USA football bosses fear losing their World Cup bid — because Donald Trump has alienated too many countries.
Fifa’s member nations will vote in June to decide the 2026 hosts with the joint bid by the USA, Mexico and Canada up against Morocco.
The US-led bid was seen as a
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK’S World Cup dream could be KO’d by ankle surgery.
Crystal Palace hope the England midfielder does not need to go under the knife.
But Eagles boss Roy Hodgson admits the clock is ticking as far as this summer’s finals are concerned.
The on-loan Chelsea ace, 21, has not featured
DIEGO MARADONA confirmed he is staying on as manager of UAE side Fujairah in a bizarre interview.
The 1986 World Cup-winner professed his love for his current side after their dramatic victory in the President's Cup.
Second tier Fujairah played for over an hour with ten men, but stunned top-flight
SIMON MIGNOLET has dealt Liverpool a blow - by suggesting he could QUIT Anfield this month for the sake of his World Cup prospects.
The Belgium keeper has been the Reds' first choice since his £9million move from Sunderland in 2013.
But Mignolet has had to share first-team duties with
JACK WILSHERE should be the first name on England’s teamsheet this summer if they are to stand a chance of winning the World Cup.
That is the view of lifelong pal and Bournemouth ace Benik Afobe.
Striker Afobe, 24, came through the youth ranks with Wilshere at Arsenal and they
ENGLAND have confirmed two friendlies against fellow World Cup qualifiers ahead of this summer's showpiece.
The Three Lions will host African nation Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, June 2 at 5.51pm.
Gareth Southgate and his squad will then head up north to face Central American nation Costa Rica at
OLIVIER GIROUD will stay and fight for his place at Arsenal.
The France striker, 31, has been linked with a January move to Turkish giants Besiktas and Fenerbahce after dropping down the Emirates pecking order.
But he is happy to see out the season with the Gunners and expects to
CANADA have appointed Englishman John Herdman as their new national men's boss - taking him from their women's side.
The 42-year-old's switch was confirmed today by Soccer Canada, bringing to an end his successful time in charge of the females.
Herdman, from County Durham, has also been given the role
THEO Walcott is looking to land a loan move away from Arsenal in a bid to save his fading World Cup dream.
The forward has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates and has featured only 15 times this season, with nine of those being in cup games.
STEVE Price hopes Warrington’s quartet of England stars can turn the benefit of their World Cup near miss into a Super League comeback.
Wolves aces Ben Currie, Chris Hill, Stefan Ratchford and Kevin Brown all return to training today after being part of Wayne Bennett’s squad that so narrowly
IT has been two solid weeks of football with managers all over the country grumbling about the stresses and strains being put on their players.
I know what they mean. I’ve pulled a hamstring just writing about it all.
But most of them will have a break this weekend as
ENGLAND’S fan band will not be allowed to strike up at the World Cup.
Tight security will be in place in Russia after IS threats to target this summer’s tournament.
England play their first game in Volgograd, close to the border with Chechnya, a hotbed of fanatics.
Fans will have to
NICOLAS GAITAN is set to spark a Premier League bidding war as he tries to escape Atletico Madrid in January, according to reports.
The Argentinian playmaker is desperate for first-team football to help him secure a spot in the World Cup squad.
And according to AS, Southampton will rival Everton, Crystal
WEST HAM have suffered a major blow, with Edimilson Fernandes set to miss most of the season.
The Swiss international underwent surgery on his damaged right ankle last week.
He posted a picture on social media of himself in a hospital bed with the limb wrapped in bandages.
Midfielder Fernandes made
JORGE SAMPAOLI had to be dragged away by friends as he insulted police officers after attending his daughter Sabrina's wedding.
The Argentinian boss was caught on camera ridiculing one of the officers over his monthly salary after cops pulled his vehicle over at a traffic stop.
Reports claim he lost
JACK WILSHERE is back in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.
The Arsenal midfielder has not played under the current England boss — but will be monitored ahead of Russia.
Southgate will consider the 25-year-old if he continues getting first-team football, having started the Gunners’ last three Premier League
GARETH SOUTHGATE had John Barnes address the England squad over racism fears at the World Cup.
The Three Lions boss wanted him to speak to players about tournament football during the former Liverpool star’s 12-year international career.
And Barnes also told how he dealt with horrendous abuse during the dark
JOE HART is open to a move back to Italy next month to secure his England World Cup dream.
The keeper’s problems have come to a head with his axing at West Ham that has caused genuine fears that he will lose his slot for the Three Lions in
MANCHESTER CITY star Brahim Diaz has rejected the chance to play at next year's World Cup for Morocco.
The highly-rated 18-year-old was offered the opportunity to switch his allegiance from Spain to the West African nation earlier this month.
Morocco boss Herve Renard has held a number of talks with
VLADIMIR PUTIN will entrust security at next summer's World Cup to Russia's secret police, according to reports.
There have been fears of hooliganism and ticket touting following problems at Euro 2016.
Russia fans fought England supporters in France, with threats issued ahead of next summer.
But the Daily Mail report the
ENGLAND fans planning to attend the World Cup next year have been warned to watch out for the threat of 70,000 hungry bears.
Thousands of Three Lions fans are planning to travel to Russia next summer to watch Gareth Southgate's side in action.
But while there has been huge concern
BURETA Faraimo is much more than one in a million - he is roughly one in 447 million.
For the Hull new boy was able to move because of one of only 17 people on the planet.
The Black and Whites’ capture gained a visa after playing for the USA
OLIVIER GIROUD is open to leaving Arsenal in January, says his agent Michael Manuello.
The Arsenal striker has started just one Premier League game this season - and with a World Cup next summer wants to be playing more regularly.
The Frenchman, who has four league goals, turned down a
SPIES have been ordered to keep English football fans safe at next year’s World Cup.
Secretive FSB police are hunting thugs instead of enemies of the state.
Russian football fan leader Alexander Shprygin said the scrutiny in Moscow by the FSB, formerly known as the KGB, was intense.
Shprygin, 40, was
WAYNE ROONEY has ruled out a dramatic England World Cup return.
The Everton star quit the Three Lions in August — but five goals in his last four games have sparked calls for his international return.
However, despite claiming he can still do a job for England boss Gareth Southgate,
VIP tickets to next summer’s 2018 World Cup in Russia, costing in excess of £1million for 19 matches, have sold out.
The eye-watering fee allows the lucky ticket holder premium access to all 19 matches at Moscow’s Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums – as well as the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
GARETH SOUTHGATE’S World Cup plans are getting sum help — from a maths guru.
Aussie Ben Darwin has evolved a theory about teamwork by using an algorithm created by a boffin at America’s top university, Harvard.
Former rugby league international Darwin says England had the worst Teamwork Index at the
HUNDREDS of Russia’s worst football thugs will be free to cause World Cup chaos following a government blunder.
Russian officials barred 391 hardcore yobs from games amid fears of attacks on rival fans. But many bans end before next summer’s big kick-off.
The mum of one England fan left brain-damaged
Assistant boss says performance is more important than result
DENIS Betts insists even if England lose to Australia in tomorrow's tournament opener it won't mean they can't win the World Cup.
Coach Wayne Bennett attracted criticism for admitting performance was more important than result in tomorrow’s opening game.
Skipper Sean O'Loughlin will lead
Dual-code international highlights 'politics' that blighted his stint in rugby union
SAM BURGESS is in a comfort zone – one that does not include politics, outside influences and definitely no-one willing to criticise him in a book.
And that may bring the best out of him as England look to win the