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Hamstring injury rules out Trinidad's Spann (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Silvio Spann's World Cup is over already after the 25-year-old was released from the Trinidad & Tobago squad because of a hamstring injury.
Bouwes: Van Basten no respecter of reputations (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ernst Bouwes on Marco Van Basten's tactical approach and his attitude to big reputations.
Japan's Kaji given clean bill of health (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Defender Akira Kaji was on Wednesday given the green light to play in Japan's World Cup opener after an injury scare in a warm-up game against Germany.
Neville set to return against Jamaica (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson expects Gary Neville to be fit for England's friendly against Jamaica on Saturday.
The blot on Brand Beckham (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
David Beckham is yet to produce for England on the biggest stage, reminds Norman Hubbard.
What might have been (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England legend Bryan Robson says that he had the chance to manage England at a World Cup.
A beautiful new home for the beautiful game (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Whatever the result of this summer's World Cup finals, the England team will be returning from Germany with a nation ready to welcome them home and a glorious future of playing at Wembley to look forw
Knee injury rules Edmilson out of World Cup (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Barcelona defender Edmilson has pulled out of champions Brazil's World Cup squad due to an injury to his right knee, team doctor Jose Luis Runco said on Wednesday.
'I'm not scared of England' (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Paraguay face England on June 10 and their coach and star striker are relishing the challenge, as they tell Nick Bidwell.
Jamaica's Euell looking forward to Rio reunion (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Jason Euell is planning to give his old friend Rio Ferdinand the run-around when Jamaica take on England at Old Trafford this weekend.
Sweden hoping to make amends for 2002 (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Former Sweden international Johan Mjallby believes his country will atone for their 2002 World Cup exit in this year's tournament.
Croatia coach under fire for selection of 'Fatty' (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar has been increasingly criticised by fans and the media for selecting his son as the team's playmaker.
Spain angered by Chelsea's silence on Del Horno (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain have criticised Chelsea for failing to inform them about an injury to Asier del Horno that is likely to end the defender's World Cup hopes.
Japan 'will fear no-one,' says Nakata (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Japan's Hidetoshi Nakata believes the Asian champions need fear no one after holding World Cup hosts Germany 2-2 in a warm-up game on Tuesday.
Germany 'lucky' to have experienced Lehmann (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany were grateful they had Jens Lehmann after the Arsenal goalkeeper kept out a half dozen chances from Japanese players in Tuesday's World Cup warm-up.
S.Korea's preparations hit by Park's ankle sprain (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Park Ji-sung is a doubt for South Korea's World Cup warm-up match against Norway in Oslo on Friday after spraining an ankle in training.
Pekerman hails Messi's impact on Argentina (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Livewire forward Lionel Messi lifts the team whenever he comes on, coach Jose Pekerman said after Argentina's 2-0 win over Angola in a World Cup warm-up on Tuesday.
Eriksson stands by lacklustre Owen (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson insists Michael Owen will play to a different tune when England begin their World Cup campaign next week.
Mexican coach lambastes 'know nothing' press (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe, an Argentine known for his gruff manner, laid into the Mexican press on Tuesday, swearing and angrily accusing them of knowing nothing about soccer.
Japan beaten by Bulgars in Kirin Cup (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Bulgaria struck in the opening and dying seconds to beat World Cup-bound Japan 2-1 in a Kirin Cup friendly on Tuesday.
Beckham hails McClaren as his 'best coach' (May 31, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England captain David Beckham has hailed Steve McClaren as 'the best coach I have ever worked with'. 'If you asked any of the players he is one of the best, if not the best,' he said.
Gerrard enjoys new 'pressure' role (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steven Gerrard revelled in his role of support striker in England's 3-1 win over Hungary but admitted even he cannot replicate Wayne Rooney's magic in Sven-Goran Eriksson's side.
Spain ask FIFA for Del Horno replacement (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain have asked FIFA for permission to bring in another player to replace injured defender Asier del Horno, the Spanish Football Federation said on Tuesday.
France to pair Saha and Henry in warm-up game (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech will play Thierry Henry and Louis Saha in attack in the World Cup warm-up against Denmark in Lens on Wednesday.
Defender added to Ukraine World Cup squad (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
FK Kharkiv defender Olexander Yatsenko has been added to Ukraine's World Cup squad, the country's soccer federation (FFU) said on Tuesday.
Domenech inflamed by negative headlines (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech is fed up with negative headlines in the build-up to the World Cup.
Rooney to travel with England squad to Germany (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney will travel to Germany on Monday with England's World Cup squad.
Alonso leg strain hits Spain camp (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain's World Cup preparations have been hit by an injury scare involving key midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Striker Klose flies home for 'private reasons' (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany striker Miroslav Klose has left his team's training camp in Switzerland to fly home to Bremen for private reasons but will rejoin the team later on Tuesday before their match against Japan.
Rosicky set to recover for Czech Republic (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky is expected to recover in time for the World Cup finals after a medical check-up showed his leg injury was not serious.
Clemence: England upbeat despite Rooney doubt (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ray Clemence insists the England squad are 'anything but downbeat' despite the uncertainty over key man Wayne Rooney's fitness ahead of the World Cup.
Poland's Smolarek doubtful for warm-up game (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Poland striker Ebi Smolarek may miss the World Cup warm-up game against Colombia on Tuesday due to food poisoning, team officials said on Monday.
Petkovic calls up son to replace injured striker (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro coach Ilija Petkovic has called up his son Dusan Petkovic, a defender, to replace injured striker Mirko Vucinic at the World Cup finals.
Ankle injury puts Van der Vaart place in doubt (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Rafael van der Vaart suffered a fresh ankle injury when the Netherlands resumed their World Cup preparations on Monday.
Eriksson set to name side for Paraguay opener (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson will reveal his World Cup plans today in the friendly against Hungary.
Owen all-clear after scare over thigh injury (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Michael Owen has given Sven-Goran Eriksson another World Cup injury scare but could still play in tomorrow's friendly against Hungary.
Favourites out to defend crown with style (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
David Mosse chronicles a glittering history for Brazil in the World Cup and their coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. And then there's a certain Barca star out to light up the finals.
Klinsmann has much to live up to (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dale Johnson looks at the German challenge as they look to overcome criticism among the home support to win the World Cup.
Switzerland's international bright young things (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dale Johnson gives the lowdown on a Switzerland squad which is enjoying life in the international arena with a blossoming band of young players.
Can Croatia recreate the heroics of 1998? (May 30, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dale Johnson looks at the Croatian challenge as they look to revive memories of France '98.
Arena yet to finalize starting forwards and midfielders (May 29, 2006 16:00 GMT)
The goalkeeper has been set for more than a year and the defense fell into place months ago. Now U.S. coach Bruce Arena must figure out the final lineup of his attackers and midfielders for the Americ
Galarcep: Johnson's return to form critical for U.S. (May 29, 2006 16:00 GMT)
U.S. hopes in the World Cup might hinge on a return to form by mercurial forward Eddie Johnson, writes Ives Galarcep.
