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Diego Maradona (pictured, left, on a flight back to Moscow this morning) has declared 'I am fine' after fears were raised for his health following Argentina's win against Nigeria at the World Cup last night. The 57-year-old was filmed looking unsteady on his feet (centre) before being attended to by medical staff (right).

The land that time forgot: Welcome to Kaliningrad where England face Belgium

IAN HERBERT IN KALININGRAD: England now travel to a city of ghosts and — it must be said — a place where that boorish song about ‘10 German bombers’ and the ‘RAF from England’ could hardly be more inappropriate. Kaliningrad was Konigsberg, an old German city, when British air power flattened it more than 70 years ago and the collateral damage is still all around. An obscure museum to days past displays dolls and books from a German kindergarten, salvaged from the ruins in 1945.

Gareth Southgate is ready to give Harry Kane the chance to surge ahead in the race for the Golden Boot against Belgium on Thursday night.

SAMI MOKBEL IN REPINO: England's players will split a pot of £5million if they go on to win the World Cup — but that’s only half as much as Group G rivals Belgium!

Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Messi and Rojo goals send them to last 16

NIGERIA 1-2 ARGENTINA - MARTIN SAMUEL IN ST PETERSBURG: Ultimately, it was a fabulous volley from Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo that propelled Argentina into the final 16, but this was about him. This was about our desire for one player to stay. Save Messi. That is what the neutrals desired. Argentina — well, they have to take their chances with the other mortals.

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has attempted to patch up his relationship with Lionel Messi, thanking the captain and matchwinner for hugging him after the side squeaked into the last 16.

IAN HERBERT AT THE ST PETERSBURG STADIUM: Lionel Messi was not the only one you couldn’t take your eyes off. The Diego Maradona burlesque side-show was reaching new heights.

Lionel Messi said he had not expected to suffer so much against Nigeria, but that he and his Argentina team mates were always confident of winning the crucial World Cup clash.

The South Americans dumped the Super Eagles out of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a dramatic late volley from Marcos Rojo. The result saw Nigeria finish third and Argentina progress in second.

Iceland 1-2 Croatia: Ivan Perisic strikes late to send minnows home

ICELAND 1-2 CROATIA: One goal in the final three minutes was the equation. Find that and they were through. They could not but that, rather than this result, is what Iceland should remember their first World Cup for. Not that Ivan Perisic thrashed a Croatia winner just as stoppage time approached, as Iceland chased what would have been a historic second goal. And certainly not that they finished bottom of a quite scary group. This was close. Very close. They were excellent against Croatia. Yes, they missed chances and yes, with more guile might well be heading for a last-16 date with France in Kazan.

Australia 0-2 Peru: Socceroos out after Carrillo and Guerrero goals

AUSTRALIA 0-2 PERU - CHRIS HATHERALL IN SOCHI: Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who spent seven months fighting a drugs ban just to be in Russia, scored an emotional goal to knock Australia out of the World Cup in a 2-0 victory played in what was a carnival atmosphere in Sochi.  The goal, together with a wonderful strike by Watford’s Andre Carrillo, may not be enough to send the South Americans through — they were already destined to go home — but Guerrero’s journey has been such that it will nevertheless go down in Peruvian football history.  The captain feared he would never get to play in a World Cup after being banned for 14 months for testing positive for traces of cocaine.  

IAN LADYMAN AT THE LUZHNIKI STADIUM: This was a game so drab and so spiritless that it was tempting to look at FIFA's rule book and see if there was anyway that we could send both sides home.

PAUL NEWMAN: Cricket’s governing body will almost certainly be forced to give up on including the gimmick of a 10-ball over in their controversial new ‘Hundred’ competition.

MIKE DICKSON: John McEnroe has hit back at critics of his BBC pay packet by maintaining that he is worth every penny of what he is paid by the corporation to work at Wimbledon.

Serbia's motivation is clear. They must use the anger and frustration of what happened against Switzerland to make history and beat Brazil.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA IN RUSSIA: England's smooth progress to the last 16 of the World Cup has captivated the nation — except, it seems, the blazers on the FA council.

World Cup 2018: England WAGs head out for a group dinner in Russia

The wives and girlfriends of England’s World Cup players posed for a snap ahead of a glamorous group shot with echoes of Baden-Baden 2006. Led by Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah in a thigh-skimming floral dress at the centre of the line-up, the players number one fans were ready to enjoy a girls’ night out in St Petersburg on Tuesday. Pictured left to right: Millie Savage, Gemma Acton, Megan Davison, Becky Vardy, Annabel Peyton, Fern Hawkins, Shannon Horlock, Annie Kilner and Lucia Loi.

