ARSENAL ace Ben White reportedly had a bust-up with England assistant coach Steve Holland which led to his World Cup camp exit.

The FA initially stated that White left the England camp ahead of their last-16 clash with Senegal for "personal reasons".

But reports have also claimed that the Gunners full-back became unhappy in the camp and struggled to mix with his fellow teammates.

Meanwhile, France international Youssuf Fofana believes that Kylian Mbappe can destroy English defender Kyle Walker.

Fofana said: "If he knows how to stop Kylian, good for him.

"But 19 other teams in Ligue 1, and others in the Champions League, have been waiting for the solution." 

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  • Alex Cole

    Good morning football fans

    It was announced that Chelsea star Raheem Sterling would return to England's World Cup base in Qatar on Thursday.

    Sterling has been expected to rejoin the squad ahead of Saturday's quarter-final against France.

    The forward flew back to the UK due to a burglary at his home in Surrey.

    But the 28-year-old is now expected to link back up with Gareth Southgate's squad for this weekend's crunch clash.

    However, it is unlikely the ex-Manchester City star will play against Didier Deschamps’ reigning world champions.

    Meanwhile, Luis Enrique has departed from his position as Spain manager after the shock 2022 World Cup exit to Morocco.

    The Furia Roja were stunned by the Atlas Lions in a penalty shootout defeat earlier this week.

    It means the Spaniards have failed to make it past the Last-16 since winning the World Cup in 2010.

    And Spain announced Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente as their new manager – just hours after Enrique's departure.

    The board of directors is expected to rubber stamp De la Fuente's appointment in a meeting on Monday.

    The 61-year-old's first two games in charge will come against Norway and Scotland in March as the Furia Roja bid to qualify for Euro 2024.

    The Spanish tactician has been in the national set-up since 2013 and led both Spain’s Under-19s and Uner-21s teams to Euros glory.

    Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly threatened to quit Portugal’s World Cup squad after finding out he would be benched in the Last-16 clash against Switzerland.

    That is according to Record, but the Portuguese FA have categorically denied that report.

    Ronaldo, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United following his explosive interview, has shared a statement of his own.

    Sharing a snap of the squad, including himself as a sub, celebrating a goal from Tuesday, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wrote: “A group too close to be broken by outside forces. A nation too brave to let itself be frightened by any adversary.

    “A team in the truest sense of the word, which will fight for the dream until the end! Believe with us! Strength, Portugal!”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Three’s the dream

    Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham will seal a transfer to Manchester City over any of their rivals, according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.

    Speaking on FIVE, he said: “Pep Guardiola’s signed a new deal, if they don’t win the Champions League this year, he goes there with a mindset, ‘I am going to be the man that brings you the Champions League.’

    “That’s how I think he’s moving, that’s how I think he rolls. I think he will [go to City], I think he’ll say he’s got a couple of mates there, England boys, ‘I can go to [Real] Madrid in five years’.

    “I think he thinks, ‘listen man, I’m a superstar, I want to go win the league and the Premier League because I’m an English-born boy and then I’ll go Madrid and do the same there in a couple of years’.

    “The mad thing is he’s got the chance, the great thing is he has the absolute choice and pick of what he does. There will be clubs queuing up”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Patrice Evra warning

    Despite Patrice Evra’s confidence in France’s ability to beat England, he warned Les Bleus against underestimating Gareth Southgate’s men.

    Evra said: “With England, the star is the team. It’s not just one player.

    “This is the best English side, as a team, not as a group of individuals. England look more of a unit than France.

    “But [Jude] Bellingham will be by far the best midfielder England have ever had.

    “What a joy it is to see him play. He is a complete player. It’s scary he’s only 19”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Patrice Evra prediction

    Patrice Evra reckons both England and France are capable of lifting the World Cup next Sunday if they both get past their “biggest test of the tournament”.

    But the 41-year-old reckons his national team could embarrass the Three Lions on the biggest stage.

    Evra told Betfair: “I am confident, but not arrogant. I’m happy with what France are doing. It’s a big mix. I feel like France are going to smash England.

    “France will face an angry, strong team. If they play with the attitude that they are stronger and more confident than England, France can smash them.

    “Playing against England is always special as a French player. It’s always an amazing game. It’s a nice rivalry, it’s not bitter. We’re jealous of each other in a nice way”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Maguire vs Mbappe

    England aces John Stones and Harry Maguire will find it nearly impossible to deal with France superstar Kylian Mbappe, according to Patrice Evra.

    Evra said: “[Kyle] Walker is going to block Mbappe, he did it against Neymar very well in the Champions League for Manchester City.

    “He can be confident and say he’s got him because he’s fast and strong, but Mbappe will find a way to escape. He will move into the centre.

    “I hope he does because Stones and Maguire won’t be able to deal with him. It will be difficult for them to stop him.

    “To stop Mbappe when he’s in the centre, you have to be close to him every time, frustrate him, foul him – he doesn’t like to be fouled.

    “Maguire and Stones will love playing against [Olivier] Giroud though, he’s not fast, he’s strong and that is the jackpot for them”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rashford’s top Marcs

    Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is the latest England international to take on the gauntlet that is Bukayo Saka’s “spelling school.”

