Sport Hector Herrera of Mexico

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia

World Cup 2014: Player profile - Sime Vrsaljko, the Croatia defender

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia in action against Switzerland

World Cup 2014: Player profile - Ivan Rakitic, the Croatia midfielder

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Mateo Kovacic of Croatia in action against Switzerland

World Cup 2014: Player profile - who is Mateo Kovacic, the Croatia midfielder?

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

Alen Halilovic

Transfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Alen Halilovic set to stay in Croatia

Teenager staying put for the time being

Spain won the UEFA EURO 2012 trophy

Euro 2016: Hosts France to take part in qualifying - but no points will be awarded

The games involving Les Bleus will be classed as friendlies

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has become Hull’s record signing

Nikica Jelavic writes open letter to Everton fans following switch to Hull City

The striker wants the best chance of going to the World Cup

Nikica Jelavic will be moving to Hull City from Everton

Transfer news: Everton striker Nikica Jelavic convinced to make £6.5m switch to Hull City

Steve Bruce plays crucial role in securing forward

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic is in talks with Hull after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee

Transfer news: Hull City agree fee with Everton for striker Nikica Jelavic

Talks over personal terms are in discussion after Tigers confirm an agreement is in place over a transfer

Manchester United target Robert Muric could be available for as little as £300,000 after a contract dispute with his current club Dinamo Zagreb

Transfer news: Manchester United could attempt to sign £6m-rated Dinamo Zagreb striker Robert Muric for just £300,000

The Croatia Under-17 international could be available on a free transfer plus compensation following a contract dispute with his current side

Transfer news: Sevilla put £33m price tag on Manchester United and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic

Spanish club say release clause must be met

Thiago Silva and Neymar celebrates Brazil's Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay

World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group A - Brazil; Croatia; Mexico; Cameroon

The lowdown on the teams in Group A

Eidur Gudjohnsen (right) has become a father figure for Iceland's 'golden generation'

Word Cup 2014 play-off: Iceland v Croatia match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup play-off at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continued his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career

Anthony Joshua continues unbeaten start with third straight stoppage against Hrvoje Kisicek at York Hall

The Olympic gold medalist has no time to rest though as he will compete next Saturday on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves

Didier Deschamps' France side face a tricky first leg in Ukraine

World Cup play-offs: Romania seek to spark national revival in Brazil

The clash of giant egos is in Lisbon, the romance in Reykjavik, and the only previous winner under threat plays in Kiev, but perhaps the most intriguing European World Cup play-off begins on Friday night in Athens.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan

World Cup Qualifiers: Scotland v Croatia Match Preview

A look ahead to this week’s 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group A fixture at Hampden Park

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