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No French nerves ahead of Australia game

France coach Didier Deschamps says he knows Australia’s players well. And he knows they won’t be pushovers in their World Cup opener in Qatar on Tuesday night (Wednesday 0600 AEDT). But nerves?Any trepidation in the French camp? “There’s no apprehension,” Deschamps told reporters. “There is no anxiety or anything. Everyone is calm. There are cool heads. “We know that Australia will give us a run…

DAN WOOTTON: England should stop taking the knee and focus on football

FIFA is a morally corrupt organisation devoid of even the slightest hint of what’s right or wrong. Yet today it so easily burst the bubble of the Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate-led England team’s carefully curated image of being woke warriors as nothing more than a virtue signalling mirage. The international football body’s decision to threaten Captain Kane with a yellow card, as well as…

FIFA blasted for OneLove armband threat

Australia’s gay footballer Josh Cavallo says FIFA has shown his sport isn’t for everyone by vowing to penalise players wearing anti-discrimination armbands at the World Cup. Seven captains of European nations had planned to wear OneLove armbands at the World Cup in Qatar, a nation where same-sex relations are illegal. The captains wanted to wear the armbands to promote inclusion and diversity in soccer and…