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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# FIFA World Cup

All time
# golden generation
'They've done an awful lot better than I've ever done' - Gerrard lauds Southgate's England
The Rangers boss hopes the current Three Lions team is on the verge of something big.
# statement
Fifa confirms no positive World Cup doping tests, starts investigation into England chants
The governing body has confirmed that all doping tests from the tournament have come back negative.
# Media
'I don't understand why you should criticise the people of your own country'
Kevin De Bruyne wants the media to give Raheem Sterling ‘the love he deserves’ following his World Cup performances.
# talk it out
Chelsea's Cahill to discuss England future with Southgate after limited game time at World Cup
Gary Cahill made just one appearance at the World Cup with England exiting at the semi-final stage.
# Mersey beat
‘People should recognise that I’m one of the world’s best’ – Lovren
The Liverpool defender does not think he gets the recognition he deserves, while he has backed team-mate Luka Modric to win the Ballon d’Or.
England v Croatia, World Cup semi-final
Could Gareth Southgate’s side book their place in Sunday’s final? We followed all the action from Moscow.
# Ready to Rock
Luis Enrique excited by Spain challenge but 'will not change' for critics
The former Barcelona coach was appointed to the Spain job following a disastrous World Cup campaign.
# Red DEvils
Martinez hails 'magnificent' Belgium effort despite World Cup semi-final exit
Despite a header from Samuel Umtiti sending France into the final, the Red Devils boss was happy with his team’s performance
France vs Belgium, World Cup semi-final
We went minute-by-minute as France and Belgium clashed in in Saint Petersburg for a place in the World Cup final.
# England expects
'I’ve painted far too many sheep, barn doors and Ford Fiestas to stand in judgement over anyone else’s delusional optimism'
Eoin Butler on Slabhead, Southgate and Coming Home memes.
# World Cup 2018
Here are all of the contenders in The42's Best World Cup Goals bracket
Help us to crown The42′s favourite World Cup goal. Here are the the eight contenders in all their glory.
# new boss
Luis Enrique the right choice for Spain — Michel Salgado
Former Spain international Michel Salgado believes the appointment of Luis Enrique as the new national team coach is the right decision.
# Les Bleus
After keeping Messi quiet, Deschamps backs Kante to shut down Hazard
The France coach believes that the Chelsea midfielder has had an excellent tournament to date and is “essential” to his plans.
# Controversy
Croatia sack former international over Vida's 'pro-Ukraine' video
The pair came under scrutiny after releasing what was construed as a politically motivated message across social media
# Rolling Stones
'It might never come around again': Stones embracing World Cup final chance
John Stones is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since 1966.
# Ready to go
'I'm not concerned - we stopped Messi and Eriksen, and we'll try do the same with Kane'
Croatia are braced for Gareth Southgate’s England.
# unsavoury
Brazil Football Federation condemns online racial abuse towards Fernandinho
The Man City player has been targeted following Brazil’s World Cup exit.
# Investigation
Croatia star Vida could be in hot water over allegations of anti-Russian comments
The defender appeared in a social media video after last night’s World Cup quarter-final win over Russia.
# Adios
Fernando Hierro quits Spain role after World Cup disappointment
He stepped up to become interim coach after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked before the World Cup
# Pick of the litter
'Pickford is the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be'
The England goalkeeper made a trio of brilliant saves in their 2-0 quarter-final defeat of Sweden yesterday.
# So Long
Russia's most-capped player of all time retires following World Cup exit
Ignashevich played in all five of Russia’s matches and scored in their two penalty shootouts.
Russia v Croatia, World Cup quarter-final
Russia took on Croatia for a place in the last four of the competition.
Sweden vs England, World Cup quarter-final
We went minute-by-minute as England and Sweden clashed at the Samara Arena for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.
# toys out of the pram
'We don't turn up and waltz around': Southgate snaps back at England 'spoilt children' claims
Having been branded as “spoilt children” by their opponents, the England manager has moved to reject such criticism.
# Russia 2018
'Brazil didn't know what to do': De Bruyne hails 'beautiful' Belgium
Roberto Martinez’s side are into a World Cup semi-final.
Brazil v Belgium, World Cup quarter-final
Belgium and Brazil battled it out for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.
# Allez Allez
France through to World Cup semi-finals as Uruguay keeper Muslera commits howler
Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann were on the scoresheet for Les Bleus in Nizhny Novgorod.
Uruguay v France, World Cup quarter-final
The first of the quarter-finals was down for decision, as Uruguay and France went head-to-head at the Nizhny Novgorod Arena.
# Oh Danny Boy
Manchester City defender ruled out of the remainder of Brazil's World Cup campaign
An ankle injury will see Danilo miss the rest of the tournament in Russia, it has been confirmed.
# Update
Injury-stricken Jamie Vardy the only doubt as England prepare for Sweden
As of now, it looks like he’ll miss their World Cup quarter-final.
# Claim
'Colombia are probably the dirtiest team I've ever come up against'
John Stones began his career in the Football League with Barnsley but has never experienced antics such as Colombia’s in Moscow.
# heart eyes emoji
Hazard makes football beautiful, swoons Martinez
The Chelsea playmaker has been integral to Belgium’s run to the quarter-finals.
# El Diez
Fifa rebukes Maradona's 'inappropriate' referee claims
The Argentina great said Colombia were victims of a “monumental theft” against England.
# Bouncing Back
'Yesterday was a massive milestone for us as a group because we hadn't won a knockout game for so long'
Eric Dier is confident that the defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016 can be consigned to memory.
# Focus
'This is not the time to talk about this:' Willian unfazed by rumours of move to Barcelona
The Chelsea player insists he is focused on delivering a World Cup title for Brazil.
# family first
'The most amazing 24 hours' - England's Delph missed World Cup win for birth of his daughter
The Manchester City midfielder left the camp to be with his wife, but he has flown back into Russia ahead of their quarter-final.
# Russia 2018
Vardy doubtful for England's World Cup quarter-final after last-minute penalty switch
The Leicester City striker came on as a substitute in the shootout win over Colombia, but he is struggling with a groin problem.
# Injustice
Colombia victims of 'monumental theft' in England defeat, claims Maradona
England reached the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Colombia on penalties.
# Russia 2018
'We did not to deserve to lose, we have done more than England'
Colombia defender Yerry Mina said his side deserved a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
# marching on
'I don't want to go home yet' - Southgate and England dreaming of World Cup glory
Well, he’s not coming home without bringing football….