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Your daily dose of World Cup reaction and analysis from Qatar, with Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates, Emma Saunders and Steve Crossman, plus Micah Richards, Chris Sutton and the team.

Your daily dose of World Cup reaction and analysis from Qatar, with Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates, Emma Saunders and Steve Crossman, plus Micah Richards, Chris Sutton and the team.


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Your daily dose of World Cup reaction and analysis from Qatar, with Mark Chapman, Kelly Cates, Emma Saunders and Steve Crossman, plus Micah Richards, Chris Sutton and the team.




‘Ruthless’ England book QF with ‘frightening’ France

Mark Chapman and guests react to England 3-0 Senegal in the World Cup last 16. He’s joined by ex-England players Micah Richards, Matt Upson, Rob Green and Ellen White. Hear from goalscorers Bukayo Saka, Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane, as well as Phil Foden and Gareth Southgate. INTERVIEWS: 12:45 – Foden, 16:30 – Saka, 28:55 – Southgate, 38:35 – Henderson, 41:00 – Kane.


1,000 not out for Messi

Kelly Cates is joined by Pat Nevin, Tim Vickery and former Australia captain Mile Jedinak to reflect on Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in the last 16, as Lionel Messi scored in the 1,000th game of his career. Argentina will now face Netherlands in the quarter-finals, so Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan drops by to discuss their 3-1 win over the USA and how they might get on against Messi and co… John Murray and Nedum Onuoha join Kelly to preview England’s last-16 match against...


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Sorrow for Suarez, Grinch Sutton and a Cameroonian Christmas Carol

Sorrow for Suarez, Grinch Sutton and a Cameroonian Christmas Carol Kelly Cates is joined by Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and South American football expert Tim Vickery - as the group stages came to a close in typically dramatic fashion. Cameroon are out of the tournament, despite a famous win over Brazil, and a 91st minute winner for South Korea means they progress at the expense of Uruguay. Cue Luis Suarez crying… A rather jubilant former Switzerland captain, in the form of Ramon Vega,...


Germany and Belgium bow out & Trent talks

Kelly Cates and guests react to Germany and Belgium crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage. She’s joined by ex-Germany defender Arne Friedrich and journalist Kristoffer Klein along with former England internationals Karen Bardsley and Matt Upson. Spanish supremo Guillem Balagué and ex-J.League striker Jay Bothroyd have their say after Spain and Japan progress. Hear from Roberto Martínez after he quit as Belgium boss and catch an interview with England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold....


The World Cup grudge match: Ghana's quest for Uruguay revenge

Ghana and Uruguay created one of the most dramatic and controversial moments in World Cup history in 2010, when “the Black Stars” were the width of a crossbar away from becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals. Uruguay's Luis Suárez was sent off in the last minute of extra time for handling the ball on the line and then celebrated wildly when Ghana's Asamoah Gyan's penalty hit the bar. Ghana went on to lose a penalty shoot-out, a continent was heartbroken and Suárez became...


Argentina advance, Poland pip Mexico and Australia join the party

Emma Saunders is joined by Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Tim Vickery for reaction to a dramatic night in Group C - as Argentina and Poland reached the knockout stages. We’ll also reflect on an historic day for Australia, after they reached the last 16 of the men’s tournament for the first time in 16 years. Prepare yourself for some highbrow, cultured conversation between Pat Nevin and Rob Green, as they share their Doha Diaries with us. And we’re joined by our Euro Leagues experts...


Rashford’s Redemption - England fly through as Wales fly home

Mark Chapman and guests reflect on England’s 3-0 win over Wales at the World Cup. Micah Richards, Jermaine Jenas, Matt Upson, Danny Gabbidon and Jayne Ludlow break down the match that sees England top Group B and progress to the last 16 with Wales finishing bottom. We hear from Rob Page and Gareth Bale and ask what’s next for Wales before chatting England and looking ahead to their next fixture against Senegal. John Murray interviews Phil Foden, Jordan Henderson and Gareth Southgate before...


Pochettino’s Preview and Meet the Meulensteens

Kelly Cates brings you two special interviews to preview the huge final group games on Wednesday. First up is Mauricio Pochettino to talk Lionel Messi and look ahead to Argentina’s crucial tie with Poland. Then, ahead of Australia’s decider with Denmark, BBC commentator Pien Meulensteen visits the Soceroos’ camp to catch up with her dad, René, who is the assistant manager of the national team. TOPICS: 02:15 - Mauricio Pochettino 14:04 - René Meulensteen with Pien Meulensteen


The Wales vs England preview

Kelly Cates and guests look ahead to Wales vs England. She’s joined by Rio Ferdinand, Sam Vokes, John Murray, Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton, and you’ll hear from Gareth Southgate, Rob Page and Gareth Bale. Also catch reaction to Portugal’s win over Uruguay and thrilling matches involving Ghana and Cameroon, and Statman Dave presents his players to look out for in Tuesday’s games. TOPICS: 3:10 – England, 21:00 – Wales, 28:50 – Portugal, 38:55 – Ghana & Cameroon, 44:35 – Statman Dave’s...