Ronaldo insists: I'm not fat (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil striker Ronaldo says that continued speculation about his weight is created by lack of knowledge and by the media having nothing better to talk about.
France fans concerned as Zidane labours through (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A below-par performance by Zinedine Zidane has left French fans worried the ageing maestro might struggle during his final challenge at next month's World Cup.
Rosicky thigh adds to Czech troubles (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Tomas Rosicky will miss the Czech Republic's World Cup warm-up against Costa Rica on Tuesday because of a thigh injury.
Injured Ballack likely to miss Japan friendly (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Juergen Klinsmann has hinted strongly that Michael Ballack will miss Germany's penultimate World Cup warm-up against Japan on Tuesday.
Cash incentive for Saudis if 2nd round reached (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Saudi Arabia's morale was boosted on Sunday with news of a significant cash injection to help the country's World Cup preparations.
Beenhakker worried about Andrews' knee (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker has voiced concern over the fitness of Marvin Andrews ahead of the World Cup finals.
Rooney scan brought forward a week (May 29, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The scan which will make-or-break Wayne Rooney's World Cup has been brought forward to June 7.
Drehs: U.S. team to get much-deserved rest (May 28, 2006 16:00 GMT)
After a grueling training camp that culminated in three games over six days, the U.S. national team will enjoy some rest before heading off to Germany, writes Wayne Drehs.
Galarcep: Young players forcing Arena's hand (May 28, 2006 16:00 GMT)
The form of several youngsters lately has given Bruce Arena pause for thought when it comes to selecting his starting lineup, writes Ives Galarcep.
Carlisle: U.S. vs. Latvia preview (May 28, 2006 16:00 GMT)
With Claudio Reyna and John O'Brien likely to miss the game against Latvia, the U.S. team will rely on Landon Donovan for creativity, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Brazil coach happy with lightweight friendlies (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Sunday he was happy to face lightweight opposition rather than top sides in the build-up to the World Cup.
France players tired of boos from Paris crowd (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Several France players, starting with Thierry Henry, criticised the Paris crowd for booing their team in Saturday's 1-0 win over Mexico in a World Cup warm-up.
Dutch expect Van der Vaart to be fit for finals (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, the only man missing from Dutch coach Marco van Basten's first-choice line-up in a 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Saturday, should be fit for the World Cup, his tea
Ballack and Huth on Germany's injured list (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Michael Ballack and Robert Huth are doubts for Germany's next World Cup warm-up against fellow finalists Japan in Leverkusen on Tuesday.
Pires expected World Cup cold shoulder (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Robert Pires says he has put France football behind him after being omitted by coach Raymond Domenech for the World Cup finals.
Kewell confident of making Australia squad (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Injured Australia striker Harry Kewell has joined up with his team mates at their training camp in the Netherlands, confident he will be fit for the start of next month's World Cup finals in Germany.
United States making progress, insists Arena (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Playing three World Cup warmups in a six-day period has tested the limits of the U.S. squad but there have been definite signs of improvement, manager Bruce Arena says.
Rebrov gets green light for World Cup finals (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ukraine's Sergei Rebrov will be fit for the World Cup after tests on his thigh injury revealed the damage was not serious.
Lippi confident Totti will pass the fitness test (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Marcello Lippi is confident playmaker Francesco Totti will be ready for the World Cup finals despite spending three months on the sidelines after breaking a bone in his foot in action for AS Roma.
We have much work to do, insists Beenhakker (May 28, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Leo Beenhakker admitted Trinidad and Tobago have 'still got a lot of work to do' before they are up to facing England in the World Cup finals.
Reserves impress Keller in victory over Venezuela (May 27, 2006 16:00 GMT)
First choice goalkeeper Kasey Keller was an interested spectator as a sub-strength U.S. team eased to a 2-0 friendly win over Venezuela.
Carlisle: U.S. vs. Venezuela recap (May 27, 2006 16:00 GMT)
With his performance against Venezuela, Bobby Convey continues to make a case for inclusion into the U.S. starting lineup, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Hotel removes booze and porn as Saudis arrive (May 27, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Saudi Arabia arrived in Germany on Saturday becoming the fifth World Cup team to settle into their training base with just under two weeks to go until the tournament begins with the opening match on J
Huth twists ankle in German romp (May 27, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany centre-back Robert Huth twisted his ankle in Saturday's 7-0 win over Luxembourg.
Messi likely to miss Argentina's opening match (May 27, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Forward Lionel Messi, who is recovering from a thigh muscle injury, does not expect to start Argentina's opening World Cup match against Ivory Coast.
Portugal call up Santos in place of injured Vale (May 27, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Portugal's third choice goalkeeper Bruno Vale has pulled out of the World Cup squad because of injury, his football federation said on Saturday.
Petkovic to replace injured Vucinic in Serbia squad (May 27, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic will miss the World Cup with a knee injury and manager Ilija Petkovic will name a replacement in the next few days.
Ching, Dempsey help U.S. shut down Venezuela 2-0 (May 26, 2006 16:00 GMT)
Brian Ching scored in the 36th minute and Clint Dempsey added a goal in the 69th, leading the World Cup-bound U.S. team to a 2-0 victory.
Bradley: U.S. national team preview (May 26, 2006 16:00 GMT)
Four years ago, a quarterfinal run put Team USA on the map. But this time, the team's young stars won't catch the world by surprise, writes Jeff Bradley.
Inzaghi insists 'morale is high' (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi says Marcello Lippi's World Cup squad are trying to keep a soccer scandal out of their minds and insists morale is high.
Ankle injury keeps Ballack out of weekend friendly (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Michael Ballack's minor ankle injury will keep him out of Germany's World Cup warm-up against Luxembourg on Saturday.
Foster ends holiday to join up with England squad (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster will fly back from Dubai to join the England World Cup squad following Thursday night's injury to Robert Green.
Ferguson denies United are holding Rooney back (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson insists he wants Wayne Rooney to go to the World Cup with England. 'If there is one player I want to play in the World Cup, it is him,' he said.
Rooney out of England group games, at least... (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney has been told he will not discover when he can resume training for another three weeks.
Australia insist star man Cahill fit for Finals (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has fully recovered from a knee injury and is clear to play in Australia's World Cup campaign, team officials said on Friday.
Carson gets green light for Germany (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Only a few weeks ago Scott Carson was involved in a battle to survive in the Coca-Cola Championship. Now he is heading for the World Cup with England after Robert Green's groin injury in the 'B' inter
Eriksson braced for Rooney scan results (May 26, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson will sit by his phone on Friday praying for good news on England striker Wayne Rooney. Rooney had an all-important scan on his broken metatarsal bone on Thursday and early unoffici
Dell'Apa: U.S. vs. Venezuela preview (May 25, 2006 16:00 GMT)
Venezuela offers the U.S. an entirely different challenge from Morocco and will be far more attack-minded, writes Frank Dell'Apa.
Eriksson confirms Green's World Cup KO (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed Robert Green's World Cup hopes are over.
Finals chance comes around for Ukraine (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
With a true world class striker leading the line, Ukraine have every right to be cheerful going into their first ever finals. Dale Johnson looks at Sheva and Ukraine's short history.
