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If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
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The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

ARGENTINA

Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


Manchester United's David De Gea frustrated at 'lack of respect' in Spain criticism - sources

Luis Enrique says losses like the one Spain suffered against Croatia won't put him off trusting younger players.
Craig Burley and the FC crew discuss what Croatia's win over Spain means for both teams and examine the permutations for their UEFA Nations League group.
Brais Mendez scored the lone goal of his international debut to lift Spain to a friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Las Palmas.
Tin Jedvaj scored his first career goal for Croatia, then netted his second in stoppage time to give Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is becoming increasingly frustrated at what he thinks is unfair criticism of his performances for Spain and believes he is being singled out because he does not play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, sources have told ESPN FC.

De Gea's place in the Spain team has been questioned after he was criticised for his role in Croatia's late winner in a 3-2 UEFA Nations League defeat last Thursday.

It follows criticism of his performances at the World Cup where he was...

Spain FA chief thanks country's president for World Cup plan backing

Having won the World Cup with France himself in 1998, Frank Leboeuf tells the FC crew he understands Paul Pogba's struggle to refocus.

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has thanked the country's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for his backing of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

On Monday, Sanchez announced plans for a bid to be made alongside Portugal and Morocco.

"In these cases, you have the football side and that of diplomacy," RFEF president Luis Rubiales told reporters on Tuesday.

"I believe the prime minister has taken a further step and has done so to help football, and we have to thank...

Spain, Portugal, Morocco considering joint 2030 World Cup bid

Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.

Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world soccer's global showpiece tournament.

"I made a proposal to the government [of Morocco] to organise a joint bid between Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup,"...

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren to escape action for Sergio Ramos video on social media

With Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly eyeing Christian Pulisic, Ale Moreno and Craig Burley discuss whether he should leave Dortmund or stay put.
Former England international thinks that working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool would be better for Pulisic, should he decide to move from Dortmund.
With Dejan Lovren's latest outburst towards Sergio Ramos causing a stir, our ESPN FC crew try to make sense of it all.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren looks set to escape punishment for his comments made on social media about an incident with Sergio Ramos during his nation's victory over Spain.

Lovren posted a video on Instagram following Croatia's 3-2 victory on Thursday, where he appeared to brag about elbowing the Real Madrid defender during the UEFA Nations League encounter.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said he will talk privately with Lovren about the video, although UEFA have not opened any disciplinary proceedings...