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  2. Angela Merkel. Photo: File BERLIN/MUNICH: German Chancellor Angela Merkel?s conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her a two-week breathing space on Monday to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her...
  3. Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a fire in the Grenfell Tower apartment block in West London, Britain, June 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters LONDON: Britain plans to ban the use of combustible materials on the outside of high-rise...
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  5. PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on Monday defended party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against objections over the value of his assets declared in nomination...
  6. Belgium´s forward Romelu Lukaku (back R) scores a goal past Panama´s goalkeeper Jaime Penedo during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Belgium and Panama at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 18, 2018. Photo: AFPSOCHI:...
  7. FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure against Mexico after alleged homophobic chants by Mexican fans during their World Cup win over Germany. Photo: Reuters MOSCOW: World soccer?s governing body FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure...
  8. US President Donald Trump. Photo: File WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump accused immigrants in Europe of ?violently? changing the culture on Monday and said people should be wary of the same thing happening in the United States, as his...
  9. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. Photo: File FRANKFURT: German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen?s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker?s emissions test cheating scandal.Munich...
  10. Chaudhry Nisar addressing a corner meeting in Rawalpindi. Photo: Geo NewsRAWALPINDI: Disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar said on Monday he wanted to bring to fore the role of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and...
  11. Sweden´s midfielder Gustav Svensson (L) and Sweden´s defender Andreas Granqvist embrace following their victory during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Sweden and South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny...
  12. What's the extent you'd go to if you were really passionate about something? Think about it? If you really love something with all your heart, would you go all out and outdo every ounce of your passion? Okay, take your time to answer that but let me tell you that there are people in this world who are already living their dream and doing some really awesome stuff to fulfill them, when they're completely driven by their passion. Okay, I am going to stop sounding ambiguous and introduce ya'll to 31-year-old Gus Hully who did something crazy! He reached out to Twitter, travelled across Europe and asked his friends for help and he had...wait for it... 32 beers from all the 32 countries that are participating in the FIFA 2018 World Cup! Isn't that just swell? It may have taken Gus 8 months to complete his mission but according to him, it totally paid off his hard work and the fact that he's receiving viral fame for doing this extraordinary thing. (c)Twitter Gus has tracked down alcohol from completely remote locations to add to his collection and I am not even kidding, I am not sure how he even got the beer out of some countries where alcohol is actually prohibited! From hosts Russia, to Brazil to of course Germany to some distant countries like Panama and Senegal, Gus tracked down the beers from some incredibly remote locations. Saudi Arabia and most parts of Iran prohibit the consumption of alcohol but he managed to get beers from these two countries as well! Why would he take on such a mad adventure, travel some thousand miles and spend £500 you ask? Well, I am glad you did. Here's what Gus actually has to say: "I saw a guy try it a few years back and he didn't manage to complete it and I reckoned I could do it better. I did it for the last World Cup and I got 23 out of 32 which was pretty decent but not 100 per cent. I tried it again for Euro 2016 and managed to get 24 out of 24 but The World Cup is on a different level. I love all kinds of football from following the Premier League on Match of the Day to supporting Cheltenham Town in League Two but I bloody love The World Cup. Four weeks of constant football and everybody in the world getting involved? Go on!" (Gus told a popular online publication). Well, there is a method to Gus's madness we suppose. As soon as the teams qualified for the tournament, back in Novemeber 2017, the beer crazy man started his hunt too! "I had to go over to Barcelona to a South American supermarket to find a bottle of Uruguayan Patricia and a can of Brazilian Skol. I also had to go over to a specialist beer shop in Paris to pick up a bottle of Tunisian Celtia and then up to an area called Little Africa to pick up a bottle of Senegalese Biere La Gazelle. Also got a bottle of Moroccan Casablanca while I was out there! I was stuck on Egypt until I saw on Facebook that one of my friends was at a wedding there so I had to pester him to bring me a bottle of Sakara back. When I saw one of my friends was backpacking around Central American I asked her to help and so she managed to bring me back a can of Panama Lager and a bottle of Costa Rican Imperial." (Gus told a popular online publication). Of course the most difficult beer to get hold of was the one from Saudi Arabia but Gus's plea on Twitter didn't go unheard and a Libyan came to Gus's recue and got him a local beer from the Middle Eastern country. The Libyan guy sent him a non-alcoholic Hillsburg Regular from Saudi Arabia, which is actually Gus's proud purchase! (c)Twitter So, here's the game plan: Gus is going to drink each beer as soon as the countries representing the beer get knocked out of the tournament! That's one heck of a pledge, especially sitting through the group stages and the hangover is going to be terrible but I feel it's absolutely worth the effort. Here's Gus's beer list: (c)Twitter Gus's tweet has gone viral and has received over 33,000 likes and 8,000 retweets. This kinda stuff is unreal and quite awesome! Here's raising our pint, for an awesome football season, Gus! Also, please don't die from alcohol poisoning!
