Zidane helped France win the 1998 World Cup and...Full Story »

Peru vs Scotland - Gemmill pleased to see Scotland youngsters given chance to impress

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by PA

Scotland Under-21s head coach Scot Gemmill has urged his promoted players to seize their opportunity on the tour of the Americas.Gemmill has seen the likes of Scott McKenna, Oli McBurnie, Lewis Morgan and Chris Cadden called up from his ranks to join the full squad since Alex McLeish took over.Nine players could make their debuts during games against Peru and Mexico after McLeish suffered six wi...Full Story »

Panama vs Northern Ireland - O’Neill: Northern Ireland have moved on from heartbreak

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by PA

Michael O’Neill is confident Northern Ireland have avoided a World Cup hangover ahead of his team attending two other nations’ send-off parties in Central America.Panama and Costa Rica will each host the Northern Irish this week in their final home games before they participate in this summer’s tournament in Russia.Were it not for referee Ovidiu Hategan awarding Switzerland a p...Full Story »

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