Romelu Lukaku sits out Belgium training for second day running ahead of England clash

Belgium take on England in a Kaliningrad shoot-out for first place in Group G but they could be without Lukaku, who suffered a slight ankle injury in Belgium's 5-2 victory against Tunisia. Following the clash with Tunisia on Saturday, Manchester United striker Lukaku had a scan on his ankle that showed no serious damage but it is unlikely he will be risked against England.

MATT LAWTON - CHIEF SPORTS REPORTER IN REPINO: Thursday is the second anniversary of England’s European Championship defeat by Iceland and Gary Cahill remembers it only too well.

Danny Rose is set for a change of heart as he prepares to fly his family out to the World Cup. He had originally had concerns over racism at the tournament.

Jordan Pickford has been making hundreds of saves at England's World Cup training base but is still waiting to make his first real stop in the competition.

Southgate not plotting England knockout route as Belgium decider looms

Gareth Southgate insists England's focus remains firmly on winning their final World Cup Group G fixture against Belgium as others seek to plot their potential path through the knockout stages and debate whether it would actually be more beneficial to enter the last 16 as runners-up. The Three Lions have already sealed their progress through to the next phase of the tournament in Russia after following up a last-gasp win over Tunisia with a 6-1 thumping of debutants Panama that left them tied with their fellow qualifiers on points and with an identical record in terms of goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded. If England and Belgium play out a draw, then the group will be decided on fair play records - with the two sides currently on two and three yellow cards respectively. If that also finishes level, then lots would be randomly drawn in Moscow.

Raheem Sterling cools off his England team-mates with a sprinkler

Jesse Lingard might be regarded as the joker in England's squad, but it was Raheem Sterling's turn to keep his team-mates laughing as they continued their preparations for Belgium on Tuesday. The Manchester City man, fresh from providing the assist for Lingard's stunning strike against Panama on Sunday, was on hand to help the some of Gareth Southgate's squad cool off in the heat of Zelenogorsk. After a pitchside sprinkler went off and soaked the likes of Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck, Sterling opted to take matters into his own hands and drench a few more of his pals.

IAN LADYMAN IN MOSCOW: After watching England dismantle Panama at the weekend, Roberto Martinez offered a candid view of the way football is now developing in the Premier League.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found it tough watching England's World Cup opener, especially as the injured midfielder believes Gareth Southgate's men boast the talent to challenge for the trophy

The bank have been using a predictive model to pick a winner at the summer showpiece. Simulating 1million variations, They initially picked Brazil to beat Germany in the final on July 15.

Tottenham show off their new stadium from the sky

Tottenham have shown off their new stadium with a stunning new aerial view of the ground. The club are hoping to hold their first match at the stadium in north London when they face Liverpool in the Premier League on the weekend of September 15-16.

Southampton sign Armstrong from Celtic in £7m deal as they unveil Hughes' first signing with Panini sticker video

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic on a four-year deal. The Scotland international has joined the Premier League side for a fee believed to be in the region of £7million.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that Sokratis Papastathopoulos is closing in on a move to  Arsenal.

Judy Murray has warned against expecting too much, too soon of her son, Andy, despite his impressive win over Stan Wawrinka on Monday.

Andy Murray's coach Jamie Delgado says the Scot ‘100 per cent’ wants to play at Wimbledon and has vowed the home favourite will be as fit as possible.

Lionel Messi's goal against Nigeria earns two landmarks: Things you missed from day 13 in

Not a night goes by now without drama consuming the football community and the finale of Groups C and D did not disappoint. Failure to master a two-screen set-up could have cost you some moments of hilarity and despair as Argentina's glee was Nigeria's nightmare. Fear not, Sportsmail were on hand to highlight what you may have missed as Groups C and D came to a conclusion.

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel was left fuming with the referee and the VAR system after his side were denied a penalty and later defeated by Argentina in Saint Petersburg.

Germany manager Joachim Low spoke of the need for his team to keep their emotions under control ahead of Wednesday's crucial showdown with South Korea.

Rudy picked up the injury during his team's 2-1 win over Sweden last week. He was forced to leave the pitch after a Swedish player's boot slammed into his nose in the first half as he was on the ground.

The final round of group games continued on Tuesday with Argentina, Croatia, France and Denmark all securing their places in the last-16.

