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Saudi Arabia’s players take part in a training session in St Petersburg. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team landed safely in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on Monday evening, after an apparent engine fire on the plane carrying the (...)

England’s Harry Kane celebrates with team-mates after scoring their first goal in the World Cup Group G  game against Tunisia at the   Volgograd Arena. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

When the BBC opened their coverage with that little video imagining what the reaction would be in Blighty if England won the World Cup, you could only(...)

England’s Harry Kane goes down in the area during the  World Cup Group G match against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena. Photograph:  Tim Goode/PA Wire

Harry Kane argued justice had been done after the England captain nodded his side’s stoppage-time winner having seen two vociferous penalty appeals fo(...)

England captain Harry Kane  heads home his  his second goal in the World Cup Group G game against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Tunisia 1 England 2 Nothing banishes doubts like the exhilaration of an injury-time winner, but of all the teams to win matches late in this World Cu(...)

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah during training on the eve of the Group A match against Russia in St Petersburg. Photograph: AP Photo

Russia got their World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia but face an entirely different beast in the form of Egypt(...)

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku scores their third goal during the  World Cup  Group G game against  Panama at the  Fisht Stadium in  Sochi. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium 3 Panama 0 The Panamanian fans were sufficiently lively at the end of this to suggest that even a three-goal defeat fell within the realms of(...)

England’s Jordan Pickford, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker walk on the Volgograd Arena pitch ahead of the World Cup Group G match against Tunisia in Volgograd. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Harry Kane will captain an England side containing nine World Cup debutants as Gareth Southgate’s men prepare to get their tournament under way agains(...)

 Locals and football fans in front of The Motherland Calls statue at the World War II memorial complex in Volgograd. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

There is a time and place for first-person stories, which is usually no time and no place. But this is the only time I’ll get to tell this one. It’s q(...)

  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 (...)

Security ahead of the World Cup Group G match at the Volgograd Arena between Tunisia and England. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Swarms of flying bugs are causing chaos for fans and broadcasters around Volgograd with fears they may be a nuisance to England players when they face(...)

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