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Pato hoping for Brazil return ahead of the World Cup (0:41)
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4dJonathan Smith

Mendy positive he'll recover for World Cup

Benjamin Mendy has no doubts that he will recover in time from a cruciate knee ligament injury to be back for this summer's World Cup.

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Japan's Yousuke Ideguchi signs with Leeds (2:02)
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6dDan Kilpatrick

England hope to emulate Portugal - Kane

Harry Kane says England hope to use low expectations to spring a surprise in next summer's World Cup -- just as Portugal did at Euro 2016.

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Exclusive: Christian Pulisic chats to ESPN's Raphael Honigstein (0:34)
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6dAdriana Garcia

Tevez eyes World Cup after Boca return

Carlos Tevez says he is determined to make Argentina's World Cup squad after returning to play for Boca Juniors for the third time in his career.

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6dJohn Duerden

Okazaki, Kagawa must make peace with coach

Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda will make peace with coach Vahid Halilhodzic, as Japan football thrives in 2018, wishes John Duerden.

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7dAssociated Press

Baltimore to OK World Cup hosting - report

Baltimore is expected to approve a deal to host 2026 World Cup matches if FIFA selects a joint North American bid, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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7dAdriana Garcia

Argentina confirm Spain friendly game

Argentina will play an international friendly against Spain in March in preparation for the World Cup, the AFA president Claudio Tapia has confirmed.

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9dAAP

Ajdin Hrustic's World Cup audition

Australia youngster Ajdin Hrustic hopes the under-23 Asian Championships can kickstart his year with a World Cup looming.

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11dStephan Uersfeld

Gomez wants Germany World Cup spot

Mario Gomez says he is targeting a spot in the Germany squad at the 2018 World Cup after returning to Stuttgart, the club where he began his career.

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Muller: No winter break hurts English players (0:30)
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12dPA Sport

Russia's Mutko relieved of World Cup duties

Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has formally been removed as chairman of the committee organising this summer's World Cup.

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12dPA Sport

IFAB to recommend full roll-out of VAR

Video replays to correct mistakes are set to be recommended for the 2018 World Cup, and everywhere else next season, at a key meeting this month.

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13dJonathan Smith

Gabriel feared missing World Cup - Ederson

Manchester City keeper Ederson says teammate Gabriel Jesus' tears were understandable after his fellow Brazilian feared he would miss the World Cup.

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13dIan Holyman

Hazard beats De Bruyne to Belgium award

Eden Hazard has seen off the challenge of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to be named the Belgian FA's "Devil of the Year."

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