Ozil and Draxler take part in incredible keepy-uppy routine as Germany train ahead of crunch showdown with South Korea

Germany's World Cup hopes lie in the balance ahead of their final group stage clash with South Korea on Wednesday. But the pressure does not seem to be affecting key pair Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler ahead of the showdown in Kazan. The pair were engaged in an incredible keepy-uppy challenge as they took a break from fine-tuning their preparations.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez happy for side to be dreamers ahead of final group game

With back-to-back victories to open the World Cup, including one over defending champions Germany, Mexico's national team has already been anointed by some back home as the best in the country's history. If Mexico beat Sweden on Wednesday they would win their group with a perfect record, something they have never achieved in their long World Cup history. It's exactly the kind of big dreams that 30-year-old forward Javier Hernandez was criticised for prior to the tournament when he said winning this year's World Cup was a possibility.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic believes the last-16 tie against Denmark will be his side's 'moment of truth' after they topped Group D with a 100 per cent record following a 2-1 win over Iceland.

Andre Carrillo scored in the first half and Paolo Guerrero added a second after the break as the South Americans' tournament ended on a high with a 2-0 win over Australia.

Hector Cuper has departed his role as Egypt manager following a dismal World Cup campaign that culminated in a group stage exit while questions remain whether Mohamed Salah will stay.

Tite insists that Brazil can't rely solely on Neymar

Brazil head coach Tite has warned Neymar should not be expected to win the World Cup on his own as the squad prepare for the crucial Group E showdown with Serbia in Moscow. The world's most expensive player, who battled back from a fractured metatarsal to be fit for Russia, again took centre stage in the fallout from Brazil's late 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in St Petersburg. Neymar saw his successful penalty appeal overturned after review by the video assistant referee, before Philippe Coutinho finally broke the deadlock in stoppage time, with the Paris St Germain forward scoring another to wrap up a first victory for Brazil at the 2018 finals.

Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner all avoided being banned by FIFA but were fined for the way they celebrated the two Swiss goals in their 2-1 success over the Serbians.

The Prime Minister of Albania opened a bank account to allow his country's people to offer their 'symbolic contribution' to pay the fines levied against two Swiss players of Albanian origin.

The South Americans are currently third and need a win in Samara to guarantee a place in the last 16, while the African side are second and will progress with at least a draw.

James Milner has ripped into the use of VAR at the World Cup, branding the system a 'shambles' while listing the negative effects it is having on games in Russia.

Manchester United star Sanchez is joined by his dogs as he trains in Chile ahead of the

While the majority of the world’s elite footballers are in Russia, Alexis Sanchez has been getting fit for his first full Manchester United season by training with his dogs in Chile. Sanchez isn't at the World Cup after Chile failed to qualify but the winger has been putting in the hard work in his home city of Tocopilla. The 29-year-old is known for his love of his dogs Atom and Humber and couldn't resist letting them join in with his workout. After a difficult start to his United career, Sanchez will be especially eager to make a major impact for Jose Mourinho's side next season.

Naby Keita posts picture of him wearing Liverpool shirt as a youngster

Liverpool new boy Naby Keita (back row, centre) has revealed a love for the Merseyside club which has existed since he was a youth football. The 23-year-old is set to be unveiled as a Liverpool player in the coming days, once he officially joins Jurgen Klopp's side on July 1. Keita signed a pre-agreement with the Reds last summer, and has begun to hype up his imminent arrival by posting a picture online.

Buttler was a leading presence in the IPL earlier this year after being moved to the top of the order, equalling a record of five successive half-centuries in the competition.

Jos Buttler has been compared to Ben Stokes as he prepares for a new phase in his career as England's Twenty20 opener. Paul Farbrace wants him to face as many balls as possible.

Dan Evans’ tortuous bid to qualify for Wimbledon after being refused a wildcard ended in heartache with a 6-0, 6-3 defeat by Germany’s Matthias Bachinger.

Phil Neville's son Harvey signs for Manchester United on 16th birthday

Phil Neville's son Harvey has followed his dad by signing for Manchester United. Neville Snr shared his exciting news on his Instagram page, posting a photograph of the 16-year-old holding up a United shirt. It was a double celebration for Harvey, who also had his birthday on Tuesday. Phil represented the Old Trafford club 386 times during a 15-year association with United.

Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer has retired from rugby. The 40-year-old won 98 caps during an 11-year international career that reached its peak with the 2009 Grand Slam.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Anthony Joshua has been in lengthy talks over a major unification with Deontay Wilder but he will now focus on Alexander Povetkin.

Wimbledon hopeful Johanna Konta produced a sharp performance at Eastbourne on Tuesday, setting up a challenging clash with world No 2 Caroline Wozniacki.

EA though Lingard was England's stand-out performer in their 6-1 romp of Panama. He, Japan's Inui and Colombia's Cuadrado have all received FIFA 18 World Cup mode upgrades.



