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England lack midfield strength to be a World Cup force - Ryan Giggs

Wales manager Ryan Giggs assesses England's hopes of success at the World Cup.
Wales manager and Man United legend Ryan Giggs speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about his wish for the Premier League to institute a winter break

SHANGHAI, China -- Wales manager Ryan Giggs has questioned whether England have the quality in midfield to make a major impact at the World Cup in Russia.

Gareth Southgate's side will be favourites to advance to the round of 16 along with Belgium from Group H but, while Giggs believes England can benefit from the youthful talents of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, he is yet to be convinced by the team's midfield options.

"I think they've got some really talented young players, players...

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Wales' Ashley Williams suffers collapsed lung in Javier Hernandez collision

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez reflect on Rafael Marquez's contributions to El Tri and how he might fit into Juan Carlos Osorio's World Cup plan.

Ashley Williams has thanked staff at a Los Angeles hospital for their care after he suffered a collapsed lung while playing for Wales against Mexico in the city on Tuesday.

Wales captain Williams also sustained two broken ribs in a collision with Mexico striker Javier Hernandez that forced him to leave the pitch after 17 minutes of the first half.

Writing on his Facebook page, the Everton defender said: "Crazy couple of weeks. Great to be back in a Wales shirt & with the lads. However, after coming...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico lacks spark in draw vs. Wales but avoids injuries ahead of World Cup

Jesus Corona fights off Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies during Mexico's friendly vs. Wales.
Jesus Corona was one of just two presumptive starters for Mexico at the World Cup in Monday's friendly draw vs. Wales.

LOS ANGELES -- Three quick thoughts from Mexico's 0-0 friendly draw with Wales on Monday at the Rose Bowl, in their U.S. farewell game in preparation for the World Cup.

1. Mexico fails to find spark but avoids injuries

This was a Mexico side with only two assured starters -- Javier Hernandez and Hector Herrera -- in Russia. And that showed at times against a Wales side that is starting to adapt to Ryan Giggs and began the game in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Mexico had the better chances, and...

 By Tom Marshall

Wales frustrate World Cup-bound Mexico to secure California draw

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Wales stifled World Cup-bound Mexico to claim a creditable goalless draw at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Some questioned the validity of this fixture at the end of an arduous domestic season, but Wales manager Ryan Giggs will have been pleased with the outcome.

Deprived of his talisman Gareth Bale just days after the Real Madrid forward's Champions League final heroics, Giggs used the occasion to hand several of his youngsters invaluable experience on the international stage.

The only real negative on...