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Italy full of optimism after year of disappointment

Last November Italy suffered its biggest footballing failure ever in missing the World Cup. A year later Roberto Mancini has the Azzurri looking up.

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U.S. can end roller-coaster 2018 on a high vs. Italy

It's been a bizarre 2018 for the U.S., full of ups and downs, under the guidance of interim boss Dave Sarachan. He can go out on a high vs. Italy.

Italy 1-0 United States: Horvath let down on final kick

The United States ended 2018 with a loss to Italy on a late goal, despite a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

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Extra Time: USMNT in 2018, Italy's strikers and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Italy's strikers struggling, the USMNT in 2018, PSG's defence and who would play them in a movie.

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Gomez: USMNT are at their lowest moment

After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT are at an all-time low.

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Germany showing signs of revival despite relegation

No team has had a worse 12 months in Germany national team history. So why was there so much positivity after Monday's 2-2 draw with Netherlands?

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Juve target United's Rashford

Juventus are ready to move for Manchester United's Marcus Rashford. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Jovic to Liverpool, Cahill to Milan

Luka Jovic to Liverpool and Gary Cahill to AC Milan are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

What's best for Pulisic: Liverpool, Chelsea or neither?

With Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly eyeing Christian Pulisic, Ale Moreno and Craig Burley discuss whether he should leave Dortmund or stay put.

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Extra Time: Neymar in Mbappe's shadow? Dembele to Liverpool?

The guys respond to your tweets on Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, commentating in the cold, the Netherlands' defence and Ousmane Dembele's future.

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Does Nations League failure matter to France?

French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf explains why France doesn't really care about its national team's group-stage exit in the UEFA Nations League.

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Frank LeBoeuf understands Pogba's post-World Cup struggles

Having won the World Cup with France himself in 1998, Frank LeBoeuf tells the FC crew he understands Paul Pogba's struggle to refocus.

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Burley: Belgium dealt a blow to their ego

Craig Burley explains what Belgium's exit from the UEFA Nations League by way of a 5-2 loss to Switzerland means for the team long-term.

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Leboeuf: Henry, Monaco don't know how to fight relegation

With Monaco sitting level on the fewest points in Ligue 1, Frank Leboeuf examines the challenge Thierry Henry has to withstand a relegation fight.

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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.

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Marcotti: 'Relentless positivity' from fans lifts England

Gab Marcotti says the current England team has a connection with the fans that hasn't been seen in the country in decades.

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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.

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UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

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.

State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

With the climax of the Nations League group stage imminent, the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation.

Low: 2018 was a slap in the face for Germany

Germany's Joachim Low reflects on a year that saw an early World Cup exit and Nations League relegation but believes they still have a bright future.

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Burley: Belgium dealt a blow to their ego

Craig Burley explains what Belgium's exit from the UEFA Nations League by way of a 5-2 loss to Switzerland means for the team long-term.

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Dalic: Football's coming home, very soon

Croatia's Zlatko Dalic believes a young England side are on the verge of winning something special after they beat his side 2-1 to reach the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

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Extra Time: Modric vs. Iniesta; the ideal Italy striker

The guys respond to your tweets about the Ballon d'Or, Luka Modric vs. Andres Iniesta and who Gab Marcotti thinks is the ideal No. 9 for Italy.

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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.

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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.

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Deschamps helpless to stop France repeating World Cup hangover

Didier Deschamps captained France to a World Cup win in 1998, and a yearlong hangover. Now managing Les Bleus, his men seem doomed to the same fate.

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France 1-0 Uruguay: Mbappe injury overshadows win

Olivier Giroud's penalty proved to be the difference for France in a friendly that saw PSG star Kylian Mbappe depart early with a shoulder injury.

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Giroud's penalty puts France in front

International Friendly: Olivier Giroud (52') France 1-0 Uruguay

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Mbappe forced off with apparent shoulder injury

Kylian Mbappe was forced to exit France's friendly against Uruguay following an awkward fall during the first half.

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Burley: Lessons to be learned from Dutch 'smash and grab'

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Van Dijk deployed as STRIKER: Dutch tactics revealed

Depending on your point of view, Koeman's switch was either the essence of Total Football or the age old tactic known as 'throw the big man up top.'

Germany 2-2 Netherlands: Dutch surge into finals

The Netherlands trailed 2-0 with five minutes to play at Germany, but two late goals earned the Oranje a spot in the first Nations League finals.

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Low: The whole year was disappointing for Germany

Joachim Low expects Germany to bounce back after their World Cup disappointment and relegation from their group in the UEFA Nations League.

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Van Dijk completes comeback with venomous volley

UEFA Nations League: Virgil van Dijk (90') Germany 2-2 Netherlands

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Promes pulls one back for the Netherlands

UEFA Nations League: Quincy Promes (85') Germany 2-1 Netherlands

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Sane's deflected shot doubles Germany's lead

UEFA Nations League: Leroy Sané (19') Germany 2-0 Netherlands

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Werner's clinical volley puts Germany ahead

UEFA Nations League: Timo Werner (9') Germany 1-0 Netherlands

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England gain some revenge on Croatia, seal finals place

It won't make up for a World Cup semifinal loss, but England were able to see off Croatia and advance in a fine advert for the UEFA Nations League.

England 2-1 Croatia: Three Lions roar to semifinals

Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane each scored to seal England's 2-1 comeback win over Croatia to reach the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

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Marcotti: 'Relentless positivity' from fans lifts England

Gab Marcotti says the current England team has a connection with the fans that hasn't been seen in the country in decades.

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Kane: Nations League a great chance to win a trophy with England

England striker Harry Kane is already looking ahead to the UEFA Nations League semi-final stage, highlighting the fact they are only two games away from winning a trophy.

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Kane's sliding finish gives England the lead

UEFA Nations League: Harry Kane (85') England 2-1 Croatia

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Dalic: Football's coming home, very soon

Croatia's Zlatko Dalic believes a young England side are on the verge of winning something special after they beat his side 2-1 to reach the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

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