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Martin O’Neill: “I don’t really want to have a history of players with one or two caps who have fallen by the wayside.”   Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The Republic of Ireland squad will start to take on a more familiar look this afternoon when Martin O’Neill and the 19 players who travelled for last(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo reacts after a missed chance  against France. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

France 0 Ecuador 0 The first two weeks of the World Cup has been dominated by the Latin American teams but last night France helped dispatch Ecuador f(...)

France’s  Blaise Matuidi in action against Switzerland during the Group E clash  at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Photo:  Christopher Lee/Getty

There are several ways to win a World Cup but finding momentum at just the right moment is one of the surest paths to success. Just ask the unfancied(...)

Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scores past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares  during the World Cup Group E  match at Arena Baixada  in Curitiba. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

Ecuador 2 Honduras 1 Many may have feared the worst about this battle of the Group E outsiders but in the end there was a lot to enjoy. Especia(...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)

 Haris Seferovic of Switzerland scores the winner past Ecuador’s Alexander Dominguez   at Estadio Nacional  in Brasilia. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1A first stalemate of the World Cup beckoned but this World Cup is not ready for mundanity yet. In a sensational finish in Brasí(...)

Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza  controls the ball during their international friendly  against Israel at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Aaron M. Sprecher / EPA

There will be more than one Luis Suarez at the World Cup in Brazil and while the Uruguayan superstar may be targetting glory in the final, his Colomb(...)

Ecuadors  Segundo Castillo heads a ball during a training session at the Casa de la Seleccion (House of the National Team), in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: José Jacome / EPA

Manager: Reinaldo Rueda Best finish: Second round (2006). World Cup record: Played 10, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 5. History Ecuador made(...)

England’s Steven Gerrard (right) consoles teammate Raheem Sterling (left) after he was shown a red card against Ecuador  at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England 2 Ecuador 2 Perhaps Roy Hodgson was correct and it was always a risk placing too much trust in a player of 19. Raheem Sterling is a pla(...)

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