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Advertising poster featuring Lionel Messi

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by Daylife.com

A New York resident walks past an advertising poster featuring Argentinian football player Lionel Messi ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, June 8, 2010 in New York.Full Story »

How to keep Wayne Rooney calm – pass the ball better

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

Should we be worried about Wayne? Certainly the South African referee Jeff Selogilwe thinks so. "He must learn to control his temper. He could get sent off in the World Cup if he uses language like that," was the referee's verdict after England's rather geriatric warm-up victory over Platinum Stars. Alexi Lalas, a former USA World Cup captain, agrees. "I hope Wayne Rooney has a temper tantrum,...Full Story »

Rio Ferdinand says abused referee got off lightly

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

Rio Ferdinand says the referee abused by Wayne Rooney during England's warm-up match with Platinum Stars got off lightly. Rooney was booked for directing the phrase "fuck you" at the amateur referee Jeff Selogilwe. The England striker's subsequent apology was accepted by Selogilwe, although he warned Rooney that he could risk being sent off if he used similar language in the World Cup. But F...Full Story »

Nani ruled out of Portugal's World Cup 2010 campaign

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by theguardian.com

The extensive list of high-profile players ruled out of the World Cup through injury claimed Nani as its latest victim today after the Portugal and Manchester United winger paid a heavy price for an overhead kick that went wrong. Nani's love of the spectacular backfired when he misjudged his fall and landed heavily, damaging his left collarbone in the process. He has been unable to train sinc...Full Story »

Pirlo hopeful for Slovakia clash

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Influential midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes he will be fit to play in Italy's final group game of the World Cup finals against Slovakia. The 31-year-old was this week described as "irreplaceable" by Italy boss Marcello Lippi, but is set to miss at least the opening two games of the Azzurri's World Cup defence. Pirlo suffered a calf injury in last Thursday's friendly with Mexico and is e...Full Story »

Xavi backs Lampard and Gerrard to shine

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA

Spain playmaker Xavi is an admirer of England's midfield stars and would not be surprised to see Fabio Capello's side triumph at the World Cup in South Africa. The Barcelona midfielder picked out Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as the players who can fire England into the latter stages of the tournament. He told www.betfairfootball.com: "Lampard and Gerrard, for me, are number one playe...Full Story »

DeMerit: We can give Roo a rough ride

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Jay DeMerit hopes the United States frustrate Wayne Rooney to the extent the England striker loses his cool during Saturday's World Cup clash in Rustenburg. Defender DeMerit insists the USA will not try to deliberately wind up Rooney, whose temperament has again come under the spotlight after his yellow card against the Platinum Stars. But DeMerit believes keeping a tight rein on Rooney cou...Full Story »

Skrtel boost for Slovakia

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Martin Skrtel is expected to be fit for Slovakia's opening World Cup match against New Zealand. Skrtel was substituted early in the 3-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Saturday, prompting fears he would miss the tournament with an ankle problem. However, scans showed the injury was not as serious as first thought, and the Liverpool defender has responded well to treatment. "Based on prel...Full Story »

Bendtner winning fitness battle

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner looks set to win his battle to be fit for his side's opening World Cup clash with Holland on Monday. The Arsenal striker has been out of action since May having suffered a groin injury but has been upbeat in recent days about his chances of being fit in time. And on Tuesday the 22-year-old took part in full training, along with team-mate and fellow injury do...Full Story »

Friedrich and Mertesacker share responsibility

Posted Tuesday, June 08, 2010 by PA

Arne Friedrich insists there is no senior partner in his pairing with Per Mertesacker at the heart of Germany's defence. Friedrich and Mertesacker, who are expected to be Joachim Low's first-choice pairing in South Africa, are experienced campaigners and the 31-year-old believes both men will have to display leadership qualities if the Germans are to advance from Group D, which also contains Au...Full Story »

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