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Believe the hype: De Ligt, de Jong are future stars

After four years of humiliation, fans of Dutch soccer are getting excited again thanks to Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong. And Europe's biggest clubs are taking notice, too.

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You Have To Answer: Christian Pulisic

Beating Mexico or beating Bayern? Dempsey or Donovan? We put USMNT starlet Christian Pulisic on the spot in our latest edition of 'You Have To Answer.'

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Extra Time: Modric vs. Iniesta; the ideal Italy striker

The guys respond to your tweets about the Ballon d'Or, Luka Modric vs. Andres Iniesta and who Gab Marcotti thinks is the ideal No. 9 for Italy.

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key Games

U.S. can end roller-coaster 2018 on a high vs. Italy

It's been a bizarre 2018 for the U.S., full of ups and downs, under the guidance of interim boss Dave Sarachan. He can go out on a high vs. Italy.

Italy full of optimism after year of disappointment

Last November Italy suffered its biggest footballing failure ever in missing the World Cup. A year later Roberto Mancini has the Azzurri looking up.

Pulisic anger over England loss a good thing for U.S.

Christian Pulisic's frustration was evident after the U.S. were outclassed by England but the side need to channel the anger in the right direction.

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England 2-1 Croatia: Three Lions roar to semifinals

Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane each scored to seal England's 2-1 comeback win over Croatia to reach the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

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Switzerland 5-2 Belgium: Seferovic sends Swiss into semis

Haris Seferovic netted a hat trick as Switzerland erased a two-goal deficit by scoring five unanswered to defeat Belgium and advance to the League A semis.

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Spain 1-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: Mendez scores debut winner

Brais Mendez scored the lone goal of his international debut to lift Spain to a friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Las Palmas.

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Hungary 2-0 Finland: Hungarians ensure League C survival

Hungary guaranteed their safety in League C of the UEFA Nations League with a win over League B-bound Finland, which had already won Group C2.

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Northern Ireland 1-2 Austria: Visitors' late winner

Already-relegated Northern Ireland's debut in the UEFA Nations League ended without a point in Group B3.

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Greece 0-1 Estonia: Own goal costs Greece

Vasilios Lampropoulos saw the ball go into the wrong net, and that mistake cost his team three points as Estonia was gifted its first UEFA Nations League victory.

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Italy 0-0 Portugal: Portugal top group after stalemate

Portugal will go to the UEFA Nations League final after they held Italy to a goalless draw in Milan.

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Albania 0-4 Scotland: Scots win in style

Scotland took control of the game early and never looked back, as they secured a much needed three points on the road.

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Turkey 0-1 Sweden: Penalty relegates Turkey

Sweden's hopes of winning Group B2 in the Nations League stayed alive with a win over Turkey, which guaranteed the hosts' relegation to League C.

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Serbia 2-1 Montenegro: Mitrovic goal decisive

Adem Ljajic and Aleksandar Mitrovic's first-half goals were enough for Serbia as they held off a spirited Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.

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Wales 1-2 Denmark: Danes gain promotion in Cardiff

Denmark held on against Wales despite Gareth Bale's late goal to move up into Group A in the UEFA Nations League.

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Netherlands 2-0 France: Dutch relegate Germany

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over France in Rotterdam see Germany relegated from League A Group 1.

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Transfers

LIVE Transfer Talk: Real eye Ibra, Falcao moves

Real Madrid could turn to Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Radamel Falcao for goals in the winter window. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

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Transfer Rater: Pickford to United, Demirbay to Liverpool

Jordan Pickford to Manchester United and Kerem Demirbay to Liverpool are two of today's hot rumours, according to Football Whispers.

What's best for Pulisic: Liverpool, Chelsea or neither?

With Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly eyeing Christian Pulisic, Ale Moreno and Craig Burley discuss whether he should leave Dortmund or stay put.

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England gain some revenge on Croatia, seal finals place

It won't make up for a World Cup semifinal loss, but England were able to see off Croatia and advance in a fine advert for the UEFA Nations League.

