78 DAYS TO GO! Rensenbrink claims landmark strike

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The 1000th FIFA World Cup™ goal was scored at the 1978 edition, when the Netherlands’ Rob Rensenbrink grabbed the opener from the penalty spot in a 3-2 defeat by Scotland in Mendoza.

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Butland doesn’t think Stoke’s relegation woes should count against him in race to be World Cup No 1 

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Confidence is key for any potential England World Cup number one. Jordan Pickford embraces it, Joe Hart is more fragile than the hyped-up Euro 2016 version, and Jack Butland retains his self-belief despite being the resident coconut shy at Stoke City.

Butland, who won his seventh England cap against Italy on Tuesday, doesn’t think his club’s predicament in the relegation places should count against him when Gareth Southgate names his squad this summer.

‘Although it has been a tough season at Stoke, it’s not a marker against me individually.’ insists the 25-year-old. ‘I feel like I’ve played well this season. The England manager thinks I warranted a call-up, which I believe.’  

Jack Butland is desperate to become Gareth Southgate's England No 1 at the World Cup

Jack Butland is desperate to become Gareth Southgate's England No 1 at the World Cup

Jack Butland is desperate to become Gareth Southgate’s England No 1 at the World Cup

Stoke are at Arsenal on Sunday having conceded an alarming 58 goals in 31 games. With only seven matches left, time is running out to preserve their 10-year stay in the Premier League.

‘We are in a dogfight,’ acknowledges Butland, who feels the recent international break will help him.

‘It was nice for me to go away with England, a different environment, and to switch off from club football and refresh.

‘I felt sharp and was delighted to play against Italy. I can now take that enthusiasm and excitement into the Arsenal game.

‘I’ll be doing everything to make sure I’m on the plane for Russia and still in the Premier League. I’ve never backed down a challenge and we’ve got the ability at Stoke to get out of it.

‘We’ve got games we can win and pick up enough points. I’m determined to do my job as well as I can to make sure the ball is not going in at my end, and hopefully we can get a few at the other end. I believe we can do it.’

Butland's biggest rival for the England No 1 spot this summer appears to be Jordan Pickford

Butland's biggest rival for the England No 1 spot this summer appears to be Jordan Pickford

Butland’s biggest rival for the England No 1 spot this summer appears to be Jordan Pickford

The popular conception is that Everton’s Pickford is a specialist with his feet whilst Butland and Hart are more dominant in their penalty areas.

Butland regards that as simplistic and says he works on his footwork a lot.

‘Training revolves around it every day,’ he says. ‘That element of using your feet and being good with the ball is important and I’ve practised on it for a few years, we work very hard with the goalkeeping coach at Stoke.

‘I feel very comfortable with both feet. It was nice to show that side of my game against Italy. That composure isn’t something that just comes for a goalkeeper, you have to work at it.’

Butland’s mental strength can’t be doubted. A fractured ankle playing for England against Germany in 2016 led to three operations and cost him more than a year of his career.

‘My ankle was a stress fracture, one of those freak ones, and unfortunately I had setbacks in the recovery through no fault of my own,’ he said.

‘I needed surgery to atone for that and repair what was done wrong. There was a lot of frustration; being injured in the first place and missing the Euros and the setbacks in coming back. I ended up missing football for 15 or 16 months, which is a long time.

Butland fractured his ankle against Germany in 2016, which led to three operations

Butland fractured his ankle against Germany in 2016, which led to three operations

Butland fractured his ankle against Germany in 2016, which led to three operations

‘I always believed I’d get back but sometimes you don’t know. Sometimes you wake up and it’d ache, something wouldn’t feel right and you’d go back to the drawing board.

‘Ultimately I managed to find a great surgeon in Holland who has worked on some of the greats and he got it right within no time.’

Butland mostly dealt with the anxiety internally, though he doesn’t recommend that for everyone.

‘I shouldered a lot of the burden myself. I probably need to speak to a few more people every now and again and let things out,’ he admits.

‘Sometimes my partner and family wanted to talk to me but knew my character, that there wasn’t a lot to be said and I was always going to get there.’

Having come through that massive ordeal, Butland now has the confidence to help save Stoke City – and go to the World Cup as Southgate’s No1.

 

 

 

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75 DAYS TO GO! Spectacular cities

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It takes 75 minutes to fly between two of Russia 2018’s most spectacular Host Cities: Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The former, Russia’s capital, will host the Opening Match and the Final, while the latter will stage one of the semi-finals and the Third-Place Play-off

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Neymar steps up recovery in bid for World Cup 2018 return

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  • Neymar continues to step up his recovery in time for this summer’s World Cup
  • The Brazilian forward was filmed working out with a medical boot on at home
  • The PSG star is expected to return two weeks before the tournament starts

Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline

‘No pain, no gain’ is the mantra Neymar is living by these days as the Paris Saint-Germain star continues to work out with a medical boot on.

