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Praful Patel
We have invested heavily in our grassroots developments and this is one of the reasons why we hosted this U17 World Cup. It was an effort to continue to keep our focus on the grassroots developments and attract the younger kids of all age groups to the game. Younger we catch the better for the game.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
“What I would like to find is someone like a Milner-Skudder, someone who comes out of the blue and gives you something so different in a World Cup year. I reckon now we have 80% of the squad about right but we're looking for the X-factor rookie to come out. There's a place for that sort of player and it could be someone like Marcus Smith. Who knows? I'm sure he's going to be good at shining George Ford's boots. He's an apprentice and he's come to learn about the game, so don't get too excited. You're going to get some fantastic shots of him polishing boots.” said Eddie Jones speaking about World Cup. It’s one of the 409 quotes about World Cup you can find on this page. 247 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Gareth Southgate, Jorge Sampaoli and Ange Postecoglou. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Sean O'Loughlin

Straight from that game, focus swung to the World Cup. There were steps put in process behind the scenes: meeting up more regularly, doing more little sessions here and there.feedback

Mohammed Sanusi

We have had long and fruitful talks, and we can say that we have an agreement. We await the approval by FIFA and also, we have to agree on the flight arrangements that would be comfortable for the players and crew. The match will come up on 14th November, four days after the Super Eagles' final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Algeria. We had offers from teams like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Morocco but we have opted for the Argen-tines.feedback

Mohammed Sanusi

We have had long and fruitful talks, and we can say that we have an agreement. We await the approval by FIFA and also, we have to agree on the flight arrangements that would be comfortable for the players and crew. The match will come up on 14th November, four days after the Super Eagles' final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Algeria. We had offers from teams like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Morocco but we have opted for the Argentines.feedback

John Hackworth

They look to always find the free player on the field. Their movement off the ball is excellent. They do want their players to be comfortable dribbling out of pressure, and they're good at it, but it's also risky in a World Cup and it's something we're going to try and capitalize on.feedback

John Hackworth

This is the first time that a US team has won a knockout game since the '99 World Cup. I have said it for a long time. This is a team full of talent and what I consider good character. They are fun to work with. They compete like crazy with each other. They want to be pushed and when I push them they usually answer the call. This is the best team I've ever had.feedback

Sepp Blatter

I will go to the World Cup in Russia. I received an invitation from President Putin. I don't know how long I will go for, whether I will be there for the opening match or the final. Because I can't work in football and I don't have an assignment to do, maybe I will only make a short visit.feedback

Kyle Knight - Human Rights Watch

International outcry works. Neither Putin nor Kadyrov has much tolerance for gay people, but after all the outcry, they had a meeting where they publicly addressed the issue. That they even brought it up was a huge deal. Putin has to think about things like 'Do I want that kind of blood on my hands before hosting the World Cup?' After that meeting, the roundups more or less stopped.feedback

Carlos Amadeu

When we are thinking about the list to come to the World Cup, we have to think about it. We have to call players that can play more than one position. Marcos Antonio is a midfielder, but he can play as a right back. Players that can make multiple functions. If we lose some players because of cards or injuries, we have players here to replace him.We had these moments of losing focus. Its a challenge for me and my staff to go through with this to the next match. It's a little bit difficult for us.feedback

Graham Clayton

Willie McClean, who represented the United States at the 1934 World Cup, left Chicago in the summer of 1938 and was never seen again. Wikipedia suggests 'his family continued to receive infrequent Mother's Day cards from towns along the Mississippi River for several years after. Finally, in November 1944 Aetna Life Insurance placed an advertisement in the Midwest Soccer News asking for information regarding his whereabouts. Despite these efforts, he was never seen again.feedback

Christian Wueck

We have to regenerate right now. We have three or four players injured. One of them is going to the hospital. We need to make sure the players are fit by the time of the quarter-final tie. In my opinion, it does not matter if it's Brazil or Honduras. It's going to be the quarter-finals of the World Cup so the boys know it's a special occasion.feedback

Joachim Walltin

We don't like this development. The average age of teams that win the Euros or the World Cup is around 30 so we can't have Norwegian players stopping in their prime. We need them. Hopefully this pay deal will make life better for everyone involved in the women's national team.feedback

Raheem Sterling

I didn't need to speak to Guardiola because I already spoke to him in the summer about pre-season. I didn't have any negative thoughts or anything about it, I just woke up one day with England and didn't believe a word of it, and I wouldn't have until I spoke to the manager. I signed for five years. I have two and a half years left and I see myself here, playing football here under a great manager and with a great team, so of course [I want to stay]. It's a massive year for me, massive year for the team, I just need to keep building, keep working hard and go to the World Cup on a positive.feedback

Craig Moore

I'm a big supporter of Ange and everything he's done for the national team and Australian football in general. I'm looking more so in just being upbeat and positive about Australia qualifying for the World Cup. That is the most important thing. It's a benefit for us all. It's a benefit for me, you and the football people who continually try to improve the standards of our game, and increase the exposure of our team worldwide. That is the most important thing.feedback

Raheem Sterling

Yeah, it is massive year for me, for the team, and I need to keep building, keep working hard and go to the World Cup on a positive.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Very proud. Did anybody see the six-minute video summary of the game? I never saw a celebration like this for 1-0 after 60 minutes - I thought it was a Golden Goal in a World Cup final.feedback

Juergen Klopp

That's a really good generation that they have there and they should go to the World Cup but, how it always is, first you have to be qualified. Now they are there it's obviously a good moment.feedback

Javier Mascherano

I am fully committed to the national team. The decisions are taken by the coach and he will decide if I am in Russia or not. But is already clear that my cycle in the national team finishes in Russia. I will try in these six or seven months to prepare to be able to be in the World Cup. But the manager will decide I have a lot of respect for the decision that coaches make.feedback

Arsene Wenger

He is as well in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice and now they don't even go to the World Cup. Sanchez is 29 at the end of the year, so the next one he will be 33. He expected to go. Certainly [it is] a big disappointment for him. But I believe to play at the top level as well, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment.feedback

Mark van Bommel

An absolutely exceptional player like Arjen deserves a worthy farewell instead of this failed World Cup qualifying campaign. He would be entitled to end his impressive national team career on the highest level. Winning a final would be a match for his qualities. I regularly tell players about the 100 per cent dedication Arjen shows every day. He's a classic example of this.feedback

Mark van Bommel

During the 2010 World Cup, we were sitting with a few other players, joking about quitting if we were to get the title. There could have been no better time. Unfortunately we could not win.feedback

Arsene Wenger

He is in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice and now they don't even go to the World Cup. Sanchez is 29 at the end of the year, so the next World Cup he will be 33. He expected to go. In every generation, you have a player who carries the expectation. In Chile it's Sanchez. Those players have to deal with the lows as well - remember 1998 when [David] Beckham has been sent off. He was treated in this country like a guy who has killed somebody.feedback

Alejandro Bedoya

We let our country down, we let our teammates down, we let our fans down, we let our families down and ourselves down. It's an utter disappointment. The first half [at Trinidad & Tobago] was pretty embarrassing. I had dreams of taking my son to the World Cup. He would've been three and a half years old by then and just to experience that with him, there was a lot of sadness, a lot of emotions after the game on Tuesday night, and that for me was kind of the most disheartening thing.feedback

