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2hTom Marshall

Stern tests ahead for Mexico

Juan Carlos Osorio has spent a month in Europe trying to prepare for the World Cup and the latest round of friendlies will test Mexico to the limit.

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4hJulien Laurens

France players out to impress Deschamps

France's fringe players have two games to give coach Didier Deschamps something else to think about and seal their place on the plane to Russia.

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5hAdriana Garcia

No to Madrid helped World Cup chance - Kepa

Kepa Arrizabalaga's decision to sign a long-term contract with Athletic Bilbao has enhanced his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad.

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7hESPN staff

World Cup squads: Who is in?

As countries look to formalise their World Cup squads, ESPN FC's country correspondents discuss who is on the plane to Russia and who could miss out.

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13hESPN staff

Salah proud to forge path for Egyptians

Liverpool's Egypt international Mohamed Salah wants his exploits in the Premier League to serve as inspiration for his fellow countrymen.

Hislop: Pochettino's VAR comments are idiotic (2:21)
18hJeff Carlisle

No anti-U.S. pushback on WC bid - Cordeiro

United Bid Committee co-chair Carlos Cordeiro said the bid from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. for the 2026 World Cup has received no political pushback.

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19hPA Sport

Football 'crazy' Koeman leapt at Holland job

New Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman admits he was "crazy'' about football after being sacked by Everton, which is why he agreed to manage his country.

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1dAdriana Garcia

Messi: 2018 could be my last World Cup

Lionel Messi has suggested he won't get another chance if Argentina fail to win the World Cup in Russia this summer.

1dAdriana Garcia

Higuain aiming for World Cup spot

Gonzalo Higuain is aiming to convince Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli that he is worthy of a World Cup spot during Italy and Spain friendlies.

3dAssociated Press

Morocco bid: $16bn to host '26 World Cup

Morocco will need to spend almost $16 billion to host the 2026 World Cup, with every stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.

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4dESPN staff

N. America, Morocco submit 2026 WC bids

The United States, Mexico and Canada formally submitted their joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup on Friday, as did fellow hopefuls Morocco.

EXCLUSIVE: Pele talks to ESPN about his faith in Tite (1:32)
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4dAdriana Garcia

Chelsea's Alonso earns first Spain call-up

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has given Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso his first call-up and has also welcomed Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa back.

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4dAssociated Press

Kokorin latest Russian out for World Cup

Alexander Kokorin is likely to become the third player from Russia's national team to miss the World Cup in his home country through injury.

Extra Time: Griezmann to Barcelona? UCL or World Cup? (10:16)
5dJeff Carlisle

U.S.-led WC bid cuts host city list to 23

The United Bid Committee, aiming to bring the 2026 World Cup to Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., has reduced the field of potential bid cities to 23.

Southgate: England desperate to go to World Cup (0:51)