France have been dealt a huge blow as Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup with injury.
The Ballon dOr winner is having to forfeit from the squad after picking up an injury in training.
It remains to be seen as to who will replace the forward, as the French team have been dealt a huge blow.
Elsewhere,Cristiano RonaldoandLionel Messihave come together with Louis Vitton and released a joint Instagram post.
The pair are pictured together over a chess boardahead of the tournament that gets underway on Sunday.
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Kalvin Phillips dropped a clanger that almost wrecked his Qatar hopes.
The Manchester City star, 26, recovered from shoulder surgery just in time to be named in Englands World Cup squad.
Then he risked it all by letting a 5kg weight fall on his foot ahead of Citys clash with Brentford last week!
The midfielder, who has cut up his left flip-flop to stop it rubbing on the wound, said: Its a good story to be honest!
So before that game, being the professional I am, I went to the gym before the match and was just doing loads of Achilles work on the leg press.
Id gone to pull a weight off the rack and there must have been one stuck behind it and I pulled it off and it landed on my foot and cut it all.
I stood for about ten seconds and thought, Oh my God what was that?
If it wasnt a 5kg plate, if it had been heavier, I think it would have been a lot worse.
Imagine that, that is what you get for being professional!
But its not too bad, the blisters from training hurt more.
Gareth Southgate does not deserve the berating he got for a dismal Nations League campaign this year, Eric Dier says.
The defender told a press conference : Its crazy talk and perceptions change so quickly.
Youve got to remember what England were doing before.
He has taken England to a World Cup semi and the final of a Euros and were talking small margins that change the outcome of those results.
The criticism is crazy after a small run of results given how England performed at those tournaments and he was at the forefront of that.
Harry Kane today defied a last-ditch bid by World Cup chiefs to stop him wearing a rainbow One Love armband.
His team-mate Eric Dier also became the first England player to speak out on Qatar controversies, calling stadium worker deaths terrible.
Fifas rattled chief Gianni Infantino had earlier launched into a bizarre defence of the World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon after a succession of cock-ups.
Three Lions captain Kane will sport its anti-discrimination armband when England play Iran tomorrow after the FA rejected a late Fifa alternative yesterday.
In its latest startling move, Fifa chiefs unveiled its own approved armbands including one emblazoned with: NoDiscrimination.
But the FA hit back: We respect the Fifa armband but are committed to the One Love armband and intend to wear it.
Reports are coming late tonight that Ballon dOr winner Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup.
The France striker, 34, was earlier reported to be missing out on his countrys first game against Australia.
However, now its been said that he will miss the whole tournament with a tear to his left thigh, according to Le Parisien.
French journalist Julien Laurens has also tweeted: Karim Benzema is out of the whole World Cup!!!!
Sam Allardyce reckons Gareth Southgate will quit as England manager even if he wins the World Cup.
Ex-Bolton and West Ham chief Allardyce said: If Southgate doesnt win the World Cup, he will step down from his role as England manager.
Even if he does win it, he will walk too as he can leave on a high.
Everton want to off-load England defender Michael Keane and hope Nottingham Forest make a big offer.
Keane is out of favour under Frank Lampard and the Toffees plan to cash in on the 29-year-old ex-Burnley centre-back.
Forest have money to spend and want to boost their survival battle.
But Steve Cooper will explore other options first and Everton may have to settle for a fee around 15million at best.
Man Utd fans have been left baffled after Jadon Sancho wiped out his Instagram account.
The 22-year-old winger moved to Old Trafford last year after a stunning few years in Germany at Borussia Dortmund.
That had led to him becoming a regular in Gareth Southgates England squad.
However, a drop in form for his club has seen him lose his Three Lions place which has resulted in him missing out on the World Cup.
Whether or not that is the reason that Sancho has decided to have an Instagram blackout remains unknown.
But fans were quick to spot today that he had deleted all of his previous posts from the account.
France could be without Karim Benzema for their opening World Cup game against Australia after he limped out of Saturdays training session.
The reigning world champions begin the defence of their title in Qatar on Tuesday.
But they have received some bad news just days out from getting their campaign underway.
According to LEquipe via Get French Football News, the Ballon dOr winner is still being plagued by both a hamstring problem AND knee strains.
Those reports gained further credibility just hours later when Benzema, 34, pulled up and promptly ended his training session before the rest of the France squad.
His fitness issues now make him a doubt for their opening game against Australia.