Arsene Wenger

I believe that Jack at the moment is in the best form I've seen him in for a long time. If he keeps going like he's going at the moment, he will go to the World Cup, I'm sure. I don't see Jack being fully fit and not going to the World Cup.feedback

Luis Norton de Matos

The players are intelligent but the progress is slow. Now they will play in the I-League and get more strong. The Under-17 World Cup is a stronger competition than the I-League. I know that when ISL teams go to Europe, they lose to fourth division teams in Spain. Let the children play now. Lets these boys play 18 games in the I-League and get more strong.feedback

Amarjit Kiyam

In our case, the young players get spotted in teenage while in other countries they get scouted at age 4 or 5. The AIFF is doing its best to change that and I hope that helps in the future. It was a great experience for us representing the country in its first ever world cup appearance. The fans were wonderful and we gave our 100%.feedback

Luis Norton de Matos

New Zealand in the 1997 Under-17 World Cup gave 13 goals and since then with sGome organization, they have made it to World Cup regularly. We must start the process now. It's very easy to start this. It's a question really of whether we want it to start or not. If not, then this is impossible.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Gordon's tenure will end with immediate effect along with that of his assistant coach, Mark McGhee. We are grateful to Gordon for the passion, professionalism and commitment demonstrated since his appointment in January 2013. While the nation's collective disappointment at not qualifying for the play-offs for the 2018 Fifa World Cup is understandable, it was nevertheless a mark of Gordon's capabilities – and the squad's belief in the coaching team – that we recovered from a poor first half of the campaign to get back into contention for a play-off place.feedback

Arsene Wenger

I don't think so. I believe that Jack is in the best form I've seen him for a long time. He's very close to being considered like anybody else and overall I believe he doesn't necessarily have to leave Arsenal to go to the World Cup.feedback

Vadim Vasilyev

Then we have to wait and see, how the team does, in different competitions, if we have an interest in him, and also his ambitions after the World Cup. January doesn't seem like the right time for major changes in the team.feedback

Bruce Arena

It's a blemish for us. We should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility for that. We foolishly brought Trinidad into the game with the own goal. That was a big goal for Trinidad psychologically. That got them motivated.feedback

Landon Donovan

There's real significant and immediate economic impact and there's long-term unquantifiable impact as far as kids that may have watched the World Cup next summer who will now lose that opportunity to be inspired by the U.S.feedback

Rocco Commisso - North American Soccer League

As a passionate soccer fan and team owner, I wish that the outcome against Trinidad and Tobago had proven me wrong. Regrettably, the team's performance along the road to the World Cup in Russia did just the opposite.feedback

Rocco Commisso - North American Soccer League

The blame must be placed squarely at the feet of U.S. Soccer's management, led by Sunil Gulati. The first step in ensuring that American soccer consistently performs at a level that spares all of us the kind of negative emotions generated by our National Team's failure to qualify for the World Cup is for Mr. Gulati to resign. It is his only honorable path forward. The USSF Board members and senior management personnel appointed or nominated by Mr. Gulati should follow him out the door.feedback

Bruce Arena

Clearly we are very disappointed. We had everything there for us today. No excuses for us not getting a second goal and coming away with at least a point. It's a blemish for us. We should not be staying at home for this World Cup and I take responsibility. It never mattered to us the scores of the other games. We failed on the day. No excuses. We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.feedback

Anwar Gargash

Hosting World Cup 2022 should not be tainted by support of extremist individuals and organisations and terrorist figures, (and) review of Qatar's policies a must. Qatar's hosting of World Cup 2022 should include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism and terrorism. Doha should review its record.feedback

Daryl Janmaat

But you see we're better than most of the countries, like Sweden. We were better two times. That is why it's extra painful we don't go to the World Cup.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

We should help him to be in a new World Cup. I was very excited to be in a squad with him.feedback

Harry Arter

In football you have a lot more lows than highs, so you really want to take moments like this in and realise how special it is. You have a moment to yourself in the changing room and you have that feeling of proudness for yourself and for your family who are watching - it's nice to make them proud. Monday was a huge game and a tough game and we came out victorious. We'll definitely attack the play-off games with confidence. To be part of a group that could do that would be something I'd be ever so proud of. They are dreams you have as a young kid to play in a World Cup.feedback

David Gallop

Beyond that [November], should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will need to lock in our setup as soon as possible to maximise our preparation time.feedback

Lionel Messi

It would have been crazy not to be in the World Cup. The group deserved to qualify.feedback

Decio de Maria

I've said that preparation for the World Cup begins tomorrow. We have the two games in November and those we can have in February and March and the matches on the way to Russia. Surely, the preperation for the World Cup begins tomorrow for the Mexico national team.feedback

Joey Richardson

The revenge was sweet, even though we have not qualified for the World Cup game.feedback

Luca De Angelis

In April 1998, Nakayama – the scorer of Japan's first ever goal at the World Cup finals, at France 1998 – scored at least three goals in four consecutive J1 League matches played for Jubilo Iwata on the 15th, 18th, 25th and 29th day of that month. Five goals away at Cerezo Osaka, four at home to Sanfrecce Hiroshima, four goals away at Avispa Fukuoka and three goals at home to Consadole Sapporo. He also scored a goal for Japan, in a friendly against South Korea on 1 April, taking his tally for that month to a remarkable 17.feedback

Dominic Gray

On a particularly slow day at work today, looking back through previous World Cup qualifying campaigns, it seems that Ethiopia were part of the Uefa qualifying for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, along with Italy, Cyprus, Israel and Romania (who later withdrew). Is there any explanation for this?feedback

Arjen Robben

Normally you would say this is a very nice way to go out. To win 2-0 and score twice. It was a bit like Dirk Kuyt's farewell, with his hat-trick [for Feyenoord] apart from the fact that he won the league and we fail to reach the World Cup.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

I am aware of reports today suggesting that I will step down as head coach of the Socceroos next month. My sole focus is on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches. I will not let anything compromise the team's journey on getting to a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup.feedback

David Edwards

It would have been nice for a few of the boys to have a good World Cup and that could have been it. A lot of the boys have got to do a lot of thinking. No-one wants to retire from international football but as you get older it gets harder to keep going.feedback

Slavoljub Muslin

For a year and a half we worked together, we worked hard all the time and I think we deserved qualification. We have succeeded, I am proud of them because this is their success, they are now entering history. This is definitely a historical result, after so many years we are at the World Cup. I would not take the team if I did not believe we could achieve this result. We believed in everybody from the very beginning.feedback

Giselle Mather

The state of the women's game is phenomenal at the moment following events like the World Cup and the launch of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s in England. With the Barbarians coming in on top of that it's taking the game to a different level.feedback

Didier Deschamps

Players can play at the highest level in the biggest clubs, but there is nothing more beautiful than playing a World Cup. It's a global event for professional players. The World Cup is the must-have. Sometimes you look at it in front of the TV. I watched two of them on TV. And I played a World Cup but we didn't need to qualify because it was at home.feedback

Lionel Messi

There has been criticism despite having played three consecutive finals and today was an important day for all, especially for those who have been here longer. We were away from the press for a while and the people. I think it served to get us closer. If we all go hand in hand, everything will be easier. It was unfair what happened in the World Cup and the two Copa Americas. We ended up suffering to enter this World Cup and hopefully we will get it once and for all.feedback

