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Rooney warned over temperament

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Wayne Rooney has been warned he needs to keep his emotions in check or face being sent off at the World Cup. The referee in England's 3-0 practice match victory over the Platinum Stars, Jeff Selogilwe, claimed he was insulted by Rooney - whom he said apologised afterwards - and told the Manchester United striker he will risk getting a red card if he behaves in a similar way when the World Cup g...Full Story »

Villa likes the look of England

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Spain striker David Villa believes England can win the World Cup and has likened them to his own side who struggled to live up to expectations until their victory in Euro 2008. Spain head into the tournament as favourites while England have been less than impressive in their warm-up games. But Villa told The Sun: "Yes, England are good enough to win the World Cup. Absolutely. They are a bit li...Full Story »

African advantage slim - Mensah

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Lyon defender John Mensah has warned his Ghana team-mates that the advantage of playing on African soil at the World Cup will only count for so much. The Black Stars open their campaign against Serbia on Sunday with Mensah hoping the side can overcome the loss of key midfielder Michael Essien and qualify from Group D, which also contains Australia and Germany. Mensah, who spent an injury-ravag...Full Story »

Touré could be offered as Fábregas bait

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by theguardian.com

Yaya Touré could be offered as bait in Cesc Fábregas Barcelona deal Yaya Touré has been priced at €35m by Barcelona and his agent says he could be part of a swap with Cesc Fábregas.   Yaya Touré's agent Dimitri Seluk claims the Ivory Coast midfielder could form part of the deal to bring Cesc Fábregas back to Camp Nou. Touré has long been li...Full Story »

Palacios fit for opener

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios insists he will be fit to play for Honduras in the World Cup despite suffering an injury scare in his country's final warm-up against Romania on Sunday. Palacios picked up an abductor muscle injury in the second half and was substituted in the 67th minute. The Hondurans went on to lose the match 3-0 in St Veit an der Glan in Austria. However Palacios ...Full Story »

Five-star Brazil see off Tanzania

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Double strikes from Robinho and Ramires helped Brazil end their World Cup preparations in style with a 5-1 win over Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam. Coach Dunga was able to watch all of his players in action before opening group game against North Korea on June 15 and they impressed against modest opposition. Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes started for Brazil with regular number one Julio ...Full Story »

England struggle in warm-up

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

England limped to an unconvincing and, at times, pretty awful 3-0 victory in their practice match against local South African league side Platinum Stars. Fabio Capello claimed the second half against Japan on his side's last outing nine days ago represented a major step forward. This was an even bigger stride backwards. Jermain Defoe gave England an interval lead before Joe Cole and Wayn...Full Story »

Zico: Mammoth test facing North Korea

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA

Brazil legend Zico believes North Korea will need to be at their best if they are to create a shock and progress from a tough group at the World Cup. The East Asians open their Group G campaign against five-time World Cup winners Brazil on June 15 before playing Portugal and the Ivory Coast. Zico said: "Brazil are a very strong team and so are Portugal, so North Korea need to be at their...Full Story »

Govou pulls no punches

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA

France winger Sidney Govou admits his form heading into the World Cup is "not good". The 30-year-old, who is out of contract at Lyon at the end of the month, has not impressed in the friendly games against Costa Rica, Tunisia and China and he admits he needs to do better to nail down a place in Raymond Domenech's starting XI. Govou said: "I have not been good. I cannot be satisfied with what I...Full Story »

Low pondering striking options

Posted Monday, June 07, 2010 by PA

Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted he has yet to make up his mind who will lead his attack against Australia on Sunday. Low has favoured Miroslav Klose in his two pre-tournament warm-up games against Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, however there has been no indication that the Bayern Munich striker, who netted just three goals for his club all season, is nearing a satisfactory level of form...Full Story »

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