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Jermain Defoe
It's only normal to have one eye on the World Cup. Every English player will want to get in to that squad but it's based on merit, so you'll have to play well for your club. It's no different to Tottenham because there were always four top forwards who would go away with their national team and England.feedback
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NEW Jul 24 2017
“The biggest thing I have learnt that to beat Argentina at the World Cup we are going to have to improve. We are not bulletproof at the moment. To win at the World Cup you need to be bulletproof. The challenge is to build a bullet-proof team. At the World Cup you can get a team that on one day can be absolutely red hot. Every offload sticks, the referee gives 50-50 decisions, you have got to be good enough to beat these teams and we are not at the moment but we are moving in the right direction.” said Eddie Jones speaking about World Cup. It’s one of the 360 quotes about World Cup you can find on this page. 232 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Bruce Arena, Sunil Gulati and Gianni Infantino. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Juergen Klopp

I saw a few wonderful signs [from Solanke]. Everybody in England watched the U20 World Cup – that was fantastic football. He is an offensive player, a really skilled boy. He has to improve, of course, but a lot of things are already really good: first touch, movement, a lot of things.feedback

William Gallas

He's still young, I think he will stay one more year at Monaco. If he does this it will be a good choice. Next year there is the World Cup.feedback

Nicholas Bloom

The office is actually an amazingly noisy environment. There's a cake in the break room; Bob's leaving, come join. The World Cup sweepstakes is going. Whatever it is, the office is super-distracting.feedback

Hugo Sanchez

James needed to prove to Zidane that he can trust him in every game, not just the once but also the next one. One's character has to harden and that's what James was missing. It is clear that he prefers to be playing than warming the bench, and especially given that next year there is a World Cup, where he wants to start for the Spanish national side.feedback

Gemma Fay

England have qualified for international competitions for many many years. Then came the explosion of support around the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup. We see this tournament as the start of something. It's an opportunity to start creating the depth of passion for women's football that England now seem to have.feedback

Olivier Renard

Guillermo has a great international experience, whether at the club level, where he played in the Mexican Championship, then in the French Ligue 1 and the Spanish Liga, or in the national team. He had an excellent World Cup in 2014. Guillermo is ready for a new challenge and will certainly bring a lot to our group.feedback

Gianni Infantino

Nothing is standing in the way of using VARs [at the World Cup], as far as I'm concerned. So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests. Without the VARs, we would have had a different tournament. And a tournament which would have been a little less fair.feedback

Donato Di Campli

Marco knows perfectly well what his contractual commitments are to PSG, but it's normal to be flattered by Barcelona's interest. Who wouldn't be, at 24, in the season leading up to the World Cup. Do PSG finally want to build a team that is not content to win only Ligue 1 or the Coupe de France? There's a lot of talk about [Kylian] Mbappe but, so far, new champions have not come to Paris.feedback

Michal Globisz

We hadn't beaten a Brazilian side for 33 years, not since the 1974 World Cup, when Grzegorz Lato scored. And tonight it was another Grzegorz who got the winner.feedback

Sunil Gulati

We are thrilled to kick off the bid process with our partners from Canada and Mexico. This is a special opportunity for North America to unite behind our sport of soccer and the quest to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United Bid Committee has the experience and resources to deliver a successful bid, but it will require an enormous team effort over the next eight and half months so we can demonstrate to FIFA the full potential of our three nations and partners in CONCACAF to put on the finest World Cup in history.feedback

Richie Williams

When residency started, he was one of our better players. Unfortunately he went over to Europe for training with some European teams after we qualified for the World Cup and pulled his hamstring and that kept him from being able to show what he could do.feedback

Graham Stack

We stayed in five star hotels and were treated like movie stars. We were looked after very well but the training facilities were poor and the grass needs a lot of work. But they have this U17 World Cup coming up and I'm led to believe they've invested a lot into improving the facilities.feedback

Uli Hoeness

Bayern's big advantage is there's a World Cup at the end of the season and every player wants to qualify for it.feedback

Steve Tew

There is no question this weekend will be the next biggest thing outside of the World Cup.feedback

Bianca Sierra

From the very beginning, we felt that they valued our work here – they valued us as soccer players, without prejudice. It hard to imagine something like that happening in the United States. Just think, when the U.S. team won the World Cup, Abby Wambach kissed her wife on the field. It is something normal.feedback

Praful Patel

With India hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 this year in October, we feel hosting the U-20 World Cup would be the best way to sustain the footballing momentum in India. Even though the event was held earlier this year in Asia in Korea Republic, we would be happy to discuss with FIFA about the possibility of hosting the event in India in 2019. Though the last WC U20 was held in Asia, we will try to convince FIFA that India be treated as a special case.feedback

Joachim Loew

Despite our success here and with the juniors in Poland, we'll still have to reconfirm our victories next year (at the World Cup), but the job starts now, the work is just beginning. The young ones are only just coming up, this is the first tournament for many of these players. They have done well, but staying at the top is another matter and we will have to work hard to defend our title next year. It was a magic match for our young players, they haven't had much experience, but they showed their single-minded determination, which was quite impressive.feedback

Joko Driyono

The 2034 World Cup is important so that South East Asian nations may quickly improve their facilities. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the 2034 edition will be contested by 48 nations. Why 2034? This is because there is an informal rotation policy among the six continents. After Africa, it had gone to Brazil, and then Asia. If this continues, the following turn for Asia will be the 2034 edition.feedback

Arturo Vidal

It is an incredible generation. We hope we go through the qualifiers, play the World Cup and reach the final as we did in this cup.feedback

Lee Dixon

If [the system] goes into the World Cup now, like that, I think it's going to be a farce.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

The players who have played here have left a very favourable impression. There are no losers in this team, they have only benefitted. Right now you have a certain euphoric mood in the country with the winning of that title but the most important thing is to look forward – we need to measure ourselves against those calibre of players like [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi, Kroos and the others. The World Cup Is the toughest challenge there is. You have seven matches where you have to bring your best and cannot let up at any turn. You need superhuman performances at the World Cup.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

We still have 12 months to go. It's early days and these two tournaments do not yield the results for next year's World Cup.feedback

Jaime Yarza

Attendance, especially in the venue where the home team plays its matches, is one of the priorities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, crucial to achieving the purpose of better positioning football in the country, so the government's commitment in this regard is highly appreciated. The presence of the secretary of sports at the meetings concerning the state of the works in the stadium and training sites sends a positive message and reflects the strong involvement of the authorities.feedback

