Portugal urged by Fernando Santos to hit ‘Euro 2016 levels’ against Morocco

• Manager says team can play even better than against Spain
• Santos says Portugal cannot just rely on Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has urged his team to reach “Euro 2016 levels” as they prepare to take on Morocco in their second game of the World Cup.

Their first match, against Spain, ended in a wild 3-3 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick, but while Santos was pleased with some aspects of that game, he expects his team to improve in certain areas.

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Russia march on, Group H upsets and Japanese litter-pickers – World Cup Football Daily

Max and the pod discuss two upsets in Group H, a remarkable Senegalese goal, Japanese litter-pickers, Jack Wilshere departing Arsenal and Max’s favourite World Cup shorts

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning and John Brewin to take a look back at day six of the 2018 World Cup, starting with Japan’s shock 2-1 victory over Colombia. We dial up Ben Mabley, probably the only Somerset-born pundit on Japanese TV, to hear about how Tokyo is taking the shock.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start for England against Panama

• Dele Alli unlikely to be fit for second World Cup game
• Midfielder suffered thigh strain in first half against Tunisia

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in line to make his first World Cup start, against Panama on Sunday, with Dele Alli rendered a major doubt for England’s second group game after suffering a minor thigh strain in Monday’s victory over Tunisia.

Alli, who had pulled up just before half-time in clear discomfort, for all that he surprisingly played on after the break, underwent a scan at a private hospital in St Petersburg on Tuesday that revealed minor damage to his quad muscle. The England medical staff will continue to monitor him over the rest of the week at their base in Repino where he will be treated on site, but the 22-year-old is expected to miss at least two days’ training in the build-up to the match in Nizhny Novgorod.

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