France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

 England’s Dele Alli  scores his side’s second goal during  the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

England 2 Sweden 0 The increasingly excited/anxious debate about this England side’s progress through the World Cup can be broadly summed up in a co(...)

England’s defender Harry Maguire celebrates at the end of the match. Photograph: Getty Images

The time might have come for us all to be generous and say ‘well done you lot’. Our neighbours are now, you’d have to be thinking, World Cup winners-e(...)

England’s Harry Maguire scores from a corner in the first half. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

England 2 Sweden 0 Whether football is coming “home” might remain a little less certain than the fans like to suggest in song but as Gareth Southgat(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate: rival teams see no reason to be afraid of his side. photographs:  lee smith/reuters

One of the more remarkable statistics bandied about in the wake of England’s penalty shootout defeat of Colombia on Tuesday was the fact that only two(...)

Sweden celebrate after winning their Group F encounter with mexico at the 2018 World Cup to advance to the round of 16. Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo

Sweden 3 Mexico 0 Devastated on the pitch, trailing 3-0 after a performance riddled with anxiety and inhibition, with the minutes ticking down on Mex(...)

  Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their  penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Sweden 1 South Korea 0 There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish (...)

Sebastian Larsson reacts after Sweden draw 0-0 with Italy to secure their place at next summer’s World Cup. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Italy 0 Sweden 0 (Sweden win 1-0 on aggregate) Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after being shut out by S(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan opens the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E match against Sweden at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Livepic

Sweden 1 Republic of Ireland 1 In a week’s time the Irish might well be looking back on this, a game they led but drew, and wondering what might have(...)

Wes Hoolahan will start for the Republic of Ireland in the Group E opener against Sweden at Stade de France. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has urged his team to “get on the ball” against Sweden after he backed up his claim that Ireland would look to win their opening game o(...)

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