Skepticism was washed away once the games got under way with competitive football between nations of a similar level replacing meaningless friendlies and often one-sided qualifiers.
Abhishek Bachchan, who is a Chelsea fan, replied to Harry Kane's tweet with an old image of Virat Kohli posing with a Blues' jersey.
Danny Drinkwater was arrested early Monday morning after what police termed a "one-vehicle incident" on his way back to his home near Manchester following a charity event.
A video has spread on social media in which onlookers can be heard shouting "Jordan" as a fight breaks out before the man, believed to be Pickford, is dragged away.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has attracted an awful lot of hype this season despite not starting a single game Premier League this season.
Raheem Sterling's hat-trick saw England start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by hammering the Czech Republic 5-0.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, has yet to make a Premier League start, but has impressed in Cup competitions and the Europa League for Chelsea.
A final vote on increasing the number of teams at the football showpiece would only be taken at a full Congress meeting in June.
A five-car funeral cortege carrying the body of the World Cup-winning goalkeeper passed through Stoke's stadium.
Gordon Banks is best known for a wonder save he produced to deny Brazilian great Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has emerged as one of Liverpool's brightest young stars as Jurgen Klopp's side chase the club's first English title since 1990.
Harry Kane is Tottenham's top scorer this season with 20 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.
Paul Gascoigne was arrested on a train between York and Newcastle in August.
Wayne Rooney is serving a two-year UK drink driving ban stemming from a September 2017 arrest in England.
The Germans were the most dangerous team outside the first pot of seeds for the competition.
Paul Gascoigne has struggled with alcoholism since retiring from top-flight football.
England scored twice in the last 12 minutes to register a dramatic victory over Croatia.