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Few surprises in States squad

Posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 by PA

USA head coach Bob Bradley sprang few surprises when he named his 23-man squad for next month's World Cup in South Africa. The US, who lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic in a friendly on Tuesday night, open their campaign against England on June 12 in Rustenburg before facing Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. Bradley cut his training squad from 30 to 2...Full Story »

Pienaar upbeat over South Africa chances

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar believes the host nation can reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the least. Bafana Bafana kick off their campaign against Mexico on June 11 before further group games against Uruguay and France. All three teams are ranked higher than South Africa by FIFA, but Everton man Pienaar is confident the hosts can upset the odds. "I rate our chances of doing wel...Full Story »

Carragher ready to play anywhere

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Jamie Carragher is happy to be England's flexible friend in South Africa this summer. One of the reasons why Carragher announced his international retirement three years ago was he became fed up at being repeatedly overlooked to fill one of his favoured centre-half berths. But in deciding to accept Fabio Capello's offer, the Liverpool defender has been happy to put such reservations aside. "Ce...Full Story »

Mikel to link up with Super Eagles

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

A "fit" John Obi Mikel will link up with the rest of his Nigeria team-mates on Friday, according to a spokesman for the country's football federation. The Chelsea midfielder recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, raising doubts over his participation in this summer's World Cup. But the news is good according to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) media officer, Idah Pet...Full Story »

Santa Cruz upbeat over World Cup hopes

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz is convinced he will be ready for the World Cup finals as he fights for match sharpness. The Manchester City striker's season has been decimated by the knee problems which caused him to undergo surgery last summer. Santa Cruz got 77 minutes under his belt in Tuesday night's 2-1 friendly defeat by the Republic of Ireland, and is confident he will regain top form...Full Story »

Bougherra makes fitness pledge

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Algeria's Madjid Bougherra insists he is on track to recover from a calf injury which has plagued his preparations for this summer's World Cup. The Rangers defender has mainly trained under supervision during his country's training camp in Switzerland, but has upped his involvement with the rest of his team-mates this week. His latest setback - a torn calf - means he will not take part in a fri...Full Story »

Ballack fears tough test for Germany

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Michael Ballack has warned the World Cup will be difficult for Germany and an exit before the semi-finals "would mean failure". The national team captain will miss the tournament due to injury and believes the task facing Germany was always destined to be tricky. After Germany finished runners-up in 2002 and in third place four years later, their public expect more success. But Ballack told St...Full Story »

Capello hails 'really important' Barry

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Fabio Capello has underlined the importance of Gareth Barry to his England World Cup plans. Instead of revealing the recovery, or otherwise, the Manchester City midfielder is making following an examination of his ankle injury on Tuesday, Barry returned to the Blues camp for more treatment with no word from the England hierarchy. "Barry always played with me," Capello said. "After Owen Hargrea...Full Story »

Bougherra makes fitness pladge

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Algeria's Madjid Bougherra insists he is on track to recover from a calf injury which has plagued his preparations for this summer's World Cup. The Rangers defender has mainly trained under supervision during his country's training camp in Switzerland, but has upped his involvement with the rest of his team-mates this week. His latest setback - a torn calf - means he will not take part in a fri...Full Story »

Boateng upset by German criticism

Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 by PA

Kevin-Prince Boateng has complained that the criticism of him has "gone too far" following his foul on Michael Ballack which ruled the Germany captain out of the World Cup. The Ghana star committed the tackle on Ballack when playing for Portsmouth in the FA Cup final. He has repeatedly apologised but told Sport Bild magazine that he and his family have become the target of a hate campaign. "Wh...Full Story »

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