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Russia plan squad purge for World Cup

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Spain boss Julen Lopetegui can't guarantee selecting Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas had to settle for a place on the bench at Euro 2016.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he respects what Iker Casillas has achieved with the national team, but insists he will select his players based on their form rather than their reputation.

Lopetegui, who succeeded Vicente del Bosque last month, will announce his first squad next week ahead of his side's friendly at Belgium and 2018 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein next month.

The Spain boss will have to decide whether to include the nation's most capped player Casillas, who lost his No....

Germany striker Lukas Podolski retires from international football

Lukas Podolski was Germany's third highest goal scorer.

Germany striker Lukas Podolski announced his decision to retire from international football on Monday.

Podolski, 31, announced his retirement from the Nationalmannschaft 12 years after making his debut in a 2-0 loss to Hungary prior to the 2004 European Championship. The former Arsenal attacker won 129 caps for Germany and scored 48 goals, and is the last member of the 2006 World Cup team to step down.

The Poland-born Galatasaray striker took to Instagram to reveal that his priorities have shifted...

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Arsenal striker Takuma Asano targets World Cup success with Japan

Takuma Asano will represent Japan at the Rio Olympics.

Arsenal striker Takuma Asano has said he wants to be a key player for Japan in the 2022 World Cup.

Asano, who starred in January's AFC Under-23 Championship in Doha, said he believed Japan could reach the semifinals in 2022.

The former Sanfrecce Hiroshima player, part of the national squad at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, told the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy website: "Anything is possible if we put in our best effort each time we take the field, whether it be in the 2022...