France coach Didier Deschamps has kept faith with the players who won the World Cup for upcoming UEFA Nations League matches. With the exception of goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who is injured, Deschamps named an unchanged 23-man squad from the tournament in Russia. France is away to Germany on Sept. 6 and then hosts the Netherlands three days later at Stade de France. "For me it's logical. Steve would also have been here if he wasn't injured," Deschamps said on Thursday. "This doesn't mean the team won't change. Things can also change over the next few games." Veteran Adil Rami was a surprise choice, having announced his international retirement after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on July 15. "He didn't hesitate for one second," Deschamps said, explaining that the 32-year-old center half changed his mind when asked to come back. "He's still at an age where he's competitive." Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet, however, was left out. Payet, who was among France's best … [Read more...] about Deschamps keeps France World Cup squad for Nations League
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By now we've all (mostly) accepted that football is not coming home for England following the World Cup in Russia. If you could bear to watch the final, you will know that France ended up taking the title, beating Croatia 4 - 2. But don't put those England flags away just yet - because there's another international tournament coming up featuring our national squad very soon. The UEFA Nations League is a brand new tournament that will see all 55 member countries compete between September and November 2018. So what do you need to know about it - and more importantly, what does it mean for the England national team? Here is everything you need to know including what the tournament is, how the teams have been split and when the first match is. What is the UEFA Nations League? The UEFA Nations League is a new tournament that has largely been created to replace "meaningless" international friendly matches. UEFA set up the tournament following criticism that friendlies in their current form … [Read more...] about What is the UEFA Nations League and when do England play?
The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax news agency reported late Sunday that the four could face penalties of up to 11,500 rubles ($185) or 160 hours of community service. Three men and a woman dressed in police uniforms interrupted the title match between France and Croatia early in the second half at Moscow's 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium. The interruption was seen by Russian President Vladimir Putin from his VIP box and by international broadcast audiences watching one of the world's most viewed sporting events. Pussy Riot issued statements on social media calling for the curtailing of policing powers and other reforms in Russia. The group has antagonized Putin for years and members have served time in prison for staging … [Read more...] about (Updated 6) Russia 2018, Day 32: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final
Africa 6 July 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44736780 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Hearts were broken when all five African nations - Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia - crashed out in the first stage of the World … [Read more...] about Should Africa back France in the World Cup?
Kylian Mbappe is set to follow in the footsteps of France legend Michel Platini and wear the No 10 shirt for France at the World Cup. Les Blues are heading to Russia as one of the favourites to lift the famous trophy in Moscow this summer. Mbappe, who burst onto the scene 18 months ago with Monaco before a big money move to PSG, looks set to lead the line for Didier Deschamps' side. Kylian Mbappe found out in France training this week he will be wearing the No 10 shirt Mbappe is set to follow in the footsteps of legendary France star Michel Platini FRANCE WORLD CUP SQUAD NO'S 1. Hugo Lloris, 2. Benjamin Pavard, 3. Presnel Kimpembe, 4. Raphael Varane, 5. Samuel Umtiti, 6. Paul Pogba, 7. Antoine Griezmann, 8. Thomas Lemar, 9. Olivier Giroud, 10. Kylian Mbappe, 11. Ousmane Dembele, 12. Corentin Tolisso, 13. NGolo Kante, 14. Blaise Matuidi, 15. Steven … [Read more...] about Mbappe to follow in France legend Platini’s footsteps by wearing No 10