  13. Before you attack us after reading the headline, please hear us out. We like beards as much as you do, hell, we perhaps are more partial to them that you give us credit for. After all, what's not to like in a badass face-mane, if we might call it that? It frames your face well and makes you look intimidating (so much win!). But, but, Bollywood clearly thinks otherwise. 2018 has anyway been a pretty weird year in terms of grooming trends, but this one here is perhaps the most outrageous of them all. People are shaving their beards off! The same people we used to look up to, not so long ago, for their kickass beards, are now giving us the exact opposite facial hair aesthetic to look up to. Here, we have compiled a list of 7 actors whose recent makeovers prove that the beard is officially dead. 1. Ranveer Singh Baba's beard game was so on point that every man wanted to have one just like him. Now, however, he got rid of his majestic facial hair, but his cop 'stache is in focus, thanks to his 'Simmba' makeover. (c)Instagram 2. John Abraham John got rid of his famous stubble for 'Parmanu', and made the pornstache look manlier than ever. (c)Twitter 3. Varun Dhawan Even though Varun never had a big, thick beard (except in 'Badlapur'), he always kept a stubble. But he got rid of it and embraced a moustache instead for 'Sui Dhaga'. (c)Viral Bhayani 4. Fawad Khan Fawad Khan is one of those rare people who is blessed with a face, that can pull off any kind of facial hair. However, thanks to 'Khoobsurat' and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', his female fan following started swooning over that beard. But he too got rid of his beard and is sporting a high fashion, edgy AF moustache now. (c)Twitter 5. Ranbir Kapoor Ranbir was always comfortable with a clean-shaven face, thanks to the Kapoor genes. However, he fell in love with a stubble, and then clearly fell out of love with it recently. He does look good with a clean shave though, doesn't he? (c)Instagram 6. Aamir Khan Aamir Khan's facial hair is just like him - it keeps changing according to the role he is playing at the time. For 'Thugs of Hindostan', he got rid of his beard first and then decided to bring his awesome handlebar moustache into the limelight. (c)Twitter 7. Ajay Devgn Ajay got his best facial hair aesthetic with his role for 'Singham'. He clearly realized that he has never looked better, and decided to just stick with it. (c)Twitter
  14. President Mamnoon Hussian. Photo: FileDUSHANBE: President Mamnoon Hussain was accorded a red carpet welcome as he arrived here Monday on a four-day official visit to Tajikistan to participate in the high-level international conference...
  15. The entire world celebrated Father's Day yesterday, and so did our beloved Bollywood actors. And among the millions of people who made father's day trend on social media, there was one name or should I say two names who broke the internet – Tiger Shroff and his dad Jackie Shroff. Was it an emotional post? No. Did Tiger share a throwback picture where he's having the time of his life with Jackie? Not really. Tiger shared a blurred picture with a caption, “Hope I look like my hero when I'm 60+. Happy father's day to my first and only hero! #dalchaawaldiet #realbaaghi” Instagram We completely agree with your words Tiger. Not only because we believe that fathers are our heroes; but also because getting a body like that at the age of 61 is truly one of the hardest things in the world. Instagram If you too looked at the picture again because you originally liked it thinking it is Tiger Shroff, trust me you're not alone. Jackie's ripped body, washboard abs and youthful face (although it's blurred) made a lot of people confuse him with his son Tiger. Here's the post. Hope i look like my hero when i'm 60+ â¡ï¸â¤ @apnabhidu happy father's day to my first and only hero! #dalchaawaldiet #realbaaghi A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jun 17, 2018 at 5:45am PDT Jackie Shroff is one of the few actors about whom we can confidently say that he'll look the same or younger even after 20 years. And we're assuming his secret is the dal chaawal diet he follows (taking a cue from Tiger's hashtag). We're sure that even today Jackie Shroff has the potential to give actors half his age a run for their money and the list includes his son too, just like he swept his competition back in the day with his debut as a lead in 'Hero'.
