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2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.

There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

Group stage

After playing each team in their group, the top two...

 By Tom Marshall

Ex-Mexico boss Ricardo La Volpe discusses Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico, Lionel Messi

ESPN's Herculez Gomez looks at the big picture and what lies ahead for Juan Carlos Osorio after he turned down a contract extension with Mexico.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Current Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio and former El Tri manager Ricardo La Volpe do not appear to have too much in common, on the face of it at least.

The former is a Colombian with no real playing career of note, while the Argentine La Volpe was part of the nation's 1978 World Cup winning squad. Osorio worked his way up to Mexico manager through a series of stints learning his trade all over the world, whereas La Volpe built his name as a coach in Liga MX. And the calm...

England won't be popular in Russia - Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate says he keeps preparing the squad for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the UK and the tournament hosts Russia.
West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart is confident about his form despite lack of playing time for his club as he faces competition for England's number one jersey with Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope ahead of the international friendlies.
Former England international Paul Mariner reacts to Gareth Southgate's 27-man roster as the Three Lions prepare to face the Netherlands and Italy.

England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed he has "little interest" in the comments of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about the World Cup in Russia, but has admitted he fears that his team will be unpopular at this summer's tournament due to political tensions between the two countries.

Johnson suggested England fans should be wary of travelling to Russia this summer and agreed with a claim that the competition could see President Vladimir Putin "glorying in this sporting event" like Adolf...

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Rene Houseman dies at 64; won 1978 World Cup with Argentina

Rene Houseman, top row second from left, with the 1978 Argentina squad.
Rene Houseman, second from left on top row, has died at 64.

Rene Houseman, a striker who won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina, died after fighting tongue cancer since last year, the Argentine Football Association has confirmed. He was 64.

Known as "Loco," or the "Crazy One," Houseman played in the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. He played 55 games for Argentina from 1973-79, scoring 13 times.

"Skillful, fast, unpredictable, he amazed fans and stood out for representing the most genuine part of Argentine soccer, the kind of soccer that is played in pastures and...