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Watch HIGHLIGHTS: Belgium's golden generation finish with bronze

Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard gave Belgium a comfortable 2-0 victory against England in the third-place playoff at the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Hazard, Belgium deservedly grab bronze

In a match with little intrigue, Belgium were the better side against England with Eden Hazard outclassing Raheem Sterling the most glaring example.

Belgium's 10-pronged attack, Kane's open play struggles

Belgium cruised to their sixth victory in Russia, beating England 2-0 to secure third place at the World Cup. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

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Transfers

LIVE Transfer Talk: Pogba offered Barca move

Two years at Manchester United may have been enough for Paul Pogba, who has been offered by his agent to Barcelona. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Kante to Barcelona

N'Golo Kante to Barcelona and Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

Rumour Rater: Benzema to Napoli? Mina to Everton?

As the World Cup nears its end, the transfer rumour mill will kick into even higher gear. David Amoyal rates the newest and biggest rumours.

Top headlines

France have cruised but don't underestimate Croatia

France have been on cruise control at times in Russia, while Croatia have scrapped throughout. For that reason, the result is no forgone conclusion.

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Pogba's World Cup secret: Keep it simple

Paul Pogba has been vital in France's run to the World Cup final and largely without ego or flash. But he can still produce the fun if needed.

Giroud and Mandzukic are old-fashioned but vital at World Cup

Strikers like Olivier Giroud and Mario Mandzukic are becoming obsolete, but they've been key to France's and Croatia's runs to the World Cup final.

France vs. Croatia: Tale of the Tape

France face Croatia in the World Cup final, but who has the edge? Mark Ogden's tale of the tape previews what looks to be an uneven contest.

Croatia

Football

Croatia have come through the wars, literally

Croatia have played 90 minutes more than France in the past fortnight, but their life experiences mean that shouldn't really make a difference.

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Croatia's controversy-filled road to the final

The four years since Croatia's last World Cup campaign have seen fan violence, FIFA fines and a perjury trial for their star player.

Croatia's Dalic reaches World Cup final via unlikely route

Zlatko Dalic's loss in the 2016 ACL final with Al Ain still haunts him. But with Croatia he has moved on to bigger and better things.

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Sarri and Jorginho to Chelsea

Napoli's Jorginho follows Sarri to Chelsea for £53m

Chelsea have completed the signing of Jorginho, beating Manchester City to the signature of the Napoli midfielder.

Can Sarri's charisma, poetic football help Chelsea rebuild?

Maurizio Sarri might not look the part for Chelsea, but his charisma and poetic brand of football will be fascinating to watch as Chelsea rebuild.

Sarri's to-do list at Chelsea topped by Hazard, Courtois talks

There will be no honeymoon period for new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri as he acclimatises to life as Antonio Conte's successor.

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ESPN FC Best of the Week

Relive the highs and lows from the week on the ESPN FC set, which include more dancing from Gab Marcotti and a really excited Dan Thomas.

3:04

Behind the scenes at the 2018 World Cup's global coverage

A rare look at how three global outlets bring the World Cup to their fans, including ESPN partner Tencent's match-day show live from Moscow and Beijing.

4:00

Southgate: England want to atone for Belgium loss

Gareth Southgate says England are fully motivated for their third place playoff with Belgium.

0:56

Nicol: Shaqiri will need an attitude change at Liverpool

Steve Nicol explains why Xherdan Shaqiri's attitude worries him after the Swiss star completed a move to Liverpool from relegated Stoke City.

2:12

Extra Time: Should Dembele start? Messi in a comfort zone?

The guys respond to your tweets about Liverpool's goalkeepers, Ousmane Dembele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and Lobos BUAP's new mascot.

5:44

Would a Barcelona move make sense for Kante?

Gab Marcotti says N'Golo Kante wouldn't fit at Barcelona, but Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop think he could be a replacement for Sergio Busquets.

2:15

Will Smith has fun with the World Cup media

Actor Will Smith has some fun with the international media at the World Cup as he shouts out which countries each are from.

0:38

Matuidi: All credit due to Deschamps for France's success

France's Blaise Matuidi feels Dider Deschamps' strictness has helped them be a success and insists their is a family atmosphere in the national side.

