Egypt players convinced World Cup 'killed' by Salah injury

Egypt's squad believe the injury to Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah wrecked their World Cup hopes. Egypt face Saudi Arabia on Monday with both countries already knocked out of this summer's World Cup in Russia. Salah, who missed the first defeat against Uruguay through injury, will be disappointed by how events have unfolded - with international team-mate Amr Gamal admitting the Liverpool superstar's ailing shoulder has “killed" their campaign. “I think if Salah had started the first match things would have been different," Gamal said. “Salah is a world-class player and, when he's fit, he is capable of doing big things, his lack of fitness killed us.

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Chelsea ace Hazard stands by accusing Lukaku of 'hiding': I'm captain!

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard stands by his halftime blast for Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku during their World Cup win over Panama. Hazard admitted in the post-match that he accused the Manchester United striker of "hiding". He told Sky Sports today: "As the captain, even if I am not the captain I can talk, on the pitch I try to give my best, if I can help players to be better - I will. "I just told Romelu we want to win the game we need him, not just as a scorer to score goals, but we want him to be involved in the build-up. "We just talked normally and we won the game in the end so it was fine."

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Man City ace De Bruyne: I can handle extra Belgium demands

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has hit back at his Belgian critics after their win over Panama. De Bruyne is ready to take on a bigger role in Belgium's midfield after facing accusations of being unable to replicate his impressive club form at Premier League champions City for his country. "I didn't do it before because I was young and I didn't have the profile I have now," said De Bruyne, who turns 28 next Thursday. "From now on, I have to shoulder my responsibility."

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Tottenham boss Pochettino: Kane's England winner had me so proud

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he was delighted for Harry Kane after his matchwinning performance in England's World Cup triumph over Tunisia. Pochettino revealed he was caught up in the moment after seeing his star player make his mark on the big stage. He scored twice, I'm so proud. "I watched in my hotel room and when he scored in the last minute I was running around like an England fan. England is my home, I support them the same as Argentina, I want them to win."

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​From Moscow to Saint Petersburg

Gettin' around - Part OneI've been asked a few times about how the train system is in Moscow. That being said, coming from Melbourne, any city where you don't wait for a train for 40 minutes can hold that mantle. The system has made it easy for fans to attend games and take in such a vast city. There is a lot more about the Metro system to discuss, but I'll wait until I arrive back in the city. It was terrific watching the great man play live, despite his slight addiction to rolling around on the grass.

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​Brazil and Twitter in exclusive World Cup deal
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF has agreed a partnership with Twitter for the ongoing Fifa World Cup in Russia, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/. In addition, the partnership will see Canarinho, the official mascot of the Brazilian national team, have its own Twitter emoji, which will appear whenever a user uses the #Canarinho hashtag. "The continuous work of approaching the Brazilian national team allows the fans to follow the daily routine of the delegation during the World Cup," said Rogério Caboclo, executive director of management at the CBF. "The partnership with Twitter ensures that this premium content reaches the public in an agile and modern way." "The opportunity to bring fans exclusive and quality content, showing every step of the Brazilian team in the World Cup, reinforces the role of Twitter as the place where people will accompany, in real time, everything that is relevant about the World Cup."

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WORLD CUP 2018: Ronaldo header lifts Portugal over Morocco
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

Portugal have defeated Morocco 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With both sides failing to win their opening Group B match, there was a tense atmosphere inside Luzhniki Stadium prior to kick-off. Somehow, someway, the Moroccan defence decided not to prioritise marking Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Real Madrid superstar smashed home a header past the helpless Monir El Kajoui. Morocco's best chance at an equaliser came from Yohan Belhanda, but the Galatasaray man's header was saved brilliantly by Rui Patricio. World Cup Group BPortugal - 1 (Ronaldo 4')Morocco - 0Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow - 78,011

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​SBS to show group stage matches live
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

Australian public-service broadcaster SBS will continue to simulcast coverage of 2018 Fifa World Cup matches through to the conclusion of the group stage on June 29 after extending an agreement with telco Optus, reports SportBusiness. "SBS looks forward to continuing to simulcast the games, together with Optus over the next ten days," SBS chief executive and managing director Michael Ebeid said. SBS already has free-to-air rights for all of Australia's matches at the tournament, as well as selected games from the group and knockout stages, both semi-finals and the final. A decision has not been made about whether Optus will retain its exclusive rights for two of the four quarter-finals and some of the round-of-16 matches. Optus has also decided to open up its app and streaming services for free through to August 31, with subscribers who have already paid for the service receiving full refunds.

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Ex-Man Utd keeper Bosnich: De Gea deserves criticism
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich insists David de Gea deserves to be hammered for his clanger in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal. The United keeper made one big error as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the World Cup clash. "David de Gea is an excellent goalkeeper, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but the other night he made a mistake that was a horrible mistake," Bosnich told Omnisport. He rightly got criticism and he has got to come back from it now. What's going on?'.

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Lyon ace Fekir happy for Lloris ahead of 100th France appearance
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

Lyon ace Nabil Fekir has paid tribute to France captain Hugo Lloris. The Tottenham goalkeeper will play his 100th international in France's World Cup clash with Peru tomorrow night. Fekir is delighted for his France teammate and says Lloris has everyone's support. Hugo is someone who is calm, calm, fairly calm," said the midfielder. "He is there to help us as much as possible and give advice to all of us."

