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9hTim Vickery

Neymar absence a blessing in disguise

With Neymar recovering, Brazil will be using the Russia and Germany matches to evaluate options in case their temperamental star isn't available.

12hMark Ogden

Wilshere thought World Cup chance gone

Jack Wilshere admits he thought his chance of going to the World Cup was over when Arsene Wenger told him he could leave Arsenal last summer.

16hRaphael Honigstein and Sid Lowe

Germany vs. Spain could be semifinal preview

The two most recent World Cup winners meet on Friday in a friendly. We asked Raphael Honigstein and Sid Lowe to discuss the state of the two teams.

Martinez ready to fight for World Cup spot (2:02)
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18hESPN staff

Martinez: Spain snub not explained to me

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has told ESPN FC that Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui has not told him why he was not selected.

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19hSam Marsden

Messi gets World Cup pep talk from Oprah

Lionel Messi knows there are many people who want to see him finally win the World Cup, but he probably didn't realise Oprah Winfrey was among them.

WATCH: Last Train to Russia debuts (1:59)
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21hStephan Uersfeld

Germany 'positive' Neuer will be fit - chief

Germany remain hopeful that Manuel Neuer will be fit for the World Cup this summer as the goalkeeper tries to recover from a broken left foot.

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1dLiam Twomey

Loftus-Cheek eyes England World Cup spot

Ruben Loftus-Cheek said he still hopes to earn a place in the England squad at this summer's World Cup despite an injury-hit season at Crystal Palace.

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1dJohn Duerden

How are Asia's teams preparing for World Cup?

All five Asian World Cup participants are busy in this international break. ESPN FC takes a look at where they all stand as Russia 2018 gets closer.

1dESPN staff

Brazil's Ronaldo: Famous haircut a ruse

Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed that his iconic 2002 World Cup haircut was part of a scheme to distract the media from his ongoing injury troubles.

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2dMark Ogden

England ban Starbucks hotel food - source

Gareth Southgate's attempts to hone his England squad has extended to a ban on food being served at the Starbucks cafe inside the team hotel.

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2dMark Ogden

Pope ready to seize chance as England No. 1

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope believes he can complete the journey from being a milkman to England's No. 1 after earning his first senior call-ip.

Extra Time: Salah or Kane? England's starting midfield? (3:51)
WATCH: No good time for international break (7:40)
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2dDermot Corrigan

Spain's DNA now more Madrid than Barcelona

With Real Madrid's recent continental success, the Spanish national team's DNA is undergoing a change from more Barcelona to more Real Madrid.

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2dTom Marshall

Stern tests ahead for Mexico

Juan Carlos Osorio has spent a month in Europe trying to prepare for the World Cup and the latest round of friendlies will test Mexico to the limit.