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Five Things We Learned From An Enthralling World Cup Final

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: France players celebrate with Didier Deschamps, Manager of France following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

France emerged as the 2018 World Cup winners in Moscow at the end of an eventful final against Croatia. Les Bleus could count themselves lucky to have been given the rub of the green with two decisions leading to goals in the first half, sandwiching a brilliant strike from Ivan Perisic to level the sides on the half-hour mark. France …

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France And Croatia Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Final

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By the end of play this afternoon, either France or Croatia will have been crowned World Cup winners for 2018. A month-long tournament has come down to one to one game in Moscow, as Zlatko Dalic and Didier Deschamps aim to create a bit of history with their respective sides. With that, the managers have named their starting elevens for …

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France V Croatia: A Combined XI Ahead Of The World Cup Final

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France and Croatia do battle in Moscow on Sunday afternoon in pursuit of the most prestigious prize in football. Through force of will and determination, Zlatko Dalic and Didier Deschamps have led their respective sides to the World Cup final – nobody can say that they don’t deserve to be there, nor can it be denied that either team would …

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Done Deal: West Ham Complete Club-Record £35m Felipe Anderson Signing

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: West Ham United's new signing Felipe Anderson poses for a portrait on July 15, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham United have pushed their summer spending past the £80m mark with the club-record signing of Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian international, at one time a target of Manchester United, has finally arrived in the Premier League after completing a £35m (potentially rising to £42m) transfer from Lazio. We’ve got #ThatFelipeFeeling! pic.twitter.com/QbaxJI3ZP5 — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 15, 2018 The …

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Wayne Rooney Marks DC United Debut With Assist In Victory

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 14: Wayne Rooney #9 of D.C. United reacts in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps during his MLS debut at Audi Field on July 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney began his MLS career in fine fashion as he helped new club DC United to a 3-1 win against Vancouver Whitecaps. The former England captain began the clash on the subs’ bench, but was handed his debut (resulting in a huge reaction from the crowd) just before the hour mark with his side already 1-0 up. His first …

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Belgium See Off England Challenge To Claim World Cup Bronze Medal

Belgium's defender Thomas Meunier (2L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during their Russia 2018 World Cup play-off for third place football match between Belgium and England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 14, 2018. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

England have finished fourth in the World Cup after going down to a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in Saturday’s play-off in Saint Petersburg. Gareth Southgate’s men, insisting that they were looking to finish on a high despite the deflating semi-final defeat to Croatia, looked brighter from open play than they had done at any other point since the clash with …

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Done Deal: Chelsea Complete £57m Signing Of Jorginho

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Chelsea Unveil New Signing Jorginho at Stamford Bridge on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea have announced the signing of Italian international Jorginho from Napoli. The midfielder has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, and becomes Chelsea’s first major signing of the summer in a deal believed to be worth around £57m (€65m). Jorginho is a Blue! 🙌#WelcomeJorginho pic.twitter.com/Uwh5h3gecx — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2018 His arrival comes hot on the heels of …

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