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Group C Final Games​

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Group E Final Games​

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Group G Final Games​

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Spanish trap awaits England in World Cup last 16!

Gary Neville

Published at 8:45PM, June 26 2026

Fans and pundits sighed with relief as England bossed a group of death in Argentina with three consecutive 1-0 wins. We couldn't have wished for better results yet many would claim this side is capable of more. Manager Andre Villas-Boas nearly joined his critics in the nail-biting against India but spoke confidently at the end of the game.

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Andre at the final whistle vs India

"I don't care what they say. This is the World Cup and I will take 1-0. I'll take 0,5. Anything that moves us in the next round. Can we win it? Of course we can. Just don't expect us to score cricketwise."

Looking at the draw he has a point. England faces Spain in the next match and we don't need it to be pretty. They progressed by scoring as many as us, just 3, but their keeper has been beaten once so their defense is not invulnerable. Their manager Tito Vilanova has so far failed to reproduce his early Barcelona days and Spain will prefer to keep it tight rather than go out all guns blazing. I'd say anyone expecting to see us put 5 or 6 past them is being stupid. La Furia are the bookies' favourite this time and I'd take 0,5 too.

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La Furia know how to win ugly

The full draw for the round of last 16:

Holland vs Argentina
China vs Turkey
Mali vs U.S.A.
Ukraine vs Belgium
Portugal vs Senegal
Mexico vs France
Spain vs England
Germany vs Colombia
 
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Joseph Barton @Joey7Barton what a tool @ Marseilles can you believe 1m

@GNev2 Are you blind? This team should be ripping India apart and he has
em playin like ****** Alan Pardew! #England #WorldCup2026

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Beckham spirit free kick sends England in the quarters!

Gary Neville

Published at 8:22PM, June 30 2026

24 years ago David Beckham scored a crucial free kick in additional time against Greece to get us in Brazil.
Today another free kick hero is born. We were struggling to break a well defending Spain side and it looked set to go in extra time when Scotty Walden hit a 94th minute screamer in the corner of the net.


94' and that man is finally beaten!

It could have been different if the Spaniards had taken advantage of Phil Jones' clumsy defending in the 24th minute but Villalobos was quick to react and produced what should be the save of the tournament for England so far.

And I must say I am impressed with how composed the lads looked on the pitch. Spain were carved open a number of times and we could have won it much earlier if it wasn't for the wasteful shooting of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jim Priestley and Brett Palmer.


Wasteful Oxlade-Chamberlain!

We face Mexico in the quarters now and that is a different sort of opposition. The Mexicans did well to go past an experienced France team and play some passionate, attacking football. Their main striker Carlos Fierro is a familiar face. The Tottenham striker is very mobile and works hard to find space behind defenders. Villas-Boas would do well to field a tight defensive unit and instructing them to hold a deeper than usual line.


Carlos Fierro is Mexico's main threat

Other than that we certainly have more ability in our ranks and to be frank Mexico are a little lucky to progress so far. If we can prevent a lapse in concentration this is a team we could and should be beating.

The full draw for the quarterfinals:

Holland vs Ukraine
China vs U.S.A.
Portugal vs Colombia
Mexico vs England
 
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England avoid penalty **** against Mexico! We can start dreaming!

Gary Neville

Published at 8:24PM, July 4 2026

The Argentinean fairy tale continues!

No one expected anything less when the World Cup started but we as a nation are used to expectations as much as disappointment. Making it this far means we can remember of another, long forgotten word. We can dream again!

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Triumphant at FT!

It wasn't a walk in the park though. Despite being aware of everything Mexico could throw against us we allowed them to take the lead twice and it was only through tremendous character that we managed to see this game off. Andre Villas-Boas will be happy the Mexicans shot themselves in the foot with an own goal so quickly after they scored from the penalty spot. A lesson Newcastle wing back Andreas Rush didn't learn from as he allowed Carlos Fierro to grab another goal to give the Mexicans advantage at half time.

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Mexico lead 2-1 at half time

As the game approached the final 20 minutes Andre did right to replace Rush with Manchester United defender Greg Bennett. I have to say I expected Jim Priestley to score earlier. He had so many chances and could have easily bagged a hattrick. I was just beginning to worry we wouldn't manage to materialize our great dominance in the second half when he finally converted. He went on to miss a couple more sitters and we had to settle for extra time.


Priestley misses again! Headed for pens?

As minutes passed it was increasingly looking like we'd go to penalties. Yes, those dreaded penalties. But then Greg Bennett popped out of nowhere to smash a corner home and grab the all important winner!

We don't have any right to complain after such a game. Truth is we could have been out but we are still there. And at tournaments like this it's the only margin between a very good team and a World champion.

Next opposition is Holland and they won't let us off the hook so easily. My humble opinion on this matter is the Mexicans did us a favor as the last thing we'd want heading into the Semis would be false belief gathered from a trashing result. The lads will be ready and if they go down at any stage they will know they can turn it around as they already did it.

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Can we outscore these guys?

The Dutch may be without long term absentee Mickael van der Vaart but still possess amazing strike power and there is a good chance we may need to outscore them rather than count on keeping a clean sheet.

The full draw for the semifinals:

Holland vs England
Portugal vs U.S.A.
 
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England do the job in 7 mad minutes to meet surprise package U.S.A. in the Final!

Gary Neville

Published at 8:52PM, July 9 2026

England is in the Final!

Jim Priestley and Jack Wilshere inflicted pain to a wasteful Dutch side in Lanus Community Arena. Holland had more chances and will certainly regret their inability to score. We have to thank veteran Wilshere for a fantastic man of the match performance in midfield as he gave his every bit of energy and collapsed on the pitch with the final whistle.

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Wilshere the hero against Holland

It is only one game, one final game separating England from that elusive World Cup now! And to get it - isn't that ironic? - we have to face the man who conquered the Premiership.

This is both good and bad news. Good news is a lot of the lads actually play under Hristov at Newcastle and know his style inside-out. If they have the ability to win for him, I've no reason to doubt they have the ability to beat him. England will certainly field a team of better individual quality in the final.

The bad news is the U.S.A. have flown through their fixtures with remarkable ease. Indeed they didn't have to face any of the favourites so far but don't let that fool you. There aren't many who will lose their captain to a red card in the 19th minute and still manage to beat Portugal as convincingly as the Americans did.

Hristov's team was quick to appeal the card but I think the elbow was clearly visible and Michael Diskerud will watch the last game of the tournament from the stands.

If anyone is expecting Hristov to make us a favour he would be sadly mistaken. It is up for us to do our job properly and break his game plan. How can we do it?

Andre Villas-Boas has the resources to achieve that. What should he be looking to do? Hristov employs an extremely attacking version of 4-2-4 and likes to separate the phases of play by dividing his team in two 5's which regroup with fascinating speed. His wingers tend to cut inside while the wing backs overlap looking to stretch the defensive line or find space for a cross. If the defense stretches to cover them the ball is quickly moved to the center via one-twos. A good bet to avoid this would be to track their wing backs and employ wingers to keep them busy. I'd also like to see Arsenal striker Shane Chandler man marked as he is their main attacking threat. We can't ignore the fact he managed to break Landon Donovan's long standing U.S.A. top-scorer record against Portugal so he knows how to put it in the back of the net.

Villas-Boas might also want to concentrate on counter attacks as Hristov will often send central defenders to attack set pieces like corners and even throw-ins which tends to leave the back line pretty vulnerable.

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...One cup!

Team news:

England: Greg Bennet out (groin strain)
U.S.A.: Mikkel Diskerud suspended (red card)
 
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