International Football

World Cup: Missing Russia 2018? Don’t worry, it’s only 52 months to Qatar

With a memorable World Cup now in the books, Jim van Wijk answers the many key questions surrounding the next tournament in Qatar in 2022.

France head coach Didier Deschamps (right) and son Dylan Deschamps celebrate winning the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA .

World Cup: Players have always been a little mad, says delighted Deschamps

France manager Didier Deschamps was left soaked in beer, champagne and sweat after celebrating World Cup glory with his delirious squad – a moment he will cherish alongside the crowning achievement of his playing career.

England's players show their disappointment after losing to Belgium in St petersburg on Saturday. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

World Cup: Drained England end rousing Russian adventure with tame loss to Belgium

England’s uplifting World Cup adventure reached a meek conclusion as Belgium beat Gareth Southgate’s men in the third-place play-off.

England's Harry Kane, right, Danny Rose, centre, and Phil Jones step off the plane after the team landed at Birmingham Airport (Picture: Eddie Keogh/The FA/PA Wire).

World Cup: Golden Boot winner Kane is proud of proving himself at world level

Harry Kane yesterday became the proud owner of the World Cup Golden Boot, but he is already setting his sights on Tottenham’s Premier League opener at St James’ Park and ending his final unwanted jinx.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (bottom second right) scores an own goal during during Sunday's finall at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

World Cup - France 4 Croatia 2: Les Bleus on top of the world in final glory

FRANCE rode their luck before roaring past Croatia to win the World Cup for a second time as a thrilling tournament came to a fitting conclusion.

France players celebrate after France's Kylian Mbappe scores their side's fourth goal of the game.

World Cup: Hosts Russia have put on the greatest show

If journalism really is the first draft of history, later editions of the story of Russia 2018 will be starting from the premise that this was the “best ever” World Cup.

England manager Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the FIFA World Cup third place play-off match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

World Cup: Better than expected but let us now build on this, say FA

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn believes England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals has given them a platform to aspire to greater heights.

England captain Harry Kane after the 34d/4th place play-off defeat (Picture: PA)

World Cup - England 0 Belgium 2: Game too far for Southgate’s young Lions

England’s remarkable World Cup adventure reached a meek conclusion as Belgium beat Gareth Southgate’s men in the third-place play-off.

FINAL COUNTDOWN: France's Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Ngolo Kante take a breather during a training session. Picture: AP/David Vincent)

World Cup Final - France v Belgium: National pride drives on Moscow rivals

Antoine Griezmann has hit back at criticism of France playing “anti-football” under Didier Deschamps and insists it does not matter how Les Bleus go about trying to beat Croatia in the World Cup final tomorrow.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. Picture: AP/Matthias Schrader

Belgium v England: Collective reward is what drives Martinez’s Red Devils

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says beating England to third place at the World Cup means more to Romelu Lukaku than pipping Harry Kane to the Golden Boot.

England players, l-r, Dele Alli, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier, captain Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and Danny Rose share a jovial moment in training at Zelenogorsk Stadium on Friday (Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images).

World Cup: Southgate already has his focus on Euro 2020

MANAGER Gareth Southgate put himself through a 4am rerun of England’s World Cup defeat by Croatia as he begins to plan for Euro 2020, when football really will come home to Wembley.

England manager Gareth Southgate embraces Ashley Young after the FIFA World Cup semi-finae Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire)

World Cup - Nick Westby: Let Moscow be springboard not the burden Turin became

“Heroes” screamed one tabloid front page headline on Thursday morning.

England manager Gareth Southgate, alongside captain Harry Kane, applauds the fans after the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).

World Cup: England have struck a blow for English coaches

Manager Gareth Southgate believes England’s remarkable run to the World Cup semi-finals has not only showcased homegrown talent, but also struck a blow for the country’s coaches.

Croatia's Dejan Lovren. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

World Cup: Lovren is happy to make his English critics eat their words

Dejan Lovren demanded respect – for himself and for Croatia – after outlasting England to win a place in the World Cup final.

England's Fabian Delph (left) and Belgium's Youri Tielemans battle for the ball in the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium. Picture: Tim Goode/PA

England v Belgium: All you need to know about the World Cup game nobody really wants to play in

ENGLAND take on Belgium in Saturday’s third-fourth place play-off game in St Petersburg - a game which neither team, if they were completely honest, wants to be a part of.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic scores his side's first goal past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

World Cup: Semi-final loss will hurt for a while, admits England captain Kane

England captain Harry Kane hailed the country’s “fantastic journey” after their World Cup dream came to an end in Moscow last night.

England manager Gareth Southgate.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

World Cup: ‘We were so close to what was unimaginable at the start’ – Southgate

Gareth Southgate expressed his enormous pride in England’s World Cup campaign despite the crushing disappointment that came with their semi-final defeat to Croatia in Moscow last night.

England's Harry Kane appears dejected followingthe final whistle after losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra-time in the World Cup semi-final match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA

As It Happened: How England were denied by Croatia in World Cup semi-final

England were denied the chance to face France in the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday when they were edged out 2-1 by Croatia in extra time

The England team group before the FIFA World Cup, Semi Final against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Player Ratings: Who was England’s star attraction in World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia?

IT proved to be a game too far for Gareth Southgate’s England as they went down 2-1 after extra time to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final in Moscow.

HEROES: England manager Gareth Southgate and his players applaud fans after losing the World Cup Semi-Final against Croatia in Moscow. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Croatia 2 England 1 (aet): World Cup dream over as heroic Three Lions are edged out in Moscow

England’s World Cup dreams came to a crushing end after Croatia rallied to prevent Gareth Southgate’s men reaching the country’s first final in 52 years.

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