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Van Marwijk to let Robben decide

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk will let Arjen Robben make his own judgment over his fitness this week. The winger has missed Holland's two Group E victories with a hamstring problem so far as his team-mates breezed into the last 16 by beating Denmark and Japan. The Bayern Munich man seems to be nearing full fitness ahead of Thursday's dead rubber with Cameroon in Cape Town and the coach will...Full Story »

Boateng backs Beleaguered brother

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Germany international Jerome Boateng has defended his brother Kevin-Prince ahead of Wednesday's confrontation between Germany and Ghana, a game which promises fireworks. Kevin-Prince recently decided to represent Ghana while his brother is part of Joachim Low's Germany squad. Yet the real focus is on the way the rest of the Germany team and fans will react towards Kevin-Prince, whose foul o...Full Story »

No Brazil complaint over Kaka red

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

FIFA have yet to receive a formal complaint from the Brazilian confederation regarding Kaka's sending-off against Ivory Coast on Sunday night. The Real Madrid star was dismissed by French referee Stephane Lannoy for what he deemed to be two bookable offences, the second of which was a collision with Ivory Coast's Kader Keita who appeared to make a meal of the contact. Under Article 72 of...Full Story »

French revolution quelled

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

The France squad returned to training on Monday morning, a day after refusing to take part in a routine session in protest at the decision to send home Nicolas Anelka. French president Nicolas Sarkozy has now got involved, asking his sports minister Roselyne Bachelot to meet with the key people in the dispute. She told TF1 television: "We are taking note of the indignation of the French ...Full Story »

Lampard backs passionate Terry

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Midfielder Frank Lampard insists England and Chelsea team-mate John Terry spoke out because he wants to "hit things head-on". On Sunday, former captain John Terry laid bare a series of grievances and personnel issues which he vowed to raise at a pre-planned team meeting with manager Fabio Capello. Opinion has been mixed about Terry's motives for speaking out, but Lampard said: "I don't t...Full Story »

Reina: We cannot live in the past

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Spain goalkeeper Jose Reina has warned his team of European champions they can not afford to "live off the past" ahead of their make-or-break World Cup match against Honduras. A defeat to Switzerland in their opening Group H match means Spain need a convincing performance - and certainly three points - when they take to the pitch at Ellis Park on Monday evening. "We can't live off our pa...Full Story »

Hitzfeld identifies fear factor

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has put the number of World Cup first-round shocks down to the fear of failure. The Swiss pulled off arguably the result of the tournament to date when they defeated reigning European champions Spain 1-0 in their opening Group H match, but there have been plenty of other surprises. "The favourites have a lot of pressure because everybody just takes it fo...Full Story »

Drogba backs team-mate Anelka

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has come out in support of his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka after he was kicked out of France's World Cup squad. Anelka was sent home after a verbal assault on France coach Raymond Domenech and will play no further part in the tournament, although Les Bleus have only a slim chance of getting beyond the group stage in any case after a 0-0 draw with Urugu...Full Story »

Herbert keeps his balance

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert felt it was important to keep emotions in check after his side's momentous draw against Italy. The All Whites produced the greatest result in their history as they held the world champions 1-1 in a pulsating World Cup Group F clash. After two draws, New Zealand know they can now reach the second round for the first time by beating Paraguay. "The dressing r...Full Story »

Team spirit the key - Santa Cruz

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA

Roque Santa Cruz believes team spirit lies behind Paraguay's run to the top of Group F which moved them within sight of the last 16. Santa Cruz helped his side move in sight of the second phase with a 2-0 victory against Slovakia with goals from Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros either side of half-time. Santa Cruz believes the bond between the players is key to the team's achievements a...Full Story »

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