Spain will begin the defence of their FIFA World Cup title against Georgia next Tuesday in high spirits after the recently crowned European champions - captained by Fernando Torres - comfortably defeated Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra.

Torres failed to find the net in what was his 100th appearance for La Roja but that mattered little in the end as

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Romania defeated Estonia in their first 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier courtesy of second-half goals from Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica.

Though the visitors dominated after the break, Estonia made things difficult in the first 45 minutes at the Lilleküla Stadium, keeping chances to a minimum. However, Romania could not be shackled after the

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Hodgson hopes for momentum

Roy Hodgson hopes his five-star England team will be full of confidence and comparatively rested when they face Ukraine after hammering Moldova.

The Three Lions began their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in perfect fashion in Chisinau on Friday night with the thrashing of their Moldovan hosts.And they will now go into Tuesday's second...

In-form striker Robin van Persie helped the Netherlands to victory against Turkey in their first 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D qualifier.

Van Persie, who has scored four goals in his first three appearances for Manchester United FC, was restored to the central striking position in place of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar having been left out of last month's

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Brazil scrape past South Africa

Hulk: On target for Brazil against South Africa

Hulk's second-half strike saw Brazil to a narrow victory over South Africa in an international friendly at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.

The unconvincing display was greeted with a harsh reception by some 50,000 home supporters, many of whom turned their ire on Santos striker Neymar, who had a...

Switzerland got their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a successful start with a 2-0 Group E win against Slovenia in Ljubljana.

Granit Xhaka's first-half strike and Gökhan Inler's effort six minutes after the restart helped the visitors to a convincing victory in a match which never looked like ending any other way for Ottmar

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Lampard glad to be back

Frank Lampard was pleased to be part of a convincing England display as he scored twice in a 5-0 win in Moldova.

England began their World Cup qualifying campaign in style as they put five past their opponents in Chisinau and Lampard got the Three Lions off to a flying start with two early goals.

The 34-year-old midfielder feels the fast start

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Terry injury worry for England

John Terry: The centre-back played on through an ankle injury before eventually being forced off

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed John Terry is an injury doubt for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

The Three Lions boss has praised the centre-back's warrior-like qualities after he played on for as long as possible with an...
Ox not underestimating Moldova

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Not taking Moldova lightly

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists England will approach Friday's World Cup qualifier against Moldova as if their opponents are Brazil.

England begin their campaign to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil away at Moldova and are favourites to top the group.But the Arsenal winger claims there will...

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