Bruce Arena

The objective here is really pretty short-term. I don't think anybody's going to be really happy if we don't qualify for the World Cup and I discover players for the future.feedback

Gianni Infantino

Nothing is standing in the way of using VARs (at the World Cup), as far as I'm concerned. So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests. Without the VARs, we would have had a different tournament. And a tournament which would have been a little less fair.feedback

David Haggerty

I look at this as the transformation of Davis Cup and Fed Cup with one of the most significant reforms in tennis for many years. I think what we are doing is taking these two events and creating the World Cup of tennis.feedback

Alberto Toril

It's a personal decision. He has the merit to be the frontman of the Real Madrid. His appearances have been very good this year with great success and effectiveness in front of goal. He will try to find a place where he can have more playing time as this is the World Cup year and you need a lot of minutes to become the front-runner to start for your national team. In Real Madrid, it will be complicated for Morata.feedback

Juan Antonio Pizzi - Manchester United

I didn't underestimate Australia at all. The level tonight was that of a World Cup quarter-final, it was very high. The main thing is we reached our objective. Now we need to think about Portugal.feedback

Tim Cahill

But the boss said to me before the last World Cup: 'Why can't this be your best World Cup?' and funnily enough it was.feedback

Dick Pound - World Anti-Doping Agency

There is a huge onus on Fifa to reach a sensible conclusion on these matters before the World Cup takes place. It is incumbent on them to say what steps they are taking, what they find, and take whatever action necessary to protect the integrity of sport. Even within a governing body with as little credibility remaining as Fifa, if you were a senior official you wouldn't want to be part of a body that ignores this.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

It's why we're here, we wanted to be alive when the last game came around, we weren't at the [2014] World Cup. We didn't want this to be a dead rubber. We've made it hard for ourselves but nothing changes for us, we try to win every game we play, regardless of the opposition and the circumstances. If there's a physical component late in the game it'll only really get tested if we go hard at the start. Too often teams wait for their moment. We aren't going to be a team that waits, we will try to match their intensity, their work rate and see where it takes us.feedback

Heather Knight

Everything we've done is towards the World Cup, towards winning it. We're not the finished article yet and we definitely won't go in as favourites, but I think we're in a great place to challenge for that World Cup. In terms of getting girls involved in the game, the best thing we can do is be successful. If we win trophies we're a lot more visible and obviously success is a lot more publicised.feedback

Bob Bradley

When I went to Egypt my assistant and right hand man, Diaa, had told me about the young players he had just taken the team to Colombia for the Under 20 World Cup. After the Port Said massacre, the league had been stopped and players were not being paid. There was a lot of turmoil. So we started to hold some camps and organise friendly matches so we could look closely at the players. It gave us a chance to look at some of the youngsters Diaa thought so highly of. Salah was among them.feedback

Patrick Vieira

That showed how our scouting department works, because if we were trying to get him after the World Cup, it would be too late. Because he did really well. He was one of the best, if not the best player of the tournament.feedback

Andres Guardado

I hope that it stays that way. Not only here, but also at home in World Cup qualifiers we will be playing in the future.feedback

Stuart Baxter - Entertainment One

That's why we end up winning those friendly matches but struggle in key matches or tournaments. We need to start using our friendly matches to deepen our pool of our selection so that when it comes to a game like Burkina Faso (a 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier), we've got five or six extra players. Brazil have done the same, Argentina have done the same. Chile had Alex Sanchez on the bench. It's an interesting development path that I truly believe we should really look at.feedback

Arturo Vidal

I hope I can play for many years to come but right now we can achieve a lot. We can win this tournament, fight for the World Cup and we have the Copa America.feedback

Joe Donnohue

If that squad was trying to qualify for the senior European Championship or World Cup you would expect them to make it. At this tournament they are up against a lot of players who are still trying to break into the first team at their respective clubs, whereas Spain have several players who already have experience of playing regularly in the Champions League.feedback

Katinka Hosszu

The World Cup has huge potential, but the planned new rule changes are destructive and hypocritical. These rules are risking the future of our sport.feedback

Diego Maradona

Cristiano is an animal. I wish he was Argentine. But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease. Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own. Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him.feedback

Mino Raiola

If he scores 20 goals before the World Cup, he deserves to go, but I don't know what's going through Gian Piero Ventura's head.feedback

Eddie Jones

Today ends the first two years in the job, we are 21 wins, one loss. The next phase we want to go through undefeated – that is the next challenge. If we do that you go to the World Cup as No 1.feedback

Eddie Jones

The biggest thing I have learnt that to beat Argentina at the World Cup we are going to have to improve. We are not bulletproof at the moment. To win at the World Cup you need to be bulletproof. The challenge is to build a bullet-proof team. At the World Cup you can get a team that on one day can be absolutely red hot. Every offload sticks, the referee gives 50-50 decisions, you have got to be good enough to beat these teams and we are not at the moment but we are moving in the right direction.feedback

Eddie Jones

There is no risk in that. My job is to win the World Cup, not to win the November series 3-0, it is to win the World Cup. If I pick a good enough team we will still win 3-0 in November.feedback

Joaquim Batica

I think that as a 24-year-old player who has played in the Champions League, played a quarter-final of the World Cup, took part in championships in Spain, France, England, Greece, Portugal, he has a very important background.feedback

Hector Bellerin

Sometimes taking it slowly, taking a player through the paces is the best way to keep him wanting more. You can see so many players who people think could be in the first team, like [Marco] Asensio at Real Madrid and Saul [Niguez], who has played more than a 100 games for Atletico. People like Juan Mata, David de Gea and Ander Herrera have won this competition and know what it's like. They've moved into the first team, winning the Euros and the World Cup.feedback

Eric Abidal

Mbappe is a good player, but his price is not £120m. I still think he wants to stay in Monaco and confirm his level there. He has to make a decision also thinking about his game minutes, because this is the year of the World Cup. When you start to pay £100m as was done by Pogba, then for a player with more talent you have to reach £200m and that does not represent the value of the players. Here at Barca, what price would be paid for (Lionel) Messi or Neymar?feedback

Vitaly Mutko

What are you driving at? We are not expecting such rallies, protests and so on. I don't know, maybe you were referring to Brazil, what was happening there for the World Cup.feedback

Eddie Jones

It is great to welcome back Chris Robshaw into the squad. He would have been disappointed to miss the first Test but has worked hard to be ready for this weekend. Robbo has been one of England's best players over the last two years and he will add a lot of experience and work rate into our back row. They have lost ten of their last 12 games so they are going to be desperate. They have got another game and I am sure they are going to come out with enormous physicality. It will be another high quality, high pressure game and that's what we need to keep developing towards the World Cup.feedback

