World Cup

Gianluigi Buffon "99.9% certain" of retirement date
Gianluigi Buffon will retire from football at the end of next season unless he helps Juventus to end their Champions League hoodoo.
Jun 12, 21:29
Preview: France vs. England
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's international friendly between France and England at the Stade de France in Paris.
Jun 12, 19:35
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey: 'I meant my Panenka penalty'
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey confesses that he was unaware of the significance of his Panenka penalty at Rajko Mitic Stadium, but was happy to see it come off.
Jun 12, 19:22
Chris Coleman: 'Wales can still qualify for World Cup'
Wales manager Chris Coleman insists that his side can still qualify for next summer's World Cup despite dropping more points in a 1-1 draw with Serbia.
Jun 11, 22:15
Martin O'Neill slams "very poor" referee
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill criticises the performance of the referee during his side's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Austria.
Jun 11, 22:01
Result: Italy keep pressure on Spain with comfortable win over Liechtenstein
Italy keep the pressure on Spain at the top of Group G courtesy of a 5-0 win over Liechtenstein at the Dacia Arena in Udine/
Jun 11, 21:40
Result: Wales earn vital qualifying point with draw away against Serbia
An audacious penalty from Aaron Ramsey helps Wales to secure an important point as the Dragons earn a vital 1-1 draw with Serbia in their World Cup 2018 qualifying clash.
Jun 11, 21:39
Result: Spain survive Macedonia scare to stay top of Group G
Spain maintained their spot at the top of Group G in World Cup qualifying with a surprisingly hard-fought 2-1 win over Macedonia in Skopje.
Jun 11, 21:37
Andrew Robertson: 'Scotland can still qualify for World Cup'
Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson insists that his side can still qualify for the World Cup despite dropping more points during their 2-2 draw with England.
Jun 11, 20:29
Result: Jonathan Walters goal helps Republic of Ireland draw with Austria
A late goal from Jonathan Walters earns Republic of Ireland a potentially crucial 1-1 draw with Austria in Dublin.
Jun 11, 18:52
Live Commentary: Serbia 1-1 Wales - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Aaron Ramsey's penalty gives Wales a vital World Cup qualifying point from their 1-1 draw against Serbia in Belgrade.
Jun 11, 18:45
Team News: Sam Vokes wins 50th Wales cap
Wales striker Sam Vokes wins his 50th cap as Chris Coleman makes three changes to his side to face Serbia in a World Cup qualifier.
Jun 11, 18:43
Live Commentary: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Austria - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Austria in their World Cup qualifier in Dublin.
Jun 11, 16:30
Team News: Republic of Ireland make five changes for Austria clash
Martin O'Neill makes five changes from Republic of Ireland's last competitive outing, as his men look to move clear at the top of Group D with victory over Austria.
Jun 11, 16:02
Stuart Dallas proud after netting "biggest goal" of his career
Stuart Dallas says that he 'always dreamed' about scoring for his country, making his match-winning goal away to Azerbaijan all the sweeter for the Northern Ireland ace.
Jun 11, 11:46
Joachim Low critical of Germany fans over Timo Werner treatment
Germany supporters' unfavourable treatment of RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner "is simply not okay", insists national team boss Joachim Low.
Jun 11, 11:24
Gareth Southgate absolves Joe Hart of any blame for Scotland goals
Gareth Southgate refuses to blame England goalkeeper Joe Hart for the two quick-fire goals scored by Scotland in Saturday's qualifying fixture.
Jun 11, 09:34
Ashley Williams relishing challenge of taking on Serbia
Ashley Williams believes that Wales remain "in a good position" in the Group D standings and is hopeful of picking up a positive result away to Serbia on Sunday evening.
Jun 10, 22:41
Steven Gerrard tips Wayne Rooney to make England's World Cup squad
Steven Gerrard expects to see former international teammate Wayne Rooney at the World Cup next year should England qualify, citing his experience as the main reason why.
Jun 10, 20:27
Michael O'Neill delighted with "fantastic" victory over Azerbaijan
Michael O'Neill praises goalkeeper Michael McGovern and matchwinner Stuart Dallas after seeing his Northern Ireland side beat Azerbaijan 1-0 in Baku.