Argentina are worried over the fitness of star man Lionel Messi after he was spotted training alone just days before their first World Cup game.
Lionel Scalonis side trained in Qatar together but Messi was notably not involved sparking injury fears amongst fans.
The 35-year-old appeared for practice later than the rest of his teammates and took part in a one-on-one session with a coach rather than joining in with the full squad.
Marca report that Messi did solo exercises and did not touch the ball in his session but he will be okay for the teams opening game.
Argentine journalist Gustavo Yarroch rushed to calm down worried supporters saying that the PSG star has a small calf issue and that he is reducing his workload to ensure he is fit to play.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been snapped playing chess against one another ahead of the World Cup.
The long-time rivals took part in a Louis Vuitton photoshoot which was released just days before the start of footballs biggest tournament.
It showed the pair analysing where to go on a Louis Vuitton bag that was being used as a chess board.
Both men posted similar captions alongside the photo - which the pair shared on Instagram.
They read: Victory is in the Mind. A long-standing tradition handcrafted trunk-building photographed by @louisvuitton.
For @annieleibovitz Victory is a State of Mind. A long tradition of crafting trunks photographed by @louisvuitton.
Former American goalkeeper Brad Friedal has claimed England does not scare US - but Wales do.
The ex-Tottenham keeper wrote in the Mail: A lot of people think the US should beat Wales but this Welsh team is good. They have some excellent players and Ive seen up close how special their star man, Gareth Bale, is.
A lot of people think the US should beat Wales but this Welsh team is good. They have some excellent players and Ive seen up close how special their star man, Gareth Bale, is. Watching him in the MLS Cup final showed me how the fire still burns inside.
Qatars beer ban could cost Fifa a staggering 40MILLION with Budweiser prepared to play hard-ball.
The American beer company is one of the World Cups official sponsors and were set to provide the booze in grounds and fan zones in Qatar.
However, footy fans attending the tournament will have a dry World Cup after authorities performed a stunning U-turn on alcohol this week.
It had previously been promised that beer and other drinks would be available at all eight World Cup venues.
However, Fifa chiefs bowed to pressure from the Qatari authorities and confirmed they will not be selling alcohol at any stadiums.
Its bad news for official beer sponsor Budweiser, who are now looking for compensation following the shock U-turn.
They currently have a deal worth around 65m with Fifa for this World Cup.
Budweiser also has a deal for the 2026 World Cup worth up to 95m.
Eric Dier believes England fans can enjoy the World Cup in Qatar without any booze.
Id like to think you can enjoy yourself with or without alcohol, Dier said.
Its up to us as a team and every team in the tournament to bring great football, exciting football and thats what is going to create a great atmosphere in the stadiums.
Harry Maguire has revealed the inflatable unicorns are back for England.
The blow-up animals became iconic in the last World Cup when several players were pictured riding them joyfully in the swimming pool.
They then made a comeback last year as England managed to fight their way through to the Euro 2020 final.
And now for the third major tournament in a row, the inflatable unicorns will make an appearance.
Maguire confirmed the beach toys have returned with a Instagram post.
With a pic of the unicorns sat on a pool edge, the defender wrote: nice to meet you again.
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger says England will reach the World Cup last four if they can banish their inner doubts.
Wenger, the leader of the World Cup Technical Study Group, told SunSport: If you look at the last few years, England should be in the semi-finals at least.
They got to the semi-finals in Russia and then the Final in the Euros.
But the doubt comes from what has happened over the past year.
If they can get over that doubt in their own minds, they have the team that is good enough to reach the semi-finals.
Brazil forward Richarlison physically moved teammate Fred after he sat in Neymars seat for a squad picture ahead of the World Cup.
The five-time world champions are heading to Qatar as the favourites to lift the trophy.
Tites 26-man squad boasts a plethora of superstars led by Paris Saint-Germains Neymar.
And it was Tottenhams Richarlison who reminded Manchester United midfielder Fred of the hierarchy among the players on the eve of the tournament.
As they prepared for a photo together, Fred sat down in the middle of the shot.
If he had stayed there, he would have been situated next to Brazil captain Marquinhos and Newcastle man Bruno Guimaraes.
But Richarlison was having none of it and proceeded to move the 29-year-old.
He walked over to Fred and dragged him to the side, before sitting him down in a different spot in between Raphinha and Alex Telles.
It was a hilarious moment which caused a huge reaction on social media.
One person said: