SQUAD PLAYERS

Roy Hodgson has revealed that he will be using some of the squad players for the match against Denmark, which will be England's final competitive encounter before they play at the 2014 World Cup.

He has said that since this is the final competitive match, he will be resting some of the players who are 100% certain to play in the matches at World Cup. This will certainly include players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. It is expected that the likes of Andros Townsend, who are still establishing themselves in the first-team, will be utilised against Denmark.

ENGLAND CAN'T WIN

New English FA chairman Greg Dyke suggested that the prospect of winning the World Cup 2014 looked extremely unlikely, but manager Roy Hodgson does not share the same opinion.

He thinks that England can not only qualify for the World Cup automatically, but they can also win the competition as well. England have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, and it was also primarily attributed to the home support. Since then, they have exited major competitions at quarter-final stage itself.

ABIDAL STILL HOPES

French defender Eric Abidal has said that he is still hopeful of making an appearance for the French national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The former Barcelona defender recently completed a free transfer to Monaco, who are one of the big spending clubs in Europe at the moment.

However, the possibility of the French international playing football again looked seriously doubt after suffering numerous complications in the last few years. He has even undergone a liver transplant in the last few years, but he is now fit and ready.

Football slots game

The summer can be a drag for football fans – especially when there is no World Cup or European Championships – and this is where the football themed slots games being offered at online casino sites have proven to be such a welcome alternative. However there are ever-increasing numbers of these games hitting the market, and it means that the games really have to make the grade – both in football and slots terms – if they are to capture the hearts, minds (and wallets) of football and casino fans. One of these games is the five reel football video slot Soccer Safari, but is it a super-safari or a bungle in the jungle?

RAMIRES WANTS TO WIN

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires has said that he is extremely desperate to win the FIFA World Cup 2014, which will be held in Brazil. The nation will be staging the most prestigious tournament in world football in just over the year's time.

Even though the team have not been at their best in recent years, there is the belief that the home advantage will help the team win the record sixth World Cup title. Ramires is expected to be part of the Brazilian team at this World Cup, and the midfielder is keen to win the competition on home soil.

TURKEY TO START U-20 WORLD CUP 2013

Turkey will be hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 after it was decided in Zürich.

Turkey has reached the hosting rights of the championship to outstrip the other candidates which are Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Turkey has documented in its bid dossier book that 10 cities which are Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Bursa, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Manisa, Rize, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and 13 stadiums will host the tournament that will secure Turkey’s position in the world football scene. The host cities of the championship will be determined finally, after the site visits of FIFA officials.

AL JAZEERA RIGHTS EXTENDED

The World cup 2014 / 2018 / 2022 has been extended for Al Jazeera. The rights deal covering television, internet and mobile transmissions in 23 countries or territories was the first to be signed for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, world football's governing body said in a statement.

The value of the deal was not revealed.

FIFA awarded Russia and Qatar respectively the right to host the event less than two months ago.

World Cup 2022: No co-hosts

AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam has quashed rumours of a co-hosted 2022 World Cup by declaring that only Qatar shall organise the matches as had been presented in the bid proposal by the Middle East state.

There have been reports in the media about discussions concerning a Gulf World Cup as Qatar as a nation is geographically small. But Bin Hammam has moved to deny such reports.

VAUXHALL SPONSOR ENGLAND

The Football Association has confirmed that Vauxhall Motors will become the England national team’s lead sponsor.

The three-and-a-half-year agreement will cover the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, should England qualify.

The car marque replaces Nationwide, which ended its 11-year backing in July in the wake of England’s exit from the World Cup in South Africa.

AL-JAZEERA NET TV RIGHTS

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal with the satellite broadcaster to air the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

The move represents the first transmission rights package be settled by FIFA for the two events – to be hosted in Russia and Qatar respectively. Al Jazeera will also transmit live matches from the next World Cup finals, to be held in 2014 in Brazil, through an existing agreement.

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