Mon, June 12th 2006

Striker Wayne Rooney may make a shock World Cup debut for England against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

From: BBC



Sun, June 11th 2006

Fifa has confirmed that England’s goal against Paraguay on Saturday will go down as a Carlos Gamarra own goal.



England officials will ask Fifa to ensure players get greater access to fluids during games after they suffered in the Frankfurt heat against Paraguay.

Players lost an average of between five and 10lbs and drank huge amounts of water during the 1-0 victory.

But there were times when England staff had difficulty getting water on.

From: BBC



Sat, June 10th 2006

Early goal gives England win against Paraguay

England 1 - Paraguay 0

An early goal gave England a 1-nil lead in the Frankfurt sun, but they were unable to extend their lead and finished with lacklustre second half performance to give England much to improve on in subsequent games.


Germany storm to opening win

Germany 4 - Costa Rica 2

Germany opened the tournament with a great 4-2 win over Costa Rica. The hosts looked lively going forward, but a bit shaky in defence.

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Fri, June 9th 2006

The Rooney-Eriksson-Ferguson dispute

United manager isolated in injury row

As more allegations on the Wayne Rooney metatarsal injury saga appear, it has become clear that the relationship between Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has deteriorated beyond repair. The fear for Rooney is, that so has his relationship with his club manager.

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After the euphoria of Rooney’s scan result, Steven Gerrard brought the nation back down with a bump on Thursday by announcing he was only 50-50 for England’s opener on Saturday. For England to be without their 2 ‘make something happen’ players would leave England counting on set-pieces as their greatest threat. However, better news emerged today from the BBC:

Steven Gerrard is expected to be fit for England’s World Cup opener against Paraguay.


24 hours after German coach Jurgen Klinsmann ruled his captain out of the opening tie against Costa Rica, Michael Ballack has announced he is fit to play.

I am fit, I want to play,” he told Bild today. “I am ready and without problems. Whether I will be playing or not is up to the national team coach.”



Thu, June 8th 2006

United fail to stop Rooney’s World Cup chance

Man Utd's lawyers on standby

A powerless Manchester United were unable to stop Wayne Rooney rejoining the England camp in Germany last night as yesterday’s scan did not prove that the player was ‘definitely injured’.

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Wed, June 7th 2006

The BBC is reporting that it appears that Rooney has been given the green light to rejoin the England World Cup squad.

The decision was made by a group including United doctor Tony Gill and physio Rob Swire, England team doctor Leif Sward and other specialists.

It is also thought that an independent consultant from Fifa was on hand should there have been any conflict between Rooney’s club and the FA - and it was reported that United lawyers were in attendance.


Rooney flew back to Germany earlier tonight.



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