England 2-1 Croatia: Three Lions roar to semifinals

Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane each scored to seal England's 2-1 comeback win over Croatia to reach the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

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Marcotti: 'Relentless positivity' from fans lifts England

Gab Marcotti says the current England team has a connection with the fans that hasn't been seen in the country in decades.

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Kane: Nations League a great chance to win a trophy with England

England striker Harry Kane is already looking ahead to the UEFA Nations League semi-final stage, highlighting the fact they are only two games away from winning a trophy.

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Kane's sliding finish gives England the lead

UEFA Nations League: Harry Kane (85') England 2-1 Croatia

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Dalic: Football's coming home, very soon

Croatia's Zlatko Dalic believes a young England side are on the verge of winning something special after they beat his side 2-1 to reach the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

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Burley: Belgium dealt a blow to their ego

Craig Burley explains what Belgium's exit from the UEFA Nations League by way of a 5-2 loss to Switzerland means for the team long-term.

1:14

Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.

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Marcotti: 'Relentless positivity' from fans lifts England

Gab Marcotti says the current England team has a connection with the fans that hasn't been seen in the country in decades.

1:39

Extra Time: Paul's shoveling stories & Portugal's odds to win Nations League

The guys respond to your tweets about Portugal, concerts, shoveling snow and much more!

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Mariner: Pulisic should stay away from Chelsea

Former England international thinks that working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool would be better for Pulisic, should he decide to move from Dortmund.

3:01

Extra Time: Shaka's Messi argument; Memphis on the move?

The guys respond to your tweets about Shaka Hislop's Lionel Messi argument, Memphis Depay's future and how they made impressions on managers.

8:59

ESPN FC Best of the Week

Check out the best of ESPN FC from the past week, including Steve Nicol's dislike of the beach, Paul Mariner's attire and more.

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How the USMNT missed an opportunity with Tata Martino

Herculez Gomez and Alejandro Moreno discuss Tata Martino's reported hiring as Mexico coach and what it says about the USMNT's coaching search.

2:12

What Nations League relegation means for Germany

With Germany's relegation in the UEFA Nations League confirmed, the FC crew discuss Joachim Low's future and how his team will be judged.

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Burley: France didn't look bothered

The ESPN FC crew react to France's surprise 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

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Gomez: USMNT are individuals with no guidance

Former U.S. international Herculez Gomez calls the USMNT's loss to England "abysmal" and explains why he feels bad for the current players.

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Moreno: Lovren is not at Ramos' level

With Dejan Lovren's latest outburst towards Sergio Ramos causing a stir, our ESPN FC crew try to make sense of it all.

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UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

Permutations by day, group and league

The picture is becoming clearer about who will take part in the finals next June, as well as which nations will be promoted and relegated.

State of play: Finals, promotion, relegation

With the climax of the Nations League group stage imminent, the picture is becoming clearer for the finals, promotion and relegation.

Burley: Belgium dealt a blow to their ego

Craig Burley explains what Belgium's exit from the UEFA Nations League by way of a 5-2 loss to Switzerland means for the team long-term.

1:14

Dalic: Football's coming home, very soon

Croatia's Zlatko Dalic believes a young England side are on the verge of winning something special after they beat his side 2-1 to reach the UEFA Nations League semi-finals.

0:20

What Nations League relegation means for Germany

With Germany's relegation in the UEFA Nations League confirmed, the FC crew discuss Joachim Low's future and how his team will be judged.

3:11

Do Portugal get enough credit?

Sebi Salazar and Paul Mariner discuss whether Portugal's continued success is overlooked because they don't play attractive football.

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Santos: Ronaldo still a part of Portugal's future

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos insists Cristiano Ronaldo is still part of the team's future and is satisfied his side reached the final phase of the Nations League.

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Burley: France didn't look bothered

The ESPN FC crew react to France's surprise 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

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