Long wait over for Socceroos (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dale Johnson looks at Australia as they end a 32-year wait to feature in the World Cup finals for a second time.
Del Horno's tournament hangs in the balance (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain defender Asier del Horno's chances of playing in the World Cup finals hung in the balance on Thursday after he picked up an ankle injury.
Skipper Ballack limps out of practice match (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany captain Michael Ballack was forced out of a practice match on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury.
Serie A scandal affecting Italy's focus, says coach (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy coach Marcello Lippi wants his team to focus on the World Cup rather than the match-fixing scandal affecting Serie A, but that is proving much easier said than done.
Yakin called back from holiday for stand-by duty (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn has recalled Young Boys Bern midfielder Hakan Yakin from his holidays as an increasingly likely World Cup replacement for injured striker Johan Vonlanthen.
Roque Santa Cruz winning his fitness race (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz is confident that injured striker Roque Santa Cruz will be fit to face England in their World Cup opener next month.
Hiddink demands improvement from Socceroos (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia need to toughen up before next month's World Cup if they are to achieve their full potential in Germany, coach Guus Hiddink said on Thursday.
Reyna's relief as scan reveals no damage (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
USA skipper Claudio Reyna was a relieved man after an MRI scan on his right hamstring revealed no muscle damage.
Ronaldo trains alone as he steps up fitness (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil striker Ronaldo has been training separately from the rest of the squad in order to build up his fitness.
Goalkeeping bust-up spoils mood in France camp (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The mood was tense at France's World Cup training camp on Thursday after reports of a dispute between number one goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and his reserve, Gregory Coupet.
Injury setback puts Smicer's World Cup in doubt (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Smicer has suffered a setback in his recovery from a leg injury, putting his participation at the World Cup finals in doubt.
Heinze completes comeback for Argentina (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze made his comeback for Argentina as they defeated Argentina's Under-20 team 4-0 in the final game in their homeland before leaving for the World Cup.
Luca Toni ready to reprise 'Toto' Schillaci role (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sixteen years ago Italy turned to Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci as their World Cup striker despite the Sicilian's lack of international experience and this year in Germany coach Marcello Lippi is pinning
Rooney has scan, World awaits results... (May 25, 2006 11:00 GMT)
After four weeks of intense speculation, England will finally discover whether Wayne Rooney has any chance of going to the World Cup on Friday.
Galarcep: On the U.S. vs. Morocco (May 24, 2006 16:00 GMT)
The loss against Morocco was disappointing, but the send-off series is more an opportunity for Bruce Arena to tinker with formations, writes Ives Galarcep.
Carlisle: U.S. vs. Morocco recap (May 24, 2006 16:00 GMT)
Against Morocco, the U.S. team lacked offensive creativity, although the loss of Claudio Reyna to injury didn't help, writes Jeff Carlisle.
Japan's rising sons have higher hopes (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor gives the lowdown on Zico's midfield driven Japan World Cup squad.
Living the high life (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor gives the lowdown on Luis Fernando Suarez's altitude adjusted Ecuador World Cup squad.
The time is now (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor gives the lowdown on Sven Goran Eriksson's talented young England World Cup squad.
Prognosis very good after Reyna strain (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna did not suffer any muscle damage when he limped off in the 1-0 defeat against Morocco on Tuesday.
Paraguay recover to draw 2-2 with Norway (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
World Cup-bound Paraguay finally woke up in the second half of their friendly against Norway on Wednesday to leave Oslo with a 2-2 draw after showing some of the spirit that won them a place in German
Group H Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Can Spain fail again on the world stage? Nick Bidwell thinks the presence of two minnows in Group H should see them through.
Group G Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
It's time for French stars to shine and the Koreans to prove themselves all over again. Nick Bidwell examines the battleground of Group G.
Group F Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Champions Brazil face a master tactician in Socceroos and an old hero leading Japan. Nick Bidwell considers an intriguing Group F.
Group E Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The race for 1st place in Group E is on. And the Italians and Czechs face tough opponents in Ghana and USA, says Nick Bidwell.
Group D Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Kevin Palmer predicts Big Phil's Portugal to storm a group in which Mexico have a reputation to protect.
Group C Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The Group of Death is Group C this time. Two fancied teams in Holland and Argentina face a difficult route to the second round, say Kevin Palmer and Nick Bidwell.
Group B Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
How will Sven cope if Rooney misses the entire 1st round? Kevin Palmer examines the approaches of the coaches in Group B.
Group A Tactics Board (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Nick Bidwell says the inexperience of Jurgen Klinsmann may count against the hosts in Group A.
Only playing for pride? (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The Black Antelopes are perhaps the team with the lowest pedigree in the entire competition, says Alex Chick.
Mellberg happy with Sweden's new adventure (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Captain Olof Mellberg will be happy to see Sweden carry on adopting a more adventurous approach in the World Cup - even if such a policy burdens him with extra responsibility in Germany.
France squad bond on three-hour Alpine hike (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A three-hour hike up an Alpine glacier was on Wednesday's agenda for France's 23-man World Cup squad.
Ronaldo desperate to shine with Portugal (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to move a step closer to his dream of being one of the best players in the world this summer.
Serbia's Vidic relishes potential clash with England (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic would relish a clash with England if both teams qualify for the latter stages of the World Cup finals in Germany.
Owen to lead England B, Carrick, Lennon get chance (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Michael Owen will lead England's attack in probably their most eagerly-awaited 'B' international when they face Belarus on Thursday, while Michael Carrick will start in a holding midfield role.
Swiss striker Vonlanthen doubtful for World Cup (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Switzerland striker Johan Vonlanthen looks likely to miss the World Cup after damaging a hamstring during a training session.
Zico in bullish mood over Japan's chances (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Japan coach Zico said his players were in perfect shape for the World Cup after the Asian champions wrapped up their final home training camp on Wednesday.
Hamstring injury puts Reyna's place in doubt (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
U.S. captain Claudio Reyna is scheduled to have a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the hamstring injury he suffered in the 1-0 defeat against Morocco on Tuesday.
Spain's Salgado suffers leg strain in training (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain defender Michel Salgado suffered a muscle strain in training on Tuesday and will miss the World Cup warm-up game against Russia on Saturday.
Campbell prepared to wait for his chance (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sol Campbell is prepared to wait for his opportunity as he battles it out with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry for a World Cup spot.
Trinidad & Tobago seal win over Austria Vienna (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Trinidad and Tobago continued their World Cup build-up with a 3-2 victory over Austria Vienna.
Rooney's doctor sacked by Manchester United (May 24, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Manchester United doctor Mike Stone has been sacked following a major bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson just 24 hours before Wayne Rooney is due to have a crucial scan on his foot.
The U.S. are no longer underdogs (May 23, 2006 16:00 GMT)
The U.S. is coming off a successful 2002 World Cup campaign where they literally shocked the world.
U.S. starts World Cup rehearsals against Morocco (May 23, 2006 16:00 GMT)
Now that U.S. players have had nearly two weeks to get reacquainted, it's time for the games to begin.
Poland burying past and building for future (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor assess the chances of Pavel Janas' Poland World Cup squad.