Harry Winks

I trust my ability and believe I am good enough to play at this level. Of course it is something I've dreamed of, to be able to say I've been to the World Cup, but it is a long way away and all I can do is focus on Spurs.feedback

Mario Kempes

A World Cup without Argentina and without Messi would be a catastrophe. The only ones who would be happy if Messi doesn't go to the World Cup would be Maradona fans because, that way, they can keep saying that he's the best. I don't understand it when it's said that the problem is psychological. If you told me they're boys who don't have experience and who had been called up for the first time, who find themselves in front of full stands, I could believe that the problem is psychological, that they're scared.feedback

Bruce Arena

They're a team that is obviously out of the competition. They have no pressure on them. They're playing some new players – I think they're going to play with a lot of freedom. They can be very aggressive. No one on Trinidad's going to be suspended for the first game of the World Cup, so they can have an aggressive mentality. They can have a loose spirit and they could be a real difficult team to play against, so we have to be at our best.feedback

Oscar Tabarez

Argentina are having problems to qualify but if they do, they'll be favourites to win the World Cup. He plays with praise regarding him being the best, but while taking all the fault when things don't go well, even when he's not responsible. Football is not easy and not always the best players can handle everything. The statistics are meant to be interpreted but if you take a look at Messi's statistics, during his whole career, they're impressive, you can't believe it.feedback

Harry Winks

Of course it's a dream [to go to the World Cup], it's every player's dream, but it's a long way away and a lot can happen in that time.feedback

Martin O'Neill

It didn't seem that they troubled us that much. When the ball was in the air we dealt with things reasonably well. When the ball was fizzed in a few times we had to defend but overall it was a great win against a Wales side who did so well at the Euros. I've never doubted the character of the players and their courage was never in doubt. Sometimes we can do better with the ball, but trying to qualify for the World Cup is a monumental task. I knew we'd fight back. And I don't think anyone would want to play us in the play-offs.feedback

Khalid Salman

One game with Saudi Arabia, we needed to draw and we lost. It is my bad luck I never went to the World Cup. But the World Cup is coming to us.feedback

Bora Milutinovic

You need to believe, you need to dream, you need to prepare good. But to be ready, you need to be ready in 2022, in June. Only this is important. One week before the World Cup, you can speak that your team is ready for the World Cup. Not before.feedback

Carlo Mazzone

I don't feel pressure … I don't give a toss about it. I spent the afternoon of Sunday 9 July, 2006 in Berlin sleeping and playing the PlayStation. In the evening, I went out and won the World Cup.feedback

Roman Pavlyuchenko

I'm absolutely sure that fans will like it and I'm sure that it will be the best World Cup in the history of the World Cup. All the fans will come here and enjoy it, I'm absolutely sure. There is a misconception that going to Russia will see lots of people getting hurt, punched and attacked. Anyone who comes here can see that it's not like that. I'm sure everything will be fine in that respect.feedback

Harry Arter

I know it doesn't come around as often as the Champions League, but if you ask the players, not just of Ireland or Wales but of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Italy, they would say the World Cup is the top priority.feedback

Harry Arter

It doesn't worry me if Wales are favourites, they are at home, so they have an advantage, but we know what it is in front of us and it's all to play for. I believe we are good enough to win the game. You know, I find it so strange this talk that international football doesn't matter anymore. A World Cup is still biggest occasion in football for me.feedback

Martin O'Neill

It's a really great game to have. I've been involved in a few – including a couple of European Cup wins – and I've got to tell you, this is big. I keep telling the players that it's absolutely fantastic to be involved in a World Cup, dealing with great nations. With a bit of luck you could be in the same group as someone like Messi. It's fantastic. I tell the players: 'This is it, so don't die wondering. Go for it!feedback

Miguel Layun

The idea is to arrive in Russia as good as possible. These are important months where everything is going to be important in order to play a big part in the World Cup, and I have to achieve this goal.feedback

Jonny Evans

Just imagine getting to the World Cup finals – it would eclipse everything we did at the Euros. You don't want to be coming up against a team like Italy or Portugal, who are sitting second in their groups. But we do enjoy the bigger games – the bigger the team, the greater the challenge for us, and we also try and rise and meet the opposition head on. No matter our Fifa ranking, we are always likely to go into these type of games as the underdog.feedback

Martin O'Neill

To be involved in a World Cup, when you are dealing with other nations and the best players, with a little bit of luck you could be in the same group as someone like [Lionel] Messi.feedback

Edgaras Jankauskas

The best plan would be not letting him into the stadium. It's an incredible run of form and to stop it, we need to do everything we can. However, the English team has many great players. Teams such as England are always under arrows of criticism - even in the event of a victory, they are criticised. It only shows the level of football in a country where even after victory and qualification to the World Cup, the team is criticised.feedback

Davor Šuker

Twenty years ago (ahead of 1998 World Cup, where Croatia came third) we were in similar situation at the end of qualifiers.feedback

Luka Modric

What do we do now? We started with him and now we have to just keep going. Until our match with Iceland, everything was fine and now all of a sudden nothing is of any worth. What happened? Nothing, we have only just compromised our path to the World Cup. When we were looking for the goal, we had a few chances and initiative. When we scored, it was unbelievable that we would retreat against Finland, of all teams.feedback

Dax McCarty

Never in a million years did I envision this. To see so many people's dreams in Orlando come to fruition and see soccer be as big as it is here, my hope is that this can start to kind of be like Columbus for us and we'll come here every round of World Cup qualifying because it's going to become a fortress for us. The fans were unbelievable. I can't say enough about how loud they were.feedback

Leonardo Curzio

I don't have any evidence that the government asked for their firing or to end the show, but I was deeply surprised that they would ask me to stop broadcasting a political panel that enjoys wide approval in terms of ratings during an election year. It's like being asked to get rid of a sports show during the World Cup.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

I am very confident that if we play with the conviction with which we did it today we will be in the World Cup. The situation is not comfortable. But the ranking still depends on us. We are very hopeful for everything that comes.feedback

Victoria Lopyreva

If maybe in the past some people hesitated about coming to Russia, I believe that after the World Cup there will be no doubt and people will find that this is a really nice country. And me as a Russian, I would like to invite you all.feedback

Victoria Lopyreva

All the people are really excited and everybody would like to be involved. I know some people in other countries in Europe have a different mood about what might happen in Russia, about whether it is dangerous, about whether the people here might not be happy to have foreign guests. I would like to say this is not true. We are very friendly, very open and really looking forward to having guests from other countries. All of us understand that such a huge event as the World Cup is going to improve the Russian tourist sector, which is very important.feedback

Andrey Zakharov

Russia is an extremely secure country. It is definitely safe for British fans to come here. Those fans who arrived in Moscow for the Champions League matches [involving Liverpool and Manchester United], we deployed police to meet them, implemented all the measures according to the information we had. Everything will be secure. There is nothing to be afraid of, we are ready to ensure their security during the World Cup.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

The draw only exacerbated the need to emerge from this difficult moment. Some of us, including myself, must take the responsibility and help the others to be part of a group that has enthusiasm, ideas and wants to go to the World Cup.feedback