  16. There are different types of football fans that we have during a World Cup – while most will stay up till late to catch all the matches, some will even travel to where all the action is happening, if they can afford it. And then there are some people, whose passion to watch the match is so strong, that they will do anything to make it happen, even if they don't have the money for it at that point. This one person took the trip of a lifetime to go to Russia, where the FIFA World Cup 2018 is underway. We're talking about 28-year-old Indian Cliffin Francis, hailing from Cherthala, Kerala, who completed his goal of watching the World Cup action in person by cycling all the way to Russia. Yes, he travelled by a cycle till Russia. He started this exciting journey back in February 23 after saving up for a few months. Okay, so he didn't cycle all the way through; he took a flight to Dubai and started cycling from there, covering over 4,000km across UAE, Iran, Azerbaijan and finally reached Russia. Talking to The Times Of India, he said, “I loved football since childhood and Argentina is my favourite team. Watching a World Cup match was my dream, but it is very expensive. I will watch a group match between France and Denmark, spend some days in Russia and return home on my cycle.” Cliffin finally made it to Russia on June 5th after traversing through Iran and Azerbaijan. He said, “I hope to reach Moscow in a week to see the group match.” Further talking about his incredible journey, he said, “I stayed in a tent to save money and the officials and residents gave me a good treat when they realized I am an Indian. I also met Malayalis in Azerbaijan, who treated me like a brother.” His extraordinary experience has also inspired him to write a book – “This journey has turned into a wonderful experience and I will pen a book soon.” He's almost there and he's so close to his one 'goal' – to get his cycle signed by none other than Lionel Messi. Well, we sure hope he meets him and fulfils his dream. I think we can all agree he's worked hard enough for it.
  17. “Our business is our business, none of your business” – this dialogue of Daisy Shah from 'Race 3' isn't going to fade away from our minds anytime soon. Blame it on the makers of the film or the Twitterati, this line has been on our lips ever since we heard it for the first time. Daisy Shah deserves an Oscar just for this ððð­ð­pic.twitter.com/K5E71bLQjv — Parsva (@Parsva10) May 16, 2018 Well, we did watch the film and now this line makes absolute sense to us. “Race 3 is Salman Khan's business none of the viewers' business” and of course, you know why. However, coming back to Daisy, it was not only her dialogue that was savagely trolled, but even she herself was not spared. © SKF While 'Race 3' is making big bucks at the box office, we spoke to Daisy and asked her some questions that many of us would love to know. The 'Hate Story 3' actress had been struggling for a while and was trying to make her place in the industry for a very long time, and despite the entire backlash, 'Race 3' finally gave her the recognition she was always looking for. © Instagram Talking about her experience to MensXP she said, “We had a lot of physical challenges to go through in this film. In my case, I had to raise the bar. I'm doing a movie like this, on such a big scale after 'Jai Ho'... after 3-4 years. I had to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit. So, it took a lot for me. But I'm happy, so far it has been good. Just waiting for the audience to like it.” Paresh Rawal Rocked, Daisy Shah Shocked!#Race3MostViewedTrailerIn24Hrs #Race3Trailer pic.twitter.com/Nlh8ukBURi — The Timeliners (@the_timeliners) May 18, 2018 Now that the whole nation has been talking about her dialogue, she finally opened up about it and said something that might pique your interest. © SKF “I don't think it can be called being trolled. I think people are giving me that much importance and today, everyone has started talking about my dialogue, which means they're talking about me and I'm so happy that it's worked in my advantage, so I don't think it's trolling. I feel it's a compliment and I feel blessed,” she said. © SKF Well, Daisy is certainly enjoying all the attention she is getting at the moment and taking it all in her stride. Looks like getting trolled ain't that bad after all! © SKF The high octane action sequences of 'Race 3' are the one thing that people are in awe of, but as expected, pulling it off wasn't that easy. Talking about it she said, “The movie is action packed but I specifically requested Remo sir to let me do the action sequences myself. He was more than happy to let me perform them. I was ready to put in the training, but I wanted to do them without the help of a body double. It was a different and a new challenge for me.” © SKF She also revealed what she learned from Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor during the filming and we are impressed. “There's a lot to learn from Salman sir and Anil sir. I had a great learning experience from them on set. Salman sir's attitude and his selflessness are inspiring and I wish to be like him. Anil sir is a legend in his own right and he's extremely passionate and dedicated. I really enjoyed working with them,” she said. While the trolls are having their own sweet time, Daisy is trying her level best to prove that she doesn't really care and is loving every moment of her new-found fame.