Marco van Basten

The goalkeeper can hold the ball for a maximum of six seconds but often does so for much longer. In one incident in the Under-20 World Cup, he held it for 20 seconds.feedback

Massimo Busacca

I think the quality of the decisions is very high, never perfect, but it's all about clear errors, which is something we have to avoid and I think we are on a good way. In 52 games in the Under-20 World Cup, without the technology, there would have been a mistake which was a scandal.feedback

Jonny May

It could have been a career-ender, 100 per cent, so I had to get it right. I worked so hard on it. After this tour it will be the first break I have had since the World Cup because last summer I did not take a day off to get my knee right. I am looking forward to having a real good game this weekend and then having a good break.feedback

Michael Connarty

There's clear evidence which I have seen, paper evidence showing that a substantial amount of money changed hands to buy votes from the African Federation, which then tipped the balance and the Executive of FIFA to award the World Cup to Qatar and my report is recommending that recognition of that breach of law, that in fact they should rerun the 2022 World Cup process.feedback

Audrey Gaughran - Amnesty International

FIFA can do a lot and FIFA has a responsibility. This is its major business – awarding the World Cup. As part of its major business, it has awarded the World Cup to a country where migrant workers are subjected to systemic abuse of their labour rights. As such, it has to act given that those workers are going to be at risk of abuse on World Cup contracts.feedback

Bruce Arena

I doubt it. It's bad timing for [the Gold Cup], because the guys in Europe have gone through this long club season and now the World Cup qualifiers. They need a break. They have three weeks off, and asking them to come in for Gold Cup makes no sense. It would take three weeks to get them ready.feedback

Jack Butland

It's £18m and add-ons isn't it? For years we've had keepers criticised in England, but we've got plenty coming through – Freddy (Woodman) has just won the Under-20 World Cup, the other Under-20 keepers Angus Gunn and Jonny Mitchell too. There always has been a lot of talent, the key thing for them is getting games. Jordan now has that with Everton, Angus is on loan at Norwich and what Freddy does next season is important for him.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

For me, that is a good start for everything that is to come. The team had great conviction throughout the 90 minutes of the games, despite being in firm control. What is coming is totally different from what happened today. In such a short time the willingness of the players has allowed us to get closer to the people so that when we face tougher games we aren't just 25 people but a lot more, especially against the likes of Uruguay, which will pave the way for our qualification to the next World Cup.feedback

Jair Costa

Diego, fortunately, has many offers. I cannot say how many there are, but they exist. I think it's very unlikely, because there is the World Cup next year and Diego Costa wants to be there. To be honest, now, I find it very difficult. Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not comment on that.feedback

Gerard Houllier

To me, St George's Park is a great achievement and you will see the benefit of that in five or ten years' time. We opened Clairefontaine in 1988 – we won the World Cup in 1998. But to win something you need to have a good team with an outstanding player. France had Zidane when he was playing. We haven't won since he stopped.feedback

Steven Lowy

The benefits to Australia are many and varied with major economic impact to the wider community and, most importantly, a massive increase in exposure and investment in women's football. A FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia would inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to take up the biggest participation sport in Australia, for many with the dream of winning the World Cup on home soil. This is the largest, most prestigious and most competitive contest in a women's sport globally. We want to win the right to host it and then win the tournament itself.feedback

Gareth Southgate

Jack, I worked with him at Under-21s level and I went to an Under-20s World Cup with him and a Euros U21s. I know his mentality and the strength he has. I'm looking forward to seeing both of them.feedback

Didier Deschamps

England won the Under-20 World Cup and also won the Toulon tournament, so it is clear they know how to train their young players because of the results.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I'm 99.9 percent certain of retirement. I'm going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough. We've just left one small possibility open with the president [Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli]. That is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies.feedback

Omar Gonzalez

Bruce is very open, clear with players, straightforward. I like that approach and it's been great so far. We've turned things around since November. Now we're in third place (in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying) and I couldn't be happier.feedback

Diego Costa

I rule out China, I have to think about my future. I have to think about the World Cup. If I fight and I do things well I'll have every chance of going to the World Cup. I cannot go to China.feedback

Gareth Southgate

We have to avoid conceding free-kicks to make sure they do not have the opportunity. Great respect to Leigh (Griffiths) because they are great strikes but there are players with other countries who can do that every time. When Germany won the World Cup they hardly conceded any fouls in their third of the pitch and that is part of seeing the game through.feedback

Eddie Jones

The next Elite Player Squad (EPS) will definitely have a World Cup colour about it. It will definitely be geared more towards the World Cup than previous EPS. Generally speaking I would think the 80 per cent of the squad will come from the next 45-man squad. This next Test is really important for these players. They have to understand that they may only get one game to have the opportunity to show they are good enough to be in contention for the next World Cup.feedback

Graham Robinson

This diplomatic crisis could not have come at a worse time for the construction of the 2022 World Cup stadia and Qatar's infrastructure program. The crisis is expected to most acutely affect labour supply and on top of the controversy around workers' rights, this will be a major blow for the Qatari government. There is the potential for significant disruption and also massive cost overruns as getting construction materials into Qatar to build stadiums may yet prove more difficult, time consuming and costly.feedback

Kylian Mbappe

[The Champions League] is a dream, a competition that everyone wants to win and that only a minority can win - the most important are the titles. That would be much more of an obsession for me than the Ballon d'Or, for example. I want to touch the stars and, when you dream, you do not dream of playing the middle of the table or maintaining it. [The 2018 World Cup] is the number one goal at international level. As I always say, dreams are good but it's up to me to work for them.feedback

Roberto Carlos

At the same time, the story states in an extremely vague way that I was seen in his office in July 2002, when I returned to the country after the World Cup with the Brazilian National Team.feedback

Ragnar Sigurdsson

You wouldn't believe the belief people have in us, it's amazing. Even if we're playing against Croatia, at home or away, everyone thinks we're going to win the game. Even if we met England again, people would think we have a good chance of winning, that's helped us, the belief we have in ourselves. If we go to the World Cup we have to do something there to top our performance in the Euros.feedback

Ragnar Sigurdsson

I think qualifying for the World Cup would top qualifying for the Euros but only qualifying for the World Cup would not pass our achievements in the Euros. If we go to the World Cup we have to do something there to top our performance in the Euros.feedback

