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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.




Transfer Talk: Chelsea boss Sarri wants £200m spree

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has several targets in mind when the winter transfer window opens up in January. The price tag? £200 million.

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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.

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.


Injured Rakitic to miss England-Croatia clash

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss the winner-takes-all Nations League game against England at Wembley on Sunday due to injury.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Burley: France didn't look bothered


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Robertson reveals brilliant text convo with Klopp

When Andy Robertson revealed to Jurgen Klopp that he'd been made Scotland captain, the Liverpool manager's response was exactly what you'd imagine.

Rooney's England career: See how he changed down the years

See the evolution of England's record goal scorer, all the way from teenage tyro to grizzled veteran, in one gif as he wins a final cap at Wembley.

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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.


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