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Sterling has blossomed into a truly world-class player

Once a diminutive, unassuming kid from QPR, Raheem Sterling is now an all-round talent with few equivalents anywhere across the globe.

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Football Agents: Everyone gets an England cap!

The Exploding Heads turned football agents are back! In this edition, they field calls from former England players looking for one final appearance, a la Wayne Rooney.


Do England have too much firepower for Croatia?

Paul Mariner says that beating Croatia is an important step in the progression of Gareth Southgate's England team.


Dalic concerned by Croatia fatigue ahead of England match

Ireland grabbed a momentous win in Dublin, after Jacob Stockdale's second half try gave the home side a 16-9 lead New Zealand couldn't pull back.


Southgate: England, Croatia two of the best in the world

England's Gareth Southgate believes his side have great motivation to beat Croatia as they are hungry to progress into the Nations League Finals.


Kane: Missed chance in World Cup semi-final still hurts

England captain Harry Kane insists he still wonders what England could've done better in their World Cup semi-final defeat against their UEFA Nations League opponents Croatia.


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Qatar's mystery men may not be 2022 flops after all

Xherdan Shaqiri admitted Qatar "deserved to win" against Switzerland this week. Can the unknown players of the next World Cup hosts shock the world?

Even after 15 years, Messi remains must-watch

Lionel Messi's ability to regularly conjure up moments of brilliance can make fans numb. Here's how to remain awake to his majesty.

Football Exposed: The hand-over-mouth conundrum

The Exploding Heads delve into football's biggest cover ups, but can they crack the case of why players insist on covering their mouths?


Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.



LIVE Transfer Talk: Man Utd eye Pickford as De Gea successor

David De Gea is refusing to commit his long-term future, which means Man United are thinking who could replace him. Transfer Talk has the latest.



Italy 0-0 Portugal: Portugal top group after stalemate

Portugal will go to the UEFA Nations League final after they held Italy to a goalless draw in Milan.


Albania 0-4 Scotland: Scots win in style

Scotland took control of the game early and never looked back, as they secured a much needed three points on the road.


Turkey 0-1 Sweden: Penalty relegates Turkey

Sweden's hopes of winning Group B2 in the Nations League stayed alive with a win over Turkey, which guaranteed the hosts' relegation to League C.


Malta 0-5 Kosovo: Promotion in sight for Kosovo

Kosovo continued their march toward promotion to League C in the Nations League with a dismantling of Malta, which remain at the bottom of Group D3.


Romania 3-0 Lithuania: Romania avoids relegation

Romania put together a dominating performance against Lithuania, to grab the three points needed to avoid possible relegation into Group D.


Serbia 2-1 Montenegro: Mitrovic goal decisive

Adem Ljajic and Aleksandar Mitrovic's first-half goals were enough for Serbia as they held off a spirited Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.


Wales 1-2 Denmark: Danes gain promotion in Cardiff

Denmark held on against Wales despite Gareth Bale's late goal to move up into Group A in the UEFA Nations League.


Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch relegate Germany

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam see Germany relegated from League A Group 1.


Croatia 3-2 Spain: Jedvaj delivers dramatic victory

Tin Jedvaj scored his 1st-career goal for Croatia, then netted his 2nd in stoppage time to give Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League.


England 3-0 United States: A winning send-off for Rooney

The next generation of England stars ensured Wayne Rooney's final game ended with a win as the Three Lions cruised to victory over the U.S.


Germany 3-0 Russia: Sane shines for Die Mannschaft

Leroy Sane, Niklas Suele and Serge Gnabry secured the victory for a side with just two 2014 World Cup winners in the starting lineup -- goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Matthias Ginter.


Belgium 2-0 Iceland: Batshuayi lifts Belgium

Michy Batshuayi scored twice in the 2nd half to help Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.



State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

There are now just two rounds of games left in the Nations League, and the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation

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Permutations by day, group and league

The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

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Extra Time: Paul's shoveling stories & Portugal's odds to win Nations League

The guys respond to your tweets about Portugal, concerts, shoveling snow and much more!


Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.


Mariner: Pulisic should stay away from Chelsea

Former England international thinks that working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool would be better for Pulisic, should he decide to move from Dortmund.


Do England have too much firepower for Croatia?

Paul Mariner says that beating Croatia is an important step in the progression of Gareth Southgate's England team.


Extra Time: Shaka's Messi argument; Memphis on the move?

The guys respond to your tweets about Shaka Hislop's Lionel Messi argument, Memphis Depay's future and how they made impressions on managers.


ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best of ESPN FC from the past week, including Steve Nicol's dislike of the beach, Paul Mariner's attire and more.


How the USMNT missed an opportunity with Tata Martino

Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.


What Nations League relegation means for Germany

With Germany's relegation in the UEFA Nations League confirmed, the FC crew discuss Joachim Low's future and how his team will be judged.


Burley: France didn't look bothered

The ESPN FC crew react to France's surprise 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Rotterdam.


Gomez: USMNT are individuals with no guidance

Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.


Moreno: Lovren is not at Ramos' level

With Dejan Lovren's latest outburst towards Sergio Ramos causing a stir, our ESPN FC crew try to make sense of it all.


England trending upward; United States lacking direction

The FC crew share their takeaways from the friendly between England and the U.S., highlighting the USMNT's need for direction and a permanent coach.


Luis Enrique vows Spain will stand by youth

Luis Enrique says losses like the one Spain suffered against Croatia won't put him off trusting younger players.


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