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With Australia v Denmark first up on another blockbuster three-game day, a reminder that Tim Cahill can make history in Samara. If the 38-year-old gets on the scoresheet – most likely after coming off the bench – he’ll become just the fifth man in history to find the net at four different World Cups. The others are Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé, of course.
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England news: some nifty undercover work appears to have uncovered Gareth Southgate’s planned starting lineup for Sunday’s game with Panama. An image, taken by the Daily Mirror, seemingly shows a, by now standard 3-5-2, but most intriguing is that Raheem Sterling’s name appears beneath Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Marcus Rashford looks to appear alongside Harry Kane up front. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s name, for example, appears beneath Kieran Trippier’s, Jordan Henderson above Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard above Fabian Delph. The notes, dated 21 June, also suggest Dele Alli, as expected, will not be risked because of that thigh injury.
Smooth-talking Timo Werner is not getting sucked into any of that Germany crisis talk. Oh no, he’s still talking them up as potential winners, and who can blame him, really? “Of course we can still win the World Cup,” the RB Leipzig striker mused. “Spain lost their first match at the World Cup in South Africa [to Switzerland] and ended up being champions. Now what we have to do is win the next match against Sweden [on Saturday].”
Here’s a longish read on England, by Daniel Taylor:
While England are out training, Panama’s Luis Ovalle has been speaking to the gathered press in Saransk. Asked about how others take a dim view of their team, he said: “It’s normal to see us in that way as our first world Cup but on the pitch the millions do not play, we are 11 against 11 and everything can happen.”
Transfer nugget: Emre Can has arrived in Turin to complete his move on a free from Juventus to Liverpool; he has agreed a five-year contract and is undergoing a medical this morning.
Australia’s game with Denmark could see a possible clash between two of Huddersfield Town’s standout performers in the Premier League last season, as Mathias Jorgensen and Aaron Mooy go head-to-head, while Jonas Lössl could also feature in goal for the Danes. “If we want to meet our expectations, which are to go through the group stages, then we need to beat Australia,” Jorgensen said. “When you see videos from back home after we won, seeing the crowds at various big screen events out in Copenhagen and around Denmark, seeing how the fever has hit everyone in Denmark and seeing them just enjoying being a Dane.”
Big news from the England camp: no sling for Gareth Southgate.
England news: Dele Alli will sit out training in Zelenogorsk this morning as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain. All the other 22 members of Gareth Southgate’s squad will take part in England’s first full training session since their 2-1 win over Tunisia. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to replace Alli on Sunday:
A dab of Football League news: the 2018-19 fixtures have just been released, with Frank Lampard’s Derby County opening at Reading on Friday 3 August. Elsewhere, Marcelo Bielsa’s maiden game in English football will be Leeds United’s match at home to Stoke City, on Sunday 5 August. Both those games will be televised. Sunderland, meanwhile, start League One life at home to Charlton
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