Robert Lewandowski

Personally I'm happy, but for me what matters most to the team. We won and we have taken another step towards the Russian World Cup.feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

The guys know that (Sunday's match) is an extraordinary opportunity in the face of the Russia World Cup. We rested various players in the last match and they're going to be very fresh for tomorrow. We're going to put out a competitive team and hopefully we can take this step, which would be extraordinary for Mexican soccer.feedback

Paul Simpson

I asked them the question, What do you think you can achieve?' and they told me they thought they could win a World Cup. We said if we want to win a World Cup we have to be absolutely committed from that moment on and they have been.feedback

Paul Simpson

I cannot sit here and say I thought it was our best performance. We really had to battle in that second half because Venezuela put us under so much pressure but the players defended for their lives. I suppose to win a World Cup you have to do that. There are more ways than one to win a game of football and sometimes you have to defend and that is what we did.feedback

Marco Reus

We have a lot to do with our new BVB coach Peter Bosz and with the national team at the World Cup in Russia. It's my goal, in the new year, to be in top shape for the crucial stage of the upcoming season, fully able to contribute again.feedback

Marco Reus

[Germany coach] Jogi Low and the boys, I wish you great success for the game [against San Marino in World Cup qualifying] and the Confederations Cup.feedback

Manolo Gabbiadini

And given the competition in attack for Italy, I can have more opportunities in view of the World Cup in 2018.feedback

Alexey Sorokin

The heart of a football fan bleeds when the reigning World Cup winner plays without stars. They are the reason the fans attend matches. But we need to accept it.feedback

Lewis Cook

We have to play the game and not the occasion, we have to try and enjoy playing in a World Cup final. We have come so far together as young lads and it is just 90 minutes of football. When I look in the dressing room I know we are good enough.feedback

Mark Sampson

That heartache we suffered in the World Cup absolutely will be a weapon we will use in this tournament. Whether it be the experience of it, the raw emotion, all of it will be there, I hope, to push us over the line.feedback

Praful Patel

India breaking into 100 may sound easy but it itsn't. A lot of effort has gone in from every player and the coach. I think the next big thing is to break into top 50. That is our next goal. By 2022, [India] atleast hope to qualify for World Cup.feedback

Praful Patel

I hope India will qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup. These are times of revolution. India breaking into 100 may sound easy but it itsn't. A lot of effort has gone in from every player and the coach.feedback

Diego Costa

My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It's a shame, I've already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. You have to find a team. Being five months without playing? I do not know, it's complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love to live in Madrid. It would be nice to go back, but it's difficult to be four or five months without playing. It's a World Cup year and there are many things to think about. I need to play, just that.feedback

Ryan Bertrand

I think we are in a good place at the moment. Gareth Southgate has really freshened things up and we've got that togetherness in the camp and hopefully we can put a marker down, go to the World Cup and progress. I think every manager has their own ways, their own styles, their own philosophies. What he has brought to the table so far the lads I agree with it. We believe in it and we are going to give it our all as well.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

I believe that Messi has been playing collectively in Barcelona as part of team and that's the type of synergy we want to create within the Argentinian team. So we don't want him playing in an isolated manner, we want him to play collectively and that's what we're going to try and push for the team to play collectively with Messi to get the best out of him. It's a slow process, it's an analytical process, which we just don't have time to go through right now because we're facing the qualifiers for the World Cup.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

The goal is for Argentina to qualify for the World Cup and the reality is that we haven't yet… we need to think about the present now.feedback

David Weir

We are talking about qualification for a World Cup. England are in a decent position but that can change quickly. The English players also know the stick they get if they don't win any international.feedback

David Weir

That idea is completely wrong. They might play it down beforehand – like they are not bothered and it's not that important a game because they are a big country who play against big countries all the time – but they'll happily rub your nose in it afterwards. It gets painted as Scotland's World Cup final but the reality is if England get a result they like to enjoy it and stress the importance of it. They might even say how easy it was to beat us. It definitely means plenty to England, albeit they try to downplay it. There is always still an edge to that game.feedback

Diego Costa

I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there. Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that's it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season. It's a shame, I've already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there. You have to find a team. It would be nice to go back, but it's difficult to be four-five months without playing. It's a World Cup year and there's a lot to think about. I need to play, that's all.feedback

Diego Costa

I had a simple little message on my mobile from Conte in which he said that he isn't counting on me for next season. It will be because I've done badly this year. It's a shame. I've forwarded the message on to the people at the club for them to decide but it's clear that the coach isn't counting on me and he doesn't want me there. It would be nice to go back to Atletico but I have to think everything over. There's a World Cup [in 2018] and I need to play. Being four or five months without playing is tough, but people know that I love my Atletico team-mates a lot, I love living in Madrid.feedback

Alvaro Morata

You always want to play for Spain. Unless I have a serious injury, I always want to come. We had it in the final few minutes, it got away from us but it's a good sign because it could easily be a match in the quarters or semis of a World Cup and we responded.feedback

Freddie Woodman

It's definitely exciting for us – we are in unknown territory, the semi-final of a World Cup and the chance to get in a final, which I didn't think I would be saying. We have a great opportunity. We have to take it with both hands, and hopefully we can get a result.feedback

Jamie Vardy

The Leicester City striker won't play a part in either Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Scotland or Tuesday's trip to France. No further players are due to be added to the squad at this moment in time.feedback

Giampiero Ventura

It's not a technical quality problem, but otherwise. I've never coached him, and when I met him I told him what his problem was with absolute clarity. I tried to make him understand his road back to be a major player in the national team. He cannot come back to be another number. This is the year of the World Cup and it's a choice he must make.feedback

Daniele De Rossi

But if I think of 2020, I would be 37 years old, so you have to be realistic. If I'm needed I will always be there, but I consider the World Cup to be my final experience [for Italy].feedback

Daniele De Rossi

Let's first get to the World Cup, and then in 2018 I will be 35 and I could even bid farewell to the Azzurri shirt. It is a real honour for me to go beyond Zoff, soon it will be Andrea Pirlo, so we are talking about legends of Italian football.feedback

Paul Simpson

These lads have got an opportunity to play in a World Cup semi-final and not many players can say that – certainly not many English players anyway. We just hope they enjoy the challenge, grasp it and give it everything they've got.feedback

Abby Wambach

I know somebody else who has short hair. She's won gold medals, and a World Cup and U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, and FIFA player of the year. You can do anything you wanna do and you can be anything you wanna be. And guess what, you can look like whatever you need to look like to do it.feedback

