Ivory Coast are reportedly planning to offer Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry a spot in their World Cup squad in a bid to convince him to commit his international future to them.
The 18-year-old is a Germany youth international and has been mentioned by senior coach Joachim Low in terms of a full call-up. read more »
1. We’re going to see a very sweaty, very red Wayne Rooney
England’s worst climate fears have been realised: England v Italy will be played in Manaus in the Amazon rainforest in ridiculous levels of humidity. We might see a more slender Wayne Rooney than ever before.
2. There’ll be no brollies in the rainforest
Roy Hodgson knows that, even if you’re heading to a rainforest, as England manager you cannot afford to take anything to shelter from the downpours.
3. Group G has more Boateng than a sailing club.
Brothers Kevin Prince, of Ghana, and Jerome, of Germany, will go head-to-head once again in a Group G. read more »
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong threatend to injury team-mates Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in training after Ghana were drawn in the same World Cup group as Germany.
In a Twitter post that was hastily deleted, the Ghana international suggested he would do his compatriots a favour on the Arsenal training ground.
He wrote: “Don’t worry Ghana I got ur back ozil Podolski nd per won’t b going to the World Cup Due to my studs flying in training.”
Normally failing to qualify from your group at a major tournament would guarantee the sack for any England manager.
Roy Hodgson will at least be able to point to this evidence of his boss’ reaction to the draw. read more »
England players have been familiarising themselves with the Adidas Brazuca, which is the matchball for next summer’s World Cup. read more »