    A host of other Three Lions aces including Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Declan Rice have all tried and failed to pass Saka’s tricky spelling bees.

    After realising he was being filmed Rashford burst into giggles, as the winger revealed his word was “embarrassed.”

    After a moment’s thought the forward gave it his best shot, and was so close to becoming the first person to pass Saka’s spelling test.

    However, Rashford went with only one r, when of course he needed two.

    To signal Rashford’s wrong answer, Saka made an attempt at a Britain’s Got Talent type of buzzer before bursting out into laughter and yelling : “You’re wrong”

    England World Cup ace Marcus Rashford takes Bukayo Saka’s spelling test, but does he do better than Grealish and Co?

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ring the Bell

    Liverpool are set for a boost as Jude Bellingham is reportedly ready to tell Borussia Dortmund he wants to quit the club and switch to Merseyside.

    According to a recent report by SPORT BLID, Bellingham is set to tell Dortmund that he wants to quit the club in order to facilitate a move after the 2022 World Cup.

    The midfielder's father Mark, mother Denise and adviser Mark Bennett are the main negotiators representing him.

    It is believed that they have a "strong desire" for the England international to move to Liverpool

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    Tite hits back at Keane

    Brazil boss Tite has hit back at Roy Keane after the Manchester United legend labelled his players’ dancing celebrations as “disrespectful”.

    The Brazilian tactician responded: “If I’m asked to dance, I’ll dance. It’s not my team.

    “It is the Brazilian national team, for which I have the responsibility of being a coach.

    “I’m sorry and I won’t talk about those who don’t know the history and culture of Brazil”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Gakpo considering United

    Netherlands star Cody Gakpo says he would consider joining Manchester United in January.

    That is after United snubbed a summer deal for PSV Eindhoven ace Gakpo after opting to buy Antony for £85.5million instead.

    The winger said about his failed move to Old Trafford: “That was a tough period. I learned from that. I’m going to do it differently. What comes, that comes.

    “I thought about Manchester United, but when that didn’t happen, I couldn’t remember. And I started to doubt. Leeds United did come. Should I go there?

    “Now I wait for everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet. When they come, I’ll think about it. I also seek the help of God in these decisions”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Fernandes backs Ronaldo

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has backed ex-Red Devils team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after he was dropped by Portugal manager Fernando Santos.

    Fernandes said: “Do you think anyone likes to be on the bench? I don’t think Cristiano would be happy.

    “If the manager put me on the bench in the next game, I would be angry.

    “Cristiano is doing his job, he’s doing his part, he’s happy with the result because the goal for everyone is to go as far as possible”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Upamecano's England warning

    France defender Dayot Upamecano claims England will be having sleepless nights at the prospect of facing Kylian Mbappe on Saturday, writes SunSport's Mark Irwin.

    Upamecano said: “Kylian is completely different to every other forward. He is a world class player and you have to go to bed early if you’re going to defend against him.”

    The Bayern Munich ace's France team-mate Youssouf Fofana says that the whole country is backing Mbappe in his quarter-final duel with Kyle Walker.

    Asked whether the England full-back is getting ahead of himself, midfielder Fofana said: “No, hats off to him. If he thinks he can stop Kylian Mbappe, good luck to him.

    “But there are 19 other teams in the French League who are looking for that answer.

    “The truth will emerge on the pitch and let’s see what happens on Saturday. But as Frenchmen, we all believe in Kylian”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Cristiano Ronaldo situation

    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly threatened to quit Portugal’s 2022 World Cup squad after finding out he would be benched in the Last-16 clash against Switzerland.

    That is according to Record, but the Portuguese FA have categorically denied that shocking report.

    Ronaldo, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United following his explosive interview, has delivered a statement of his own.

    Sharing a snap of the squad, including himself as a sub, celebrating a goal from Tuesday, he wrote: “A group too close to be broken by outside forces. A nation too brave to let itself be frightened by any adversary.

    “A team in the truest sense of the word, which will fight for the dream until the end! Believe with us! Strength, Portugal!”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Dave the cat

    Dave the cat will be hoping that England knock France miaouw-t of the World Cup on Saturday, writes SunSport's Dan King.

    A number of feline friends hang around the tables at meal times at the Three Lions’ hotel and a few of the players have adopted a particular animal and given it a name..

    Kalvin Phillips said: “He’s our little mascot now. He’s been walking around with an England shirt on the last couple of days.

    “We kind of took him under our wing. We were sat in the corner and he walked over and started miaowing at us, so we started feeding him. He’s still getting fed. He’s still doing well.”

    But Dave may not even have scraps to feed off if England lose to France and the Three Lions have to leave their tranquil seaside base for good

  • Kostas Lianos

    Phillips on Sterling burglary

    Kalvin Phillips claims Raheem Sterling's burglary hell has made his England team-mates worried for their own families, as per SunSport's Dan King.

    Phillips said: “I think once one player goes through it there is always that thought in the back of your mind that it might happen to you or it could happen to somebody else.