Gerard Pique

If the coach or any director of the Federation thinks that I am a problem for the national team, I will step aside before the World Cup. The first day of training was difficult. Nobody likes it when there are people against you. It's not pleasant to receive insults. But it's a challenge for me. I want to help the national team in every way I can, above all on the pitch.feedback

Santi Denia

It's the most difficult group of the tournament and it's very important to win the first match. Brazil are favourites for the World Cup. Winning the first match will lift our spirits. We had two weeks of preparations. One in Spain, One here in India.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

I am very confident that if we play with the conviction with which we did it today we will be in the World Cup. Today Argentina was far superior to Peru, playing with a lot of authority.feedback

Luis Norton de Matos

As a coach I would like a lot that we can reach the quarter finals. I am very realistic because India, in this World Cup, is one of weakest teams that are going to participate. I think my first realist target is to reduce the gap (in terms of standard of play) between the rivals and us.feedback

Joe Hart

You think I care about them? I'd have a big problem if I cared - apart from the guys in the dressing room. The team have always got my back and I have always got their back. We have qualified for a World Cup with one game to go. Regardless of personal achievements, I think it's important that we smile. England have qualified for a World Cup and that's a big deal.feedback

Gareth Southgate

We know where we have to do better but that's for tomorrow. Tonight, we go to the World Cup and that's fantastic.feedback

Gareth Southgate

But we're there [at the World Cup] and now we build and we look to where we can improve all the time.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

I am still confident that we will be at the World Cup. Today was a very good game. We just missed a goal. I am very hopeful and excited about what is coming. The team never gave up, put in a huge effort and deserved another result.feedback

Harry Kane

It's no easy feat these days (to qualify for a World Cup). We're all delighted. We have another game on Sunday (away to Lithuania to complete the group phase) and we need to keep doing what we're doing and working hard.feedback

Sergio Ramos

It is a mistake to mix politics and sport. It has not been an easy week - we must focus on Albania. We have all been united by the goal of the Albania game and to go one step further for the World Cup.feedback

Sergio Ramos

It would be my fourth World Cup and it is something that fills me with pride, like being here, in every game, in every training session with Spain.feedback

Martin O'Neill

I wasn't sure If I would get used to international football or not, but qualifying for the Euros [Euro 2016] made it all worthwhile and we're still in this competition [World Cup qualifying] also.feedback

Sunil Gulati

We are very proud that we've qualified for every World Cup since 1990. There aren't a lot of teams that can say that. This would be eight straight cups.feedback

Lionel Messi

I think Argentina are capable of winning the World Cup next year. It's true they're in a difficult situation in South American qualifying, but we can all agree that if they qualify for the World Cup they will be one of the favourites. Because of the players they have and because I think they've got it right with the new manager [Sampaoli].feedback

Mauricio Macri

We are here to tell you that we have ratified this commitment, we've presented it to the president of FIFA and we are counting on the support of CONMEBOL. I think the region deserves the a World Cup because it's been a long time since we've hosted one.feedback

Eduardo Mansur - O Globo

It is a place they can call home, it will be where they will begin their preparations in earnest for the World Cup and it's been important for the technical committee to get to know it better. For example, being there allows them to use equipment like drones, resources that aren't available to you in other countries. The tiny details are important. There is a solid structure in place here, with spectacular playing fields, so Granja provides a level of comfort and luxury the Selecao are rarely afforded.feedback

Gareth Southgate

Was it the performance or the night we wanted? No, absolutely not. But I was given the job to keep things steady a year ago, the objective was to qualify for the World Cup. Now we have to evolve the team… I think people want to come and see goals and be entertained. It's blindingly obvious we could have played better.feedback

Gareth Southgate

I won't release them, no. We have to assess them, injury-wise. But I won't be releasing players. We're a squad. We stay together as a squad. Maybe some time tonight we might enjoy we're at the World Cup, though that might take a few minutes. But there will be England supporters going to Lithuania and we have a duty to put in a performance. We want to win the game and stay unbeaten. There are one or two players we want to look at, but we want to continue building towards the World Cup.feedback

Ryan Giggs

When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players. With the injuries he has had and at the stage of his career, this is when you need to start addressing it. They can still get the results to qualify for the World Cup though, but they will have to play a slightly different way as there is nobody else who can get you back to front like Bale does.feedback

Ryan Giggs

They can still get the results to qualify for the World Cup, but they will have to play a slightly different way as there is nobody else who can get you back to front like Bale does. Sam Vokes can be used as a target man and there's still a lot of quality, as Joe Allen, Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey have shown, and they'll be even more important to the team.feedback

Horacio Cartes

We know there are other countries that want it but I think the 100-year anniversary of the first World Cup in Uruguay makes the region a very attractive prospect.feedback

Gareth Southgate

We still have to sit down to go through [our World Cup planning] but there's a lot we're already working on. It would be remiss not to be planning some of these things already. We will learn from the tournaments we've been in before and the experiences of the players and staff. We don't want to leave any stone unturned.feedback

Donato Villani

Aguero is in a very bad mood because he was very eager to come and play [for Argentina in World Cup qualifiers] and this incident, which had nothing to do with him, leaves him out of the two games. He will be off the pitch for six weeks. He can't move in his house, or get into or out of the car.feedback

Weston McKennie

I think (playing in the 2018 World Cup) is a realistic opportunity for me. I still have work to do to get there, and that means playing well for Schalke and taking advantage when the call comes from the national team.feedback

Weston McKennie

Of course every kid wants to be able to represent their country and compete in a World Cup, but everything worked out. I wasn't able to go to the World Cup but I was also able to make my Schalke debut. Either way, everything has gone well and missing that World Cup wasn't something that was for nothing.feedback

Weston McKennie

We have the [World Cup] qualification in play right now and I can understand if I don't get a call right away because it's pretty risky to call an unfamiliar face in such an important time. If I'm mad about that, that's pretty selfish because of course I would want to be there, but I also understand the decisions that he made because it's what's best for the team and the country.feedback

Weston McKennie

I don't think many people would have thought that in my first year as a professional that I would start three games, back-to-back, in the Bundesliga. It all depends on the coach and if he trusts you and gives you the chance. Things can happen a lot quicker than you think, but they can also not happen. I think [the World Cup] is a realistic opportunity for me.feedback

Rickie Lambert

I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have. I have had some ups and downs in my career but to have represented clubs like Southampton, Liverpool and playing for my country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams.feedback

Gareth Southgate

For us, it is a great privilege, one of our greatest ever players and as we know such an important player in us winning the World Cup. One of our greatest ambassadors as well for the game. We're delighted to have you, it is fantastic for us to name a pitch after you.feedback

Rickie Lambert

I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have. I have had some ups and downs in my career but to have represented clubs like Southampton, Liverpool and playing for my Country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams. Playing and scoring for England is probably my proudest professional moment and I will look back at every aspect of how I got there with fond memories.feedback

Gerard Pique

I am very happy to return and see if we can win the first game which would qualify us, which is what is important, and be once again in the World Cup finals. I have always said that to play for the national team is a pride and a great motivation. The fact that the coach has called me up again shows that I am doing things well.feedback

Lindsey Vonn

I don't really even remember my run at the Vancouver Olympics at all, and I don't remember the run when I broke the World Cup win record. You just experience such a surge of emotion and adrenaline that you just kind of blank out. Your body automatically does the work, and all my senses are at their limit.feedback

Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem

First of all, I never thought of playing for the national team. I never thought of playing in the World Cup. Whenever I would get time, I go out and play on the field and in court. I used to play badminton primarily. I studied in a residential school - Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. There were many students and the football ground was always crowded. That was one of the reasons why I preferred playing badminton.feedback

Olivier Delloye

It is a unique opportunity to see the Arc run for the final time at Chantilly, and it is open to everyone. You can come as a novice and leave absolutely hooked. In racing, the Arc is like the final of the World Cup. It is an 'I was there when it happened' event.feedback

Arsene Wenger

It's a vital season because he's nearing the end of his contract, it's a World Cup year and he has been an Arsenal player since he was a kid, so all that's at stake for him and for us as well because you'd love a player like him of that quality to come back.feedback

Tuhin Mishra - Baseline

Since India won the World Cup in 1983, cricket has become this huge giant. It's amazing how the BCCI has been able to market cricket.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

Enforcing appropriate restrictions on outdoor work and regularly investigating and publicising information about worker deaths is essential to protect the health and lives of construction workers in Qatar. Limiting work hours to safe temperatures – not set by a clock or calendar – is well within the capacity of the Qatari government and will help protect hundreds of thousands of workers. If Qatar's World Cup organisers can mandate a climate-based work ban, then the Qatar government can follow its lead as a step towards providing better protection from heat for all workers.feedback

Danielle Hazell

It has been a bit of a whirlwind since the World Cup. We had a few days to let it sink in and then it was into the Kia Super League, which has also been a big success. It has been a fantastic few months for women's cricket. When I started, cricket was a hobby, and I have been fortunate that it has turned into a job. But if you are 13 or 14 now, you can see that there is a career path. If they want to be a pro cricketer, they can be.feedback

Charles Piutau

That was the hardest point in my career so far. It was another dream to play in a World Cup – and falling short was tough. But the Ulster offer came out of the blue. I was counting on my agent agreeing a contract with New Zealand and he had to tell me about Ulster the night before we were meant to finalise things. I was like: 'You've got to give me two weeks to think about this.' I wasn't thinking of coming overseas.feedback

Benjamin Mendy

France are going to qualify for the World Cup and we can win it, I believe so. We have good young players and experienced players.feedback

Eddie Jones

What I would like to find is someone like a Milner-Skudder, someone who comes out of the blue and gives you something so different in a World Cup year. I reckon now we have 80% of the squad about right but we're looking for the X-factor rookie to come out. There's a place for that sort of player and it could be someone like Marcus Smith. Who knows? I'm sure he's going to be good at shining George Ford's boots. He's an apprentice and he's come to learn about the game, so don't get too excited. You're going to get some fantastic shots of him polishing boots.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

To know better in between them, to speak in a different way. That creates links between them, emotion. And when you must fight in a competition, there's willingness to help more your team-mates and care more for your team-mates. But it is so difficult because here in England, it's difficult to find a day or night altogether. Now he is doing very well. He's so humble and has won the World Cup, but he needs time to learn the dynamic of the team.feedback

Mauricio Pochettino

No, no, no. When I pay, I pay good. Good restaurant, good food, good wine. Argentine wine, which is the best. With Llorente, it's about having a different alternative up front to Harry Kane. He won the World Cup but he's so humble and he provides very, very good energy. It's only been a few weeks that the signings have been involved in the dynamic of the team, the club, and they need time. Only time. But I think we're strong. I'm so happy with my squad.feedback

Josh Sargent

My full concentration is first and foremost on the World Cup and the time I have left in Missouri. But I am really looking forward to next year and the new challenge in Bremen. Werder made a huge effort with me and they have always shown in the past that they give young players like myself an ideal introduction to professional football. That meant that my decision to continue my career in Bremen was not a hard one to make.feedback

Ilkay Gundogan

He said that he had also operated on Xavi Hernández. He said that after he had the operation, Xavi won every competition: the Spanish title, the Champions League, the World Cup, everything.feedback

Jupp Heynckes

Toni is 27 and has won the Champions League three times, won the treble with Bayern and lifted the World Cup with Germany. He should just hang up his boots now.feedback

Julian Draxler

I'm sure we will have a lot of fun at the World Cup together.feedback

Michael Skubala

Futsal in schools needs to happen. Until we start doing futsal properly, we probably aren't going to win a football World Cup like Spain and Brazil. These nations are all doing it on a massive scale, all their kids are doing it. And the constraints of the game are showing us that it gives us huge football returns later down the line.feedback

Hernan Crespo

Icardi is the perfect striker to pair with Messi. There used to be controversy around him, but I never agreed with that. Now it looks as if everyone is in agreement: Icardi is the right centre-forward to take us to the World Cup. He is fundamental for Inter. If Ivan Perisic crosses from the left, Mauro is ready to score. Antonio Candreva down the right, cross and Icardi nods in. If there's a penalty, he won't miss. Tell me, what coach wouldn't want someone like that.feedback

Alvaro Morata

For Spain, the more I play, the more goals I score, the more chance I have of making the World Cup and starting games.feedback

Gareth Bale

The World Cup is a huge challenge for us, as was the European Championship a year ago. We will fight until the end to qualify. Probably the Decima goal is the most important of my career and I will never forget it. Every goal is important and special with Madrid, and hopefully I'll score in more important matches.feedback

Eddie Jones

We will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks. The 2018 series is incredibly important for England as we build towards the World Cup. We want to win that series 4-0 and we will need to play extremely well to beat four very good teams over a four-week period.feedback

Eddie Jones

We will have to work hard and be smart in what we do to bridge the gap between us and the All Blacks. The series will give us a really good indicator of where we are as a squad a year out from the World Cup and gives us a real focus on what we have to do over the next 12 months to be ready for that series and win.feedback

Miguel Maduro

The secretary general made it clear to me that it was extremely problematic. More than that, she said we needed to find a solution to declare Mr. Mutko eligible because otherwise the presidency itself would be in question, the World Cup would be a disaster, that was her view, and the continued presidency of Mr. Infantino would also be in question.feedback

Harry Kane

Fernando has been a fantastic addition. He's a guy I can learn a lot from. He won the World Cup, Euros, Serie A and more. It's a learning curve for me.feedback

Charlie Stillitano

The real problem we have is France and England start here, Italy and Spain start here, Germany starts in between, qualifiers and everything else. So, the challenge is the calendar. Between World Cup, Euros, play-offs, everything, it's really hard to find a format that works.feedback

Igor Siqueira

I think Brazil maintained their balance even with some of the changes that Tite made. It's no use expecting to walk into the World Cup with a 100% record because that would practically require a miracle in the modern game. Colombia were a difficult opponent, one who had provided the stiffest test of Tite's time in charge so far [when Brazil won 2-1 in September] and, in the sweltering heat, a draw was a good result.feedback

Tim Vickery

It is really about maintaining the level of performance. I think we are no longer talking about the qualifiers, but about preparing for the World Cup. So, the result is now secondary. We are analysing the team and thinking about how they will perform at the World Cup.feedback

Eddie Jones

The countdown starts here, most definitely. Everything now is more specifically geared – for the staff, not so much the players – towards the World Cup in 2019 so our plan, our strategy, the way we think is geared towards winning the World Cup in 2019.feedback

