Get out of the group, get knocked out in the round of 16. El Tri is tired of that script, and a stout defense plus Hirving Lozano can change it.
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The captain's armband has generally lost its lustre but if that added responsibility keeps fuelling Harry Kane its value cannot be overstated.
Manchester United's Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup after the Argentina goalkeeper suffered a knee injury.
Brazil's goalkeeping coaches have no hesitation in anointing Alisson as the team's No. 1 for the World Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino will no longer try to gain approval for a $25-billion overhaul of competitions before the World Cup.
Newly minted England captain Harry Kane wants to use Liverpool's run to the Champions League final as inspiration for the upcoming World Cup.
FIFA says there is "insufficient evidence" to open anti-doping proceedings against any player in Russia's World Cup squad.
Nigeria players will in all likelihood become the first to receive their 2018 FIFA World Cup bonus payments.
The teams for the World Cup are announcing their squads. Find out below who is in contention before FIFA's deadline for all final squads on June 4.
Ante Revic shone the brightest as Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern in the cup final. Though he's had a tough career, he will be at the World Cup.
Spain have signed coach Julen Lopetegui to a new contract, extending his time as the coach of the national team through Euro 2020.
Guerrero was given a doping ban from the country's first World Cup for 36 years over cocaine contained in a cup of tea.
Violence broke out around England's meeting with Russia in Marseille in 2016 and fears have been voiced that hooliganism could blight World Cup.
England have named Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as their captain for the World Cup.
Germany will no doubt make a deep run at the World Cup, with Joachim Low relying on a team and not individuals. But will Manuel Neuer be ready?