Other countries should be afraid to play against England – Declan Rice

Declan Rice has warned England’s World Cup opponents not to be afraid to play for his side during the closing stages of the tournament in Qatar. England qualified for the last 16 thanks to comfortable wins over Iran and Wales, either side of a goalless draw with the United States. Gareth Southgate’s team, ranked fifth in the FIFA World Ranking after Brazil, Belgium, Argentina and France, faces Senegal on Sunday in the first knockout round. Rice believes England should be feared because of their “world-class” attacking options that include the…

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England’s Ben White leaves the 2022 World Cup for ‘personal reasons’

Ben White has left the England national team for personal reasons. The 25-year-old Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the team. England are now not allowed to call up a replacement, with all changes to the squad having to be made before the first game of the tournament. It leaves England with four full-backs – Harry Maguire, John Stones, Eric Dyer and Conor Coady – plus Kyle Walker, who can play in the back three. White is yet to feature in the Championship, with manager Gareth Southgate starting…

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Luke Shaw is motivated by the memory of his late grandmother at the 2022 World Cup

Luke Shaw has said the memory of his late grandmother motivates him to play well in the 2022 World Cup after she passed away shortly before England’s opening match. Shaw, the 27-year-old Manchester United full-back, started all three of England’s World Cup matches in Qatar, helping his side keep consecutive clean sheets after opening their campaign in a 6-2 victory over Iran. And after England’s 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday, Shaw said his grandmother died shortly before the tournament, but he decided to stay in Qatar with the support…

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The England Under-16s were sunk by the USA but Moore’s magic shows the future is bright

England’s goalless World Cup draw with the United States may have been a forgotten encounter, but that wasn’t the case when the two under-16 nations met in the FA Cup on Sunday. The tournament, won by hosts Spain, is where young and talented players strive to make their mark and go towards bigger and better things. The United States rounded out the top five after a thrilling 2-1 victory over England. The USA had tied Spain 2-2 in the opening game before scoring impressive victories over Wales and then England.…

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Welcome to Wrexham: Watching England – USA after a day in the pub with the Welsh fans

They say the enemy of my enemy is my friend but at least for one night in Wrexham, would that be a bit complicated? Welsh supporters who have gathered at the Turf Hotel next to Wrexham Racecourse on Mold Road will usually hound you if you suggest they might want an England victory. Especially since Gareth Southgate’s side face USA, home of Rob McElhenney, and adopted home of Ryan Reynolds, Hollywood owners who have inspired a deep devotion from Wrexham. Under most circumstances, Greg Berhalter’s side is a dear friend…

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England and USMNT player ratings: Hunting for Black Friday deals

From Tickle-Me-Elmo to the Nintendo Wii, Black Friday can send bargain hunters into a consumer frenzy. As the United States and England play each other in a World Cup match on this holy day of spending and holiday season approaching the January transfer window, we’ve checked CIES Football Observatory Estimated Transfer Fee Assessments On a handful of players from each side plying their trades in Europe’s five biggest leagues. Which players are currently racking up unmissable ratings, and whose ratings would prevent potential suitors from camping outside the club shop,…

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Iran manager Carlos Queiroz confronts BBC reporter: ‘Why don’t you ask Southgate about Afghanistan?’

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz confronted a BBC journalist who asked about the protests in the Middle Eastern country on Thursday – and demanded to know why other managers were not facing similar questions at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In an unusual exchange, Queiroz reached out to BBC Persia correspondent Shaimaa Khalil and asked why England manager Gareth Southgate wasn’t being asked political questions about the conflict in Afghanistan. “Why don’t you ask the other trainers about other cultures?” Queiroz said. Why don’t you ask Southgate: ‘What do you think…

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England are preparing to name their starting line-up unchanged to face the USA, with Kane ready to start

England manager Gareth Southgate is set to name an unchanged squad for the World Cup match against EnglandUSA on Friday, with Harry Kane ready to start. Southgate decided to hand Bukayo Saka and Judd Bellingham his first World Cup honors in England’s first match of the tournament, and he was rewarded with a thrilling 6-2 victory over Iran. Both found the target – Bellingham opened the scoring before Saka fired twice – along with Raheem Sterling and second-half substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish. Kane, the England captain, is poised…

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USMNT World Cup opponent England looms large in the American football psyche

It may not be possible for countries as large, diverse, and divided as the United States to have a definite national character. It’s a very vague concept, something too narrow to unstoppable for such a large and diverse group of people. However, it cannot be denied that some Americans are accustomed to moving through the world in a certain way. Some see them as fearless, others see them as arrogant, but on the broadest level, they are used to setting the cultural, political and economic agenda in most places on…

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USMNT postpones Thanksgiving dinner before the World Cup game against England

The USMNT will skip the traditional Thanksgiving dinner as the holiday comes the day before the crucial World Cup group stage match against England. Instead, Greg Berhalter’s side will hold a turkey dinner on Saturday at the team’s hotel in Doha, where some 205 family and friends will join in for the celebration. That meal will take place in the evening, after the Berhalter starters from Friday’s game have completed their regeneration and treatment, and the rest of the squad has finished their evening practice. However, there will still be…

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