Craig Shakespeare

It is a very rare occasion, and we are trying to come to terms with it. It is World Cup year and he is in limbo. But he is a strong character and I am sure he will be fine.feedback

Aleksandar Mitrovic

It is very frustrating for me, but I can't change anything now. These are the rules, but I didn't mean to do this, the things they have accused me of. It wasn't even a foul in the game, but I have to accept the rules and respect the decision that has been made. It is a huge thing for Serbia, it has been a long time coming. I think it is very important for the Serbian people to see us back at a World Cup. It is an unbelievable achievement, we have done it for the Serbian people, for the whole country, we want to make them proud and I hope we have done that.feedback

Raul Jimenez

I've got to go to Benfica and train very hard to win a spot as soon as possible. I know it's not going to be easy, there's good competition at Benfica, but I think I'm in the right conditions to do it. I'm aspiring to do that, getting to the World Cup was a goal and now being there it'll be the coach's decision.feedback

Philippe Coutinho

Also, no player is going to refuse to play when it's the World Cup at the end of the season. The Liverpool fans have nothing to worry about - I do not believe any of the stories about him refusing to play for the club. I know him that is not his way.feedback

Sean DeLoughry

Gary Kelly is an uncle of Ian Harte, both played together regularly for Leeds United and the Republic of Ireland, and they played together at the 2002 World Cup. Rigobert Song (uncle) & Alex Song (nephew) played together for Cameroon.feedback

Slavoljub Muslin

Of course we are very close to achieving the main goal, but there a couple of matches left. This is very important for us because we didn't progress to the last three competitions. This was one of the most difficult games in my career as a coach. It was also one of the most important games because we knew this would be the decisive game to go to the World Cup.feedback

Guillermo Ochoa

The team, over the long haul of this process, has gone through a lot of interesting things. We're very clear on the style of play. I think discussions with the coach and his openness have been very obvious and this has helped us understand the opponent on and off the field. There are very good things that have been executed and others that, as always, we have to correct, clean up details, try to get better every day. That's how it's going to be from here to the World Cup.feedback

Arturo Vidal

Sorry Chile for these two losses! We put everything in the field but we couldn't win. We will continue fighting!!! Two matches and the World Cup is what I have left, thanks for so much affection in all these years!!!feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

And finally, I think the maturity all their players have having played in a World Cup gives them experience, this plus having a good record in qualification. That's why it's one of the best teams in the confederation.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

The 2018 World Cup, and winning the title again, that is the vision. A mission on the way is participating at the Confed Cup with the goal that three or four players will be able to put pressure on our established stars, when it comes to 2018. We want to lift players to a new level – achieving that is what matters to me. I already know I have 12, 13 World Cup winners with a lot of experience and class, but they need competition for their places.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

We live in a society where, when a lie is told a thousand times, it becomes the truth. Messi is fully involved so that Argentina qualify for the World Cup. It's difficult to remove the Messi dependency from a team when Leo is there. We have to go looking for the points. We have to get an early goal, that way the opponent has to look for another game plan. Argentina's formation depends on what we want from the match. I'm not of the idea of having a starting XI that is set in stone. It's good to have a set of players who are prepared to play.feedback

Wayne Rooney

Capello's English wasn't great, and it just didn't feel right. He brought his backroom staff in and they were all Italian and it just didn't feel right. I remember at the World Cup in South Africa, Fabio and his coaches were watching Italy play and they were cheering when Italy scored, and he was there as England manager. I don't think that was right. It didn't work and we had to move on.feedback

Charlie Stillitano

I saw (US Soccer Federation president) Sunil Gulati and he was almost gleeful in talking about how this was going to be by far the most profitable World Cup. All the stadia are done already, all the highways are done, the train stations are done. The hotels are there in the cities.feedback

Giampiero Ventura

I believe if we had played them in November it would have been different. Maybe we would have lost anyway, but we would have been at the same level of preparation. Not the same level of qualities, of course. I also believe if we would play Spain at the World Cup, after the right amount of preparation, we would play a different game.feedback

Giampiero Ventura

We will go through the play-off, but we're sure that we will qualify for the World Cup. I agree with [Italian Football Federation president Carlo] Tavecchio, not going to the World Cup will be very bad. But we're not thinking about it now, we're just going to think about the game with Israel, we need to win to qualify for the play-offs.feedback

Gareth Southgate

What I hope is the fans really get behind us. There's nothing better than playing in your own stadium and feeling the fans are a huge advantage for you and intimidating the opposition. That's what supporting is all about. I understand our job is to entertain and excite the supporters. But we want to get to a World Cup. Would we rather the fans were with us? Bloody hell, of course.feedback

Wayne Rooney

My mind's made up. I've seen it a few times when players come out of retirement and gone to tournaments and it's not right. I think the lads now who are trying to qualify for Russia, if they get there they're the players who will deserve to play in the tournament, so my decision is made. At the World Cup in South Africa, Fabio and his coaches were watching Italy play and they were jumping up and cheering when Italy scored and he's there as England manager. I don't think it was right but it didn't work and we moved on.feedback

Emmanuel Petit

There will be motivation for some who have the World Cup at the end of the season. But you can not hope to go to a tournament like the World Cup if you are not in good form for your club.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

We mustn't lose faith in our journey, as we still need to do what's necessary to reach the World Cup. We should have done better, however we continue to believe in what we're doing and focus on reaching the play-offs.feedback

Gianluigi Buffon

We believe and hope to go to the World Cup. There is a year ahead of us, there will be training camps to refine certain mechanisms. There are values in this squad that don't always emerge. It was difficult, we knew that, and the quality of all their [Spain] individual players emerged. We needed the perfect performance to limit us. It is a heavy result, but I don't think we suffered that much.feedback

Lorenzo Insigne

We realise that to reach the World Cup we must make a sacrifice, but if we stay united and work hard, we can achieve our objective.feedback

Harry Kane

We're by no means the finished article, there's still a lot for us to work on. We've got to stay patient as a country together, it's not going to happen overnight. There are a lot of very good teams, obviously France winning 4-0. So there's still a lot of preparations from now until the World Cup and it's a big game on Monday night where we can put a big marker down. From our point of view, as a country, we just need to stay patient, stay relaxed and see what happens.feedback

Kyle Walker

The main objective is, at the end of the season, to be on the plane to Russia and represent my country at a World Cup. I've missed out once before. It's important to be on the plane, wearing the badge and playing games. England is as important as ever.feedback

Luis Pompilio Paez

We've learned a lot from this qualifying process, but football is always in the present. There are eight months to go. That's an advantage for Mexico, that we're already thinking about what we're going to do in the World Cup. This is a new stage. There are three games left, but we have to have the double responsibility of preparing to give the Mexican fans the pleasure of a great World Cup. We're going to be there and we're going to, as always, do everything possible as professionals to have a great World Cup.feedback

Sergio Ramos

I think about things day by day. I am not thinking that this will be my last World Cup, quite the opposite. As long as I am motivated and happy, I'll think about playing. This is one of the best fixtures you could watch. I am sure the supporters will be our greatest ally. They will help us. I hope that if right now he has more time to rest then he can come back with the same attitude as ever.feedback

Sergio Ramos

What we're concerned about is that there's a place at the World Cup at stake and, above all, it's at a grand stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu.feedback

