Igor Stimac Not Fearing Qatar despite Oman Loss

Despite starting the World Cup 2022 qualification campaign with a defeat, India’s coach Igor Stimac claims that there is not a reason to be worried ahead of the match against Qatar on Tuesday. The World Cup 2022 hosts will be taking on India in this game at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Qatar were able to gain a huge amount of positivity after beating of Afghanistan 6-0 in their own qualification match. The stakes are much higher for India in this game, as the national team’s away form has not been great.

The team can take a lot of positives from the defeat against Oman considering that it came late in the game. There were large periods in the match when India could have easily scored the second goal and killed the encounter. Now, however, the team morale will be on a low after the defeat and there is a greater necessity to win the game. Qatar and Bangladesh are the next two opponents for India before they take on Afghanistan in November.Stimac has claimed that India can expect at least 4 to 5 changes in order to retain the freshness within the squad. He also criticised the overdependence on Sunil Chhetri for the goals. Meanwhile, many of the players from the Indian squad have spoken about the high levels of motivation still available for the team.
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Mike Phelan urges World Cup-winning midfielder to stay with Manchester United

Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has urged Paul Pogba to stay committed for the Red Devils amid the ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. The World Cup winner has been with the Red Devils for the past two-and-a-half seasons, but his performances have been mixed with flashes of brilliance every now and then.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Phelan said that Pogba is not the finished article and he has plenty of work to do in terms of achieving success at the club level with United, he told: “Paul is not the finished deal even though everyone looks at him and sees a World Cup winner already. But there is still a lot more to come — and that is the exciting bit about Manchester United. There are players here who haven’t achieved for the club what they need to achieve. And we want to make sure that they relish that experience, embrace the opportunity to win things at United.”
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Callum Hudson-Odoi shocked after maiden England call-up

Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted that he was shocked after earning his maiden call-up to the England national side. The under-17 World Cup winner has yet to make his Premier League debut for the Blues but he has still managed to make Gareth Southgate’s side after impressing with the limited game time in the Cup competitions.

Speaking to reporters, the 18-year-old acknowledged that the announcement came as a shock for him and initially considered the same as a joke from Under 21s boss Aidy Boothroyd, he said: “It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling. Today has been a very long day for me because I had to travel to Bristol first for the U21s and then getting told that I have to come over here to St George’s Park. It’s been a crazy experience but I’m delighted to get the call and it’s a nice feeling to be here as well. I thought the manager was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted. It’s a dream come true.”
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Belgium can win next World Cup

Former Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry believes that the Belgium national team can win the next World Cup in 2022. He said that the team has been really good at the last World Cup in Russia and that there is no reason why they cannot build on that.

The former Arsenal player believes that this is a golden generation for the Belgians and that they will want to make the most out of it. He said that there are some young players that were at their first World Cup and that they will want to use this experience for the next major tournaments.
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Qatar will be ready for World Cup

The sports minister for Qatar said that the county will be ready for the World Cup in 2022. He said that the infrastructure work is currently on schedule and that he is certain that they will be completed ahead of schedule.

He said that the organization of the 2022 World Cup is an important objective for Qatar and that they want to prove to the world that they can organize such a competition.
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