Deutsch delight, Grealish on Gareth & Belgium’s fear

Kelly Cates and guests reflect on Germany’s draw with Spain. She’s joined by Peter Schmeichel, Alan Shearer, Moritz Volz and commentator John Murray. The panel also hear from Jack Grealish and Joe Allen ahead of England vs Wales. And Juliette Ferrington presents reaction to two big shocks as Morocco beat Belgium and Costa Rica edge past Japan. TOPICS: 0:55 – Spain-Germany, 8:30 – England, 17:15 – Wales, 20:30 – Belgium-Morocco, 33:45 – Japan-Costa Rica, 41:35 – Morocco boss, 43:05 – Belgium...


'A moment of genius' - Messi magic stuns Mexico

Mark Chapman is joined by Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton, Guillem Balague and Tim Vickery for reaction to Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico. We’ll also round-up the day’s other big stories with wins France, Poland and Australia. Some of the Euro Leagues team look ahead to the huge game between Spain v Germany in Group E on Sunday. And Alan Shearer tells us why he thinks Gareth Southgate should rest Harry Kane.


Difficult day for England and Wales

Kelly Cates is joined by John Murray, Rob Green, Micah Richards and Rob Green to react to England's goalless draw with USA. Did England play it too safe and should Gareth have brought on Phil Foden? Micah certainly thinks so. Hear from Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier. Plus we get the thoughts of USA captain Tyler Adams. It was also a disappointing day for Wales who were beaten 2-0 by Iran, leaving their hopes of making it out of the group in tatters. We hear...


Kane’s fit, Richarlison’s rocket & psychic Sutton

Kelly Cates and guests look ahead to England vs USA and Wales vs Iran. Hear from Gareth Southgate, Rob Page, Chris Sutton and Robert Earnshaw. Bradley Wright-Phillips has his say on USA’s key players. Catch South American football expert Tim Vickery’s thoughts on Brazil’s first win of the tournament. José Fonte has his say on Portugal edging out Ghana. And Statman Dave presents his Friday player picks. TOPICS: 5:05 – England, 14:45 – USA, 23:00 – Brazil, 30:25 – Portugal, 33:15 – Wales....


Japan stun Germany, cutlery chaos and panda pundits

Kelly Cates is joined by our football correspondent John Murray, Dion Dublin and French football journalist Julien Laurens for reaction to the big stories from day four of the World Cup in Qatar, The guys discuss Japan’s shock 2-1 win over Germany, what impact Germany’s pre-match gesture aimed at FIFA will have, and Spain’s 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica. Emma Saunders gives us the latest from the England camp, as Raheem Sterling explains why he wasn’t happy with one of his teammates during...


Ronaldo’s off, Kane’s scan & a Saudi shock

Kelly Cates has the latest big football stories, including Ronaldo leaving Manchester United and the club’s owners announcing they might sell up. She’s joined by Rob Green, Chris Sutton and Alistair Bruce-Ball. The panel also discuss Harry Kane going for a scan on his ankle. Get full reaction to one of the biggest World Cup shocks as Saudi Arabia beat Argentina. And catch Statman Dave’s picks for Wednesday’s action. TOPICS: 1:05 – Ronaldo, 13:05 – Man Utd ownership, 15:00 – Kane, 18:20 –...


Bale saves Wales

Former Wales internationals James Collins and Danny Gabbidon join Kelly Cates for reaction to Wales’ 1-1 draw with the USA in their opening Group B match. The guys discuss why Wales were so poor in the first half, the impact Keiffer Moore had off the bench in the second half and the mentality of the team to come back late on. You’ll hear from Gareth Bale on his equaliser from the penalty spot and the Wales manager Rob Page. Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton reflect on Netherlands’ 2-0 win...


England smash six past Iran in World Cup opener

Mark Chapman is joined by our football correspondent John Murray and former England internationals Rob Green, Matthew Upson and Jermaine Jenas for reaction to England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their opening Group B match. You’ll hear from England manager Gareth Southgate as well as Kieran Trippier, Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham.


Up in armbands, Pickford’s progress & a Doha diary

Kelly Cates previews the first matches of the World Cup for England and Wales and has reaction to the Qatar curtain-raiser as Ecuador beat the tournament hosts. Hear from Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Jordan Pickford and Rob Page, and catch the thoughts of ex-internationals Stephen Warnock, Nathan Blake and Pat Nevin. And stay tuned for a day one Doha diary from World Cup flatmates Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton. TOPICS: 1:05 – opening ceremony, 3:00 – England, 4:35 – OneLove armband,...


One more sleep…

This is a bumper episode of the pod on the eve of the World Cup starting on Sunday - Emma Saunders presents from Qatar and is joined by former England goalkeeper, Rob Green and ex Wales defender, Danny Gabbidon. They delve into both the England and Wales camps and hear from Nick Pope on life as a goalkeeper. Not only that, Steve Crossman comes on the pod to give the latest off field news stories alongside former England striker, Dion Dublin, journalists Guillem Balague and Rory Smith, with...