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 By Kelvin Leong

Singapore in respectable defeat while Malaysia routed again in WC qualifiers

Singapore lost narrowly to Syria in Oman in their World Cup Group E qualifier on Thursday. Photo credit: FAS

Singapore's two-match unbeaten run in the World Cup Group E qualifiers came to an unlucky end following a 1-0 defeat to Syria in Muscat, Oman, on Thursday.

The Southeast Asian giants started quickly out of their blocks, looking to continue their impressive form that saw them beat Cambodia 4-0 and hold Japan to a goalless draw in Saitama in June.

Bernd Stange's charges outplayed their opponents, but were downed by a lone goal from Ouday Abdul Jaffal in the second period.

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 By PA Sport

Harry Kane can become England 'lynchpin,' says Les Ferdinand

England striker Harry Kane says his teammates are aiming to seal qualification in style, with a win over San Marino in their Euro 2016 qualifying group.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop assesses whether or not Tottenham's Harry Kane will be able to rediscover his form of last season in order to propel Tottenham's chances of making a top four finish.

Striker Harry Kane has the mental strength needed to rediscover his scoring form and one day become the lynchpin of the England squad, according to former Three Lions forward Les Ferdinand.

The 22-year-old headed off on international duty having yet to find the net in four club appearances this season.

Kane notched 31 goals for Tottenham as well as scoring on his senior international debut in a major breakthrough season last term, before then enduring a disappointing summer as the England under-21s...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsenal's Krystian Bielik playing centre-back for under-21 side

ESPN FC's Craig Burley asserts that Arsene Wenger has a lot of explaining to do for the fans since he failed to bring in his 'top' transfer targets.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsene Wenger's comments on Manchester United signing Anthony Martial whom the Arsenal manager praised as a "huge talent".
Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes Arsene Wenger left it too late to sign a top class forward, but still thinks the club had a great transfer window.
Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell says the signing of Petr Cech means his old team have done well in the transfer market, despite failing to bring in more faces before the deadline.
As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more
Krystian Bielik joined Arsenal in early 2015.

Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik says he is adjusting to English football after being converted to a centre-back for the club's under-21 side.

Bielik, 17, joined the Gunners from Legia Warsaw as a defensive midfielder earlier this year, but has been playing at the heart of defence for Steve Gatting's reserve side this season.

Arsene  Wenger's senior side have had injury worries at centre-back this season, and Poland under-17 international Bielik says the role is helping him cope...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Angel Correa can't wait to pass ball with Lionel Messi for Argentina

Angel Correa has been Argentina's key playmaker at the South American Under-20 Championships.
Atletico Madrid striker Angel Correa is enjoying his first senior team call-up for Argentina.

Atletico Madrid's young striker Angel Correa says he can't wait to evade defenders along with his Argentina teammate Lionel Messi because "he is the best in the world."

Correa is enjoying his first senior team call-up for Argentina for a pair of friendlies in Texas and admitted he was in awe of the Barcelona star.

"We were playing together during training," Correa told TyC Sports. "I hope I can trick a lot of defenders by passing the ball to Messi because he is the best in the world."

Correa, 20,...

Francois Carrard's FIFA reform panel stalls in first meeting

FIFA's new reform committee has gathered for the first time as part of a two-day meeting in the Swiss capital of Berne, in the latest attempt to clean up the troubled governing body.

BERN, Switzerland -- A FIFA-appointed panel driving reforms of the crisis-hit governing body appeared to stall on Thursday after its first outing.

A two-day, closed-door session was intended to set FIFA's clear path toward more transparency and integrity amid American and Swiss criminal investigations of corruption implicating senior football officials.

Francois Carrard, who FIFA picked last month to lead the process, said then he wanted to present "tangible" details to the President Sepp Blatter-chaired...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Neymar limps off pitch during Brazil training - reports

Kaka trained with Brazil in ahead of their friendly fixtures against Costa Rica and the United States.

Brazil star Neymar left national team training on Wednesday night after speaking with a team doctor, according to multiple reports.

The Barcelona forward grabbed his right knee after shooting 20 minutes into training before limping off the training pitch in New Jersey, reports said.

According to TV3, Brazil manager Dunga decided not to risk the player for the rest of training and told him to rest.

Neymar just returned from two weeks on the sideline after contracting mumps. He made his season debut...