Consistency is key to Sweden's success (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor assess the chances of Lars Lagerback's consitent and talented Sweden World Cup squad.
Costa Rica not here to make up the numbers (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor assess the chances of Alexandre Guimaraes' inconsistent but flamboyant Costa Rica World Cup squad.
Croats cruise to 4-1 win over Austria (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Croatia began their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 4-1 away win over Austria on Tuesday.
Santa Cruz hopeful on facing England (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz is confident of facing England in his side's opening World Cup match on June 10 despite suffering tendinitis to his right knee.
Doctors to decide on Sheva World Cup (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko said doctors would shed more light on his World Cup prospects later this week. The AC Milan striker has been sidelined with a knee injury since the beginning of May.
Recovered Ronaldo ready to roll (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil striker Ronaldo has recovered from the nagging thigh injury which forced him to miss the last six weeks of the Spanish season, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Tuesday.
Kalou gives up on being a Dutchman (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Feyenoord striker Salomon Kalou has given up his quest for Dutch citizenship and wants to play for the Ivory Coast after the World Cup finals.
Outcast Dudek thought omission was a joke (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek thought it was a 'joke' when he first found out he had been left out of Poland's World Cup squad.
Ivory Coast talent pool's depth to be tested (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Perhaps lucky to be here and in a tough group but the Ivoriens are a squad packed with talent, says Steve Wilson.
First chance to shine for Ghana's Black Stars (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A finals debut for one of Africa's traditional powers should see the continent's strongest midfield in action, says Steve Wilson.
Serbians are strong in tackle and spirit (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro's strong defence and sense of injustice may cause trouble to their Group C opponents, says Steve Wilson.
Expecting the expected exit (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Always fancied, always failing; Steve Wilson profiles Spain, a country not able to replicate the success of its clubs.
Surely mission impossible for Togolese (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steve Wilson says a poor African Cup of Nations and a reliance on a misfiring striker may spell early doom for Togo.
Tough group could be key to success (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
In the group of death they may be but Argentina may benefit from lowered expectations, says Steve Wilson.
Wealthy Saudis looking for a pedigree (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Time to forget the nightmares of 2002 for the Saudis, though there's some familiar faces. Alex Chick previews their World Cup.
Tunisians are capable of making history (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Africa's most experienced side in Germany this summer, the Tunisians could make the second round for the first time, says Alex Chick.
Hoping for another miracle (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Semi-finalists last time but no sea of red behind them this time out. Alex Chick profiles Dick Advocaat's team of Euro veterans.
World Cup Soca (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wily old Dutchman Leo Beenhakker and his Soca Warriors will bring a carnival atmosphere to Germany but Alex Chick holds out little hope of success.
Wembley inspires England desire to return as champs (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
David Beckham admits it would be perfect for England to open the new Wembley Stadium as world champions.
van Basten remains upbeat over unsettled Ruud (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Marco van Basten retains total confidence in Ruud van Nistelrooy to fire Holland towards World Cup glory this summer.
Underdog status suits S&M, says Kezman (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro striker Mateja Kezman says the role of underdog will suit his team at the World Cup.
FA open to McLaren's Venables approach (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The Football Association are unlikely to block Steve McClaren's bid to bring Terry Venables back into the England set-up.
Neville: United are being 'fair' over Rooney injury (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Gary Neville has rubbished suggestions Manchester United do not want Wayne Rooney to be fit for the World Cup.
Australia's Aloisi set to miss Greece friendly (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
John Aloisi, whose penalty earned Australia their first place at a World Cup finals for 32 years, is set to miss the Socceroos' final home warm-up match before the team heads out to Germany.
Eriksson: 'Super-fit' Owen is hungry for goals (May 23, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has warned rival defences England striker Michael Owen will be at the peak of his powers during this summer's World Cup.
Galarcep: On the U.S. national team's send-off series (May 22, 2006 16:00 GMT)
With training camp over and the U.S. national team in good health, all that remains is for Bruce Arena to settle on his starting lineup, writes Ives Galarcep.
Standby Reo-Coker out, Phil Neville in (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Nigel Reo-Coker has withdrawn from England's World Cup squad and will be replaced by Phil Neville. Reo-Coker was on standby but has been troubled by a back problem.
Missing out on the party (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Norman Hubbard remembers those big names who will be watching the World Cup on HDTV.
Hip injury rules out Ukraine stopper Fyodorov (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ukraine defender Serhiy Fyodorov has suffered a hip injury and will miss the World Cup finals, his club Dynamo Kiev said on Monday.
Lagerback rests Paris pair from Sweden friendly (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sweden coach Lars Lagerback has opted to rest Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson and Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg from Thursday's World Cup warm-up friendly against Finland.
Savicevic hopes Montenegro can qualify for 2010 (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Montenegro Football Association President Dejan Savicevic hopes the Adriatic republic which voted for independence from Serbia on Sunday will reach the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Lippi gets vote of confidence ahead of World Cup (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy coach Marcello Lippi, who has faced calls to resign, has been given a vote of confidence by the head of the Italian Football Federation.
France coach Domenech wary of Switzerland (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France must be wary of Switzerland, their first opponents at the World Cup, coach Raymond Domenech said on Monday.
Gorawski forced out of Poland's World Cup squad (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
FK Moscow midfielder Damian Gorawski withdrew from Poland's World Cup squad on Monday after medical tests uncovered a serious circulation and respiratory condition just hours before the team left for
Spain captain Raul confident about World Cup form (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain skipper Raul says that despite missing three months of the season with a serious knee injury he will be in better shape for this World Cup than any previous international tournament.
Eriksson: Walcott will feature against Belarus (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott is set to feature for England in the B international against Belarus on Thursday at the Madejski Stadium.
Time to forget our past failures, insists Aragones (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Coach Luis Aragones says it is time for Spain to stop making excuses for past disappointments at the World Cup and produce the goods at next month's tournament in Germany.
Togo warned about talking to Korean media (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Togo players face being dropped from their World Cup team if they speak to reporters from group rivals South Korea, midfielder Junior Senaya was quoted as saying.
Rooney making 'perfect recovery' from injury (May 22, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney's chances of playing a key part in the World Cup have been boosted after England's team doctor Leif Sward claimed the player was making a 'perfect recovery' from a broken metatarsal.
Iran look to German based players (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Iran's coach and captain have expressed confidence they can steer the national side to the second round of the World Cup finals for the first time.
Poles motivated by lure of lucrative transfers (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Poland's experienced players will be driven by the incentive of lucrative moves to Europe's big clubs at next months's World Cup finals.
Hesse-Lichtenberger: Drinks, songs and goodwill (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A goodwill mission to England has Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger counting the days until the World Cup.
World Cup novice Lampard has point to prove (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Frank Lampard has admitted he is a World Cup novice but does not feel like one as he prepares prepares to play on football's biggest stage for the first time in Germany.
Pressure grows on Italy coach Lippi to resign (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Calls for Italy coach Marcello Lippi to resign over a football scandal clouded the national team's World Cup preparations on Sunday, three weeks before they start their campaign in Germany.
