Wed, June 7th 2006

Wayne Rooney has undergone a scan on his broken metatarsal to determine whether he will be fit to play in the World Cup.

Club and country doctors are now assessing the results. If the 2 camps disagree on his ability to play an independant doctor may be called on.

A decision is expected today, but may be delayed until tomorrow morning. England have until 2pm Friday to make a decision on whether to replace Rooney with Jermain Defoe.



It’s a difficult ball for goalkeepers, this one moves all over the place. We just have to live with it, but it’s not at all goalkeeper-friendly,’ said England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

“There’s no stitching whatsoever. It’s two sections glued together and it’s a lot lighter than the Premiership ball. There’s a plastic coating around it and when it’s wet it’s even worse.”

The keeper was not officially supposed to get hold of one of the new balls until yesterday, but had the foresight to order half a dozen of his own at a cost of £420.
From: Guardian


Tue, June 6th 2006

Ronaldo is suffering from blisters after wearing new Nike boots.

The Brazil superstar moaned: “It’s not just one blister — it’s several on both feet. One is from an open wound and I am already using ointment to accelerate the healing process.

“I have to be sure to treat myself well so that the blisters do not interfere with World Cup preparations.”

Ronaldo, 29, was given new boots in the build-up to the finals.

From: The Sun



Mon, June 5th 2006

The Sun claims that England’s squad took, among many other items, the following to Germany on Monday:

Styling mousse (24 cans), shampoo (24 bottles), soap (48 bars), vibrating razors (24), electric toothbrushes, Jaffa Cakes (2,300), wasp killer (48 cans), white socks (122 pairs), crisps (several dozen boxes) and a food blender.

From: The Sun via BBC



Predictions: England to win cup

A world cup predicted.

A part serious, part tounge-in-cheek, part hopeful prediction for the World Cup.

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Holland sustained three injuries during their 1-1 friendly with Australia on Sunday with Wesley Sneijder’s ankle knock considered to be most serious.

From: BBC



Crouch hat-trick buoys England

England 6 - Jamaica 0

England gain confidence boosting win in their final friendly before the World Cup, with Peter Crouch scoring a hat-trick and missing a penalty.

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Wed, May 31st 2006

Celtic striker John Hartson says he is shocked by the news that the SPL champions have accepted an offer for him from West Brom.


I’m shocked that West Brom have bid for John Hartson, but probably different reasons.

By the way (and I know I’ve said this before), I cannot believe John Hartson is only 31!



Fri, May 19th 2006

Sven-Goran Eriksson, in his serene, understated way, can be as fiercely protective of his players as Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho and those instincts came to the fore here yesterday as the England manager launched a robust defence of Owen Hargreaves and insisted that the Bayern Munich player could play a prominent role in the World Cup.

Eriksson’s plan for the World Cup is to field a defensive midfielder instead of Joe Cole when England come up against one of the leading nations.

From: Guardian



Dutch prosecutors said yesterday that they were investigating possible football fraud in Holland.

De Telegraaf newspaper reported prosecutors were looking into match-fixing and the bribery of players. A prosecutors’ spokeswoman declined to elaborate on details of the investigation.

From: Telegraph



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