Kristian Ulrichsen

One of its pitches (to secure the World Cup) was that Qatar is one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. Qatar will know that there are alternatives, so they will be looking over their shoulder.feedback

Reinhard Grindel

We will discuss the new, complex political situation in the region and specifically in Qatar with the federal government. In such matters we will of course be in very close contact with UEFA [European football's governing body]. There are still five years to go before the World Cup starts. During this time priority should be given to political solutions rather than threats of boycott. But one thing is clear. The football community worldwide should agree that ... major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror.feedback

Robbie Kruse

I think it's [50 caps] a nice accolade for me to get. I've been through some really terrible injuries over the last five years or so. Unfortunately, I missed the World Cup and then did another injury when I finally got back for the Asian Cup. A few little tweaks and we'll really show what we're capable of.feedback

Robbie Kruse

I've been fit for a while now, so hopefully I can continue this and keep building and have good performances at the Confeds Cup and hopefully make the World Cup. A few little tweaks and we'll really show what we're capable of.feedback

David Martin

A well deserved party because Real Madrid won several titles this season. Along with the Champions League, they took La Liga, European Supercup and World Cup of Clubs. But in the heads of all these supporters there is already a new challenge: the 13th Champions League for the next season.feedback

Eoin Morgan

If you look at the top four teams that got to the semi-final stage in the World Cup, they all seemed to score regular totals over 350. So I think they've contributed to the change as a whole.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I will try to make the next World Cup and then it may be time to close the door. It will almost certainly be at the end of the 2018 World Cup.feedback

Stephen Jones

I had just won a Grand Slam with Wales and wanted to attack and play from anywhere, while Jonny had won a World Cup with England by playing mistake-free rugby and to the strengths of a great pack.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

They deserve to have a World Cup in the near future. I don't know how much encouragement they need, but they are capable of organising the World Cup, I'm sure. That's the decision of the Football Association, and if they decide to go, we will strongly support them. It's simply time for us to host the World Cup in 2030. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

It's simply time for us [Europe] to host the World Cup in 2030. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most. It just has to be a decision not just of the FA, probably also the government and others too. But they deserve to have a World Cup in the near future. They are capable of organising the World Cup, of that I'm sure. If they decide to go, we will strongly support them.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

Rules cannot change just because we have some big sponsors. I cannot say which country will place a bid from Europe, but we cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most. It just has to be a decision not just of the (English) FA, probably also the government and others too. But they deserve to have a World Cup in the near future.feedback

Didier Deschamps

He's our best goalscorer, he continues to score and when he doesn't, someone next to him often scores. He responds even when he's had a difficult season with his club. But even there, with little playing time, he is still effective. So I'm happy for him. It's a good thing. Our forwards scored, it's very good. Now I know that we'll have a very different game against Sweden. As an opponent, they're ranked just beneath us. Getting a good or very good result there will put us in an even better position to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.feedback

Peter Moore

Players who want to play in Champions League - let's not forget this is a World Cup season at the end of next year and players want their national team managers to see them on the big stages.feedback

Joe Root

It was very satisfying to get the hundred and the team over the line. It is what you strive for as a batter to make a big contribution and be not out at the end. The most pleasing thing is that it came in a major tournament. You want to make sure you contribute to England wins but when it is in a Champions Trophy or a World Cup they mean a lot more.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

June is a big month and we will need to test that depth but initially our focus is solely on the World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval on June 8.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

There has been some tough decisions in cutting the squad from 30 down to the final 23 but that's a good sign of the strength of the squad we have been able to name and the depth we have been able to cultivate over the last three years. If you look through the squad we now have a core group of players who have played 30, 40 and more caps and have experienced [the] World Cup, Asian Cup and the tough road of World Cup qualifying.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

The next four weeks will be crucial in our quest to not only qualify for the 2018 World Cup but to make an impact when we get there. But that is a good sign of the strength of the squad we have been able to name and the depth we have been able to cultivate over the last three years. If you look through the squad we now have a core group of players who have played 30, 40 and more caps and have experienced World Cup, Asian Cup and the tough road of World Cup qualifying.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

There are some players who are unlucky to miss out but if you look at the 23 players we have selected everyone has earned their Socceroos call-up, whether they are one of the experienced players with World Cup and Asian Cup experience or the three uncapped players.feedback

Dirk Nowitzki

Dear Philipp, congrats on a truly fantastic career. You've won it all both internationally and domestically, not to mention the World Cup. You can genuinely be proud of everything you've achieved.feedback

Moussa Sissoko

They know I'm 27, that I'm not a child and I have a World Cup to go and play. If I have to leave, I hope they won't cause a problem. There is also a little bit of hope that things go better next year. Today, leaving or staying, nothing has really been decided. I'm also going to speak about it with the national team coach. He generally gives good advice. He knows me very well, his opinion is going to count.feedback

Gary Kirsten

We started talking the language we wanted to introduce in the World Cup over a year ago. Everything we did leading into the World Cup was around us finding ourselves in that situation in the World Cup. We reflected on every match we played – the stuff we did really well, the stuff we did not do well, what was the learning out of that, and spoke that language day in, day out.feedback

Diego Costa

Money is good, but I'm grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I'm playing well and at a high level, that's something I want.feedback

Gary Lineker

I look at Rashford, 19, he's taking free kicks ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba and I'm thinking that's the kind of stuff Gazza would have done. It's a bit early for us to go and win the World Cup, but look at some of the talent coming through like Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling and all of a sudden we've got central defenders like Michael Keane and John Stones. They've got a way to go to develop, but there's something there. Kane just doesn't care, he shoots from everywhere, he's like Cristiano Ronaldo.feedback

Frank Leboeuf

It's very hard to stay as Real Madrid coach for a long time, Mr Perez is very impatient. When it's possible, Zidane will join the national team, that's for sure. It seems that when Zinedine Zidane touches something, it becomes golden. When Real Madrid decided to name him as head coach, he came into the dressing room as the guy who won the World Cup and had worked hard for the club and won the Champions League with a fantastic volley in Glasgow [in 2002], so he had the respect of the dressing room.feedback

George Ford

Eddie has challenged me to keep improving our attack and to ask more questions of the opposition and be more dangerous. Eddie rang that afternoon [of the squad announcement] and basically said, Let's crack on. I want to be part of this England team that can go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and try to win it. We want to go to Argentina and win 2-0 and are expecting to do so regardless of who is here.feedback

