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Cesc Fabregas helps Spain to 6-a-side glory in Chelsea training vs. Brazil

Cesc Fabregas is on his way to claiming the Premier League this season, but he is already celebrating another title with some of his Chelsea teammates.

The midfielder posted a photo on his Instagram account on Thursday that showed his victorious six-a-side, mini-World Cup squad at the club's Cobham training ground.

Fellow Spaniards Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro joined Fabregas in the photo. Fabregas also explained the selections of Nemanja Matic, writing that "he was lonely," and...

Gerard Pique showing no signs of slowing down at age 30

ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe discusses the relationship between Barcelona's players and the club.

Gerard Pique once suggested he would retire from professional football when he turned 30 years old.

But now, as he turns 30, it's almost unthinkable that he could turn his back on the sport. Not only has he rediscovered a lost passion for the game -- as well as pursuing other goals in his life -- but he's matured into one of the world's best defenders; a player as vital to Barcelona as he is loved by the club's supporters.

Perhaps that should come as no surprise. Pique has never been scared of making...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Argentina, Netherlands, Japan and Ghana in danger of missing World Cup

With 12 months to go before we know the 31 teams who will join hosts Russia at the 2018 World Cup, we take a look at some of the major nations and familiar names who appear to have a battle on their hands to make the finals.

Argentina and Chile

Argentina's 3-0 defeat in Brazil last week left them facing a huge crisis in their qualification bid. However, victory at home to Colombia on Tuesday averted this for now, as at least that win left them fifth and that offers a playoff against the winners of...

 By Chris Wright

Spain respond to Vardy's Mannequin Challenge after England draw

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was pleased with Iago Aspas and Ander Herrera's efforts against England.

After racing into a 2-0 lead, England conceded two late goals to end up drawing 2-2 against Spain in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

In scoring England's second goal of the night, Jamie Vardy celebrated by freezing on the spot to create a special on-pitch version of the Mannequin Challenge, along with teammates Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott.

However, after clawing back parity in the 96th-minute of the match, Spain responded by posting their very own, ever so slightly zany version of...

Spain's late push shows Southgate how far England have to go

The FC panel discuss whether England's result against Spain finally guarantees Gareth Southgate the England job.

LONDON -- This is how it goes for England, a team seemingly locked in a loop of unending misery. High hopes, great promise, then a kick in the teeth just as the scent of success begins to fill the nostrils.

As Isco raced away to celebrate his 95th-minute equaliser for Spain, five minutes after Iago Aspas had seemingly scored nothing more than a consolation goal for Julen Lopetegui's team, the story of the England football team had been condensed into 90 minutes at Wembley.

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England let 2-0 lead slip, settle for 2-2 draw vs. Spain in Wembley friendly

England and Gareth Southgate let a 2-0 lead slip against Spain at Wembley Stadium, a lapse that might cause mild concern.

LONDON -- Three quick points from Wembley Stadium, as England stormed to a 2-0 lead versus Spain only to end up with a 2-2 friendly draw.

1. England let lead slip vs. Spain

A strange year for England ended in slightly disappointing fashion on Tuesday night, as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Spain; 2016 started with a 3-2 victory over Germany, and the intervening months saw the calamitous European Championships campaign and the loss of two managers. As befits England's...