Germany to follow France in regeneration

France won the 2018 World Cup by regenerating their squad and previous holders Germany must now do the same, the countries’ respective coaches said on Sunday. Didier Deschamps and Joachim Loew were speaking at FIFA’s World Cup conference in London attended by representatives of almost 200 member associations. Deschamps, who in July became one of

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Nigeria-DRC match to go ahead

Nigeria’s sports minister on Monday gave the green light for a World Cup warm-up match against the Democratic Republic of Congo despite a fresh outbreak of Ebola. The Super Eagles are due to play the game in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt next Monday as part of their final preparations for the finals

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Icardi misses out as Argentina name squad

Mauro Icardi, the joint top goalscorer in Italy’s Serie A this season, was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad on Monday as coach Jorge Sampaoli named his 23 players for next month’s tournament in Russia. Sampaoli named just four forwards in his squad with Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain all

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Nainggolan left out of Belgium squad

Radja Nainggolan ended his international career on Monday after Belgium coach Roberto Martinez left the AS Roma midfielder out of his squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia. Despite past clashes over discipline, Martinez insisted he took what he knew was an unpopular decision for the good of the team. “Very reluctantly my international

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