Michael Keane Speaks About His England World Cup Chances

Everton defender Michael Keane is optimistic of reclaiming a spot with England for the summer World Cup despite being dropped from the previous set of friendlies. The centre-back had an average run of form following the turn of the year and this saw Gareth Southgate pick James Tarkowski ahead of him for the games against Netherlands and Italy.

Roberto Martinez Open To Radja Nainggolan’s Inclusion At World Cup

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has opened the possibility of Radja Nainggolan featuring for the Red Devils at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 29-year-old has been seldom selected by Belgium since Martinez’s appointment in August 2016 amid speculation that the former Everton coach does not approve the midfielder’s smoking habits.

Essien secret is hard work and discipline

The secret to the glittering career of ex-Chelsea and Ghana legend Michael Essien has been revealed by one of his old teammates.

Derek Boateng who played alongside the powerhouse midfielder for their country at youth and senior levels he is not surprised by the fact the 34-year-old is still going strong playing in the Indonesian top flight side Persib Bandung.

Nigeria Spurred on by Recent Failures, says NFF President

Nigeria football Federation president Amaju Pinnick claimed that the failures of the African Cup of Nations was a key factor behind Nigeria only thing for the World Cup 2018. After having been unable to reach the African Cup of Nations in back-to-back editions, Nigeria were able to reach the World Cup 2018 in relatively comfortable fashion. These failures were a key factor in motivating the team higher positions and greater performances in the qualification campaign according to the president. Pinnick says that anymore failure for the national team would have been disastrous and the team were relatively happy to avoid this situation.

The Nigerian national team were able to finish top of their World Cup qualification group with a significant advantage over second placed Zambia and third placed Cameroon. Both these teams were considered as main challenges for Nigeria but the team ended the qualification campaign without any defeat in the six matches. There was further boost for Nigeria as they were able to get a 4-2 win over Argentina in a recent friendly match. Unlike some of the things that do not take part in many competitions between now and the World Cup, Nigeria have several matches lined up in the African Nations Championship in January.

Scotland Set to Be without Armstrong and Brown for Key World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has been dealt with a major blow with two players – Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown – ruled out of the games against Slovakia and Slovenia.


Scotland have given themselves a great opportunity to reach the finals of the World Cup. Even though the national team will not be able to secure a top spot at this position, they will be able to aim for a second spot in the group. This will be enough for a play-off place which could potentially see the Scots make an appearance in the World Cup for the first time since 1998. The national team has failed to qualify in the last four editions but there is a strong possibility of seeing the team at the World Cup 2018.

Chris Coleman Says Joe Ledley Will Play If Match Fit

Chris Coleman has claimed that he will consider starting with Joe Ledley if the player is fit enough to start the match. Ledley is without the club after deciding to leave Crystal Palace in the summer.


However, he has not been able to find the club in the last few months, and it is looking increasingly likely that the 30-year-old will have to drop down a division or two in order to find regular first-team football. The former Cardiff youngster made the switch to Celtic which brought him to greater prominence across European football in 2010. After spending four years at Celtic, he returned to English football with Crystal Palace in the January transfer window of 2014 for around € 3.5 million.
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Payet wants to be at the World Cup

Former West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet said that he wants to participate at the next World Cup in Russia with France.


He said that it is always a dream for a player to represent his country at the World Cup and he is determined to win his place in the team.

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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RUSSIA WORLD CUP COSTS INCREASE CONSIDERABLY

World Cup 2018 hosts Russia are spending more than initial estimates in a bid to put all in place when they host the rest of the world for the prestigious tournament.


They increased their spending by £260 million, according to Russian news agency TASS.
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