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England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
The English summer transfer window has sparked into life after Manchester United confirmed the £52 million arrival of midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetesk and then turned their attention to the potential capture of Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld. Alderweireld has admitted while on international duty with Belgium that he has an idea as to where he wants to play his football next season and United are in the hunt to sign him. But the 29 year-old, who has two years left on his contract at White Hart Lane and is valued at around £55m, admitted Spurs could prevent him from leaving. Alderweireld lost his place in the Tottenham side last season amid speculation that he wanted to leave the club, but finished the season back in favour under Mauricio Pochettino “I have another two years [on my] contract," he told de Zondag. “Tottenham decides about my future. Of course, I have my own idea. But that is not the case now. The past season was tough. But I'm glad that I could play the last four matches. That means that I am ready for the World Cup." Fred to Manchester United United have tried to move quickly this summer and the arrival of Brazil international Fred will please manager Jose Mourinho, with Porto full-back Diogo Dalot expected to join him at Old Trafford before the end of the week. The club announced the completion of Fred’s transfer in a brief statement, although they are still waiting for international clearance. "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred). A further announcement will be made in due course." Mourinho is not the only manager able to welcome a new recruit after Arsenal completed the signing of former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer. The 34 year-old was out of contract at the Serie A champions and joins the Gunners ahead of captaining Switzerland at the World Cup. Although approaching the end of his career, the Gunners believe Lichtsteiner’s experience will be valuable next season. World Cup whatsapp promo Lichsteiner moved to Juventus in 2011 and won seven successive league titles. He is new manager Unai Emery’s first signing since he replaced Arsene Wenger. Former Arsenal forward Santi Cazorla has joined his former club Villareal in Spain and will train with the La Liga side in pre-season. The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal and is hoping to prove his fitness following a serious Achilles injury.
Manchester United agree £52m Fred fee with Shakhtar Donetsk - and now turn attentions to Toby Alderweireld
The English summer transfer window has sparked into life after Manchester United confirmed the £52 million arrival of midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetesk and then turned their attention to the potential capture of Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld. Alderweireld has admitted while on international duty with Belgium that he has an idea as to where he wants to play his football next season and United are in the hunt to sign him. But the 29 year-old, who has two years left on his contract at White Hart Lane and is valued at around £55m, admitted Spurs could prevent him from leaving. Alderweireld lost his place in the Tottenham side last season amid speculation that he wanted to leave the club, but finished the season back in favour under Mauricio Pochettino “I have another two years [on my] contract," he told de Zondag. “Tottenham decides about my future. Of course, I have my own idea. But that is not the case now. The past season was tough. But I'm glad that I could play the last four matches. That means that I am ready for the World Cup." Fred to Manchester United United have tried to move quickly this summer and the arrival of Brazil international Fred will please manager Jose Mourinho, with Porto full-back Diogo Dalot expected to join him at Old Trafford before the end of the week. The club announced the completion of Fred’s transfer in a brief statement, although they are still waiting for international clearance. "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred). A further announcement will be made in due course." Mourinho is not the only manager able to welcome a new recruit after Arsenal completed the signing of former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer. The 34 year-old was out of contract at the Serie A champions and joins the Gunners ahead of captaining Switzerland at the World Cup. Although approaching the end of his career, the Gunners believe Lichtsteiner’s experience will be valuable next season. World Cup whatsapp promo Lichsteiner moved to Juventus in 2011 and won seven successive league titles. He is new manager Unai Emery’s first signing since he replaced Arsene Wenger. Former Arsenal forward Santi Cazorla has joined his former club Villareal in Spain and will train with the La Liga side in pre-season. The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal and is hoping to prove his fitness following a serious Achilles injury.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Villarreal vs Real Madrid - Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain - May 19, 2018 Real Madrid's Casemiro in action with Villareal's Roger Martinez REUTERS/Heino Kalis
La Liga Santander - Villarreal vs Real Madrid
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Villarreal vs Real Madrid - Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain - May 19, 2018 Real Madrid's Casemiro in action with Villareal's Roger Martinez REUTERS/Heino Kalis
Ousmane Dembele scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday and edged closer to their first-ever unbeaten season in La Liga.
La Liga: Barcelona thrash Villareal to maintain unbeaten run; Sevilla keep Europa League hopes alive with Real Madrid win
Ousmane Dembele scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday and edged closer to their first-ever unbeaten season in La Liga.
The bankers had conceded first when Victor Muthama scored for Villareal but a quick response saw them grab three goals
Flying start for Ecobank in Left Foot Sports league
The bankers had conceded first when Victor Muthama scored for Villareal but a quick response saw them grab three goals
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Ronaldo 'seems fine to me' - Zidane
Real boss Zidane says taht he believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is fine and will beback to his goal scoring ways in tomorrows match up with Villareal
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
'We have to give Villareal our full attention' - Zidane
Zinedine Zidane says that he believes that the upcoming match against Villaral will reqire their 'full attention' as Real come off two consqutive no-win games
A second-half burst from Barcelona, aided by a Villareal red card, helped give the Blaugrana their 12th victory of the La Liga season.