Ola Aina

It is looking like we will qualify for another World Cup. For me to be part of that, is always a dream. I am just waiting for a few more approvals now and then we are good to go. I can't put my finger on it right now but hopefully I will make my debut very soon.feedback

Luis Suarez

An important point to continue to add and keep dreaming about the World Cup!! I'm fine, it was just cramp in my calf. Come on Uruguay.feedback

Arturo Vidal

We spoke about our only focus which is to win matches in order to qualify for the World Cup.feedback

Arturo Vidal

I said it when I came here, I came here to win the six points [in Chile's World Cup qualifers against Paraguay and Bolivia]. I do also share with my friends, but everything is in a relaxed way and obeying the rules of the national team.feedback

Joachim Low - St George's Park

It's our target to qualify early for the World Cup and win both games. That's how we're going to start this week because it's an important year ahead for us and a good start is important.feedback

Clint Dempsey

(Competition) is only good for the team, it makes the team better, pushes everybody. Everybody has the same goal, trying to qualify for the World Cup, so it's all about working hard, pushing each other, having that competition for spots, and raising our level of play.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

While we respect our opposition always, we always believe we have the capability to win the game. It's not just about qualifying for us. We want to continue to evolve and become a really strong team to compete at a World Cup and do well. If you can beat Japan away from home, it's a good indicator that you're a strong team.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

We'll go into the game like we have every other World Cup qualifier and that is trying to win.feedback

Jordan Henderson

As a team, that is what we want to achieve: to get to the World Cup, first and foremost, and then when we get there we want to do well. We will definitely think about it but at the end of the day, you have got to do the business in the next few games that we play to qualify.feedback

Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle

€15m (£13.4m) is an expensive price. Lucas wants to go to the World Cup and be happy at a place where he has opportunities to play.feedback

Emily Scarratt

We had our blinkers on in terms of wanting to win the World Cup. Things didn't distract us. There's definitely no excuses.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Mesut has always been a very important player for Germany, he won the World Cup three years ago, so I don't know why people give him the criticism.feedback

Lewis Cook

Our team, our age group, have been together so long now. We knew each other, we could relax with each other and have a good time around the camp. Having that friendship really made it just like playing with your mates on the pitch in a World Cup – it is pretty mad.feedback

Juan Carlos Osorio

We hope with this list of very good players we can complete and, as is our plan, have two good groups to face these two games. They're vital and fundamental for our goal to qualify for the World Cup and we hope, as always, they represent Mexican football very well.feedback

Hamad Kalkaba Malboum

We are talking with Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco – those countries have the facilities. I have very positive sounds from some of them. People said that Africa could not host the World Cup in football, but we did it very successfully.feedback

Gareth Southgate

It's never been done before and we have obviously had World Cup winners before. Other people have to make the decision but we should absolutely be recognising his career with England and showing appreciation. I know already there is discussion around that and about how we may keep him involved with England, just as we are talking to Frank [Lampard] and Steven and others, as there is value to that experience being passed on.feedback

Emily Scarratt

Luckily [my kicking] hasn't mattered in the games up to now, but it certainly will in the next game. When it is the World Cup final you find a little bit extra. Undoubtedly it is the biggest game of our season, it is what we have been working towards this whole year. We will recover well, there will probably not be a huge amount of training that goes on. It is about going through the mental steps and figuring out what we need to do against a great side like New Zealand.feedback

Jamie Carragher

In his time England have not had a great tournament that you could look back on in the way that England players of Euro 96 or the World Cup in 1990 can.feedback

Jamie Carragher

I think it's a great decision for everyone, even England really. They have got younger players coming through with Southgate heading towards the World Cup. He gets to mould his own team and I think it works for everyone.feedback

Simon Middleton

It was game befitting of a World Cup semi-final. France have been incredible in this tournament and we've seen both sides of them with the flair, but they showed their toughness tonight. We had to fight every inch of the way but I'm absolutely thrilled. We said at half-time if we were patient and we kept the tempo up, tweaked what we were doing a little bit and were patient in the 22 we would get on top of them. We dominated the second-half, or large periods of it, and it was testament to France's defence that they were in the game right until the end.feedback

Simon Middleton

Disappointed for her as it is a World Cup and you don't want players to miss out, particularly players who have been real stars of the tournament. The tournament is going to be the poorer for her not being in. From our point of view, obviously it is a bonus but they have great back rowers who will come in and replace her. Nothing changes it is still going to be about what we would do anyway.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Of course he wants to play, start for us, be selected for the national team and go to the World Cup. That's good and for me, it's simple: I cannot play Premier League, Champions League and cups with 11 players. I need a squad.feedback

Jonathan Agnew

Cricket is lucky: we have three different formats that all work.Especially when you compare other sports that have tried to manufacture shortened versions, like golf's Mickey Mouse effort. Every Test match I have ever watched, I have memories of. I like the Twenty20 format, but you can think of a World Cup, even, and forget which games you saw. As for the IPL, I find it tacky and I am not a fan.feedback

Simon Middleton

After the last World Cup it was an area that I looked at and thought we could make significant gains. It's such an influential part of the game, it's a fantastic attacking weapon and it can allow you to regain control of the game. It's a work of art, it's so complex and a lot goes into it. It's there to be seen but it's also there to be stopped.feedback

Juan Mata

The fact that a World Cup holder - at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet - has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we're doing.feedback

Juan Mata

I don't actually know Mats personally, so I was pleasantly surprised when he contacted me to talk Common Goal. He really gets what we're trying to achieve and is the perfect teammate to have on-board at this early stage. The fact that a World Cup holder–at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet–has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we're doing. The reception to Common Goal has been amazing so far and I have no doubt Mats' involvement will inspire more players to join.feedback

Diego Costa

If I'm off, I'm going to the club I want to go to – not the club that's paying the most. I want the deal with Atlético resolved this month. My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup. Simeone wants me. It is very clear. I have always had a bond with him. The fans and people love me there. They respect me. They see me as a person and a footballer.feedback

Heather Knight

Alex actually came in to speak to us, so she was obviously the inspiration behind our World Cup win. Alex coming in, she talked about what the hockey girls did and not just the competition – it was more about the lead-up and how they prepared. So many of the team got into the game through brothers and dads. My heroes were Marcus Trescothick and people from the men's game. If you have those sporting role models who are females that's great to be involved in.feedback

Eric Abidal

It's true that he made the last six months amazing with Monaco. He reached quickly a high level, but football is complicated. You have to confirm next season his level, play a big competition like the World Cup with the national team, if you have an opportunity. There is not too much pressure there from the fans, you have a good team and this guy is very quiet, only thinking of work, so for me it's a good club.feedback

Massimiliano Allegri

I look at Dybala and Buffon. In a way, they are symbols of this team. I see Dybala, like a bright boy about to start his first year in school. Buffon, with a World Cup, is about to get his Master's degree.feedback

Eduardo Bandeira de Mello

At the 2018 World Cup, he will be 36 and he is still better than everyone else. Plus, Flamengo need an idol. But he did not accept.feedback

Heather Knight

Coming back, you sense it's a little different. Last year was the first year of the Super League – no one really knew what to expect. But especially with the World Cup, I've come in and people are more focused and more aware of what's required. It's exciting to see where it'll go and it'll be great for the younger players – the 17 and 18-year-olds in the younger squads – to have that opportunity to be alongside World Cup winners and overseas players. It should be massive for them and there is so much incentive to do well.feedback