The Brazilian forward is stepping up his training routine ahead of a sensational return before the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.

The 26-year-old was filmed on Instagram working on his core with a personal trainer before strengthening his legs on Thursday evening.

Neymar celebrates saying, 'Today is paid' on his Instagram page following a tough workout

Neymar celebrates saying, 'Today is paid' on his Instagram page following a tough workout

Neymar celebrates saying, ‘Today is paid’ on his Instagram page following a tough workout

The 26-year-old was filmed working out on a medicine ball while wearing a medical boot

The 26-year-old was filmed working out on a medicine ball while wearing a medical boot

The forward can be seen wincing while strengthening his core with a personal trainer

The forward can be seen wincing while strengthening his core with a personal trainer

The 26-year-old was filmed working out on a medicine ball while wearing a medical boot

While sitting shirtless on a medicine ball, Neymar can be seen wincing as he pulls on rope with his leg heavily guarded by the black boot.

His Instagram story then shows him trying to lift his legs with weights on as his whopping 91.3 million followers get a glimpse into his recovery regime at home.

Since fracturing his right foot during PSG’s win over Marseille back in February, Neymar has continued to share his progress on social media. 

The Paris Saint-Germain star shows his followers more of his workout on his Instagram story

The Paris Saint-Germain star shows his followers more of his workout on his Instagram story

Neymar lifts his left leg while it is strapped with weights on Thursday evening

Neymar lifts his left leg while it is strapped with weights on Thursday evening

The Paris Saint-Germain star shows his followers more of his workout on his Instagram story

The former Barcelona man even posted his hospital appointment online by showing footage of the doctor rubbing a gel into his wounded foot using ultrasound earlier this week. 

Since suffering the injury, the forward has had to sit out four of PSG’s fixtures and two Brazil friendlies but he is expected to return for the World Cup in June.

Neymar has been ruled out for up to three months but he should recover just in time before the tournament starts.

Neymar is due to return from his injury less than two weeks before the World Cup starts

Neymar is due to return from his injury less than two weeks before the World Cup starts

Neymar is due to return from his injury less than two weeks before the World Cup starts

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76 Days to go! Brazil’s Fenômeno

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Ronaldo represented Brazil at four FIFA World Cups, scoring 15 times in 19 games, making him the tournament's second-highest scorer of all time.

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Russia’s football governing body releases World Cup anti-doping guide

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  • The Russian Football Union have just released a World Cup anti-doping guide
  • They said stars should be wary of accidentally consuming banned substances 
  • Russia has been rocked by failed doping tests across many sports recently

Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

The Russian Football Union has warned players ahead of the World Cup not to drink ‘exotic tea’ or smoke shisha pipes as they try to avoid any damaging doping cases.

The governing body said on Friday that stars heading to the World Cup this summer in Russia should be cautious of accidentally consuming banned substances.

The RFU, in a guide to help players avoid failing drugs tests, recommended they read the label on exercise supplements and check on the internet whether they can possibly be contaminated with banned products.

The Russian Football Union have released an anti-doping guide ahead of the 2018 World Cup

The Russian Football Union have released an anti-doping guide ahead of the 2018 World Cup

The Russian Football Union have released an anti-doping guide ahead of the 2018 World Cup

The RFU are being extra cautious ahead of the eagerly-anticipated tournament after Russia has been rocked by a number of failed doping tests recently and a state-sponsored cover-up. 

The guide also comes amid FIFA’s investigation of allegations that positive drug tests in Russian football in years gone by were covered up.

Ahead of the World Cup, the RFU have told the international footballers ‘not to consume exotic tea’, smoke shisha and be wary of possibly contaminated meat from China or South America.

This warning was finished off with an emphatic and no-nonsense message, with the RFU insisting: ‘Be aware. Your career depends on it!’

Hosts Russia get the eagerly-anticipated World Cup underway on June 14 against Saudi Arabia

Hosts Russia get the eagerly-anticipated World Cup underway on June 14 against Saudi Arabia

Hosts Russia get the eagerly-anticipated World Cup underway on June 14 against Saudi Arabia

Back in 2015, Algerian footballer Youcef Belaili tested positive for cocaine, which he said he accidentally consumed via a friend’s shisha pipe.

Meanwhile, despite not knowing what prompted the tea warning, a study from 2012 claimed green tea could make testosterone appear lower on drugs test. However, that doesn’t constitute an offence. 

The Russian guide comes just two-and-a-half months before the World Cup gets underway, with the hosts taking on Saudi Arabia.

 

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Matchday Live – Argentina vs. Cameroon

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