Irvine: International Aussies building midfield depth (0:54)
Brilliante: Socceroos enjoying freedom under BVM (0:40)
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6hNick Miller

Kane can make captain's armband matter with goals

The captain's armband has generally lost its lustre but if that added responsibility keeps fuelling Harry Kane its value cannot be overstated.

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6hPA Sport

Argentina's Romero injured, out for World Cup

Manchester United's Sergio Romero has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup after the Argentina goalkeeper suffered a knee injury.

Kane: England can use Liverpool's UCL run as motivation (0:58)
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11hAssociated Press

FIFA won't fast-track Club World Cup - source

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will no longer try to gain approval for a $25-billion overhaul of competitions before the World Cup.

Why Harry Kane is worthy of the England captaincy (2:19)
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16hESPN staff

World Cup preliminary squads: Who is in?

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.

Will Spain reinvent themselves at the 2018 World Cup? (5:31)
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17hMichael Yokhin

Croatia's Rebic is finally proving his worth

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.

Pochettino: Kane has the quality to be England captain (0:30)
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19hStephan Uersfeld

Hooligans won't be problem at WC - Ceferin

Violence broke out around England's meeting with Russia in Marseille in 2016 and fears have been voiced that hooliganism could blight World Cup.

Troisi embraces competition for spots (0:39)
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1dStephan Uersfeld

Germany: Neuer fitness a concern for Low

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?

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