La Liga & Serie A: Suarez, Messi pace Barca; AC Milan tops Bologna
A second-half burst from Barcelona, aided by a Villareal red card, helped give the Blaugrana their 12th victory of the La Liga season.
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
Celtic's form has James Forrest dreaming of a European run to rival 2003
James Forrest played for Celtic last time they were in a European final, when the Hoops lost 3-2 to Porto after extra time in Seville in 2003. To be more precise, while Martin O’Neill’s men were edged out of the silverware by a Porto side under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, Forrest was featuring as an 11-year-old for one of the Parkhead club’s boys’ teams. On Tuesday night, however, Celtic can secure European football after Christmas providing that they get any result better than a 4-0 defeat at home to Anderlecht in their final Champions League group match. Brendan Rodgers’ players would then go into the Europa League, a tournament which offers them the chance of progress at that level into the spring of next year. Celtic would require a degree of luck in the draw because although there are no teams of the calibre of Paris Saint-Germain – who have beaten them 5-0 in Glasgow and 7-1 in France in their Champions League group – the Europa League knockout stage will still feature the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Lazio, Diamo Kiev, Olympique Marseille and Villareal. Still, Hoops fans nourish hope of a campaign that would rekindle memories of the adventures of their 2003 side, who prevailed against Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo, Stuttgart, Liverpool and Boavista to reach the final, to which they were followed by an estimated 80,000 supporters, fewer than half of whom had tickets for the match. “It was a memorable year, a special season,” said Forrest. “They did really well, they got on a run, but back then, they were probably just taking it a game at time. I don't think they would have predicted that they would get to the final. Celtic's players trudge off after defeat in the 2003 Uefa Cup final Credit: REx feautures “We’re the same. I don't think anybody has really thought about the Europa League. At the start of the season the goal was to get into the Champions League and we wanted to be in Europe after Christmas. “Now we’re coming to the last Champions League game at home at Celtic Park and we want to make sure we have a good result and a positive performance and take it from there, game by game.” Forrest has enjoyed a buoyant campaign so far. Never a prolific scorer, his most productive season was 2011-12, when he netted nine times in 43 appearances. This time around he is on 10 goals from 32 outings and his strike for the opener in last Sunday’s Betfred Scottish League Cup final helped ensure him a 12th medal to show for his nine years at the club. “I’ve matched Bobby Lennox now by scoring in three League Cup Finals, which is great,” said the 26-year-old. “But I don't sit and count the medals. At Celtic, when you play in a final, you've normally got a game a few days later, so you just win it and move on. Celtic breezed past Motherwell Credit: Getty images “And you never want to stop with what you've got. I've been in the first team for seven years and only Broony (Scott Brown) is still here from when I made my debut. “The number of players who have come and gone is scary, but it's gone quite quickly. There have been ups and downs but it's been really enjoyable. “It’s hard to imagine myself playing for any other club. I've been here since I was nine years old so anywhere but Celtic would feel strange. “All my medals are in my flat. I'm not one for framing stuff but it's great to have so many – and the most important one is the next.” Rodgers made six changes to his team with Anderlecht in mind next week Credit: Getty images Forrest was on the bench for the third meeting on the bounce of Celtic and Motherwell. With the Anderlecht tie in mind, Rodgers made no fewer than six changes to the team who drew 1-1 at Fir Park in midweek. One of the incomers, Odsonne Edouard, made an immediate impact with two first half goals and only a very slow offside decision denied Tom Rogic another when he was put clear by Olivier Ntcham just before the break. Elliot Frear reduced the deficit against the run of play in the second half before Forrest arrived as a sub to net Celtic’s third and fifth in the 76th minute, before Odsonne secured his hat-trick from close range. Elsewhere, there were victories for Kilmarnock at St Johnstone, Dundee away to Ross County and Hibernian against Partick Thistle at Firhill, while Hearts drew at home with Hamilton. Sunday sees attention switch to Pittodrie, where Aberdeen meet Rangers for the second time in four days, the Dons having lost 3-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday. The game will proceed against a background of intense speculation within Scottish football that Derek McInnes, the Aberdeen manager, remains Rangers’ principal target to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked in October and that developments could occur as early as Monday.
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
Villareal strike late against Atletico Madrid in 1 all draw
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
The Spanish side currently sits on seven points through its opening six matches this season in La Liga.
