Karl Matchett, The Independent

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Past articles by Karl:

‘Footballing immortality’: Gary Lineker leads tributes to England World Cup hero George Cohen

The Fulham great was one of only three surviving members from the 1966 World Cup-winning squad → Read More

World Cup 2022: Where to watch every game across BBC and ITV

Check where to see every game at the finals as the tournament reaches it climax → Read More

Sergio Busquets retires from international football as Spain’s third-most capped player ever

The midfielder was part of the national team’s greatest-ever side and won two major tournaments along the way → Read More

Why is Morocco shortened to MAR? World Cup 2022 squad guide

The Atlas Lions could end their long wait for a victory at the World Cup if their star names turn up at the right time → Read More

Undercooked Argentina need Julian Alvarez fire with World Cup glory at stake

The Man City forward didn’t start the 2022 Qatar finals in the team but has made himself a crucial part of the line-up alongside Lionel Messi in attack → Read More

Netherlands vs USA player ratings: Denzel Dumfries reprises Euro 2020 impact in World Cup round of 16

Netherlands 3-1 USA: Two assists and a goal from right wing-back helped the Oranje seal a comfortable place in the last eight → Read More

Kylian Mbappe, Casemiro and Harry Maguire: World Cup 2022 team of the group stage

The knockouts now begin and several players have shown tremendous early form in Qatar - but can they keep it up? → Read More

Magnificent Morocco overcome the odds to rewrite their own World Cup history

Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri scored to give the Atlas Lions a second win at a single World Cup for the first time ever → Read More

Phil Foden in tune for England chance but Gareth Southgate has heard this song before

Wales 0-3 England: Changes made to the Three Lions line-up and the attacking reinforcements have pushed for a starting berth in the last 16 → Read More

Gareth Bale responds to questions of Wales future but ‘frustrated’ with early World Cup exit

The winger is a legend with his national team but made no impact at Qatar 2022 → Read More

Shape-shifting Belgium fail to find route to excitement, entertainment or World Cup last 16

Belgium 0-2 Morocco: Group F remains incredibly open after Abdelhamid Sabiri’s set-piece drifted straight in, while the Red Devils mustered zero shots on target after falling behind and conceded another late on to Zakaria Aboukhlal → Read More

‘Not just another World Cup game’: Why England must beware the ‘little brother grown up’ in USA rivalry

Interview: Alexi Lalas breaks down USA’s Thanksgiving mindset in something of a grudge match as the Three Lions face the Stars and Stripes and the second round of games reaches Group B in Qatar → Read More

Gareth Bale urges ‘gutted’ Wales players to ‘pick ourselves up’ ahead of decisive England match

The skipper became a record breaker but the Dragons face an exit from Qatar after defeat → Read More

Uruguay perfect World Cup dark horses with Federico Valverde at the heart of their regeneration

In Federico Valverde, La Celeste have one of the most in-form midfielders on the planet and they will be hoping to go far beyond their initial Group H games → Read More

Fantasy World Cup: 30 best players to pick for your team

Some of the planet’s greatest players will take centre stage in Qatar - but how many should be in your side? → Read More

James Maddison subbed off with injury just days after being named in England World Cup squad

The Leicester attacking midfielder had put his side ahead in the game a few minutes earlier → Read More

Gavi and Pedri included as Spain World Cup squad confirmed for Qatar 2022

Sergio Busquets will captain the squad as the most-capped player, while a host of teammates will be at their first World Cup finals → Read More

World Cup injuries: Which players are out of Qatar 2022 and who is racing to be fit?

All the national team stars confirmed as sidelined and currently in danger of missing their squads for the winter tournament → Read More

Sadio Mane: Senegal forward taken off injured for Bayern Munich two weeks before World Cup

The African nation play Netherlands in their Group A opener on 21 November → Read More

World Cup 2022 Group F fixtures, teams and tournament venues

Belgium, Croatia, Morocco and Canada make up Group F → Read More