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England’s Laura Unsworth is looking forward to facing the Netherlands in their Vitality World Cup quarter-final at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre tonight (Thursday, 8.15pm).

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has accused the German football federation of racism, prompting the 29-year-old to retire from international football.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has announced he is to quit playing for the German national side, slamming individuals at the country’s football federation, accusing them of revealing their ‘previously hidden racist tendencies’.

And so, after two days without any World Cup action, the quarter-finals began.

With the group stage of the World Cup in the books, how much can you remember about the opening round of games?

Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.

It’s coming home, they said. It very nearly wasn’t.

Mesut Ozil will wear the coveted No 10 shirt for Arsenal during the 2018-19 season – taking over the number from Jack Wilshere, who has left the club.

Which one of these five players is England’s greatest left-back of all time?

More World Cup action, more late drama as darkhorses Belgium come from two goals down to snatch an injury-time win over plucky Japan.

Who doesn’t love a penalty shoot-out?

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews the first last-16 tie

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lee Power previews the second round of matches

Islington had eight boxers in action at the 11th Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace.

Brazil could have been the next casualty at the World Cup after Germany departed in the group stages of the competition earlier in the day.

Having beaten the World Cup holders Germany in their opening Group F fixture, Mexico were being tipped to go all the way.

Arsenal are closing in on £16 million Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos according to reports coming from Germany.

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.

Which one of these nine defenders is England’s greatest centre back of all time?

Arsenal’s new goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised Jens Lehman as the £20 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen settles in at the North London giants.

The Spurs forward discussed the key quality instilled in the group since the Three Lions boss took charge of the team

Read German football expert and Arsenal writer Rosie Tudball on the German reaction to Bernd Leno’s departure from Bundelsiga side Bayer Leverkusen.

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has agreed to join Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen.

World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst is excited about England’s chances at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews match one on day five of the tournament.

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