German walking wounded arrive in Switzerland (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann finally got his entire World Cup squad assembled on Sunday but the World Cup hosts had the look of the walking wounded as they arrived in Geneva from Sardinia.
Spurs defender Dawson on World Cup stand-by (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has been called into England's World Cup squad as a stand-by. The 22-year-old Dawson replaces Luke Young, who withdrew with an ankle injury.
Neville prepared for Finals without Rooney (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Gary Neville insists England can make a massive impact on the World Cup even if Wayne Rooney fails to recover from a broken metatarsal, and warned: 'You can't rely on one player.'
Left-out Giuly hits at out at France coach (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly says he feels robbed after being left out of the France squad for the World Cup finals by coach Raymond Domenech.
Viduka to captain Australia at World Cup (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Striker Mark Viduka has been handed the task of leading Australia at their first World Cup finals for 32 years.
Australia not intimidated by Brazil, says Hiddink (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia coach Guus Hiddink says his inexperienced side are not intimidated by the prospect of facing mighty Brazil in the group phase of the World Cup finals in Germany next month.
Eriksson 'sad' about England exit announcement (May 21, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed his disappointment at the way the announcement of his departure was handled.
Ferdinand hungry for glory after 'wake-up call' (May 20, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Rio Ferdinand has admitted being axed by England coach Sven Goran Eriksson earlier in the season acted as a 'wake-up call'. Ferdinand wants to make up for the pain of his Euro 2004 suspension.
Angola squad arrives in Germany for training camp (May 20, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Angola became the third World Cup finalists to arrive in Germany when they landed on Saturday in the northern town of Hanover near their training base in Celle three weeks before the tournament begins
England counting on Owen's cool finish (May 20, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England will head for the World Cup knowing that supporting Michael Owen and striking at opponents from deep will be the key to success without Wayne Rooney.
Gerrard happy to adapt to England strike role (May 20, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steven Gerrard believes he can adapt to play as a second striker at the World Cup should England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson need him to do so.
Hamann confirms international retirement (May 20, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has retired from international football after being overlooked for Germany's World Cup squad.
Sweden to 'take it easy' with tired Freddie (May 19, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sweden team doctor Anders Valentin insists the coaching staff will 'take it easy' with Freddie Ljungberg when he reports for pre-World Cup training on Sunday.
S&B coach dreams of creating a World Cup shock (May 19, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro coach Ilija Petkovic is dreaming that an unfancied team like his will surprise everyone by winning the World Cup.
Cahill facing race against time to make finals (May 19, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has admitted he is struggling to be fit for the Socceroos' opening World Cup game against Japan in Germany next month, but still hopes to play.
Lehmann consoled by keeping rival Kahn (May 18, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Oliver Kahn has tried to console Jens Lehmann after Germany's first-choice goalkeeper became the first player to be sent off in a Champions League final.
Nedved considering retiring after Germany (May 18, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Pavel Nedved admits he may join Zinedine Zidane in retiring from all football after the World Cup.
Lahm back with Germany squad at the weekend (May 18, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Injured defender Philipp Lahm should be able join his Germany team mates in Sardinia on Saturday, the German Football Federation said on Thursday.
'Resurgent Campbell can shine for England' (May 18, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sol Campbell's timely return to form should provide a World Cup boost for England, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Ambitious Australia begin campaign to host World Cup (May 18, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia is considering lodging a late bid to stage the 2011 Asian Cup as part of an ambitious plan to host soccer's World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
The greatest never? (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Bill Stephenson reminds us that not all players needed to be at the World Cup to become stars.
A welcome distraction for the Azzurri (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Marcello Lippi leads a team escaping from a scandal-wracked home. But John Brewin expects the same old approach from Italy.
Ageing Zidane has heavy burden to carry (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France are here because of the return of Zidane. But the signs of another disappointing tournament are there, says John Brewin.
Rooney waits for scan as Sven considers options (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney will undergo a scan in eight days' time which may determine whether he is fit to play for England at the World Cup.
Togo coach: 'Skilless' Germany have no hope (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Hosts Germany have no chance of winning the World Cup because of their lack of skill, according to Togo's German coach Otto Pfister.
Lahm out for 14 days, but Germany remain upbeat (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany defender Philipp Lahm will not return to full training for two weeks because of his elbow injury but the World Cup hosts are confident he will be fit for the June 9-July 9 tournament.
USA feeling no pressure ahead of World Cup (May 17, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The United States were one of the success stories of the 2002 World Cup finals, but Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan feels no pressure to live up to that quarter-final showing this time ro
Defender Lahm injured in Germany practice match (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
World Cup hosts Germany suffered a potentially crippling blow to their defence on Tuesday when Philipp Lahm injured his elbow in a practice game against amateur club Luckenwalde.
Dropped Demichelis 'lost the will to live' (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich midfielder Martin Demichelis says he has lost the will to live after missing out on a place in Argentina's World Cup squad.
Welcome boost as Owen comes through training (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Michael Owen pulled on an England shirt for the first time in seven months to give Sven-Goran Eriksson a World Cup boost, coming through a full training session with no apparent ill effects.
Eager Gerrard ready to live up to the hype (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steven Gerrard is confident he can produce the form which has often evaded him for England during this summer's World Cup finals.
Downie: Parreira's superstars expecting to fly (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil opted for no surprises in their 23-man squad. Andrew Downie examines an all-star line-up.
Spain players surprised at star duo's omission (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain players have expressed their surprise at the omission of Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes and Valencia midfielder Ruben Baraja from the squad for the World Cup.
Zico's bold move represents last throw of dice (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
It took him four years to get tough, but Japan coach Zico's bold selection of five strikers for the World Cup also represents a final throw of the dice.
Togo finalise squad for World Cup finals (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Togo coach Otto Pfister announced the following 23-man squad for the World Cup in Germany.
Ferguson again issues warning over Rooney fitness (May 16, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated his belief that England should not risk taking Wayne Rooney to the World Cup unless the striker has made a 100 per cent recovery from his broken foot.
Miller is odd man out for Guimares' Ticos (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Defender Roy Miller was the unlucky player as Costa Rica confirmed their final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on Monday.
Argentina omit former skipper Zanetti (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Uncapped Independiente goalkeeper Oscar Ustari has beaten River Plate's German Lux to the third goalkeeping berth in Argentina's World Cup squad but the omission of Internazionale defender Javier Zane
Beenhakker announces T&T finals 23 (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker has finalised his 23-man squad for the World Cup after dropping Evans Wise from the provisional party.
Rooney handed number 9 in Sven squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has submitted his 23-man England squad to FIFA for the World Cup finals. Wayne Rooney will wear the number nine shirt even though he has a broken foot.
In-form winger Quaresma axed by Scolari (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari left winger Ricardo Quaresma out of the squad of 23 players he announced on Monday for next month's World Cup in Germany.
Reds outcast Dudek dropped by Poles too (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek was the biggest name of four shock omissions from Poland's 23-man World Cup squad announced on Monday.
Paraguay name youngster Montiel in squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Teenage midfielder Jose Montiel was included as Paraguay named their World Cup squad on Monday.