    “It’s not a really nice feeling when you are so far from home and you have family at home. “There’s not really much we can do about it.

    “Raheem feels good enough to join back up with us and we’re very happy that his family are OK. It will be a massive lift.

    “Raheem’s an amazing player and obviously had to fly home with what’s gone on and we’re just happy that everything’s alright and he can rejoin us, and play a big part in the next game which we’re looking forward to”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Argentina's secret weapon

    Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister believes a spot of family down-time will prove Argentina’s secret World Cup weapon, writes SunSport's Martin Lipton in Doha.

    Mac Allister said: "“Those moments with our families are important to unwind and enjoy the World Cup.

    “We really needed that time off, to rest and recover.

    “The match against Australia came pretty close after the final group game but we’ve now had the chance to rest, see our families and unwind.

    “Those couple of days were excellent for us. We’re feeling great. We enjoy it and we are very much united.

    “But the squad knows we are facing an important game and that this is the crucial part for everyone”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Luis Enrique's replacement

    Spain have announced Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente as their new manager – just hours after Luis Enrique's departure.

    The board of directors will rubber stamp De la Fuente's appointment in a meeting on Monday.

    The 61-year-old's first two matches in charge will come against Norway and Scotland in March as the Furia Roja bid to qualify for Euro 2024.

    The Spanish tactician has been in the national set-up since 2013 and led both Spain’s Under-19s and Uner-21s to Euros glory

  • Kostas Lianos

    Spain sack Luis Enrique

    Luis Enrique has departed from his position as Spain manager after the shock 2022 World Cup exit to Morocco.

    The Furia Roja were stunned by the Atlas Lions in a penalty shootout defeat this week.

    It means the Spaniards have failed to make it past the Last-16 stage since winning the World Cup in 2010.

    And the hunt is on for a new manager to lead Spain's Euro 2024 charge after Enrique quit his post today

  • Kostas Lianos

    Raheem Sterling return

    It was announced today that Chelsea star Raheem Sterling will return to England's World Cup base in Qatar on Thursday.

    Sterling is expected to rejoin the squad ahead of Saturday's quarter-final against France.

    The forward flew back to the UK after a burglary at his home in Surrey.

    But the 28-year-old will now link back up with Gareth Southgate's squad for this weekend's crunch clash.

    However, it is unlikely the ex-Manchester City star will play against the reigning world champions

  • Anthony Chapman

    Ronaldo hoping for Portugal recall

    Cristiano Ronaldo faces a nervy wait to discover if he's back in Portugal's plans for their World Cup quarter-final against Morocco.

    Replacement Goncalo Guedes scored a hat-trick when he led the line in the 6-1 win over Switzerland.

    Here's how the two strikers compare with a place in the semis at stake…

  • Anthony Chapman

    Rashford and Saka's spelling delight

    Marcus Rashford is the latest England star to take on the gauntlet that is Bukayo Saka's "spelling school."

    A host of other Three Lions stars including Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Declan Rice have all tried and failed to pass Saka's tricky spelling tests.

    And Manchester United ace Rashford became the latest cornered England star.

    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    Possible England XI vs France

    England have a host of options on the table when they play France this weekend.

    Gareth Southgate is likely to stick with the 4-3-3 system that's served him so well in Qatar.

    But he could yet opt for a back five to deal with the threat of Kylian Mbappe.

    WAYS ENGLAND COULD LINE UP

  • Anthony Chapman

    Rice gives England huge boost

    Declan Rice has returned to England training just 48 hours before their huge World Cup quarter-final against France.

    The West Ham skipper, 23, did not train with the rest of Gareth Southgate's squad on Wednesday due to illness.

    But teammate Kalvin Phillips confirmed Rice’s return today, saying: "I believe Dec is fit, he's back in training and he's fine.

    "If something goes wrong, then I'll be there and I'll do my best to be fit for 90 minutes.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Inside England’s camp before France

    England face a daunting World Cup quarter-final clash against France on Saturday night.

    But ahead of their meeting with the reigning champions, the mood inside the Three Lions' camp appears relaxed.

    From a WEREWOLF game to spelling bees and a surprise Robbie Williams gig, there’s been plenty going on behind the scenes.

    SEE INSIDE ENGLAND’S TRAINING CAMP

  • Anthony Chapman

    QF preview – England vs France

    England have reached the World Cup quarter-final and they will play in-form France THIS SATURDAY – and it's not to be missed!

    • England vs France takes place on THIS SATURDAY – December 10.
    • The match kicks off at 7pm UK time.
    • The Al-Bayt Stadium plays host.

    MORE ENGLAND VS FRANCE INFO

    Bellingham’s vow for fan shirt

    Jude Bellingham has vowed to send a supporter a signed shirt after the individual gave away one he had previously to charity.

    Gary Williams had tweeted: “I know this sounds cheeky but does anybody know how I could get one of Judes signed shirts.

    “I actually had one a couple of years ago but gave it to my Marie Curie charity for a auction it would finish off my collection now. Can't believe the stuff I've given away over the years.”

    Bellingham spotted his plea and responded: “Got you mate! Have a look at your messages. KRO.”

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