World Cup draw coverage live on Sky Sports from 3pm on Friday

SSN are in Moscow to bring you a special World Cup draw programme with build-up and reaction, including interviews with Gareth Southgate, and will also be with the England Supporters Club and Graeme Le Saux at Wembley as they watch the draw.

Rugby should look at 1987 World Cup and take another leap into unknown

The fear, which turned out to be well founded, was that competition would hasten the end of amateurism and risk the game being run by those who did not have its best interests at heart. As Davies said, the IRFB then had three functions, which were carried out at its yearly meeting, often held in […]

Some 20,000 Mexicans to Visit Rostov-on-Don During FIFA World Cup – Official

“For example, the Mexican ambassador has informed us that the majority of Mexicans who will visit us, there will be about 20,000 people, will have no English language skills. We should inform them not only about transport-related issues, but also legal and medical ones,” Vasily Zyryanov said in a report.

Lionel Messi ban over, can play against Ecuador: AFA president

Messi had been expected to serve the ban by missing Argentina’s qualifier against Ecuador that is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on October 8. However, Claudio Tapia said he had consulted with the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez, who “confirmed the statute of limitations had expired and that he (Messi) […]

Lionel Messi’s Argentina ban over; can play against Ecuador, says AFA president

 Lionel Messi can play in Argentina`s opening World Cup qualifier next month because the statute of limitations has run out on the ban he was given during last year`s Copa America, the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.

James Rodríguez joins Everton to revive career in England

“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner,” James said. “I can see the plans here, the project here is very serious. Everyone means business.” James has scored 22 times in 76 appearances for Colombia, including a World Cup-leading six at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: Everton sign midfielder from Watford in £20m deal

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

In which matches have whistle-happy referees blown for time too early?

Let’s start with the inaugural World Cup in 1930. “Argentina and France were the two favourites to win Pool A, so their clash was a potential group decider to see who would progress to the semi-finals,” writes Chris Page. “In the 84th minute, with Argentina 1-0 up, Marcel Langiller went through on goal only for […]

Wolfsburg sign Julian Draxler from Schalke in club-record deal

German media estimate that Wolfsburg collected about €100m for Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic, who joined Manchester City and Internazionale, respectively. Draxler, who was in Germany’s World Cup winning squad in Brazil last year, is expected to fill the gap left by De Bruyne’s departure.