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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Farewell

    Right time for me to head off. Thanks for sticking with me today.

    You can taste all the excitement and build-up to Spain v Russia here.

  2. 'Just like facing Brazil'

    Spain v Russia (15:00 BST)

    David Silva fires in a shot for Spain against Morroco

    Steady I here you say. And I tend to agree but Spain midfielder David Silva is preparing for this afternoon's last-16 clash against World Cup hosts Russia as though he is facing the boys from Brazil.

    Spain are heading into the contest as clear favourites but have arguably yet been able to find their top gear.

    "I think that in a World Cup any opponent is tough. We saw this in our own group, it was very hard for us to win," Silva said.

    "Now we're playing against Russia and I'm sure it's going to be extremely difficult, as if we were playing against Brazil."

  3. Eriksen v Modric

    Croatia v Denmark (19:00 BST)

    Christian Eriksen & Luka Modric

    Age Hareide has also called the dual of the game. Croatia's Luka Modric v his own man, Christian Eriksen.

    An absolutely pivotal battle that.

    "It could be a match between Modric and Eriksen, that would be interesting, that would be great for the fans."

  4. A different Denmark?

    Croatia v Denmark (19:00 BST)

    Denmark coach Age Hareide faces the media

    Some more from the Denmark camp here and a promise of expansive football.

    Whoa what's this I hear you say - after six clean sheets in their past seven games, the Danes are going all sexy football - it's like being in 1986 again!

    But apparently so according to manager Age Hareide.

    "I think you will see a different Denmark from what you have seen so far and the type of game we have played," he said.

    "Yes, we need to defend but we need to attack more."

  5. Early team news

    Croatia v Denmark (19:00 BST)

    William Kvist in action for Denmark against Peru during the World Cup

    Denmark's assistant coach Jon Dahl Tomasson says that William Kvist could feature in Sunday's game.

    That's some recovery by the way - the midfielder punctured a lung and broke two ribs in Denmark's opening match against Peru on 16 June. He's got a degree in Economics though so I'm sure he's weighed the odds!

    Winger Yussuf Poulsen is available after serving a one-game ban against France.

  6. Post update

    Personally I can't wait to see Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric working in tandem. A midfield general and supremely gifted playmaker. Old school maybe but a lovely blend.

  7. Early team news

    Croatia v Denmark (19:00 BST)

    Croatia's Ivan Rakitic comes on as a substitute against Iceland

    Croatia made nine changes for their last game and will recall most if not all of the players rested against Iceland.

    Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic will be among the names returning to the starting line-up.

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    Craig: I had a poster of John Barnes on my wall in the late 80s. At club level he was awesome, had no affiliation with Liverpool, just loved watching Barnes play.

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  9. 'My lad's OK to face Spain'

    Russia v Spain (15:00 BST)

    Alan Dzagoev, who injured his hamstring in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in their first World Cup match, will be fit to play against Spain today.

    Well that's what his dad says, anyway.

    Russia take on Spain this afternoon at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium after reaching the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time in the post-Soviet era.

    "Alan is currently feeling good... He told me that he will play in the match against Spain, if not in the starting line-up then as a substitute," news agency TASS quoted Dzagoev's father Tarel as saying.

    Alan Dzagoev
  10. Mate consumption hit by Argentina exit

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: What is mate? Pablo Zabaleta explains

    Another reason to lament Argentina and Lionel Messi's departure - no more pictures of him and his team-mates eschewing the Powerade (other energy drinks are available) for little ornate pots of South American power-juice mate.

    Fear not though - Brazil and Uruguay's presence should ensure local supplier remain in business.

  11. How often do you concede these

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    Video caption: Pavard's long-range strike brings France level

    If I'd been the Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli I'd have been a little philosophical as well.

    I mean how often do you concede goals like this? Not very I'd venture to say. But it was exquisite....

  12. Defiant in defeat

    Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli

    Meanwhile the Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is cutting quite a defiant figure in defeat and with his job potentially on the line after it was widely reported he had fallen out with his players following a 3-0 group stage loss to Croatia.

    "This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort," he said.

    "It was a very difficult game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russia. I'm sad, I'm frustrated - I think that's quite normal."

  13. 'I loved Gary Neville's energy'

    David Beckham and Gary Neville in action for England

    There are also some nice lines from England's Kieran Tripper in Phil McNulty's piece.

    Despite starting his career at Manchester City, Trippier still supported Manchester United. Hope he kept that quiet at the time.

    He said,"I always liked how David Beckham played - his set-plays and his dead balls."

    "Gary Neville played a similar position to me. Defensively and offensively he was a quality player for Manchester United and England. His trophies speak for themselves.

    "I loved Gary Neville's energy, to get up and down for 90 minutes and his leadership as well. He was always organising, he was passionate. It was just his all-round game. He was a quality defender and could also chip in with a goal and an assist."

  14. Sterling or Rashford? Pick your England XI

    England team selector

    Now then, I'm sure that Gareth Southgate know's what team he's going to pick against Colombia on Tuesday but who would you go with?

    Raheem Sterling or Marcus Rashford? And where does Dele Alli fit in?

    Try our team selector here.

  15. Post update

    Russia v Spain (15:00 BST)

    Some early news about the potential Russia team to face Spain later in their last 16 World Cup tie.

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    Ed: That was disappointing to read. Matt sensibly became a Spurs fan after Italia90, then reverted back to the Owls. Sad!

    Kristoff: I distinctly remember my father having many pictures of Henrik Larsen and Peter Schmeichel up after our European Championship victory in 1992. Any picture of the Laudrup brothers was banned until I left home for the UK, when I became a Swansea fan after Michael won the League Cup.

    Andy: A poster of the 1982 England World Cup team was my favourite growing up with Kevin Keegan and Bryan Robson to name a few. I even had the football shirt, what a kit!

  17. 'Glad I stayed on'

    Dele Alli playing for England against Tunisia

    England's Dele Alli acknowledged the World Cup is the "the highest level."

    So were there any regrets about staying on against Tunisia in the opening game and potentially making his injury worse.

    "No, I'm glad he kept me on," Alli said.

    "I had a similar injury when we played Real Madrid and scored two so if I had scored maybe people would think differently. "I felt like I could run it off and I told the manager and the physios I was OK."

  18. Post update

    Some more here from Dele Alli who played in England's Group G opener against Tunisia but then missed the final two group matches with a thigh strain.

    "Personally, the only pressure is the pressure I put on myself," he said.

    "I want to go out there and do as well as I can if I'm selected. Be part of the starting 11 and help the team as much as a I can, play as well as I can."

  19. 'We want to win it"

    Dele Alli

    A few bullish words from Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, which I don't mind to be honest. After all why not aim high?

    "As a team we're not scared of anyone," he said.

    "Whatever team you put in front of us we're not going to hide, we'll go out there be confident in ourselves, play the way we want to play and hopefully win the game.

    "We've come here with the mentality we want to win it and we're going to win it.