  18. Photo: File SINGAPORE: China?s threat to impose duties on US oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month.In an escalating spat over the United States? trade deficit...
  19. While many come for the racing at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly, north of Paris, plenty of others come simply to see and be seen. Photo: AFPCHANTILLY, FRANCE: Champagne corks pop over the pounding of hooves and the "best hat" prize is as fiercely...
  20. Afghan peace marchers in Kabul. Photo: Reuters KABUL: Hundreds of Afghan peace marchers arrived exhausted in the capital, Kabul, on Monday after spending the fasting month of Ramazan crossing the sun-baked, war-torn country, much of it under...
  21. If you look at Bollywood closely, you'll see a myriad of regressive ideas centering around a matriarchal construct, and the general lack of support and adulation towards its women. It's a known fact that Bollywood propagates male domination till date (although a lot less now) and some movies are a mere reflection of this propagation. But more often than not, there are a few out there who believe in the simplicity of what feminism stands for and give due respect to the women, where it is required. In simple words, feminism means equality. While a lot of men in the industry do not understand the meaning of equality, there are a few who actually go out of their way and show the world that they do everything in their power to support what feminism truly stands for. Here are 5 feminist men, who don't shy away from speaking up on issues of women empowerment and we couldn't be more proud of them: 1. Farhan Akhtar A renowned film maker, actor and musician, Farhan also supports the cause fervently and is also a humanitarian and a proud feminist. In 2013, he started a campaign called MARD (men against rape and discrimination), which truly supports women empowerment. If you are a man who respects women... her rights, her dignity, her independence, her mind, her body, her life... you are a #MARD. — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 10 March 2013 In 2014, Akhtar became the off-screen role model for millions of men across the country by becoming the first male UN Women Goodwill ambassador for Southeast Asia. Farhan also sang a song for the 'Bas Ab Bahut Ho Gaya' campaign with Shraddha Pandit, which centred around ending violence against women and the girl child. © YouTube In 2016, he even penned a really endearing letter to his daughter on sexual violence and rape. To mine, to yours, to all daughters out there.. @htTweets @shammybaweja @MardOfficial @unwomenindia @glblctznIN #LetsTalkAboutRape https://t.co/Pn6EoQXpeG — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 3 October 2016 “Gender violence and gender inequality is not just a women's issue. It's also a man's issue. It's not just because we have mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. We're here because it's a human rights issue and we are all human beings.” – Farhan Akhtar (as told to a popular publication). Men today, should aspire to be like Farhan 2. Aamir Khan Aamir is known to be a perfectionist and every perfectionist is inherently passionate and intense with anything they believe in or follow. We've all seen Aamir's understanding of the role of women in our society and his ideas are very progressive. He stands up against the oppression of women and debates about the ongoing struggles women face in society today. © Aamir Khan Productions Aamir made his debut on television to talk about such issues on the popular show 'Satyamev Jayate', in which he brought up issues like violence against women, female infanticide, and the growing apathy in society concerning these issues. The show took the Indian television scenario by storm and issues with such veracity were brought to the audience's attention, thanks to him. He's also featured in a commercial shot for Star Plus, where he portrays the role of a sweet shop owner, who is telling his customer how the credit for setting up his business goes to his daughters. His shop's board in the commercial read 'Gurdeep Singh & Daughters', instead of the usual 'sons'. © Star Plus Aamir also tweeted in support of Sunny Leone, when a journalist from a popular channel grilled her for her past work, on national news. Moreover, his last movie, 'Dangal' had a huge impact in the country on breaking gender stereotypes, all across the board. I think Sunny conductd herself wid a lot of grace & dignity.I wish I cud hav said the same abt the interviewer (1/2) https://t.co/TDDHOlbOUL — Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) 20 January 2016 He may dodge a million interviews, but he will never shy away when there is something important to stand up for. 3. Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh is a real-life Kabir Khan (remember him?). He may be a lady's man onscreen but off it, he's a true feminist who really knows how to respect women, especially his co-stars. Every time you watch a Shah Rukh movie, notice how his female co-star's name is always before his, in the credit roll. He stands united with the feminists of the country, always pleading upon issues such as gender equality. © Twitter “I'm bringing up my sons to treat all as equals; as boys, they will have no extra privileges over girls.” - Shah Rukh Khan (As told to a popular publication) 4. Rahul Bose Rahul Bose is a self-proclaimed feminist and truly believes in equality between all genders. Bose is an actor, director, screenwriter, a rugby player and a social activist. He's worked in some phenomenal movies with a clear and prominent social message. For instance 'Chameli' with Kareena Kapoor was a movie about a *** worker, in which he starred as well. He often pledges to social causes, making him the feminist he is. He runs an NGO called 'The Foundation' which works towards the cause of equality and backs marginalised groups. © Twitter If you read one thing about feminism and the #MeToo movement, let it be this. And let the conversation grow. How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today https://t.co/SQoEIOV2jh — Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) 12 May 2018 “If you are a humanist, you are a feminist. The world needs to understand that women don't want men to look after them. Women don't want men to protect them. Women just want conditions in the world that leave them alone and give them the freedom to take their own decisions. And, then if they want to become an item dancer or a NASA scientist, it is their choice!” -Rahul Bose (As said in an interview). 5. Siddharth Suryanarayan The 'Rang De Basanti' actor usually takes to social media to express his opinions about the unjust he sees in society, with regards to the objectification of women and other similar issues. It's not often you'd see Bollywood actors pointing out wrongdoings of other actors, on social media, on sexist grounds. Siddharth took to Twitter when Jack and Jones put up a hoarding with Ranvir Singh carrying a girl on his back, while the caption read 'Don't hold back. Take your work home'. Siddharth criticised Ranvir for doing a sexist commercial with a popular clothing brand. © Facebook A new low for women's rights in the workplace in India. What were they thinking? #Fail pic.twitter.com/3PW5mMaKOt — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) 20 November 2016 Jack and Jones took down the hoarding eventually and apologised for the callousness of the ad, but it was Siddarth who came forward and pointed out the misleading message it was displaying. © Twitter The actor has also criticised Bollywood, by highlighting how the film industry has legitimised the act of stalking in their movies and said it glorifies objectification of women and the complicated gender roles, that are often seen through films. We've been selling a terrible dream in our films for long. That any man can get the woman he wants just by wanting her enough. Must change! — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) 17 July 2016 Thanks for this Siddharth and keep standing up for the right things, so people realise that women objectification and other things related are not such trivial issues, after all! So, there we have it. 5 Bollywood male celebs who believe in all sorts of equality when it comes to women and always have their backs for sure. Men out there should aspire to act and think like these men here and slowly make a difference in the thought process, to start with. In all honesty, these guys should be your role models, and not the adrenaline pumping, testosterone induced macho men you see on-screen instead. Well, they can be your role models too, as long as they understand the basic fabric of treating all humans equally!
  22. Former PM Nawaz Sharif entering the clinic today. Photo: Geo News LONDON: Doctors treating former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, are expected to hold a full board meeting today after which a decision will be made on...
  23. Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo - REUTERS MOSCOW: Germany?s shock World Cup opening defeat to Mexico on Sunday has left their tournament plans in disarray but...
  24. PTI Chairman Imran Khan addressing protesters at Bani Gala/ Geo News screen grabISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran khan said on Monday that he will not change his decision regarding tickets for General Elections due to any kind of...
  25. An England fan poses in front of "The Motherland Calls" monument at the Mamayev Kurgan World War Two memorial complex in Volgograd, Russia June 18, 2018. Photo: Reuters VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: England soccer fans and a top British diplomat paid tribute...
