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The Most Important Player for Every World Cup Team

OK, folks, we are almost there now. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals kicking off in Brazil next Thursday, we take a look at who each country’s most important player will be at this summer’s global showpiece event.<p>In other words, we are talking about the equivalent in American football of the …

Rooney's exile to left wing could continue

Beckenbauer: England can reach semis<p>Wayne Rooney may have to continue settling for a place on England's left wing after Roy Hodgson admitted he is …

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Manchester United Boosted as City's No 1 Target Eliaquim Mangala Wants OT Switch

Manchester United are considering a move to sign FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala this summer, according to the Guardian.<p>The report claims the …

John Barnes: Rodgers Making the Right Moves in Lallana Pursuit

Liverpool legend John Barnes has called for the club to seal the signing of Adam Lallana this summer, insisting that the playmaker will give the side …

Manchester United quoted £60m fee to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford

Manchester United have been quoted £60m if they want to persevere with plans to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford two years after his acrimonious departure on a free transfer.<p>The <i>Observer</i> can reveal that United are not only targeting Kevin Strootman from Roma but have made repeated attempts over …

Manchester United Take Lead in Signing Barcelona Star Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United are considering a move in signing Liverpool forward target Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to the Express.<p>The Barcelona star …

Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck set for England World Cup starts

Roy Hodgson had offered up his caveat back at Barry University on the eve of this game. The England manager had been asked if his lineup for the final friendly before the World Cup would reflect his preferred selection in Manaus next week and had bristled in response. “People are trying to second …

Van Gaal Talks Up Chile Midfielder Arturo Vidal as United Rumours Continue

Louis Van Gaal has talked up the qualities of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal as the star continues to be connected with a move to Manchester United.<p>…

England manager Hodgson relieved to escape to Rio | Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after England failed to win either of their World Cup warm-up matches in Miami, though he claimed he did not read much into the results and was relieved there were no more injuries.<p>England's national football coach Roy Hodgson speaks with media as …

Gary Neville involved in beach argument with press in Rio de Janeiro

• Roy Hodgson’s assistant put his hand over a camera lens<br>• Former England defender shouted to be left alone<p>No sooner had the England party arrived in Rio de Janeiro than one prominent member of the backroom staff was caught up in a very public argument.<p>Having checked in to the team hotel half an …

68 percent of Brazilians Believe they will win the World Cup

A whopping 68 percent of Brazilians believe their team's name is on the World Cup -- and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is the man to deliver it.<p>With Brazil's tournament opening clash with Croatia looming on Thursday, a survey by polling firm Datafolha underscored the sense of national expectation …

Fred Explains Brazil's Contingency plan - Give the ball to Neymar

Brazil striker Fred says his team-mates have a simple game-plan if things don't go their way during the World Cup: get the ball to Neymar.<p>The Brazilians got back to work at their plush Granja Comary training base in Terespolis on Sunday after a labored 1-0 win over Serbia in Sao Paulo on Friday.<p>The …

United quoted £60m for Paul Pogba

• Transfer News<p>ESPN staff<p>Paul Pogba was scouted by former Manchester United manager David Moyes back in March © Getty Images<p>Enlarge<p>Manchester United …

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Luke Shaw told Southampton he wanted Man Utd move last month

England full-back Luke Shaw told Southampton on the final day of the Premier League season that he wanted to join Manchester United.