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England must overcome avoid travel woes at World Cup in Russia

England’s hopes of success at this summer’s World Cup could be derailed by a huge amount of travelling during the opening stage of the tournament. A group containing Belgium, Tunisia and Panama should hold no fears for the Three Lions, but the 6,542km they will cover during the first round could prove to be their undoing. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, just five of the 13 teams that travelled further than the average distance in the group stage…
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4 teams who could cause a shock at this summer’s World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is just around the corner and the 32 nations taking part are busy putting the finishing touches to their preparations. The likes of Brazil and Germany are favourites to lift the trophy, but major tournaments invariably have a habit of throwing up a surprise or two along the way and this one is likely to be no different. Read on as we take a look at four teams who could cause a shock at…
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How much depth does the 2018 England World Cup squad have?

The 23-man squad that Gareth Southgate selected for the World Cup was surrounded more by silence than celebrations. Many of the fans were underwhelmed with the selection and while the squad choice has not had an impact on the World Cup betting 2018, where England remain seventh favourites to win, with odds of 16/1, it has still put major doubts in the fans’ minds. (more…)
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2018 World Cup in Russia: stonewall defences

Over the many decades that the greatest sporting event in the world has taken place, a common trend has developed among the champions: the deployment of a stern defence. Germany and Italy have each won the World Cup four times, often built upon a staunch back line. Despite the praise often going to the flair-filled attackers, many of Brazil’s five World Cup wins have come from strong defending that allows the forwards to express themselves. So now, with the 21st World…
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Five big things to watch for in the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia promises to be a footballing extravaganza, with numerous nations in with a realistic chance of claiming the sport's most prestigious trophy. Five-time winners Brazil will fancy their chances of success, while the likes of Germany, Spain, France and Argentina should also put up a strong showing. Hosts Russia kick-off the tournament on June 14 against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with the final scheduled to take place at the same venue…
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Does Southgate need to be worried about the last few weeks In football?

Gareth Southgate will have a pretty firm idea of the 23 men he’ll be taking to Russia with him this summer. He has a few more friendlies to iron the finer details out but tactics, game plan and players should be virtually in place. He’s been quite firm on his selection process in the past, claiming he won’t pick players that aren’t playing. Which begs the question, who is he going to pick then? It’s been an interesting month or…
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