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Colombia’s midfielder, Carlos Sánchez – once of Aston Villa – has been talking about facing England on Tuesday. “We’re not the favourites,” he says. “They are the country that invented football and they also have top quality players. But I’m relaxed and sure that we have the right weapons. Both teams have a good chance.”
As kick-off approaches, time for some more red-hot France v Argentina chat. “Sampaoli won’t be daring but he should be,” argues Mike MacKenzie on email. “I’d drop Di María and put Mascherano back as a CB replacing Otamendi. Bring in Lo Celso and Salvio in MF.” As for Didier Deschamps’s charges, Frank tweets “no one’s been talking much about Paul Pogba. I see him making the difference for France today, if he turns up …”
Written by Ben Fisher (now) and Jonathan Howcroft (earlier)
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