Lippi plumps for Inzaghi in final Azzurri 23 (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi has been included in Italy coach Marcello Lippi's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup finals.
No surprises as Brazil name superstar squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira avoided any major surprises as the champions named their 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
Uncapped Ergic in Serbia & Montenegro squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Uncapped Basel midfielder Ivan Ergic was a surprise inclusion in Serbia and Montenegro's World Cup squad announced by manager Ilija Petkovic on Monday.
Klinsmann springs surprises with Germany squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann included Jens Nowotny in his World Cup squad on Monday despite the defender's near two-year absence from international football.
Morientes, Baraja out of Spain World Cup squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has been left out of the Spain squad for the World Cup after Luis Aragones preferred to bolster his side's defence.
Yakin fails to make Swiss World Cup squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn has left former regular Hakan Yakin out of his squad for next month's World Cup finals in Germany.
2002 winner Scolari aims to make history (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari leads Portugal into the World Cup, but all eyes will be on Cristiano Rondaldo, writes Phil Holland.
Paraguay seek to build in Germany (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Paraguay have reached their third consecutive World Cup Finals, but face a tough challenge to make it through the group stage, says Phil Holland.
Van Basten's chance for a bright new dawn? (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Phil Holland assess the chances of Marco Van Basten's technically-gifted and youthful Netherlands World Cup squad.
La Volpe's El Tricolor target last sixteen (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Twice World Cup quarter-finalists on home soil can Mexico enjoy success in Germany? Phil Holland profiles the Mexicans.
Iran aim to leave with more than honour (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
With a Croatian coach and a host of German-based players Iran could ruffle a few feathers in this summer's World Cup, writes Phil Holland.
Czech Republic eye debut of distinction (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Phil Holland takes a look at the Czech Republic as they prepare to take part in their first World Cup Finals.
Czechs name injured players in World Cup squad (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Czech Republic coach Karel Brueckner included several injured players in his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
Experience with a twist for Japan at World Cup (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Japan coach Zico opted for experience in naming his World Cup squad on Monday, although he did add a twist with the bold inclusion of fringe striker Seiichiro Maki.
No World Cup changes expected from Eriksson (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The 23 players selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson's provisional World Cup squad are today set to be confirmed as the men to travel to Germany for next month's tournament.
Australia's Kewell ruled out of Greece friendly (May 15, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool's Harry Kewell has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup warm-up match against Greece in Melbourne later this month because of a groin strain picked up in Saturday's FA Cup final.
Gerrard to take well-earned break ahead of finals (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steven Gerrard promised himself a 'good break' with his family after his FA Cup Final heroics before unleashing himself on to the World Cup stage.
Uncapped keeper Mario named in Angola squad (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Third choice goalkeeper Mario was the only uncapped player included in Angola's 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves on Sunday.
'You can't create goalscorers,' laments Zico (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Japan coach Zico was once again left scratching his head after the Asian champions were held to a 0-0 draw by a below-strength Scotland side on Saturday.
Mexico confirm squad for World Cup finals (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Mexico axed defender Joel Huiqui and midfielders Israel Lopez and Jaime Lozano when they confirmed their final 23-man World Cup squad on Saturday.
Huntelaar left out of final Netherlands squad (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, top-scorer in Holland, has been left out of the Dutch squad for the World Cup.
Uncapped Ribery and Chimbonda in France squad (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech has named two uncapped players in his World Cup squad - Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda and midfielder Franck Ribery of Marseille.
Beckham expecting Rooney to miss World Cup (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England captain David Beckham has played down Wayne Rooney's chances of being fit for the World Cup and urged the Manchester United striker not to risk his future by coming back too soon.
Walcott World Cup selection left McClaren stunned (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson admits his idea to take Theo Walcott to the World Cup was met by a stunned silence from his England coaches.
Crouch earmarked to take on the Rooney role (May 14, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Peter Crouch is in pole position to take Wayne Rooney's starting place in England's World Cup opener against Paraguay.
Costa Rica intent on pulling off upset (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Costa Rica believe they can pull off an upset when they face hosts Germany in the World Cup's opening game on June 9.
Jelen likely for Poland squad, Janas reveals (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wisla Plock winger Ireneusz Jelen is likely to claim one of five or six places in Poland's World Cup squad still up for grabs, coach Pawel Janas said on Saturday.
Italian ref De Santis withdrawn from World Cup (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The Italian Football Federation has withdrawn its proposed referee for the World Cup, Massimo De Santis, who under investigation in a probe into possible fraud.
Domenech to name first choice France keeper (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech will name his first choice goalkeeper for the World Cup finals when he unveils his 23-man squad on Sunday, said Gregory Coupet who is battling with Fabien Barthez to be t
Low altitude not a hurdle for Ecuador, says coach (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
With the World Cup less than a month away, Ecuador's coach Luis Fernando Suarez on Friday said his team can win without relying on any high altitude advantage.
Ben Arfa turns down Tunisian World Cup invitation (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
French-born teenager Hatem Ben Arfa has turned down an invitation from Tunisia for possible inclusion in their World Cup squad, the Tunisian Football Federation said on Friday.
Rooney making good progress is fitness race (May 13, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The latest update on Wayne Rooney's injury has been described as 'very, very positive' by England team doctor Leif Sward.
Aragones faces left back dilemma for Spain (May 12, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain coach Luis Aragones has given his players one last chance to impress this weekend before he names his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
Ghana ring the changes in World Cup squad (May 12, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic on Friday named his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals
No surprises in Croatian World Cup squad (May 12, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Croatian coach Zlatko Kranjcar announced on Friday the following 24-man squad for the World Cup in Germany
Rougier suffers Trinidad and Tobago heartbreak (May 12, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Trinidad & Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker has cut Anthony Rougier from his World Cup squad.
English coaches need 'favour' from McClaren (May 12, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Bryan Robson has called on Steve McClaren to 'do all the English managers and coaches a favour' by succeeding as England head coach and proving home-grown bosses are good enough to handle top jobs.
Angola expect Maurito to make World Cup squad (May 11, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Striker Maurito is expected to make a return from injury on Friday and will be available for Angola's World Cup campaign, Angolan Football Federation officials said on Thursday.
Totti returns to action ahead of World Cup finals (May 11, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy's Francesco Totti returned to action on Thursday after almost three months out when he came on as a substitute for AS Roma in the second leg of the Italian Cup final.
Advocaat confident as he names his Korea squad (May 11, 2006 11:00 GMT)
South Korea coach Dick Advocaat named a balanced and versatile squad on Thursday for next month's World Cup finals in Germany.
Walcott can be Engand's 'ace in the hole' - Gerrard (May 11, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has taken time out from preparing for the FA Cup final to insist that England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson 'isn't crazy' to have picked 17-year-old Theo Walcott for the Wo
Owen moves to allay fears about his foot (May 11, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England striker Michael Owen insists he is 'feeling fine' despite concerns he has not yet made a full recovery from a foot injury suffered last December.
Owen reassures nervous nation over fitness (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England striker Michael Owen insists he is 'feeling fine' despite concerns he has not yet made a full recovery from a foot injury suffered last December.
