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World Cup 2018 Ambitions Still Alivefor Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe is eyeing a berth in the England squad for the highly anticipated World Cup finals in Russia next year.


The 34-year-old had been ignored from the Three Lions squad for the vast part of four seasons before earning a surprise recall earlier in March.
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England can win World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate believes that the team has the potential to win the World Cup, but they will need to change their mentality.


He said that England has a history of having some talented players, but they just do not seem to be able to win the biggest prize in world football.
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LAHM – WORLD WIN: HIGHPOINT OF MY FOOTBALL CAREER”

Former Germany national football team captain Philipp ‘Magic Dwarf’ Lahm has said that winning the FIFA World Cup in the last edition remains the highpoint of his career.


The highly talented and versatile player who played right back and central midfield during the last World Cup was the man who lifted the trophy before he announced his retirement from international football less than a week after.
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LÖW OPPOSES WORLD CUP EXPANSION PLANS

The national team manager of Germany, Joachim Löw has spoken out against the plans by FIFA to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup to 48.


He is of the opinion that if and when it is successfully carried out, the competition’s sporting value could be “diluted.”
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Northern Ireland Claim Key Win against San Marino

After managing only a draw from the opening group match, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was pleased to see his team get a much expected win against San Marino in the latest group match.


Northern Ireland were involved in a goalless draw against Czech Republic on the opening day. However, they bounced back from this disappointing result in the best possible fashion after scoring four against San Marino. Admittedly, the opposition are considered as minnows in the global game but it still takes effort to come up with four goals.
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Chris Coleman says that he will not downplay the importance of the match against Belgium

Wales manager Chris Coleman says that he will not downplay the importance of the upcoming match against Belgium to his players as everyone is aware of the status.


Wales take on Belgium in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 knowing that they can match the achievements of a great footballing team 60 years ago in the 1958 World Cup. Wales have not reached the semi-final of a major international tournament for almost 6 decades. The team has already been praised for managing to exceed expectations already. Wales were not expected to even reach the Euro 2016 after having failed to qualify for numerous major international tournaments in recent decades.
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Prolific striker leads charge towards Russia

It is safe to assume that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will feature some of the grandest names in world football, and some of the most prolific.

Given that the finals are a little over two-and-a-half years away, and taking into account their respective ages, goals really shouldn’t be in short supply when the next global gathering of the sport’s elite takes place.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina’s talisman, will be looking to cement his legacy by securing the one major honour still to be ticked off on his enviable roll of honour, while eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo will want to carry domestic heroics at Real Madrid onto the international stage with Portugal.

The likes of Neymar (Brazil), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), Karim Benzema (France), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Wayne Rooney (England) and Sergio Aguero (Argentina) are also likely to be in attendance, and will have their sights set on topping Golden Boot markets within international football betting.

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BRAZIL READY FOR CRIME

Brazil’s sport minister has stated that the nation is facing a problem with crime rather than terrorism during the upcoming World Cup 2014. This is one of the prestigious events that will be held in Brazil over the next few years.

This country is also set to hold the upcoming Olympics as well. The precursor for the World Cup 2014 – Confederations cup – did not go too well since it was marked by large protests against the government for spending huge amounts of money on stadiums rather than developing the infrastructure.

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VAUXHALL SPONSOR ENGLAND

The Football Association has confirmed that Vauxhall Motors will become the England national team’s lead sponsor.

The three-and-a-half-year agreement will cover the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, should England qualify.

The car marque replaces Nationwide, which ended its 11-year backing in July in the wake of England’s exit from the World Cup in South Africa.

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