Rory Smith

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England Gets a Look at Itself, and Isn’t Sure It Likes What It Sees

Coach Gareth Southgate was unruffled by a scoreless draw against the United States. But it revealed concerns lurking just below the surface.Follow live coverage of the World Cup and the latest standings...

Richarlíson, Brazil and, maybe, the start of something special.

LUSAIL, Qatar — Not all goals sound the same. Sometimes, the noise they generate is one of joy, giddy and delighted. Sometimes, it is more guttural, not so much a celebration as...

Brenden Aaronson Won Over Leeds. Can He Win at the World Cup?

Christian Pulisic might be the standard-bearer for the United States World Cup team, but it is Brenden Aaronson who has captured hearts in England.LEEDS, England — The stadium was already half-empty, and...

African Teams Pad World Cup Rosters With European Recruits

More than 130 players at the World Cup represent a country other than that of their birth. A few of them committed only months before the World Cup.DOHA, Qatar — Bryan Mbeumo...

A Saudi Win at the World Cup Rings Out Across the Arab World

Even the country’s de facto leader had downplayed expectations. After a win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina, one of the most shocking results in World Cup history, Wednesday will be a national holiday.LUSAIL,...

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