  26. We have come across multiple people cracking up or laughing on the racist jokes and comments, but trust me this is the first time, even for me, to come across someone who actually used a strategy dipped in the shades of racism. And guess what—made it work too! We are talking about the Taeguk Warriors aka the South Korean football team and their coach Shin Tae-yong, whose trickery has left us in splits and amazement. South Korea will take Sweden head-strong today, in the ongoing FIFA 2018 World Cup and playing warm-up games for the same is only natural. © Reuters It's also common for both teams to spy on each other (we're assuming), and Sweden was caught doing the same. A member of the Swedish coaching staff was caught at the South Korean camp in Austria, enjoying the match or should we say spying on the players and their moves. And South Korean coach put up a great show for the spy to enjoy the game. Shin tae-yong heard about there being a spy from the opponent team, so he swapped the jerseys of his team members because according to him, “It's difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.” © Reuters Reportedly, he said at a press conference in Nizhny Novgorod, “I heard that Western people don't recognize Asian people's faces at once, so that was my little trick to confuse the opponents.” Probably that's what you call taking advantage of playing with people, about whom the world barely knows anything. We would bar the Tottenham Hotspur star, Son Heung-min from this list though! We're sure the Swedish spy knew about him, which is why only Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yueng (captain) wore their usual jerseys. © Reuters Tae-yong revealed this after Sweden coach Janne Andersson apologized for one of his scouts spying on the team's training session. He said, “It is very important we show respect for an opponent and if what we did has been perceived in another way, then we apologise.” The person identified as Lars Jacobsson was earlier asked to leave a closed training trill and reportedly persuaded a local couple to let him watch the match from their house using a high performance telescope and video camera. “It took a long car journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a perfect spot to observe the Korean team's training.” He told Reuters. Too bad, Tae-yong outsmarted him. Source: The Telegraph
  27. After topping Group F, England will look to Russia 2018 cautiously as a young team led by Harry Kane will look to get past the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. Having crashed at the group stage in 2014 and Euro 2016, England will have to take one stage at a time. History © Reuters World Cup 2014 saw England crash out and finish last in a group containing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. 2010 saw Germany hand them a 4-1 thrashing in the Round of 16 stage. At Germany 2006, they lost on penalties to Portugal. England's golden generation, comprising of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney had failed to deliver after so much promise. Having won the World Cup 52 years earlier at the iconic Wembley stadium under the charismatic Bobby Moore, England have always flattered to deceive on the final stage ever since. A Paul Gascoigne inspired team went through to the semifinals of Italia 90, only to lose to eventual champions Germany on penalties. Four years earlier, a diminutive man known as Maradona bamboozled England in the quarterfinal. Senior players like Gary Cahill, Ashley Young need to take responsibility and lift some burden off captain Harry Kane, who will be leading England for the first time at an international tournament. Current Form © Reuters Having sailed through during the qualifiers, England have been in good form ever since. They have beaten Nigeria (2-1), drew with Italy (1-1) and beaten the Netherlands (1-0) in friendlies. England have a comparatively young squad of 26 years, with Brazil and Argentina are 28 years and 29 years, respectively. Gareth Southgate has used the same formation of 3-3-2-2 over these three games, with wing backs on both sides. Trippier on the right with the ever dependable Young on the left, who has had a renaissance of sorts since moving to the position at Manchester United. The attacking quartet of Sterling, Alli, Kane and Lingard will most likely start for England at the World Cup, having come off impressive seasons. In the game against Nigeria, England conceded a goal after Nigeria changed their formation from a back four to a back three, leaving the men in white hapless. Southgate needs to look after this. Expectations At the World Cup © Reuters Progression from the group stage is a must, and England need to focus on this. A titanic encounter against Belgium will most probably decide the group, but the remaining two fixtures are tricky. Tunisia, quick to adapt to different formations as per the game demands will knock on the door, with French born players Saif Eddine Khaoui and Ellyes Skhiri are combative in midfield. Panama, playing their first FIFA World Cup will be bold and courageous, and with having the oldest average squad of the tournament at 29 years, the CONCACAF can definitely spring a surprise here and there. Beyond the group stage, England should aim to reach the semifinals of this tournament with the youth and experience of this team. Certainly not favorites for this edition, England can pull off a mighty win against Brazil, Argentina or even the eternal rival, Germany. Southgate can look to build the squad for EURO 2020 if England put on a good show. Squad Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Kyle Walker (Manchester City) John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool). Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace), Fabian Delph (Manchester City). Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
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