Sergio Barila

Monaco called me to ask for information about the player's situation. He has already been at Sevilla and knows LaLiga well so there is a chance. If he does leave Milan and if Sevilla offers an important possibility, I think it will be evaluated in a calm manner. He has three years left on his contract with Milan and there is a possibility for the player to continue to play for Milan, but only if the sporting conditions are right: it is a World Cup year and the player wants to be in full form to have a good season and to arrive in Russia in the best possible condition.feedback

Alex Ferguson

So, in the games against Lazio and Zenit I played a lot of the younger players. I'm sorry I did that and I'll tell you why – because Lazio treated it like the World Cup final.feedback

Simon Middleton

We have a strong squad and want to use the full depth available to us throughout the World Cup. We are looking forward to getting the tournament under way.feedback

Simon Middleton

We are really happy with the way our tournament preparation has gone and the squad have worked really hard over the past number of months. Now it's about translating that hard work and preparation and delivering performance on the pitch. We have a strong squad and want to use the full depth available to us throughout the World Cup. We are looking forward getting the tournament underway.feedback

David Seaman

There are steps – Sunderland to Everton, then even Everton to one of the bigger clubs, like one of the top four clubs, then it's Champions League, then it's playing for England, then it's playing in a World Cup. There are little steps and it's added pressure every time. But the more experience he gets the easier he will find it to deal with that pressure.feedback

Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle

€15m (£13.4m) is an expensive price. Lucas wants to go to the World Cup and be happy at a place where he has opportunities to play. I thought it was not very elegant that they did not at least tell the player first.feedback

Mark Sampson

We've played a lot of big games, at the World Cup, in America, and here. We've talked about how we perform in them and how we have to use the pressure. We can be at our best in these big tense games under pressure. We can be at our best under the pressure these big games bring.feedback

DaMarcus Beasley

You can't say too much about Timmy because there's not much more to be said. He's still proving game in and game out that he can do it at this level, and it's good to have him back at his best, leading us to hopefully qualify for the World Cup – and to the World Cup in Russia.feedback

Mark Sampson

We've played a lot of big games. Whether at the World Cup or at the She Believes tournament in America and we've talked about how we perform in them and how we have to use the things the big games bring out in us.feedback

Mark Sampson

We're obviously devastated for KB. It was a hell of a bump; Steph gave her a right whack by mistake. She's disappointed and a bit upset, but she'll still play a big part in helping us. We've spoken with Man City, they're happy for her to remain with us. Her reputation and performances in these big games has been outstanding. She came off the bench in that quarter-final, so she's experienced that kind of atmosphere, she came off the bench in Vancouver [at the World Cup in 2015], she played 90 minutes in America when we kept a clean sheet and won 1-0.feedback

Perry Groves

I wouldn't sell either player. If Alexis wants £350k a week, then give it to him. I would keep them both until January and see where the club is then. If we're challenging for the title, then risk keeping them. You don't need to worry about Alexis' attitude on pitch, he doesn't know any other way than to fight. Arsene's comments on players playing for new contracts is right in a way, as players will be thinking about making their respective national teams ahead of the World Cup next summer.feedback

Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle

I'm here to see the Emirates Cup and to be with Lucas. We have talked to everyone. Arsenal know we want to go, that there are no opportunities here, and within a year there is a World Cup. Would you not be angry and sad and upset if you had your squad number taken without being asked?feedback

Antonio Conte

I finish the game and I'm destroyed! I think I lose 2-3 kilos during the game. For sure in the future my strength will be less and then maybe I will try to keep myself calm and more seated. I knew very well that it was going to be difficult for me to become a top player, but I always stayed a good level. To be captain and win a lot at Juventus, to play for 20 years, to play in the World Cup, European Cup, I think i had a good career, no.feedback

Antonio Conte

If you saw me as a footballer, I always showed a great passion. My talent as a footballer was medium but I had heart and a will to win and work to overcome my limitations. I knew it was going to be difficult to become a top player but I played for 20 years at a good level. To be captain and win a lot at Juventus and play for 20 years and play in the World Cup and the European Championship . . . I think I had a good career, no? I was a good player.feedback

Mark Sampson

Of course we respect France. They've got some unbelievable individual talent. They've got players with numerous Champions League medals but tournament football is when we're at our best. We've shown that at the last World Cup, where we won the bronze medal, and in this event we have three wins under our belt.feedback

Carli Lloyd

Think of how many people wrote us off at the 2015 World Cup, wrote me off personally, and said, What's going on with this team? Not every journey and not every tournament is perfect.feedback

Tim Howard

I would imagine so. It's hard. It's day by day with me, it's game by game. I take things in segments. The goal for everybody is to get to and through that World Cup. Outside of that I have no idea. That's my target. I have another two seasons after this on my contract (with the Colorado Rapids so we'll see.feedback

Diego Maradona

I think about it whenever I show my support for the use of technology. I thought about it and, sure, that goal wouldn't have stood if technology had been around. Ll tell you something else: at the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the line against the Soviet Union. We were lucky because the referee didn't see it. You couldn't use technology then, but it's a different story today. It's not just my goal in '86 that wouldn't have counted. Let's not forget that England won the World Cup in '66 with a shot that didn't go over the line.feedback

Ben Stokes

You take good performances and bad performances in your stride and I think it's all about how we come back in this Test which will prove how good of a side we are. We've got two games left so we just need to make sure that we come out here and put in a better performance than we did at Trent Bridge and really take a front foot in the series. It's an amazing achievement for them to win a World Cup in England. It proves just how far the game has come for them. The amount of people that watched, the amount of coverage it gets.feedback

Landon Donovan

If Kelyn Rowe's on the field in a World Cup game, or Dom Dwyer, and they don't score or pull off a play is there enough there? Right now, no. But it doesn't mean they can't get there.feedback

Landon Donovan

It's U.S. Soccer's challenge. Argentina has six guys like that, and two of them don't make their World Cup roster. We have one or two. That's what needs to get better and it's not necessarily a thing that one player just turns on. It's, Do we have that or not? Do we have those options or not?' We have a few, but inconsistent. We need four or five consistently if we're going to make it to the next level.feedback

Tim Howard

Collectively, when we all get together it's important that these guys take on bigger roles, and tournaments like [the Gold Cup] help. It certainly helps our guys here who are in the mix, and we lean on guys like Kellyn and Darlington. It's important to have people step up and special moments in games because, ultimately, if we want to get to a World Cup and if we want to get beyond the later stages of the World Cup, we're going to need to have guys who can do it. Not just one guy.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

Potentially, he is a very good player. I think when Mr Van Gaal decided to buy him, he did well. He knew him well from the national team, when he was young in the World Cup he had flashes of top quality.feedback

Diego Maradona

I thought about it and, sure, that goal wouldn't have stood if technology had been around. And I'll tell you something else: at the 1990 World Cup I used my hand to clear the ball off the line against the Soviet Union. We were lucky because the referee didn't see it. Then it happened to them in 2010, when [Frank] Lampard's shot crossed the line against Germany but wasn't given. England had the ball and scored the goal they deserved, but Germany grew in confidence after that and it changed the match completely.feedback