Wilson: Walcott masks a conservative approach (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steve Wilson says Sven's England squad is a fudge of finding a solution to the Rooney problem.
Kahn tipped to quit Germany team after World Cup (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Wednesday that goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will quit the German national team after the World Cup.
Beckham upbeat despite Rooney injury (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
David Beckham admits England are a better side with Wayne Rooney but insists they have the players to succeed without the Manchester United striker.
Club v country row simmers as Aussies pick Cahill (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia included injured Everton midfielder Tim Cahill in their World Cup squad on Wednesday, heightening the threat of another club versus country row.
Walcott reveals faith in 'genius' Wenger (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Theo Walcott has every confidence the 'genius' of Arsene Wenger will help mould him into a World Cup star.
Hiddink includes injured Cahill in experienced Oz squad (May 10, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Australia coach Guus Hiddink named a tried and trusted 23-man squad on Wednesday for the World Cup in Germany.
Kalou to miss Finals after losing court appeal (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A civil court in Rotterdam has rejected an appeal by Feyenoord's Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou against the decision of immigration minister Rita Verdonk to deny his application for Dutch citizenship.
France to name World Cup squad on Sunday (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech will name his 23-man World Cup squad on Sunday, a day before the deadline set by world ruling body FIFA, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.
Ecuador include Kaviedes in World Cup squad (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ecuador included temperamental Argentina-based striker Ivan Kaviedes in their 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.
Lagerback rings changes in Sweden selection (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sweden coach Lars Lagerback named the following squad of 23 players on Tuesday for the World Cup
Eriksson defends selection of Hargreaves (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended his decision to take Owen Hargreaves to the World Cup. Hargreaves has not played international football since England's 1-0 defeat in Northern Ireland in September.
Vieri and Diana ruled out of Italy reckoning (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Monaco striker Christian Vieri and Sampdoria defender Aimo Diana have been ruled out of Italy's World Cup squad due to injuries, Italy coach Marcello Lippi said on Tuesday.
Heart problem ends Vidmar's tournament (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Tony Vidmar has withdrawn from Australia's World Cup squad because of medical reasons and admits his career may be at risk.
Walcott: I can handle it (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Theo Walcott believes he can handle the pressure of playing at the World Cup after being named in England's 23-man squad at the age of 17.
Harry hails 'frightening' Walcott's England selection (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Harry Redknapp believes Sven-Goran Eriksson's decision to include Theo Walcott in his World Cup squad 'could be a tactical master-stroke'.
Old dog learns new trick (May 9, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor suspects England's Sven Goran Eriksson has been replaced by an imposter.
Eriksson orders Owen out of Shearer testimonial (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has ordered Michael Owen not to play in Alan Shearer's testimonial match at St James' Park on Thursday.
King's Cup hopes not over (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed the door has not yet been slammed shut on Ledley King's World Cup dream.
Italy striker Vieri to undergo knee surgery (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy and Monaco striker Christian Vieri is to undergo surgery on his left knee following an injury, the Ligue 1 club said on Monday.
Crouch looms large in Eriksson's thoughts (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England will rely heavily on Liverpool striker Peter Crouch if neither Michael Owen nor Wayne Rooney are fit.
Sven: I haven't seen Walcott play (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson admits he may have made the biggest gamble of his entire football career by taking teenager Theo Walcott to the World Cup.
Blatter concerned by ticketing arrangements (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted looming problems over World Cup tickets at next month's tournament are still unresolved.
Bent baffled by Sven snub (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Darren Bent has revealed his disappointment at being omitted from Sven-Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad after his goalscoring feats in the Premiership failed to sufficiently impress the England coach
Aragones defends decision to omit Pernia (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain coach Luis Aragones has defended his decision not to pick Chelsea left-back Asier Del Horno ahead of Getafe's Mariano Pernia in his 27-man squad for Monday's pre-World Cup get-together.
Walcott gets shock England call (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has included teenage striker Theo Walcott in his provisional 23-man World Cup squad alongside Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Aaron Lennon - but there are no places
Ukraine star Shevchenko in race against time (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Ukraine striker Andrei Shevchenko has been sidelined with minor knee ligament damage just a month before the World Cup.
Angola tap into rich talent seam in Portugal (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Lying on the dark mahogany desk of the general secretary of the Angolan Football Federation, in the bowels of Luanda's Cidadela sports complex, is a dog-eared copy of a pre-season guide to the Portugu
Walcott set to be named in World Cup squad? (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Arsenal's teenage striker Theo Walcott, has not played first-team football since his move from Southampton, is line for a shock call-up to the England World Cup squad, according to newspaper reports.
Sir Alex backs Eriksson's plan to select Rooney (May 8, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson believes England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has little option but to include Wayne Rooney in his World Cup squad today - although he maintains it is a 'forlorn hope' that the forward
President Dubya is up for the World Cup (May 7, 2006 11:00 GMT)
U.S. President George W. Bush said in a newspaper interview on Sunday he did not even know what a soccer ball looked like when he was young but a new generation of Americans was catching up with the r
Owen 'not 100%' but set for Shearer run-out (May 7, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Newcastle striker Michael Owen could play some part in Alan Shearer's testimonial on Thursday night as he bids for World Cup fitness.
The 26-year-old was again absent from the matchday 16 a we
Sir Alex slams Sven's 'half-baked' Rooney plan (May 7, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson has accused England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson of having a 'half-baked idea' about Wayne Rooney's battle to be fit for the World Cup finals.
Wenger tells Sven: Take a gamble on Walcott (May 6, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Arsene Wenger has urged England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson to take a 'big gamble' by taking Theo Walcott to the World Cup. The teenage forward has yet to make his Arsenal debut.
Germany may lose Kehl to ankle iniury (May 6, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sebastian Kehl's place in Germany's World Cup squad could be in doubt after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury on Saturday.
Argentina name 16-man squad for get-together (May 6, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Argentina have called up 16 players largely regarded as certainties in their World Cup squad for a two-day get-together in Madrid early next week.
Serbia keep the faith in WC qualifying squad (May 6, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Serbia and Montenegro manager Ilija Petkovic said there would be no new names in his 23-man World Cup squad to be announced on May 15, the B 92 website reported on Saturday.
Mexico seal comfortable win in World Cup warm-up (May 6, 2006 11:00 GMT)
A second-half penalty by striker Omar Bravo earned Mexico a comfortable 1-0 win over Venezuela in a World Cup warm-up match at the Rosebowl on Friday.
Big-name trio out of Spain WC training party (May 5, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain coach Luis Aragones has named a 27-man squad for a World Cup get-together on May 8, leaving out Valencia winger Vicente, Real Madrid midfielder Guti and Espanyol playmaker Ivan de la Pena.
Rooney using oxygen chamber to aid recovery (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Wayne Rooney will use an oxygen chamber to try to speed up his recovery from a broken foot.
Spain arrange Egypt and Croatia warm-ups (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Spain have finalised their plans for warm-up games before the World Cup with fixtures against Egypt and fellow finalists Croatia.
