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Friday marks the return of the World Cup after two agonising days of waiting for the quarter-finals to begin. Qatar will host two heavyweight clashes for a place in the final four as the build-up continues before England face France on Saturday night.Related articles Four glamorous destinations for Luis Enrique as 'club return eyed' Man Utd can copy Real Madrid by abandoning De Gea plan for £65m rival
Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luka Modric and Virgil van Dijk are just a handful of names in action today as the first rest period of the tournament comes to an end. Favourites Brazil will battle Croatia for the first ticket into the semi-finals at 3pm after their impressive 4-1 thumping of South Korea last time out.
The Netherlands and Argentina square off at 7pm in a blockbuster Europe vs South America affair, with Louis van Gaal potentially taking charge of the final match of his illustrious coaching career. A convincing win has been hard to come by from Messi and co in the Middle East, so it'd be the perfect time to make a statement.
There is also plenty of big news emerging from the England camp ahead of one of the biggest games in the nation's history this weekend. Express Sport is here to provide regular news, team news and score updates throughout the day.
Follow our LIVE coverage below...World Cup LIVE: Lionel Messi and Neymar are in action on Friday as trouble brews in the England camp (Image: GETTY)KEY EVENTSBen White sent home after 'bust-up'08:41 14 mins ago09:31Alex TurkTrippier makes Southgate plea
Speculation over Gareth Southgate's future as England manager will intensify if his side suffers defeat against France in Saturday's World Cup quarter-finals.
However, the most successful Three Lions boss since Sir Alf Ramsey is unsurprisingly just as popular among his dressing room as he is with fans.
Kieran Trippier has backed Southgate to remain England manager beyond the World Cup, suggesting the squad wants him to lead them into Euro 2024 in Germany.
He said: "Gareth has a contract for two more years. We all love Gareth. Gareth is a fantastic manager.
"Although I'm sure Gareth is - and certainly we are - focused on facing France, we are 100 per cent behind Gareth. 100 per cent."Alex TurkEngland stars plagued with security fears
England have suffered an unwelcome distraction in the build-up to their World Cup quarter-final against France on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling suffering a scary home break-in while he was on the other side of the world led to him leaving the England camp to be with his family in the UK.
But despite the Manchester City winger returning to Qatar to be in contention for selection against the reigning world champions, other Three Lions players now fear they could suffer the same fate.Alex TurkBen White sent home after 'bust-up'
England cited 'personal reasons' as why Ben White left the World Cup camp early after the group stage without playing a single minute.
However, a new report claims the Arsenal defender had a verbal spat with Three Lions assistant Steve Holland in front of the squad.
It is said that White had a disagreement with Holland during a team meeting after he was unable to recite analysis on England's Group B opponents.
But he was also unhappy in the camp...
He 'struggled to bond' with the tightly-knit squad in Al Wakrah, despite it not being the first time he was called up for international duty.Alex TurkMorning!
Good morning and welcome to another day of World Cup action.
The on-field drama resumes today as the first two quarter-finals take place!
So buckle up and stay tuned for regular news and score updates throughout your Friday...
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