Didier Deschamps wants to guide France to 2022 World Cup success

France head coach Didier Deschamps has said that he is keen on helping Les Bleus retain their World Cup title in 2022. Les Bleus ended their two decade-long wait for the global crown last summer where they beat Croatia by a comfortable 4-2 score in the final but they have since experienced a mixed set of results.

Despite this, Deschamps is determined to continue with the team until the next World Cup, although that depends on the performance at the forthcoming European Championships. Speaking to reporters, Deschamps acknowledged that he would like to carry on for the next three years to the tournament in Qatar, but he does not have the right to do so unless the country can excel at the Euro 2020.

Belgium can win next World Cup

Former Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry believes that the Belgium national team can win the next World Cup in 2022. He said that the team has been really good at the last World Cup in Russia and that there is no reason why they cannot build on that.

The former Arsenal player believes that this is a golden generation for the Belgians and that they will want to make the most out of it. He said that there are some young players that were at their first World Cup and that they will want to use this experience for the next major tournaments.

Leroy Sane motivated since World Cup snub with Germany

Germany international Leroy Sane has indicated that the World Cup snub during the summer has provided him with the added motivation to perform better for club and country this term. The former Schalke graduate enjoyed a stunning season on the personal scale during the 2017/18 campaign but he was still a shock exclusion from Joachim Loew’s side for the global tournament in Russia.

Without him, Germany succumbed to a group stage exit at the World Cup for the first time in over 80 years and the country have since been in a transitional phase with another disappointing campaign in the Nations League. Speaking to BT Sport, Sane stressed that he did not feel hard done by after being omitted and the same has provided him with the motivation to become a better player.

POSTPONED LIBERTADORES FINAL MOVED

The Copa Libertadores final match between Boca Juniors and River Plate which was originally scheduled to be played at the El Monumental Stadium in Argentina has been moved out of the country.

The Argentine classic match will now be played at the home of Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain.

Oliver Bierhoff explains Leroy Sane’s attitude change this season

Germany team manager Olivier Bierhoff has said that Leroy Sane has experienced an attitude change since the birth of his daughter which has enhanced his performances on the playing field. The promising attacker was a shock exclusion from the Germany squad for the summer World Cup and he thereafter found himself out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola amid concerns regarding his workrate especially in training.

However, he has since managed to overturn his fortunes with an impressive run of form for club and country and Bierhoff has spoken about the same saying: “I am very happy for him [Sané]. To be honest, I’ve seen some changes with him after the World Cup. That may have something to do with the experience of the [national team] nomination – or even with the birth of his daughter. The birth [of his daughter] certainly has given him another boost, he now also has more seriousness in his game. He has shown us what’s in him. Hopefully this will continue!”

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Gareth Southgate challenges his England squad to win the 2022 World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged the current crop of players to garner valuable experience which would put them in good stead by the time the next World Cup arrives. The Three Lions was recently rewarded with a new contract after guiding the team to the semi-final stage of the previous World Cup in Russia and he has now set the benchmark for the squad to go and win the next global tournament in Qatar.

Speaking to reporters, Southgate said that the current squad needs to learn to make an impact in the big matches and he agrees with FA chief Martin Glenn’s comments about England winning the European Championship or World Cup in the near future, he said: “Martin’s point was right. What we set about with the junior teams was we want to be in and around semi-finals all the time — where you’re in the matches that give you a chance to have success and consistency. Consistently high performance is what we’ve got aim for. I think all sports teams have to gear towards that. Then you learn how to win those really big games, because you’re in there all the time and experiencing those moments of pressure. That’s what we want our players to have.”

Laurent Koscielny admits he felt nothing special after France’s World Cup triumph

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had said that he felt nothing special after his compatriots went on to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The France international had suffered a serious Achilles injury in the lead up to the tournament and this witnessed him being only a spectator as Les Bleus won the World Cup for only the second time in their history.

Speaking to Nice Matin, Koscielny revealed that he had not followed much of France’s campaign as he was mostly focused on his rehabilitation program. He added that he felt nothing special following Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph, though he joined in for the celebrations in the dressing room, he said: “In truth, I didn't see many matches. I have being working on my rehabilitation from 9am to 1pm, and then from 4pm to 7pm.
“I saw the last half-hour of France-Peru and a few other games. When they were crowned world champions, I felt nothing special, but I was really happy for the players, the staff.It was nice, but it's not that I was enthusiastic. The trip was good for me, but it was also bad.The players were united, supportive, and mature. Living together for more than a month is not easy, they did it.”

New Zealand in India

It is reported that the New Zealand football team will be participating in a football tournament that will be held in India together with two other countries. Besides the host nation, the New Zealand team will be competing against Chinese Taipei as well as South Africa.

However, the participation in this tournament has yet to be validated by the Federation as they stated that they are still considering whether to send the team or not.

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.

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