Relief for England as Terry given all-clear (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England defender John Terry has been given the all-clear for the World Cup after a scan on his injured ankle.
Eriksson ready to back McClaren as successor (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he would give Steve McClaren his full backing if, as expected, the Football Association announce today he is to be the next England manager.
Anxious Sven sweats on Rooney update (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson is today sweating on a medical bulletin about Wayne Rooney's broken foot.
Lampard hails 'fantastic' McClaren (May 4, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Frank Lampard would welcome the appointment of Steve McClaren as the new England manager and believes he would do a 'fantastic' job.
2002 - England's Eastern promise (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Having qualified for the World Cup as group winners England were expected to do great things at Korea/Japan 2002. Dominic Raynor has the details.
Boots not to blame for Rooney injury, say Nike (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Nike have denied their new `Total 90 Supremacy' boot is in any way responsible for the injury which has threatened to ruin Wayne Rooney's World Cup hopes.
I can fill Rooney's boots, insists Cole (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Joe Cole has told Sven-Goran Eriksson he can fill the void created by Wayne Rooney should the Manchester United striker miss the World Cup.
1998 - Life after Gascoigne (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Glenn Hoddle goes without the national team's inspiration of the 1990s, and England end up with another glorious failure. Dominic Raynor has the lowdown on that World Cup across the channel.
1990 - It'll all ends in tears (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
After another sleepy start, Bobby Robson's last hurrah as England manager ends in glorious failure at Italia '90. Dominic Raynor continues his history of England.
Double fracture leaves Rooney needing a 'miracle' (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted Wayne Rooney has more than one break in his foot and probably needs a 'miracle' to be fit for the World Cup.
1986 - Hand of God (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
If Sven Goran Eriksson wants to learn about how to cope with key injuries, he could do worse than study England's campaign under Bobby Robson in 1986. Dominic Raynor has the details.
1982 - Early promise fades (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Back on the world stage for the first time since 1970, England go through Espana '82 unbeaten - but return empty-handed, as Dominic Raynor writes.
France coach moves to avoid late heartbreak (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
France coach Raymond Domenech will take just his squad of 23 players and nobody else to a World Cup training camp later this month.
Hernia op ends talk of Vassell England call (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Stuart Pearce has confirmed Manchester City's intention to send Darius Vassell for an operation on his long-standing hernia problem next week.
1970 - Tough at the top (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Despite the manager's best intentions, not everything went to plan as the world champs defended their title in 1970. Dominic Raynor on England last finals appearnce for 12 years.
1966 and all that (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Well, we think you know what happened in this tournament. But, for the record, Dominic Raynor indulges in a little national team glorification in his continued World Cup history of England.
Parreira names Brazil team for World Cup opener (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira confidently named his starting line-up on Wednesday for his team's opening World Cup match against Croatia next month.
Keller and Reyna set for fourth World Cup (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Kasey Keller and Claudio Reyna will become the first Americans to play in four World Cups after being named in the 23-man U.S. squad on Tuesday.
Mentor Smith warns McClaren to snub England job (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Steve McClaren has been warned against taking the England manager's job by the man who gave him his big break in coaching.
Grip - Rooney-less England need plan B (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England number two Tord Grip admits he is unsure how England will cope without Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup in Germany with Sven-Goran Eriksson struggling to devise a Plan B.
Paraguay coach saddened by Rooney injury (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Paraguay coach Anibal Ruiz takes no pleasure from hearing Wayne Rooney may miss the World Cup.
Rooney scan could end World Cup hopes (May 3, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Any lingering hope of Wayne Rooney making the World Cup Finals will almost certainly be crushed if initial reports relating to his latest scan are confirmed.
Vukic return boosts Serbia & Montenegro (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Partizan Belgrade midfielder Zvonimir Vukic is set to return to action on Wednesday after being sidelined for three months with a broken foot.
Rooney getting on with staying positive (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney insists he must be positive about his chances of playing for England at the World Cup. Rooney said: 'I'll be trying to give myself the best possible chance.'
1962 - End of an England era (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor continues his journey through the national team's history - this time Chile, where England get the better of Argentina but meet their match in Brazil as Walter Winterbottom's ca
Lippi clear on final 23 and upbeat over Totti (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has a 'pretty definite idea' of the 23 players who will make up his World Cup squad and says he is optimistic that Roma's Francesco Totti will be fit for the June tournament
Inzaghi delighted but cautious ahead of Italy return (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi is overwhelmed by his return to the Italy set-up but refuses to discuss his World Cup chances.
Costa Rica cut provisional World Cup squad to 24 (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Costa Rica have cut their provisional World Cup squad to 24 players and have given injured defenders Harold Wallace and Michael Rodriguez until the end of the week to recover or miss out on Germany.
South America set to keep marathon format (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
South America is to ask FIFA for permission to keep its controversial World Cup qualifying format in which the 10 teams play each other home and away in a single group.
Physio expects Rooney to be fit in eight weeks (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Wayne Rooney will not be able to kick a ball in anger for at least eight weeks, according to a leading physiotherapist.
1958 - Short straw draw (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England, without key men after the Munich air disaster, faced an uphill struggle in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Dominic Raynor continues his journey through the national team's history.
1954 - Mauled by Magyars (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Continuing our history of England, Dominic Raynor on an astonishing and historic reverse at Wembley that led to a second disappointing World Cup campaign.
1950 - Baptism of fire (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Walter Winterbottom, England's first manager, takes charge for the national team's debut on the world stage. Let's just say it wasn't the roaring success the FA had hoped for...
England Cup History (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Dominic Raynor explores England's checkered World Cup history.....after they finally decided to join in FIFA's tournament
Metatarsal victim Yanagisawa gives Japan hope (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Though not as celebrated a metatarsal victim as England's Wayne Rooney, Japan striker Atsushi Yanagisawa is more likely to play at the World Cup.
England can wait on Rooney until June 9 - FIFA (May 2, 2006 11:00 GMT)
FIFA have that confirmed England can wait until June 9 to replace Wayne Rooney.
Fergie quells 'wild dream' of Rooney making it (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Sir Alex Ferguson has rebuked England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for raising the 'wild dream' of Wayne Rooney appearing in this summer's World Cup finals.
Ferguson expects Rooney to be ruled out of finals (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has cast fresh doubt on the likelihood of Wayne Rooney playing at this summer's World Cup.
Nike dismiss concerns over Rooney's boots (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
The man who developed Wayne Rooney's new boot insists it had nothing to do with the injury which threatens to wreck the England striker's World Cup dream.
Angola make plea over Portugal-based duo (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Angola want soccer's governing body FIFA to allow Portuguese-based players Pedro Emanuel and Chainho to change their international allegiance in time to play at the World Cup in Germany.
FA set to confirm McClaren as England boss (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren will be named as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor as England coach by the end of the week, according to newspaper reports on Monday.
Owen relieved as medical staff give the all-clear (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
Newcastle striker Michael Owen is confident he will be fit for the World Cup finals despite a scare on his return from injury.
Eriksson to give Rooney every chance for finals (May 1, 2006 11:00 GMT)
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson will spend part of today on the phone to the England medical staff checking on the progress of injured Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.