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World Cup Round-Up: Germany Comfortable, Scotland Rescue Late Draw

(L) of Germany and (R) of Czech Republic battle for the ball during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Germany and Czech Republic at Volksparkstadion on October 8, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

The third and final wave of European World Cup matchweek 2 qualifiers took place on Saturday night, with mixed fortunes for the three Home Nations involved. To Group C first, where the reigning champions Germany were in action at home to the Czech Republic. Jogi Löw’s side got through this fixture completely unscathed, as a double from Thomas Müller, with …

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England 2-0 Malta: Player Ratings From A Routine Win At Wembley

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Dele Alli of England celebrates with team mates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on October 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Gareth Southgate era began for England in what turned out to be a comfortable win for England. Though the home side were camped out in the Maltese half, it took half an hour for the opposition’s defence to be breached as Daniel Sturridge headed home a cross from his Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson. The Three Lions made it two courtesy …

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Opinion: Reluctantly Irish? It’s Time We Focus Entirely On Developing Our Own Talent

BELGRADE, SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Martin O'Neill of Ireland reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Ireland at stadium Rajko Mitic on September 5, 2016 in Belgrade. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Why do we bend over backwards to accommodate the ‘reluctant Irish’? Time after time, every effort is afforded to coax individuals to play for the Republic of Ireland when their heart quite clearly belongs to another land. It’s time we start developing the next Robbie Keane and Damien Duff rather than be preoccupied converting other nation’s also rans. There’s something …

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Mixed Reports On Whether Or Not Chelsea Have Secured Deal For No.1 Transfer Target

COBHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Antonio Conte of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on September 23, 2016 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Having brought in a number of key signings during the summer, the new Premier League season was expected to be a much-improved one for Chelsea – especially with former Italy manager Antonio Conte at the helm. However, while the campaign started off brightly, two defeats and a draw have robbed the Blues of much of their ‘feel good’ factor and Conte is already …

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Gary Neville Explains Why England Brought Jack Wilshere To Euro 2016 Ahead Of Danny Drinkwater

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Jack Wilshire of England and Peter Pekarik of Slovakia compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Slovakia and England at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 20, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Among the more controversial calls from then-England manager Roy Hodgson for his Euro 2016 squad was the decision to select Jack Wilshere ahead of Danny Drinkwater. Wilshere barely played 100 minutes of football last season, while Drinkwater had just had the campaign of his life as he played a pivotal role in Leicester’s Premier League title win. Nonetheless, the Arsenal …

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The Italian Job: Is Serie A On The Rise Again?

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Kostas Manolas of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on October 2, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images )

Italian football has been in steep decline for the last decade or so; Serie A’s glory days are a distant memory. The league that once saw AC Milan’s holy trinity of Marco van Basten, Frank Rikjard and Ruud Gullit stomp its pitches, questioned Denis Bergkamp’s credentials as a top-class striker and gobbled up Europe’s elite players season after season is …

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Opinion: Expanding The World Cup Further Would Be A Disaster

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to the BBC, Mr Infantino has suggested that 16 of these countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round. This would ruin the World Cup. 32 teams at a World Cup finals is more than enough. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, the …

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