Club football is back and with fewer than 50 days for players to find form and fitness before the World Cup kicks off on November 20, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Leandro Trossard of Belgium and USA forward Ricardo Pepi laid down a marker at the weekend.
Off the pitch, coaches are already being rewarded before the tournament kicks off with Wales extending Rob Page’s contract and Argentina set to keep Lionel Scaloni as head coach until the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Here is the very latest from world football…
World Cup debutants in the goals
The international break looks to have been the perfect reset for The Athletic’s young forwards to watch — the goals are flying in.
In the build-up to Qatar, The Athletic are keeping tabs on the five FIFA+ strikers set for their World Cup debuts this winter: Christopher Nkunku (France), Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia), Jonathan David (Canada), Lautaro Martinez (Argentina) and Darwin Nunez (Uruguay).
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