Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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France v Honduras: Drones and headphones - challenges for France as they put 2010 mutiny in the past

Dissent at the last World Cup has seen France coach Didier Deschamps put team spirit ahead of individual egos

A mural depicting Neymar at the Santos training ground the young Brazilian star used to grace

World Cup 2014: Neymar, with the ball that God gave the Brazil striker

Ian Herbert discovers the humble background of Brazil’s new golden boy, visiting Santos, the famous club that developed Pele before him

Danny Welbeck is fit for England opening World Cup match against Italy

World Cup 2014: Danny Welbeck at centre of Roy Hodgson’s plan to deal with Italy

The England manager is a huge fan of the Manchester United striker

Neymar celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Brazil against Croatia

Brazil 3 Croatia 1 match report: Neymar secures double to get hosts off to a winning start

The Brazilians fought back after going behind in the 11th-minute

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be on his way to Old Trafford
Danny Welbeck

England v Italy: Danny Welbeck provides huge boost by shrugging off injury concerns to train with squad

The Manchester United forward looks set to be available to play in Manaus

Luiz Felipe Scolari has favoured close passing or tabelas in training

World Cup 2014: Fragility of Brazil masked by bravado as tournament gets ready for the kick-off

They are talking a good game as they prepare to kick off their tournament against Croatia, but there are reasons to be fearful
The high point for Sepp Blatter in Sao Paulo was muted applause for his pre-World Cup speech

World Cup 2014: Crowd turns hostile to Fifa bluster as Sepp Blatter misjudges the mood during pre-tournament speech

In the confines of a five-star hotel, the Fifa president faced calls to quit from some of Uefa’s federations but others were reluctant to make their views public

Greg Dyke (left) and Sepp Blatter

FA chairman Greg Dyke tells Fifa president Sepp Blatter he is damaging the image of football as vice-chairman David Gill calls on Blatter not to stand for re-election

Incident occurred at the executive meeting as Blatter tells delegates he wants to stand for a fifth term in office

Monday’s test event at the Arena de Sao Paulo did not use the temporary seats – so another one is required on 1 June

World Cup 2014: Sao Paulo Stadium still doesn't meet British safety standards less than 72 hours before hosting Brazil v Croatia

The stadium has not been tested at anywhere near full capacity while electricians and carpenters are still frantically working to get the venue ready in time

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