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Summary

  1. GET INVOLVED: Your World Cup comedy moments #bbcworldcup
  2. England boss Southgate dislocates shoulder while running
  3. Dele Alli to miss England training because of thigh injury
  4. English Football League fixtures released - Frank Lampard's Derby start away at Reading
  5. Thursday's first game: Denmark v Australia (13:00 BST)
  6. Others: France v Peru (16:00); Argentina v Croatia (19:00)

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time for Denmark v Australia

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    It's getting busy in Samara where Denmark and Australia starts at 13:00.

    Remember, the Socceroos' World Cup dream could be over unless they get a positive result.

    You can follow the action from that one over here but that's it from me.

    Many thanks for your company and enjoy today's action.

    Until next time...

  2. 'Argentina can do anything with Messi'

    Argentina v Croatia (19:00 BST)

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    Today's game against Croatia is a huge one for Argentina. After the draw against Iceland, they need to sort things out.

    As a team they are ageing a little bit and I don't like them defensively but with Lionel Messi up front they can do anything.

    I still fancy Croatia for this one though.

    Lionel Messi
  3. Seven things we've loved from the first week

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    What a first week we've had at the World Cup in Russia.

    Shock results, absorbing drama, late winners, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo bossing it.

    There has been an abundance of brilliant entertainment on the field, but what about the things we've loved away from the action?

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  4. Post update

    Denmark v Australia (13:00 BST)

    Jake Mills: Here's hoping Tim Cahill pulls out an Iran-inspired front flip top corner shot against Denmark.

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  5. 'Start Alli if he is fit'

    England v Panama (Sunday, 13:00 BST)

    Guillem Balague

    Spanish football journalist on BBC Radio 5 live

    What Ruben Loftus-Cheek did when he came on has nothing to do with Dele Alli's perormance, so unless Alli has an injury, I would start him again.

    Loftus-Cheek is a good player to bring on in the final third, wide areas. And I think it could kill Raheem Sterling to whip him out after one game when he's playing in an unfamiliar position and didn't do anything disastrously wrong.

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  6. Portugal 'a one-man team'

    Chris Sutton

    Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    Are Portugal a one-man team? Yes, I think so. They are so reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo. I wasn't impressed with Portugal and I thought Morocco deserved something as they were the better team.

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  7. 'France need to get the balance right'

    France v Peru (16:00 BST)

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    I think Didier Deschamps got his tactics wrong for France's first match, especially with the way Australia play. He should have started Olivier Giroud instead of going with Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe as a three up front.

    If you look at all the squads, you would probably put France up there as the best team, but it's about getting the balance right. It's great to have 23 top quality players, but you have to get the right system.

    If he can get that correct then there is no reason why they can't go right to the final, but he needs to sort it out.

    France players
  8. 'Breathtaking night'

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    Video caption: Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi goal is ruled out for offside after being checked by VAR

    There’s no shortage of pride in Iran for their team’s gutsy performance against Spain which they lost 1-0, after having a goal disallowed by VAR.

    BBC Monitoring reports that the Etemad newspaper described the result as "accidental loss on a breathtaking night", while government-run Iran wrote that Iranian footballers "fought valiantly".

    Javan said Iran had no choice but to "peel Portugal", a play on words with the Persian word for "orange", which is sounds similar to the Persian name for Portugal.

  9. 'I'd be very surprised if England don't progress'

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    So far, so good for Gareth Southgate and England. He has got the squad relaxed and he's asked them to play with freedom and spirit. I know it's only been one game and we have seen this in other tournaments, but I'd be very surprised if they don't get out the group.

    Harry Kane celebrates
  10. 'Messi is a joy to watch'

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    Joe Blakey: Really hoping Messi shines tonight, he deserves it on the biggest stage, done so much for club and country and is an absolute joy to watch.

  11. A huge night for Messi and Argentina

    Argentina v Croatia (19:00 BST)

    Patrick Jennings

    BBC Sport in Nizhny Novgorod

    Argentina fan with Messi banner
    Image caption: 'I believe in you, Leo,' reads a fan's banner that refers to Messi as 'God'

    Of all the teams I have followed so far here in Russia, it's around Argentina where scrutiny seems to be the most intense.

    There are dozens of media teams broadcasting, tens of thousands of passionate fans who love to discuss and debate. The centre of their attention? Lionel Messi.

    There has been critical coverage back home since his penalty miss in Argentina's opening draw with Iceland, with some even claiming he has too much influence over team selection. It has to be said that most of the fans I have spoken to here believe that is unfair.

    Either way, what Messi does on the pitch tonight against Croatia will be crucial to his side's hopes of progressing to the knockout stage.

    Once again all of Argentina needs the mercurial number 10 to bring his very best on the one stage he is still to conquer, the World Cup.

  12. Post update

    Denmark v Australia (13:00 BST)

    Around two hours before the day's first game and the weather is behaving itself for the Group C game between Denmark and Australia in Samara.

    This was the scene at the Samara Arena on Wednesday...

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    And today...

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  13. 'Loftus-Cheek in frame for Panama'

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Zelenogorsk

    Lively England training session at Zelenogorsk this morning. Very mild temperature compared to the heat of Volgograd.

    It would be a surprise to see Dele Alli in the starting line-up against Panama as he sat out training with the thigh injury that almost saw him substituted against Tunisia - but Ruben Loftus-Cheek has put himself firmly in the frame to replace him with his excellent cameo in Volgograd.

    Many understandably disappointed photographers after England manager Gareth Southgate decided not to wear a sling to protect his dislocated shoulder while overseeing training.

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  14. 'Stay strong, Pepe'

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    Alan Hayes: Let's hope the Portuguese defender Pepe recovers from the brutal attack on him after he was dangerously patted on the back forcing him to crash to the floor! Stay strong Pepe...

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  15. Ronaldo like a 'Port wine'

    What's the difference between a Port wine and Cristiano Ronaldo?

    Not a lot, according to Portugal boss Fernando Santos.

    "He is like a Port wine. He knows how to refine his capacity and age at his best," says Santos.

    "He is constantly evolving. He knows himself and he knows what he can do. What he does now is not what he did three or four years ago, and not what he will be doing in a few years from now."

    Ronaldo has scored four goals in Russia.

    Read more here

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    Video caption: Ronaldo scores early to put Portugal ahead
  16. 'It's going to be a hot one'

    England v Panama (Sunday, 13:00 BST)

    Who's popping over to Nizhny Novgorod for England's next game?

    Don't forget to pack some shorts and sun cream. Here's the weather forecast from the BBC's Simon King...

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  17. 'Time for British Isles to host WC' - Blatter

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  18. 'Drop Sterling, play Rashford'

    England v Panama (Sunday, 13:00 BST)

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    I would like to see Marcus Rashford start alongside Harry Kane as a No 10. Raheem Sterling is having a bit of a tough time and it doesn't look like he's going to score or if he's got any confidence at the moment.

    He's had chances in the friendlies and against Tunisia, and he gives the ball away so I think Rashford deserves the chance.

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