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
Villareal sacks manager Escriba, hires reserve coach Javi Calleja
Possible Villareal handball denies Leganes
Possible Villareal handball denies Leganes
Possible Villareal handball denies Leganes
Villarreal s'incline à Alavés/Photo prise le 15 septembre 2015/REUTERS/� Reuters Staff / Reuters
Villareal s'incline à Alavés
Villarreal s'incline à Alavés/Photo prise le 15 septembre 2015/REUTERS/� Reuters Staff / Reuters
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
VIDEO: All-Time Low? Alex Pato Mocked by Opponent After Skying Penalty in Chinese Super League Match
Alex Pato will forever be remembered as one of those strikers who promised so much, but ultimately, failed to deliver in European football. The Brazilian's decline ever since he left AC Milan has been alarming and even a brief loan spell at Chelsea failed to resurrect his career. A move to Villareal last summer also failed to re-ignite Pato's spark, so when a £15.5m offer came in from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January, the forward wasted little time in agreeing terms and...
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2 (AFP Photo/BIEL ALINO)
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2
Alvaro Morata celebrates the winning goal after Real Madrid stage a comeback to beat Villareal 3-2 (AFP Photo/BIEL ALINO)
Villareal's Bruno Soriano, center, protests to referee during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)
Madrid rallies past Villarreal to stay top in Spain
Villareal's Bruno Soriano, center, protests to referee during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, center, celebrates with fellow team members after scoring a goal against Villareal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)
Madrid rallies past Villarreal to stay top in Spain
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, center, celebrates with fellow team members after scoring a goal against Villareal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Ceramica Stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez)
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
A roundup of Sunday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
La Liga & Serie A: Real resilient against Villareal, Roma tops Inter
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal rolls, Lazio stumbles against Chievo
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights...
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
La Liga & Serie A: Valencia stuns Villareal, Napoli defeats AC Milan
A roundup of Saturday's action from around Spain and Italy's top flights.
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
Worry Grows as Neymar Has Now Failed to Score for Barcelona in Last 975 Minutes
​Lionel Messi's last gasp free kick on Sunday may well have stolen the headlines from the Catalan's 1-1 draw with Villareal, but there can be no doubting that it was a case of yet more dropped points for Luis Enrique's side, who now find themselves down in third place behind Sevilla and league leaders Real Madrid. But as many at the Nou Camp scratch their heads at the team's indifferent form, one man is coming under particular scrutiny, having now gone 11 matches without scoring. Neymar has...
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
La Liga & Serie A: Messi salvages point for Barca; Juventus cruises
Barcelona was held by Villareal on Sunday, while Juventus remains atop Serie A with another victory.
Luis Enrique has little doubt Neymar will end his goal drought sooner rather than later ahead of Barcelona's trip to Villareal.
Luis Enrique backs Neymar to end goal drought
Luis Enrique has little doubt Neymar will end his goal drought sooner rather than later ahead of Barcelona's trip to Villareal.
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal blasts Atletico, Roma edges AC Milan
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal blasts Atletico, Roma edges AC Milan
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
La Liga & Serie A: Villareal blasts Atletico, Roma edges AC Milan
A roundup of Monday's action from around Spain and Italy's top divisions.
​Kevin-Prince Boateng's reputation has diminished somewhat in recent years to say the least. The Ghanaian international was highly rated at AC Milan having moved to the Italian giants from Portsmouth in 2010, but failed to ever reach his potential. Now 29, and with a move to the slightly less reputable Las Palmas, you could be forgiven for thinking his days in the limelight are over. But no... #LasPalmas just scored this against #Villareal Half Time: Villareal 0-1 Las Palmas Just beautiful ]]>😈
VIDEO: Kevin-Prince Boateng Scores Stunning Volley After Ridiculous Build-Up Play From Las Palmas
​Kevin-Prince Boateng's reputation has diminished somewhat in recent years to say the least. The Ghanaian international was highly rated at AC Milan having moved to the Italian giants from Portsmouth in 2010, but failed to ever reach his potential. Now 29, and with a move to the slightly less reputable Las Palmas, you could be forgiven for thinking his days in the limelight are over. But no... #LasPalmas just scored this against #Villareal Half Time: Villareal 0-1 Las Palmas Just beautiful ]]>😈
​Kevin-Prince Boateng's reputation has diminished somewhat in recent years to say the least. The Ghanaian international was highly rated at AC Milan having moved to the Italian giants from Portsmouth in 2010, but failed to ever reach his potential. Now 29, and with a move to the slightly less reputable Las Palmas, you could be forgiven for thinking his days in the limelight are over. But no... #LasPalmas just scored this against #Villareal Half Time: Villareal 0-1 Las Palmas Just beautiful ]]>😈
VIDEO: Kevin-Prince Boateng Scores Stunning Volley After Ridiculous Build-Up Play From Las Palmas
​Kevin-Prince Boateng's reputation has diminished somewhat in recent years to say the least. The Ghanaian international was highly rated at AC Milan having moved to the Italian giants from Portsmouth in 2010, but failed to ever reach his potential. Now 29, and with a move to the slightly less reputable Las Palmas, you could be forgiven for thinking his days in the limelight are over. But no... #LasPalmas just scored this against #Villareal Half Time: Villareal 0-1 Las Palmas Just beautiful ]]>😈
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
Atletico Madrid and Villareal each picked up big wins on Sunday, while late finishes from Celta Vigo also earned the side three points.
