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England confirm friendly with Super Eagles at Wembley ahead of 2018 World Cup

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England have will take on Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, as part of their warm-up friendlies ahead of the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions will play the Super Eagles five days before facing Costa Rica in another friendly at Elland Road.
England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.Gareth Southgate’s men will then face debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, before concluding the group stage against Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad.
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“We’re going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition, so we get that with the games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, but it’s not just about the games we’ve got in the group but hopefully beyond that as well.“We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences,” Southgate said on Wednesday

MAN UTD HEAVES SIGH OF RELIEF AS BELGIUM OFFER POSITIVE LUKAKU INJURY UPDATE

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The in-form striker was unable to take part in training with his country on Monday, but a scan has revealed no serious damage to his troublesome ankle Manchester United will be relieved to hear that a scan on Romelu Lukaku’s ankle has revealed "no fracture or structural damage". The in-form striker, who has netted 11 times in 10 games since joining the Red Devils for £75 million over the summer, is away on international duty with Belgium. He was unable to take part in training with his country on Monday, sparking fears that he could be sidelined through injury. Belgium quickly announced that the 24-year-old would be undergoing further tests, and they have offered a positive update following those medical examinations. A statement released by the national team read: "Romelu Lukaku underwent an MRI scan but no fracture or structural damage has been diagnosed. "The next days he will follow an individual training program. It is however too early to state that he won't be…

lukaku sends Belgium to World cup

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Belgium became the first European team to qualify for next year's World Cup when a Romelu Lukaku header gave them a 2-1 win in Greece on Sunday.
Belgium became the sixth team to make sure of their place at the 2018 tournament alongside Brazil, Japan, Iran and Mexico, plus Russia who qualified automatically as hosts.
The win left Belgium with 22 points from eight games at the top of Group H, eight clear of Bosnia who won 4-0 away to Gibraltar. They have two games each to play.

Chelsea close in on Marseille's Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi - reports

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Michy Batshuayi is currently with the Belgium squad at Euro 2016. Chelsea are close to completing the signing of Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille in a deal worth £33 million, according to multiple reports.

Marc wilmots: Marouane fellaini should consider united exit

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Marouane Fellaini should consider leaving Manchester United in January, says Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.The forward has only made three starts in all competitions this season after serving a three-game suspension to start the campaign, though he has come on as a substitute nine times.Wilmots did not select Fellaini to the Belgium squad that beat Italy last week, and the coach said the 27-year-old needs to see the Old Trafford pitch more before Euro 2016."A player who does not play for his club is annoying for a coach," Wilmots told Le Soir.
"Fellaini could play to support the attack, as the No.6. He has very good technique, very good ability to track back and recover.
"Maybe he will try to find a new challenge in January, if it is possible."

Marc Wilmots: mignolet would still be between the sticks if courtios was available

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is happy with the mentality Simon Mignolet has displayed with the Red Devils in recent years and revealed that even if Thibaut Courtois had been fit then the Liverpool man would have started in goal over the international break.Mignolet has been forced to play second fiddle to the Chelsea custodian at international level, but Wilmots feels he has never complained and has continued to act in a professional manner.
Mignolet started in goal for Belgium on Friday night in a 3-1 win over Italy in Brussels and the Liverpool man's performance pleased Wilmots, who says he will also start against Spain."Mignolet is now 27 years old and so is coming to his best age. That he was good against Italy didn't surprise me" , he told a press conference.
"Something can always happen with Thibaut Courtois and Simon's mentality is an example to the squad" , he continued.
"It was not easy for him to give up his place as number 1.
"Simon w…

39th minute tribute for the 39 belgium vs italy

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Belgium and Italy have paid a moving tribute to the fans who lost their lives in the Heysel Stadium disaster 30 years ago.
Back in 1985, the Heysel Stadium played host to the European Cup final, which was contested by Liverpool and Juventus.

Kompany withdraws from Belgium squad to face italy and Spain

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain.
The 29-year-old, who was not involved in full training with his country on Tuesday or Wednesday, was the subject of a club-versus-country row during the previous international break when he played in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel despite assertions from City boss Manuel Pellegrini that he was unfit because of a calf injury.
There will be no repeat of those arguments this month, though, after Belgium confirmed he had left the squad and been replaced by Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots said he considered City's wishes in making his decision.
"I don't want to overexert him, also out of respect for Manchester City,'' Wilmots said. "We have enough other options."
.@vincentkompany left the squad, out for Italy and Spain. @StevenDefour joined the group at noon.
In October, Kompany was named in the Belgiu…

BELGIUM FINISH TOP

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Belgium secured top spot in Group B following second half goals from Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and the Chelsea forward
Second-half goals from Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard sealed a comfortable 3-1 victory for Belgium over Israel in their final Euro 2016 qualifier.The win means Belgium have finished top of Group B, two points clear of fellow automatic qualifiers Wales.
Bosnia-Herzegovina finished in the play-off place following their 3-2 victory over Cyprus.Nainggolan tried his luck from long-range early on and was not too far away from Ofir Marciano's top corner. The hosts threatened again when De Bruyne made good ground down the left and sent in a low cross, but Romelu Lukaku could not quite convert from a tight angle at the second attempt.It was Israel who came more closer to finding the the net first , though. After Tal Ben Haim II had been fouled by Nainggolan, captain Zahavi struck a brilliant free-kick which bounced away off the post.Belgium responded q…

HAZARD: THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENT OF MY CAREER

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard admits he’s struggling through the worst moment of his career.
Last season’s PFA and Football Writers’ player of the year has not been the same influential force and a string of disappointing performances saw him dropped from the side to face Porto in the Champions League last month.
“This is perhaps the most difficult period of my career.
There are always ups and downs. I’m not certain what the problem is,” he said.
“But we have to keep working hard to improve
. It’s always good to spend time with the national team, and even more so when things aren’t going well for your club.
“I know I can do better. I have to be able to help the team win.”
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