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Hazard admits turning on Belgium pal Lukaku: We can't win with 10 men!
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has revealed he tried to motivate Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku at halftime of their World Cup win over Panama. "I told Romelu at half time that we needed him," Hazard said after the victory according to The Sun. "Once he got involved in the game, as if by magic, he scored two goals. "But I want him to try to get more involved in the game, especially during the first half - as we know what he can do. "Even though we have good players, it is not easy for us to play with a man short."

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Shearer defends Liverpool ace Salah after Egypt defeat
20 Jun 2018      FIFA 2018

England legend Alan Shearer has defended Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah after his performance in Egypt's World Cup defeat to Russia. Salah got his campaign up and running by scoring a penalty in Egypt's 3-1 defeat by Russia in Group A at the World Cup on Tuesday evening. Shearer, who was working as a pundit for the BBC's coverage of the game in St Petersburg, said: "He was really struggling. His touch wasn't there, but once it's on the [penalty] spot you're all thinking you just hope he puts this in the back of the net. He added: "For Salah, we've got to praise his character for him to even give it a go and you have to gamble and he obviously was only about 60 or 70 per cent fit but well done for giving it a go and he got his goal."

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Barton likens Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek to Gazza

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton is convinced by the quality of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The midfielder made his competitive debut for England on Monday as he came on as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Tunisia. “I was really impressed by Loftus-Cheek when he came on," he told talkSPORT. “He had the number 19 on his back and by the end of the tournament he'd really been taken into the country's hearts. “I just have a feeling that could be Loftus-Cheek for England in Russia.

Southgate considers axing Sterling for Man Utd attacker Rashford

England coach Gareth Southgate is considering axing Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling for their clash with Panama. Southgate has hinted Sterling, who was replaced by the Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford after 68 minutes in Volgograd, may make way for Rashford in Sunday's starting line-up. Southgate said of the last-gasp 2-1 victory over Tunisia: “I was really pleased that we made clear-cut openings and of course the next step for us is to finish them. “I think, for Raheem, I was really pleased with the performance he gave. His movement, his touch... there were a lot of fouls in the game and a lot of them were on him."

Spain coach Hierro: De Gea? Let me make this clear...

Spain coach Fernando Hierro says there's no chance of dropping Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. Hierro wanted to squash all the talking points surrounding the goalkeeper position following De Gea's clanger against Portugal. "Just so it's clear, De Gea is going to play tomorrow. When I left Real Madrid, Queiroz tried to keep me there (after Hierro had fallen out with Florentino Perez). We have a great relationship, I know him well and he's spent seven great years with Iran."

Real Madrid defener Varane pleads with French media: Be more positive about Pogba

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has called on French fans to get behind Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The midfield powerhouse performed well to inspire Les Bleus to a 2-1 victory over Australia on Saturday. Varane hopes Pogba will start receiving some more positive headlines as Didier Deschamps' side prepare to take on Peru. "A lot of negativity is said, it's a reality," the Real Madrid defender said of his team-mate. If you [the media] could be a little more positive, it would be cool."

Iniesta: Lopetegui sacking unsettled Spain players

Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta admits Julen Lopetegui's sacking unsettled Spain's players. Fernando Hierro took over the reins of the team ahead of the first match in Russia after Lopetegui was sacked three days before the start of the tournament after deciding to join Real Madrid. "It was a moment that we want to put behind us, it was not comfortable for anyone and we are concentrated on what we have ahead," said former Barcelona captain Iniesta. "Our conviction over what we were doing and what we will do is what we need to concentrate on. The match against Portugal was not easy and the team showed that we know what we are doing.

Fiorentina midfielder Badelj supports Croatia expelling Kalinic

Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj says expelling Nikola Kalinic from the Croatia squad was the right decision. "What happened didn't affect us," the departing Fiorentina midfielder told reporters. “The first thing is the team, you have to put your ego to one side when you talk about your national team. “The same respect is needed at club level, but it's needed even more at international level because it's a more specific situation and we're not here as much. “The important thing that we maintain unity and a good atmosphere in the dressing room."

Leeds defender Jansson: Lindelof was crying

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was in tears after missing his World Cup debut. The 23-year-old was set to make his World Cup debut in the game against South Korea but illness meant he was replaced by Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson. Jansson told Sportbladet he went to Lindelof's room in the team hotel having received the news he would be starting ahead of him. "When I woke up, I was told Vigge (Lindelof) would play, but I got a text before we went to the stadium: 'Get ready. Vigge was very sad.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli carrying thigh injury

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is carrying a thigh injury suffered in England's World Cup win over Tunisia. The 22-year-old helped Gareth Southgate's men to a 2-1 victory in Volgograd on Monday, when he looked set to come off in the first half after suffering a knock. Fabian Delph was stripped and seemingly ready to come on, but Alli managed 80 minutes before eventually being replaced. The England midfielder went for a scan as his team-mates trained on Tuesday afternoon and the FA has confirmed the assessment showed a minor thigh strain that will need managing over the coming days.