Frank Leboeuf

When Real Madrid decided to name him as head coach, he came into the dressing room as the guy who won the World Cup and had worked hard for the club and won the Champions League with a fantastic volley in Glasgow [in 2002], so he had the respect of the dressing room. But I think his work alongside Ancelotti as an assistant, and then his work in charge of the reserve team, gave him enough experience to get into the job.feedback

James Lynch - Insurance Information Institute

Qatar's World Cup organizers have placed special requirements on contractors that are supposed to stop this happening, but the reality is that workers on their sites still live under Qatar's repressive sponsorship system, which gives employers powerful tools to abuse them. . . . An urgent rethink is needed to prevent labor abuse becoming the legacy of the 2022 World Cup.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

With most of the players' season coming to an end in the last week or two we will have a lot of players in early, which gives us a good opportunity to do make sure we are ready for the Saudi Arabia game. We'll be together for the best part of a month and previously we have been able to work towards some great outcomes when we have had an extended period together like the World Cup and Asian Cup.feedback

Steven Gerrard

I'm very jealous of your World Cup medal. I'm very jealous of your league titles in Germany and Spain. But you deserve it and, as I said, I couldn't ask for a better midfield partner and, when you left, it broke my heart.feedback

Faustino Asprilla

They bought him because he scored in a World Cup, because he can make goals, because he was able to score and because he was able to assist. They bought him because he was going to turn into a winger. You must play where you know well. James isn't a winger, what are you expecting from him? He cannot recover the same amount of balls than that trunk called Casemiro. You simply cannot ask that of a player like James.feedback

Steven Gerrard

I just want to say a huge congratulations on your retirement. What a special career, a fantastic player. The best passer of a ball I've ever played with and you deserve all the accolades you get, mate. What a special career for club and country. I'm very jealous of you having a World Cup winner's medal, I'm very jealous of you having league titles in Germany and Spain, but you deserve it mate. I couldn't ask for a better midfield partner and when you left, it broke my heart. You'll always have a special place at this football club [Liverpool] and you're always welcome to come and visit.feedback

Nasser Al Khater

There has been a lot of research that has went in. Dr. Saud has done immense research in World Cup related projects. We have been getting a lot of requests in the last two weeks to help with cooling stadiums. It's nice to see that your expertise, which is ground breaking, is something which we are being asked to give advice on. We have been asked to give advice on the pitch management too.feedback

Nasser Al Khater

I think it's going with the trend. I think Asian football is rising. It is becoming more competitive. There is a lot of investment from Asia especially from China in football. Technically too, the football is improving. It will be 20 years since Asia last hosted the World Cup. So it will be a source of immense joy and pride for the people of the region and Qatar.feedback

Juergen Klopp

I don't think we need different kinds of descriptions for this game, so it's a 'cup final' or a 'World Cup final' or that it's the most important game of however many years and everything. It is a football game. If we really–and I know we do–expected from ourselves that in each game we win the game, what is the difference. We have to defend well, we have to be good organisationally, we have to create chances and we have to score goals. So that is not a big difference and I don't think that anybody needs this special motivation or whatever.feedback

Javier Ceppi

At this point of time, we are happy to say that Kochi is a World Cup venue. There would be eight matches to be played in Kochi. The core infrastructure has been completed and only those which are meant to be completed closer to the tournament are left. The stadium is fit for accommodating 41,748 people. Not a single person more. Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators safety and well being. Match schedule has been finalised. I don't know who has said that Kochi was demoted. That is not the case. Kochi was always going to get eight matches.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

It is part of our model that some players leave but now we are financially much stronger than two years ago. To keep Mbappe? It is our priority. I think he's very happy at Monaco. There's the World Cup next year – and he's already in the French national team.feedback

Eddie Jones

We might get to the World Cup in 2019, have a final and need to find a fifth-choice No9. Now I know who the fifth-choice No9 potentially is.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

There has been a lot of talk about the use of the Confederations Cup, but the fact remains it is on the calendar. We will prepare for it like we did for the World Cup and the Euros, but the World Cup remains the end goal. The Confederations Cup is just a stop on our way to the World Cup, a good warm-up for 2018. We are going to the Confederations Cup with a team that has a lot of potential, but we do not have a clear goal. It is all about preparing for the World Cup.feedback

Juergen Klinsmann

There's a chance he'll get it in Russia next year. A player like Messi needs to seal his legacy by winning the World Cup. I want him to win it because he deserves it. He knew what he was doing and what he was going to do, even before he got the ball. He was always an artist in the field. Messi is different, he is a perfectionist. He's a great character because he's humble. He has one main quality: he's a great scorer.feedback

Urbano Cairo

I have not received any requests for Belotti. There are certainly many scouts observing Torino games, and I imagine Belotti, both Italian and foreign. I said many times, if Belotti stays for another year, he'll be doing a great thing for himself and for us. Next year he could consolidate his status, score maybe 30 goals and get to the World Cup.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

First of all, it is a personal challenge. We are all on the same page, the UAE FA President and me. We are not only thinking about the three games (in World Cup qualifying) but also long term. It is a long term project and that is what I have in mind as well. That's my main goal.feedback

Eddie Jones

I'm prepared to gamble with a number of players to see what they've got and where they can go. I've probably got 15 to 18 players I'd say would almost be certain come selection for the World Cup and, because of the Lions tour, we've got a great opportunity to test even more players on this tour. If they're not good enough, they're possibly not good enough to play in the World Cup.feedback

Rafael Nadal

Pique is part of a group that wants to create a World Cup that would be a great and very interesting tournament to compete in. It's a fantastic initiative -- I think the fans and the circuit need an event like this. I don't know Gerard, nor have I spoke with him, and I don't think he will be the boss of the project, but I hope that his proposal is taken forward.feedback

Carli Lloyd

The Champions League was obviously disappointing. It was a little bittersweet because we did really well. It wasn't the result we wanted but we ended on a high and to finish the Champions League with a victory over a really quality side says a lot about this club and its character. It should give the players more confidence to know they can play with the best and this club can be at the top level. So now to be able to shift our focus to an FA Cup final is huge. For me, this is up there with the World Cup and the Olympics. This is a massive tournament and I'm going to approach it as such.feedback

Brooks Lennon

I'm unbelievably honored and proud to be called up for the World Cup. Every kid's dream is to play in a World Cup so I'm really excited and can't wait to get started.feedback

Mike Petke

He needs to take every day as an opportunity to learn and improve. He can't sit back at 20 years old and say, I've been at Liverpool, I'm going to the U-20 World Cup, I'm here, I've arrived.' He has to constantly be the best player in practice. It's the same thing I talk to with guys like Bofo (Saucedo), Danny Acosta and Justen Glad about. They have long careers ahead of them if they continue to do the right things. But that's the big 'if.feedback