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Vinicius Junior tears up in final Flamengo press conference ahead of Real Madrid move

Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior bade a heartfelt goodbye to Flamengo on Monday as he prepares to make his move to Real Madrid. The 17-year-old's move to the European champions will become a reality on his 18th birthday next month after a £38m deal was agreed last year. He is widely considered the best prospect to come out of his country since Neymar and appears to have a big future in the game, though it is unclear yet whether or not he will be loaned out next season.

Roma land Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain in £22m deal

Roma have continued their transfer spree by signing Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year contract for a fee of £22million (24.7 million euros).

Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who retired from the national team after being omitted from Roberto Martinez's World Cup squad, scored 28 goals in 155 league appearances for Roma.

Marouane Fellaini will make a decision on his Manchester United future within days after rejecting a contract extension at Old Trafford. The midfielder is on World Cup duty with Belgium.

Sunderland utility man Paddy McNair has completed his move to Sky Bet Championship Middlesbrough, the Teessiders have confirmed.

Jurgen Klopp cannot provide any guarantees about giving Ings regular football next season and it is for that reason the 25-year-old will reluctantly look for another club during this window.

The Catalan giants make £187m from their array of partners including kit maker Nike, shirt sponsor Rakuten and others. They earn £37m more than El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.

Moses Odubajo joined up with Celtic in Austria on Wednesday night  - with the Hull City full-back set for talks with Brendan Rodgers about a possible move to Glasgow.

Steven Gerrard will wait until Portugal's World Cup adventure is over before contacting Bruno Alves to discuss his Rangers future.

Premier League Transfers - Club-by-club list of Summer 2018 moves

It promises to be another big spending summer among the Premier League clubs, especially those wishing to haul in champions Manchester City over the course of the campaign. But of course there are bargains to be had too and also the opportunity to grab a star from the World Cup in Russia. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League (those making at least one club appearance), as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 have been released ahead of the new campaign. Find out who your team will be taking on and when all of the key dates are.

Just as one season ends another begins. Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup final Premier League sides will be back in action. Here is our guide to all the pre-season fixtures

Sportsmail provide you with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Keep track of every team's new designs for the coming season on this page.

Is this the craziest golf swing ever? Ho-sung Choi becomes a viral sensation

An online campaign has started to allow a little-known Korean golfer to play in The Open after he became a viral sensation thanks to his remarkable swing. Ho-sung Choi narrowly missed out on qualifying for The Open by finishing fifth at the Korean Open, where only the top two bagged spots in the field at Carnoustie in July.

James Harden picks up MVP trophy in garish suit at 2018 NBA Awards

James Harden picked up the NBA's Most Valuable Player award on Monday night after twice finishing as runner-up in previous years.   The Houston Rockets star beat out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden, wearing a garish beige suit with black accents on Monday night, joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.

Bouchard victorious in Wimbledon qualifying as British trio crash out

Eugenie Bouchard posted a dominant 6-0, 6-2 victory over Zhu Lin in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying. Junior champion in 2012 and senior finalist in 2014, losing to Petra Kvitova, Bouchard has plummeted so far in the rankings that she is only just inside the top 200 at 191. Wimbledon declined to give the 24-year-old a wildcard, meaning a first trip to Roehampton for qualifying, where the Canadian easily passed her first test, defeating China's Zhu in just 51 minutes.

Needing just three runs for victory, two overs in which to score them and seven wickets in hand, High Wycombe were feeling pretty confident of victory against Peterborough Town on Sunday.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Ryan ten Doeschate smashed a career-best 173 not out as Essex dominated the second day of their match against Somerset at Chelmsford.

EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE DICKSON: Henman has hinted Wimbledon may end up giving Williams a seeding for this year's Championships when the decision is announced on Wednesday.

Lewis Hamilton believes the penalty handed to title rival Sebastian Vettel for a ‘crazy' collision with Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas ‘didn’t weigh up.’

Sportsmail understands the quadruple world champion has finally ironed out the wrinkles in the long-delayed deal, which may be announced ahead of the British Grand Prix on July 8.

Boudjellal has revealed that the pull of Twickenham combined with a 'family problem' could see Ashton return to the Aviva Premiership after just one stunning season in the Top 14.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Wednesday's meetings at Bath, Carlisle, Worcester, Salisbury and Kempton.

Despite increased security, the statistics released by Thames Valley show that the five-day royal meeting did not pass entirely without trouble.

PETE JENSON: The quiet man of Spanish football, has performed an admirable job by guiding the team into the last-16 of the World Cup amid the chaos of Julen Lopetegui's sacking

As many predicted beforehand, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has become one of the major talking points of the World Cup in Russia. We take a look at the good and bad calls so far

The net had barely received Harry Kane’s second penalty of the afternoon when the calculations began. England, it seemed, were on their way to topping the group. Oh, the calamity.

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