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At a glance

  • England, 6 (John STONES 8', 40'; Harry KANE 22' pen, 45'+1 pen, 62'; Jesse LINGARD 36') v Panama, 1 (Felipe BALOY 78')
  • Japan, 2 (Takashi INUI 34'; Keisuke HONDA 78') v Senegal, 2 (Sadio MANE 11'; Moussa WAGUE 71')
  • Poland, 0 v Colombia, 3 (Yerry MINA 40'; Radamel FALCAO 70'; Juan CUADRADO 75')

England join Belgium in the second stage after a walloping of Panama, including a hat-trick from Harry Kane, with the two remaining matches in Group G both dead rubbers - although clearly Belgium or England would want the psychological advantage, and Panama and Tunisia will play for pride and points.

Our Asian neighbour, Japan, lead Group H on equal points with Senegal and one ahead of Colombia with the final match day for the group critical in deciding the two teams that will advance. Japan are favoured, as they meet a pointless Poland, while Colombia and Senegal meet one another.

Our picture: Harry Kane with the match ball after his World Cup hat-trick. 

Socceroos

David Davutovic says Bert van Marwijk has some of the biggest calls of his time with the Socceroos when deciding who will play v Peru, with speculation - and that's all it is - on who could be in, and who could be out. 

The Socceroos are confident of beating Peru because of their superior fitness. 

The reason the players seem so 'in control' at the World Cup is because Bert van Marwijk has instructed them "to act without emotion". Even in training they are instructed not to show emotion and to "get over it".  The same interview with Aziz Behich via Fairfax here.

Look how far we've come was the gist of what was going through both Josh Risdon's and Trent Sainsbury's minds as they lined-up for the first match v France in Kazan. From the Under 12s in Perth to the World Cup together. 

Talking of whom, while Daniel Arzani has attracted most of the headlines, players like Risdon are being noticed also in the traditional 'shop window' of the World Cup. 

This was reported on the weekend elsewhere, but Mathew Leckie says Australian fans (not all of them) can be too harsh and he doesn't understand why it gets so heated and personal. We wrote about it yesterday too. He was reacting to the tirade of abuse in relation to Robbie Kruse. "Australians are just really critical ...." We should all take note. 

News Corp helping to protect their product - the A-League - with a piece on the value of the A-League as a career launch pad. No argument with the piece - although the quoting of Pim Verbeek at the beginning is an exaggeration - but it is PR. 

Peru

This was reported on the weekend by News Corp and Fairfax, but the Socceroos are getting ready for everything that will hit them when they take the field v Peru - both from the high-energy style of play, to the passionate fans on the stands. 

We noted this on social media yesterday also, but Peru's Jefferson Farfan is in hospital with suspected concussion after a training ground head clash. 

Samantha Kerr

Sam Kerr has been nominated for another award, this time the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPYS) award from the ABC Network in the USA. Kerr has already won Asian Footballer of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and the Julie Dolan Medal in 2018. 


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