0:54

Drogba: England's young talent proved their worth

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes England has a bright future and feels Kylian Mbappe is capable of being a future Ballon d'Or winner.

3:29

Griezmann: I want the World Cup not the Ballon d'Or

France's Antoine Griezmann insists achieving his childhood dream of winning the World Cup is all he cares about and not whether he scores or wins personal accolades.

0:42

Gerrard 'proud' of England achievements

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says he's proud of the country's performances at the World Cup, after their run was brought to an end by Croatia in the semi-finals.

0:47

The Toe Poke

Arsenal's Torreira mobbed by fans in Uruguay

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira received a hero's welcome upon returning to his hometown in Uruguay following his performance at the World Cup.

Bostock nails 'Billie Jean' performance in initiation

John Bostock's initiation song at Toulouse was a stunning rendition of the Michael Jackson classic "Billie Jean" -- complete with choreography.

France

Football

France eager to not repeat history in 2018 World Cup final

France were fancied to win Euro 2016 but lost in the final. They're determined not to repeat that mistake in the 2018 World Cup final vs. Croatia.

Inside France celebrations: Pamela Anderson and a water fight

How did France celebrate reaching their third World Cup final? Julien Laurens has the inside track following their win over Belgium.

France, Deschamps won't change their approach now

You sense Didier Deschamps' France team could do so much more but they're in the World Cup final having done the bare minimum. Why change now?

FIFA World Cup

Project Russia: Which fans are left at the World Cup?

3:10

FIFA President hails 2018 World Cup 'the best ever'

FIFA President Gianni Infantino feels France against Croatia in will be a unique World Cup final and reveals the tournament has shown that small nations no longer exist.

1:06

Extra Time: Best World Cup final? Kane lucky?

The guys respond to your tweets about the best World Cup final, Harry Kane, England's midfield, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and the 2022 World Cup.

8:13

Behind the scenes at the 2018 World Cup's global coverage

A rare look at how three global outlets bring the World Cup to their fans, including ESPN partner Tencent's match-day show live from Moscow and Beijing.

4:00

Extra Time: Should Dembele start? Messi in a comfort zone?

The guys respond to your tweets about Liverpool's goalkeepers, Ousmane Dembele, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and Lobos BUAP's new mascot.

5:44

ESPN FC Best of the Week

Relive the highs and lows from the week on the ESPN FC set, which include more dancing from Gab Marcotti and a really excited Dan Thomas.

3:04

Project Russia: Has VAR been a success?

Various ESPN FC correspondents and fans weigh in on VAR and its impact at the World Cup in the latest episode of Project Russia.

2:44

Extra Time: Conte a Top 5 manager? Griezmann or Neymar?

6:59

Steve Nicol roasts Lovren for his 'best defender' comment

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol doesn't mince his words when responding to Dejan Lovren's comments about being one of the world's top defenders.

3:02

Project Russia: Three Lions bow out

ESPN's Charlie Gibson takes in all the action and fanfare in Moscow as England's World Cup journey comes to an end at the hands of Croatia.

3:06

Project Russia: France go from strength to strength

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.

3:37

The unique, bizarre & hilarious Cat Theatre

ESPN's Sam Borden takes in a bizarre cat theatre in Russia, which combines cat acrobatics, ballet and a circus.

1:43

Project Russia: A Cinderella run to remember

Relive the highs and lows from Russia's unexpected but memorable World Cup journey through the eyes of ESPN's Charlie Gibson.

2:10

England

Football

Hornby: How England fell back in love with their national team

Nick Hornby: This summer had English fans believing again. But was the team's semifinal run really that impressive?

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Southgate: England disproved 'myth' of fatigue

"I didn't believe the winter break, or the hotel we'd stay in, were factors about how we do in tournaments," Southgate said.

Gerrard 'proud' of England achievements

Former England captain Steven Gerrard says he's proud of the country's performances at the World Cup, after their run was brought to an end by Croatia in the semi-finals.

0:47

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Chelsea

Football

Chelsea fans happy at Conte exit but job-hopper Sarri a worry

Chelsea fans are relieved that Antonio Conte has finally been sacked, bringing an end to the latest soap opera at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Antonio Conte: A timeline of tension

Antonio Conte's departure from Chelsea has been a long time coming. Here's how the Italian's position went from perilous to untenable.