Michael Cheika

They have some strong forward play and some gas out wide, so between now and 2019 we're going to have to learn a bit about them. It just shows how big of an event a World Cup is, and how important it is for us to go one better than we did in 2015. You can plan the lay of the land, know the teams you're playing, know who the potential cross-over teams are, you can do the homework but at the end of the day it's all about how we play. You have to win seven games to get there.feedback

Eddie Jones

You've got to be bullet-proof by the time you get to the tournament, good enough to win those games or you can't expect to win a World Cup. We've got to be able to be good enough to cope with the draw. I think it is good for us and it will keep us on our toes. It's where New Zealand have suffered previously. They had very easy pool games and, if you have easy games in the pools, it doesn't set you up for the quarter-finals.feedback

Eddie Jones

It will keep us on our toes. No one wants to get ahead of themselves but you need to be right for the knockout stages. In a World Cup, generally the most crucial game is the quarter-final because you are usually playing a team you should beat. And you've got to be at your best for that game. How do you expect to win a World Cup if you can't beat Wales in the quarter-final, even though they are a good team.feedback

Praful Patel

I have noted with great satisfaction that the SC has welcomed the recent positive report by its third party auditor on the matter of further improving working and living conditions of construction workers, many of whom are Indians, involved in building 2022 World Cup stadiums. As AFC Senior Vice-President and AIFF President, I fully support the Qatar Football Association and Supreme Committee in their efforts to make the tournament a huge success. I am pleased that Qatar will be hosting Asia's second ever World Cup in 2022 days in November 2022.feedback

Eddie Jones

I'm going to visit the temples because I need to pray. I need to pray really hard! You think it's difficult, but we're excited by it. It's not a a tough group, it's a good group. To win the World Cup you have to win seven games. We've got two very big games against France and Argentina so it's great preparation for getting to the final stages. We're looking forward to it. Australia showed in 2015 that the tough games helped them for the ones further ahead. Australia went past Ireland and Argentina in the knockout stage.feedback

Steve Hansen

They're one of [our rivals], along with South Africa, Australia and France. By the time the World Cup comes around, any one of a number of teams could win the tournament. England are getting better and better all the time, but they're in a really strong pool. It's going to be interesting. Will we play Japan between now and the World Cup? We'll have to wait and see, but it wouldn't be a silly idea.feedback

Hans van Breukelen

I am very happy with the appointment of Advocaat and Gullit. We had two options. We either went for a long-term solution or we did everything within our powers to still make it to the World Cup. We went for the second option. We needed an experienced coach with authority. A foreigner was never an option. We considered Advocaat, Ten Cate and Huub Stevens.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

We've no need to sell because our economic model is working. No player has made known their desire to leave and we'll talk at the end of the season. With the World Cup coming in 2018, I think that Thomas Lemar, Mbappe and even Bernardo Silva don't want to go.feedback

Wade Miller

We know from hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that this community has a passion for the sport. There has been a lot of work done behind the scenes to move this endeavor forward.feedback

Fatma Samoura

We will listen to what the three member associations are going to propose and then we will take it forward. We need more information before we can take it to congress. The Council will be discussing the proposal and see how it has to go to the congress. What the administration is concerned about is that the bidding process is free, inclusive and transparent and we will make sure that the highest level of standards are respected and endorsed by anyone who would like to make a proposal to host the World Cup.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I was so close to winning it on that occasion; they missed three penalties in that final - I saved two of them. Strange things happen. It wasn't meant to be and we weren't good enough. In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their rewards. It would mean a lot for me. It would be the greatest joy of my career, together with the [2006] World Cup, because it would almost be a reward - the end of a very difficult road paved by bravery, stubbornness and hard work.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

I have always wanted to win it and I have always been convinced that I can do it together with my team, the fans, my colleagues. That would be great. Mbappe was born in December 1998 - I had already played at the World Cup in France by then. That's the nice thing about having such a long career: meeting kids who weren't even born when you already had a chunk of your career under your belt.feedback

Ronald Koeman

Everyone knows that I am from Barca, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person. In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed. In my life as a professional coach I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland (he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 1998 World Cup). My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barca. That's the truth.feedback

Howard Webb

He has made a measured judgment about his long-term future. It seems unlikely that he will be at the World Cup but you never know.feedback

Howard Webb

I cast my mind back to the Thierry Henry handball in 2009 [for France against the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualification play-off]. Without experimenting and exploring we were never going to take the conversation forward. At least by putting this trial in place we can make a genuine assessment in terms of how this affects the game. We're not the only ones doing but I'm hopeful that here in MLS we'll be as well prepared as anyone else when it goes live.feedback

Jim Tooley

With USA Basketball entering the new FIBA qualification system for the men's 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic competitions, we're excited to work with the NBA Development League to field competitive teams for the 2017-19 USA's World Cup qualifying games.feedback

Milos Ninkovic

If somebody told me after the World Cup that I would play in Australia I would never have believed them but this is life and this is football. You never know what is going to be tomorrow. They signed some unbelievable players and we still have an unbelievable atmosphere and I think that's the key.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

He was born in 1998, right? I had already been at the 1998 World Cup in France when he was born. This is the beauty of life, the beauty of living, being able to meet guys who were not even born by the time you had a big part of your career behind you. I thought about it recently, I was able to connect almost three generations. I played with those born in the 1950s and '60s and I will finish with those born after 2000. It is a huge length of time.feedback

Nikki Vusan

I do not think Mateo is not playing enough. Madrid are the European champions and this means they are made up of great players. [Luka] Modric is probably the world's best midfielder, [Toni] Kroos has won the World Cup with Germany and we must not forget other top players such as James [Rodriguez] or Isco. It is well known that there are so many stars at Real. And I must also say that I know for sure that the club are very happy with Kovacic. I don't want to answer to avoid speculation.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

In 2017, when everyone in the stadium or at home can see within seconds if the referee made a mistake, we can't have a situation where the only one who can't see it is the referee. The referees... will be able to take decisions much faster when they use it more often. The Copa America with European teams would be like a World Cup. That is a discussion for another time.feedback

Andrei Malosolov

Believe me, the years before the 2018 World Cup will be the quietest in the history of Russian soccer.feedback

