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Benni McCarthy

Rovers to seal season-long loan deal for Blues' Di Santo

Blackburn Rovers are confident that the Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, will sanction the release of the young Argentine striker Franco di Santo on a season's loan when the player has completed the London club's pre-season tour.

Prospects are bleak for the home side

Six host nations have won the World Cup, two have been runners up, three have lost in the semi-finals, four have lost in the quarter-finals and three have gone out in either the second round or the second group phase.