Marcotti: Chelsea was a learning curve for Conte

With Antonio Conte on his way out at Chelsea, ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reflects on the Italian's tenure and what led to his undoing.

4:18

EPL

Five questions for Arsenal vs. Boreham Wood

Unai Emery takes charge of his first game as Arsenal head coach on Saturday. Here are five things to look for.

England glee proves why Liverpool fans revelled in CL run

A lot of people revelled in England's World Cup run before they fell short, just like Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Major League Soccer

Rooney talks before debut (Sat., 8pm, ESPN+)

Rooney's first impressions can give D.C. hope

Big-name signings don't always come to MLS with the right attitude. It's early days yet, but Wayne Rooney has so far avoided that potential pitfall.

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D.C. United's Rooney: Everton 'happy for me to leave'

Wayne Rooney spoke exclusively to Taylor Twellman about the circumstances behind his summer move. He's set to make his MLS debut on Saturday as D.C. United open its new stadium, Audi Field, against the Vancouver Whitecaps (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

Exclusive: Rooney opens up over Everton exit

ESPN's Taylor Twellman sits down with Wayne Rooney to speak about how his exit from Everton all went down.

2:00

Why Wayne Rooney chose D.C. United

Wayne Rooney sits down with ESPN's Taylor Twellman to detail what drew him to his new club and his expectations for his time in MLS.

3:38

Rooney: Faith in youth will bring England success

Wayne Rooney isn't surprised with England's semifinal run as he's seen the Three Lions' progress quite rapidly in the past few years.

3:38

Miami delay Beckham's MLS franchise

David Beckham's MLS franchise took another hit from the city of Miami as the council delays vote on stadium ballot for another week.

2:23

Self-deception, lies the secret behind Croatia's run to final

England's collective mind got fuzzier as the game went on. Croatia's, somehow, seemed to grow clearer, scything through pain, fatigue and errors.

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Russia 2018 can't be a false dawn for England

England surprised everyone at the World Cup, including themselves. The foundation of something great is in place, but that's been said before.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Mandzukic winner takes Croatia to first-ever final

Watch all highlights from Croatia's epic comeback semi-final against England in Moscow on Wednesday.

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By the numbers: Six hours of toil, three comebacks, two shootouts

For the third time in this World Cup, Croatia went the distance, as they beat England 2-1 after extra-time. ESPN brings you the best numbers.

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Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

Football

The inside story of Ronaldo's move from Madrid to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has rocked football (again) by leaving Real Madrid for Juventus. Here's the inside story on why this transfer makes sense for all involved.

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Ronaldo's Madrid exit makes waves throughout Spain

La Liga will never be the same without Cristiano Ronaldo. Questions loom at Real Madrid, but their fiercest rivals, too, face a changing landscape.

Ronaldo's transfer changes the landscape of European football

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Craig Burley explain just how monumental Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus is for world football.

6:27

Burley: Everyone's a winner in the Ronaldo-Juve deal

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for quite an expensive fee, but the FC guys feel everyone involved in the transfer comes out a winner.

5:43

Ronaldo's move a divorce from Real Madrid

Martin Ainstein discusses the many different reasons as to why Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid parted ways.

1:59

Will Ronaldo keep scoring goals in Serie A?

Stewart Robson tells us how Cristiano Ronaldo will fare at Juventus and if his goal-scoring prowess at Real Madrid will continue in Turin.

2:04

Cristiano Ronaldo's incredible career so far

With news breaking that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid for Juventus, take a look back at his many accomplishments for club and country.

1:17

Who should Real Madrid target if Ronaldo leaves?

The FC crew wonder if Harry Kane is a good replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo's goal scoring at Real Madrid if Ronaldo leaves this summer.

3:08

FIFA World Cup

How France, Croatia made it to the World Cup final

A graphical look at how each team's chances of advancing through the knockout stage changed during every game.

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich dominate World Cup final

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich have had at least one player in the World Cup final since 1982. A remarkable run -- but here are the players.

Croatia outlast England: Social media reaction

Croatia rallied from an early goal down to beat England 2-1 and advance to the World Cup final vs. France. Here's how social media reacted.

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