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 By Reuters

England, Ireland should explore joint 2030 World Cup bid - Sepp Blatter

Mark Ogden feels the lack of transport available around Russia could be the reason for so few England fans making the trip to Russia.

England deserve to host the World Cup in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with Ireland, banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

Blatter, in Moscow to attend the World Cup game between Portugal and Morocco as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is on what a Kremlin spokesman said is a "private visit," not one conducted in an official capacity.

"I think that England, or the islands -- they deserve to organise the World Cup," Blatter told Sky Sports. "They had it in 1966...

United States' loss to Republic of Ireland proves there's a lot of work to do

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the days of players having a divine right to play for the United States are over after their World Cup qualification failure.

The United States got a bit of a reality check in its 2-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland. That isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Granted, there were reasons to be disappointed at the result. The U.S. actually took the lead in first-half stoppage time on a real poacher's goal from Bobby Wood. That the U.S. failed to build on that advantage, or at least manage the scoreline better is cause for a furrowed brow or two.

But in many ways, this match served its purpose, if for no other reason that to temper...

Young U.S. side shows its inexperience, takes a step back in defeat to Ireland

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the days of players having a divine right to play for the United States are over after their World Cup qualification failure.

Ireland defeated the U.S. men's national team 2-1 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in an international friendly on Saturday.

Bobby Wood put the U.S. ahead just before halftime with an opportunistic goal, but Graeme Burke notched the equalizer for the home side in the 57th minute, touching home Darragh Lenihan's strike. Substitute Alan Judge then scored the game winner in the 90th minute to give the home side a dramatic victory.

Here are three thoughts from the match.

1. U.S. fades in second...

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United States concedes late goal as Ireland snatches win in friendly

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ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the days of players having a divine right to play for the United States are over after their World Cup qualification failure.

Substitute Alan Judge scored in the 90th minute to give Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over a young United States squad in a friendly in Dublin on Saturday.

Bobby Wood shook off a difficult club season to score his 12th international goal just before halftime, but Graham Burke equalized for Ireland, and the game appeared headed for a draw before Judge -- who had only entered the game two minutes earlier -- found the late winner.

U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan took with him to Europe a much-changed...

France coast to victory over Republic of Ireland

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Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir staked their claims for France's World Cup opener as they struck to condemn the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 friendly defeat amid a torrential Parisian downpour.

Chelsea frontman Giroud scored from close range and then saw keeper Colin Doyle's howler hand Fekir a second before the half-time whistle sounded on a night when Didier Deschamps' Russia-bound side turned in a slick display.

They face Italy and the United States before they open their campaign against Australia...