Carli Lloyd

You have European football growing a lot now -– Barcelona, the Spanish teams, the English league, France, Germany, the game is growing in Europe and it is going to be exciting the next few years to see what happens. I have had nothing but good things to say. I think so, time is running out though as we get close to 2019 and 2020 because those are big years with the World Cup and Olympics, it would have to be between now and 2019. It is a great competition to be able to compete in -– it's been a lot of fun.feedback

Luka Modric

I was against VAR in Japan at the Club World Cup because it lasted too long and match officials were not handling it well. But after I saw it in the France v Spain game, I saw it can be very good for football.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Herrera plays [against Burnley]. He didn't play on Thursday – one yellow card and he would have missed the semi-finals. I was thinking about him and [fellow substitute Marouane] Fellaini both at the same time but, because I made a change with Marcos Rojo, I couldn't do that and he didn't play. So Herrera is fresh to play. Ashley Young is fresh to play and who else? Nobody else is fresh to play! Now we need absolutely everyone and I don't have to think about Axel Tuanzebe going to the Under-20 World Cup in Korea because maybe Axel has to come now. We need everybody.feedback

Eddie Jones

We have focused particularly on youth because we want to find players who are going to be better than the 16 players going on the Lions tour. To win the World Cup we need to have the best talent; that is our ultimate destiny.feedback

Corentin Tolisso

I want to continue to improve, and I'll see what happens, whether that's with Lyon or not. My principle aim is to go to the World Cup with France, and for that I have to be in the best condition possible. If I am to stay, it will be because I've decided that this will be the best choice for me to go to the World Cup.feedback

Bruce Arena

Salt Lake City has always been a fantastic host for the national team. When you combine the elements of the fan support, the stadium and the altitude, it's a perfect match as we prepare for the critical World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.feedback

Phil Larder

Not at all. Jason was a bit special. The World Cup-winning team was the oldest team in the competition. Some of the players were not quite as good as they had been. Some of the new players, he didn't know them as well. Usually it's the players that have been outstanding in the Six Nations that get into the squad and the Test team. The others on the periphery were down to Clive because he had seen all of it. I think Gatland is putting himself in a similar position.feedback

Bobby Robson

I saw the ball in the air and Maradona going for it. Shilton went for it as well but Maradona handled the ball into the net. You don't expect decisions like that at World Cup level.feedback

Bruce Arena

In 1994, the U.S. was looked at as this emerging frontier in the game and FIFA wanted to bring the U.S. into the world's game. In 2026, we're going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. I think 2026 will be the time where we are going to start talking about winning the World Cup. It wasn't going to be in 1994. It wasn't going to be in 2010. But 2026 could be our time. The word from their medical staff is that he hasn't responded that well. That's a concern. We're going to be checking his progress each week to see if he's a possibility to be part of the next camp.feedback

Bruce Arena

As we look forward, we continue to look at different possibilities [in midfield]. In my mind, there are some clear choices we are going to make in the midfield and how others fit in around that remains to be seen. If we are in a desperate situation [in World Cup qualifying], we may need to go with the team we somewhat will need in September [qualifiers]. If we come out of these games in good shape, we'll have a little bit more flexibility to look at some new players. My preference is to have some new faces in the Gold Cup.feedback

Edgardo Bauza

I am grateful to the players because they are responsible for this option that Argentina can go to the World Cup. I do not want to forget about them, I want to thank them, not everyone values the sacrifice made by these players. A generation, beyond having lost three finals, gives everything for the national team. I am convinced that Argentina will be in the World Cup. It was a wonderful experience for me and all my coaching staff. There are many people to thank for the opportunity.feedback

Shane Smeltz

Opportunities come fast in football. Before this my focus was with Phoenix and if we managed to get to the play-offs, I would've stayed with them. With my age right now, I can't lose my fitness and drop my performance level. New Zealand is still competing in the World Cup qualification and Confederation Cup so I have to play at the top level at all times.feedback

Sunil Gulati

We will bid together. The general parameters of that bid are a World Cup of 80 games, three-quarters of which would be played in the United States, 60 games in the United States and ten each in Canada and Mexico. The final decision on those things are up to FIFA, it's their tournament.feedback

Sunil Gulati

Because I couldn't get the round of 16 all in the U.S. Negotiation. Bigger stadiums generally – Azteca (in Mexico City) is obviously a bigger stadium. Those all came down to a discussion, and that's where we ended up. A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be, by far, the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics. The economic power of the American market – we've got 500 million people in these three countries – this will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds.feedback

Victor Montagliani

It wasn't so much a deal – we all know what needed to get done, we all knew what was also fair, and what also was in the best interests of the World Cup. You can't look at it from a proprietary standpoint. You've also got to be realistic. The U.S. infrastructure is unbelievable. They could host the World Cup in California if they wanted to.feedback

Decio de Maria

I think with what we have agreed to today, we'll be able to offer the Mexicans in Mexico a great World Cup, and the Mexicans in the United States will have the other 60 matches in the United States to enjoy (the World Cup).feedback

Decio de Maria

I remember well the World Cup of 1970. I remember well how Estadio Azteca was built. In 1986 it fell to us to host, I remember that World Cup well. Today, to be able to give the Mexicans, Americans and Canadians an opportunity to experience a World Cup in Mexico is a great honor.feedback

Bert Colijn

Eurozone industrial production is much like England at the World Cup: all the ingredients for strong performance are there, but it's just not happening. The second quarter might see the surge in production that we have been expecting for a while. Any day now.feedback

Decio de Maria

The United States doesn't need us to host a World Cup. That is the message. On day one, we didn't have a single game. Today, we have 10.feedback

Sunil Gulati

A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of FIFA in terms of economics,??? he said.feedback

Laurent Huard

This is very good for them (India) to come in Europe to prepare the World Cup. They will come into our training ground, just near the professionnal one to play that game. I said yes straight away when the organizer offer me to play India. We will discover that team (India) and a new way of playing football. As it's at the end of the season, we'll put some very young players on the pitch to prepare them for next year when they will progress to our U17 team.feedback

Arsene Wenger

If you look at his career, Theo can respond to disappointment with good focus. He had a very bad injury and he came back. In 2006, he was in the World Cup squad but he has not been since – and we are in 2017 now. I have substituted him many times but it is like that with every player. Sometimes I sub him because we want something different in the game. For example, the other night against West Ham I subbed him. Given what has happened to him during his career, when the job was done I took him off because you don't need a stupid injury with 10, 15 minutes to go.feedback

Dani Alves

We achieved our objective of reaching the World Cup, but we need to keep it going and not settle for what we've got. We need to maintain our balance and have a settled squad – that way we'll be able to keep on getting good results.feedback