World Cup 2018: building up to Uruguay v France and Brazil v Belgium – live!

Over the past four decades, as club football has become increasingly sophisticated, international football has looked a make-do-and-mend botch job by comparison.

That is part of its charm: it’s arguably a greater test of coaching to find a way to cope with a long-term dearth of, say, left-wingers than simply going out and buying one, while the lack of preparation time perhaps introduces a greater element of randomness than is present in the club game.


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