Max Rushden, Phillipe Auclair, Nick Ames and Simon Burton are on hand to review a dramatic few days of World Cup qualifiers before turning their attentions to the return of the Premier League this weekend.
After Lionel Messi dragged Argentina to Russia with an exquisite hat-trick in Ecuador, we comprehensively round up what else happened in South America, including David Ospina’s mistake in Columbia’s draw with Peru which didn’t cost his country but did manage to effectively end Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sánchez’s World Cup dream as Chile crashed out. Elsewhere we ask what’s next for soccer in the USA after their failure to qualify for the first time since 1986.
In part two we get an insight into what’s behind the rise and rise of Iceland who after being the surprise package of the European Championships qualified for their first World Cup. Who can forget the Republic of Ireland’s win over Wales – how did Martin O’Neill outwit Chris Coleman? And find out why Didier Deschamps’ France are boring their own supporters, according to one of their own bored supporters.
Finally we look ahead to the return of domestic action starting with Liverpool against Manchester United on Saturday and why India is the best place to watch Brighton’s showdown with Everton.
Back on Monday!