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Big sporting events like the World Cup are supposed to bring people together in support of their favourite teams and players, but for one Russian couple married for 14 years, the 2018 World Cup was the reason for divorce.

40-year-old Arsen and his 37-year-old wife, Ludmyla, are both big football fans. In fact, they met in a Chelyabinsk sports bar during the 2002 World Cup, and they bonded over their mutual passion for the sport.

The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain hitman has enjoyed a significant rise to prominence during the tournament

Samuel Umtiti, N’Golo Kante and Benjamin Pavard were also absent from the field but are expected to be able to play without any trouble
 

France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country when they tackle Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final, despite missing Monday’s training session.

England midfielder Jesse Lingard is finally beginning to receive the appreciation that he deserves, writes Adam Bate.

Following his strong performances at the World Cup, England midfielder Jesse Lingard is finally beginning to receive the appreciation that he deserves, writes Adam Bate.

When thinking of Jesse Lingard, it is an interview with Manchester United's long-serving youth coach Tony Whelan that comes to mind. Ostensibly speaking to him about Scott McTominay's emergence at Old Trafford, time and again Whelan's reference point was the man he describes as one of the best players he has had the privilege to coach.

"He had issues with his size," Whelan told Sky Sports. "But it goes to show that if you are patient and there is two-way trust, anything can be achieved. Some boys get written off because they have an injury or they are too small but what you can never account for us is a boy's spirit and what is in his heart. That is the great intangible."

England

England were a laughing stock after the European Championship two years ago - but not any more.

Now everyone knows who we are, and also how we play. I think manager Gareth Southgate has announced that with what he has done during this World Cup - and it has been brilliant to watch this team grow and grow.

Before the tournament started, I could not make a case for us winning it, I just wanted to see some signs of improvement. If everyone is honest, I don't think they ever felt that we could get to a semi-final - I certainly didn't.

But beat Croatia, and England are in the final. It is amazing just to be able to say that, and a great feeling to think about what could happen next.

We are buzzing here in Moscow and back home we know the country is going berserk - and rightly so - because we have got an amazing opportunity to win this tournament.

Is it really coming home? You've got to believe, haven't you? And everything does seem to be falling into place.

I am feeling the same way as a pundit and fan now as I did when I was an England player during Euro 96, when we reached the semi-finals and I was thinking: 'We can do this, we can go all the way.'

We fell agonisingly short then, but you just get a feeling it will be different this time.

Three Lions on our shirt - a tune that captures the feeling of a nation

World Cup 2018: England fans celebrate across the country
As we progressed through each round at Euro 96, it felt as if we were unstoppable. It was a great feeling, and I think that is what has happened to this England team too.

Wilshere, who has been capped 34 times by England and is a boyhood Hammers fan, said upon the completion of his move

The midfielder has agreed a three-year deal at the London Stadium, joining his boyhood club from local rivals Arsenal
 

West Ham have signed Jack Wilshere on a free transfer, the club have confirmed.

Amazon has recently acquired rights to show 20 matches as money keeps flowing into the English top flight.

Facebook has reportedly struck a £200million deal to stream Premier League matches.

All 380 Premier League games played each season from 2019 will be broadcast by Facebook in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, where BeIN Sports currently has exclusive rights.

The World Cup favourites are on their way home, after Belgium pulled off a memorable 2-1 win over Brazil to seal a semi-final with France.

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