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
La Liga roundup: Atletico edges Deportivo, Pato propels Villareal
Forlan, who went on to play for Spanish side Villareal and Japan's Cerezo Osaka, will make his India debut when Mumbai line up against Pune on October 3
Forlan, who went on to play for Spanish side Villareal and Japan's Cerezo Osaka, will make his India debut when Mumbai line up against Pune on October 3
Forlan, who went on to play for Spanish side Villareal and Japan's Cerezo Osaka, will make his India debut when Mumbai line up against Pune on October 3
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
Ronaldo and Bale at 100 percent - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
Ronaldo and Bale at 100 percent - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
Ronaldo and Bale at 100 percent - Zidane
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that star men Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to face Villareal.
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
Watch: Villareal’s Sansone strikes from midfield
It never hurts to have a go from distance, especially when you strike it like this.
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Several teams, including Monaco and Celtic, did enough to create a solid advantage heading into the second leg in the Champions League playoff.
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Champions League roundup: Porto, Roma remain level, Monaco edges Villareal
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013 (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013
Marcelino Garcia Toral took over as Villareal coach in 2013 (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol
Ivorian defender Eric Bally joined Villareal in 2015 after a 4.4 million pounds (5.63 million euros, $6.41 million) transfer from Espanyol (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
​Liverpool's team bus received a hero's welcome as they arrived for their Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night, before they had even completed their accomplished comeback. In attempt to spur on the players, fans lined up outside the ground as the team drove in by coach and sang songs, chanting and releasing a sea of red mist, as Christian Benteke revealed in a video on his ​Instagram account. The huge array of support and grand gesture appeared to work a...
VIDEO: Liverpool Team Bus Swarmed and Serenaded by Fans Ahead of Villareal Clash
​Liverpool's team bus received a hero's welcome as they arrived for their Europa League semi-final clash with Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night, before they had even completed their accomplished comeback. In attempt to spur on the players, fans lined up outside the ground as the team drove in by coach and sang songs, chanting and releasing a sea of red mist, as Christian Benteke revealed in a video on his ​Instagram account. The huge array of support and grand gesture appeared to work a...
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
Villareal respect us more now - Klopp
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
Villareal respect us more now - Klopp
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
Villareal respect us more now - Klopp
According to Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp, Villareal have learnt a lot about his side from their Europa League semi-final first leg.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Klopp disappointed with Lallana offside call
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Klopp disappointed with Lallana offside call
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Klopp disappointed with Lallana offside call
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was annoyed by the offside decision that denied Adam Lallana a chance at goal in the Reds' Europa League semi-final first leg defeat against Villareal.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Liverpool will be ready - Klopp
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Liverpool will be ready - Klopp
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Liverpool will be ready - Klopp
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Europa League semi-final opponents Villareal that the tie is not over, the Reds trail the Yellow Submarine 1-0 from the first leg.
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) vies with Real Sociedad's Mexican defender Diego Reyes during the Spanish League football match at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on April 24, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jose Jordan)
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
Klopp refuses to rest players for Europa League
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
Klopp refuses to rest players for Europa League
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
Klopp refuses to rest players for Europa League
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp doesn't see the point in resting players for the Europa League semi-final with Villareal.
​The Villareal side were only too happy to be pitted against Liverpool in the Europa League semi-final draw. The Spanish team were on a flight back home after beating Sparta Prague to advance to the next round of the tournament, when the announcement came in, from the team captain, that Liverpool would be their next opponents. Given the Reds' dramatic win over Borussia Dortmund, one would think that Villareal would have loved to avoid the English side. However, the players seemed quite...
VIDEO: Villareal Players Rejoice During Flight After Hearing They Drew Liverpool in Europa Semis
​The Villareal side were only too happy to be pitted against Liverpool in the Europa League semi-final draw. The Spanish team were on a flight back home after beating Sparta Prague to advance to the next round of the tournament, when the announcement came in, from the team captain, that Liverpool would be their next opponents. Given the Reds' dramatic win over Borussia Dortmund, one would think that Villareal would have loved to avoid the English side. However, the players seemed quite...
Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about Liverpool's semi-final tie against Villareal.
Klopp 'not thinking' about Villareal tie
Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about Liverpool's semi-final tie against Villareal.
Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about Liverpool's semi-final tie against Villareal.
Klopp 'not thinking' about Villareal tie
Jurgen Klopp insists he is not thinking about Liverpool's semi-final tie against Villareal.

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