Jun 10, 20:14
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan hails "phenomenal" effort
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says that he was just seconds away from the "best result" of his career, having seen his side pegged back by England in added time.
Jun 10, 20:00
Gareth Southgate: England "controlled the game completely"
Gareth Southgate insists that England 'should have won' their qualifying clash with Scotland after taking control of the game from the early stages.
Jun 10, 19:50
England defender Gary Cahill: Mixed feelings after "crazy" game
Gary Cahill confesses to being "disappointed" by England's inability to hold on to their lead against Scotland, but is happy with the "never-say-die attitude" to hit back.
Jun 10, 19:37
England captain Harry Kane: 'You have to expect the unexpected'
England striker Harry Kane describes his late equaliser against Scotland as a "special" moment, having helped maintain the Three Lions' unbeaten qualifying run.
Jun 10, 19:27
Result: Harry Kane saves England from brink of defeat against Scotland
Scotland and England play out a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park after Harry Kane's 93rd-minute equaliser cancels out two free kicks from Leigh Griffiths.
Jun 10, 19:02
Result: Stuart Dallas grabs late winner for Northern Ireland in Baku
Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland earn a dramatic 1-0 win over Azerbaijan in their World Cup 2018 qualifying clash in Baku thanks to a late strike from Stuart Dallas.
Jun 10, 18:54
Team News: Germany captain Julian Draxler fit to face San Marino
Germany captain Julian Draxler is passed fit to lead the national team against San Marino.
Jun 10, 18:53
Live Commentary: Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Michael O'Neill and Northern Ireland earn a late 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan in their World Cup 2018 qualifying clash.
Jun 10, 16:30
Team News: Josh Magennis, Liam Boyce start up front for Northern Ireland
Liam Boyce and Josh Magennis lead the Northern Irish attack in Azerbaijan.
Jun 10, 16:16
Team News: England make five changes for World Cup qualifying showdown with Scotland
England ring the changes for their showdown with Scotland at Hampden Park.
Jun 10, 16:03
Live Commentary: Scotland 2-2 England - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Scotland's dramatic 2-2 draw with England in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
Jun 10, 16:00
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill: "We have to take the game to Austria"
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill admits that each and every one of his players must be on top of their game if they are to pick up three points against Austria.
Jun 10, 15:40
Didier Deschamps: 'Hugo Lloris accepts blame for howler'
France manager Didier Deschamps says that skipper Hugo Lloris 'knows he cost his side' due to his late error in the 2-1 defeat to Sweden in Stockholm.
Jun 10, 14:17
Dele Alli prepared to 'stand his ground' for England at Hampden Park
Dele Alli warns his England teammates that "it is important you stand your ground" as they prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow.
Jun 10, 13:19
Chris Coleman haunted by Serbia memories ahead of return trip
Wales manager Chris Coleman opens up on his pain of falling to a 6-1 loss in his first competitive away game in charge, as he prepares for his latest trip to Serbia.
Jun 10, 13:10
Saudi Arabia escape punishment over minute's silence snub
FIFA rules that Saudi Arabia will face no disciplinary action for declining to take part in a minute's silence for the victims of the London terrorist attack.
Jun 9, 22:42
Result: Belgium brush Estonia aside to extend Group H lead
Belgium ease to a 2-0 victory over group minnows Estonia in World Cup qualifying.
Jun 9, 22:22
Result: Ola Toivonen scores from halfway line to beat France and send Sweden top
Ola Toivonen scores from inside his own half with the last meaningful kick of the game to fire Sweden to a 2-1 win over France which takes them top of Group A.
Jun 9, 21:46
Result: Cristiano Ronaldo nets twice as Portugal ease to victory in Riga
Portugal beat Latvia 3-0 at the Skonto Stadium in Riga to remain within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Jun 9, 21:37
Adam Lallana 'delighted' Harry Kane is England captain
Liverpool star Adam Lallana congratulates Harry Kane for becoming England captain.
Jun 9, 21:16

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