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Southgate must resist temptation to change vs. Belgium

Gabriele Marcotti: With a last-16 spot assured, Thursday's game presents a quandary. But England should not veer away from what has got them into this position.

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'I wouldn't swap Kane for anyone' - Southgate

Gareth Southgate was full of praise for England's hat trick hero Harry Kane, saying he "wouldn't swap him for anyone in the tournament."

Kane joins Lineker and Hurst as England canter to biggest win

Harry Kane stole the spotlight as a whole host of records tumbled following England's 6-1 thrashing of Panama. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

Mariner: England need to ride momentum vs. Belgium

Paul Mariner reveals his grades for England's starting XI vs. Panama and explains why they can't let up despite having already advanced.


Matchday 11: Kane and James shine bright

Harry Kane and England scored early and often, Japan cancelled out Sadio Mane and Senegal and James Rodriguez added to his impressive World Cup resume.


Nicol: England's defence yet to be tested after 2 games

England may have made it look easy against Panama, but Stevie Nicol cautions the Three Lions to not get carried away ahead of their crunch clash with Belgium.


Marcotti: History made by both England & Panama

Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1.


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Transfer news

Transfer Talk: Barca line up €70m Thiago

Barcelona are making plans to buy Thiago Alcantara back from Bayern Munich, but will Real Madrid get there first? Transfer Talk has the latest.

Liverpool made right decision to let Can join Juventus

After four underwhelming years at Liverpool, the 24-year-old will play in Serie A next season and Italy is a better stage for him.

Lozano to decide future amid Barca links - father

Lozano scored 17 goals in 29 league matches for PSV this season, ending the campaign as their top scorer as they won the Eredivisie title.


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VAR harming 'prestige of the game' - Iran boss

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz criticised VAR on Sunday and said it has left many fans sitting in the stands scratching their heads.

Spain must be 'awake' against Morocco - Hierro

Fernando Hierro says Spain can't afford to relax when it takes on a Morocco side that has already been eliminated from the tournament.


England series win vs. Australia

Brilliant Buttler secures 5-0 with unbeaten ton in thriller

Billy Stanlake's pace knocked over England's top order, and when Adil Rashid arrived at No. 10 they still needed 92 but Buttler produced a great innings

Australia a long way off, but know where we're going - Paine

Australia captain Tim Paine says the team can be optimistic heading into next year's World Cup, despite their 5-0 series loss to England


Great to win games you might not deserve to - Buttler

Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan react to Buttler's superb knock that saved England from defeat in the final ODI against Australia


Social story: Buttler's brilliance seals the whitewash

Relive England's dramatic victory in the fifth ODI against Australia through the eyes of social media


LIVE: Colombia ease past Poland

Sunday saw big wins for Colombia and England, while Japan and Senegal drew 2-2. Keep up with the action and #AskESPNFC

Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit

Four years ago, James Rodriguez was the World Cup's breakout star. This time around, his Colombia faces a potential early flight home from Russia.

Are Colombia destined to make it out of Group H?

Following Colombia's convincing 3-0 win over Poland, the FC crew assess Los Cafeteros' chances of beating Japan and advancing to the round of 16.


Japan, Senegal boost round-of-16 chances

An enjoyable, end-to-end clash saw the points shared, though Senegal will regret missed chances and twice giving up leads.

Group H scenarios, and how can Germany progress?

The second round of games in the World Cup group stage is almost over. Find out what each nation has to do to qualify for the knockout stage.

Will lapses in concentration come back to bite Senegal?

After Senegal were pegged back twice by Japan, ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol questions whether they can resolve their defensive issues to advance from the group.



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Ronaldo, not Messi, the closest thing to Diego Maradona

Mark Ogden: If Lionel Messi is to be more like Diego Maradona and Ronaldo -- two comparisons he dislikes most of all -- he must deliver against Nigeria.


Project Russia: Birthday gifts for Lionel Messi

ESPN's team of reporters in Russia have messages for birthday boy Lionel Messi as he faces elimination. Meanwhile, England fans are in high spirits.


World Cup Predictor: Ronaldo & Queiroz clash in Saransk

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol and Alexis Nunes predict the outcomes of the first round of group finales, including Uruguay-Russia, Iran-Portugal and more.


Ballsupski: Panama? More like "PanaNah don't think so mate!"

England, England, ENGLAND! ENGLAND... and Panama.


From Russia with Love: Frank Leboeuf

It comes as no surprise that Frank Leboeuf's favourite World Cup memory is his 1998 triumph with France.


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French Grand Prix

Hamilton happy to cap 'beautiful' Sunday for England after World Cup win

Lewis Hamilton said he was happy to contribute to a "beautiful" sporting Sunday for England by winning the French Grand Prix.

Social story of the French Grand Prix

Relive the French Grand Prix through the eyes of social media.


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