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Double World Cup-winner who began his career up front but went on to pioneer the role of attacking full-back

Everton Ribeiro

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The Cruzeiro midfielder is being monitored by the Premier League champions according to reports

A fan inspects the damage at the partly finished Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, where two people died in an accident

World Cup 2014 stadium collapse: Deaths in Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians add to worries ahead of tournament

Fifa concerned at slow construction pace and Brazilian public’s protests over costs

A metal structure that buckled is seen atop a part of the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo on Wednesday

World Cup stadium collapse: Two killed as Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians collapses

Pressure to complete work  on time blamed for fatal accident in Sao Paulo

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates refuses to give up hope of playing at the 2014 World Cup

The Uruguay international has been out for most of the season

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A survey has revealed some surprising results about waxing. Perhaps natural isn't something to worry about after all?

Paulao of Real Betis

Sepp Blatter says it is 'time for tougher sanctions' after condemning Real Betis fans who appeared to direct racist monkey chants at their own player

Paulao appeared to be abused after being shown a red card in his side's 4-0 defeat to Sevilla

Brazil's Luiz Gustavo poses for pictures during the presentation of the new Brazil kit for the 2014 Fifa World Cup

The kit of future World Cup winners? Brazil launch strip for home World Cup

As the new strip is unveiled, Luiz Felipe Scolari says it's missing something

Luis Suarez applauds the Anfield faithful

Transfer news: 'Luis Suarez to Real Madrid? Only for £100m' says former Liverpool striker Steve Nicol

Nicol believes forward could command fee if he impresses at the World Cup

Andros Townsend has been a revelation for Spurs and England

Andros Townsend intends to follow advice of Roy Hodgson and help propel Tottenham to the top of the Premier League

The winger is eager to impress the England manager with his displays for Spurs

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi poses after receiving his Golden Boot 2013 award, presented to Europes best goal scorer of the 2012-2013 season

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi 'pleased' the 'outstanding' Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil will be at the finals

Argentina forward looking forward to watching the pair in Brazil

Uruguay celebrate qualifying for the World Cup

Uruguay 0 Jordan 0: Draw ensures Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are going to World Cup 2014

The South American side led 5-0 from the first leg

Julian Draxler

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester United target Julian Draxler rules out switch in January

However the Germany international has not ruled out a summer move to the Premier League

World Cup 2014: England must approach Brazil with 'belief and confidence', says Steven Gerrard

England lost their two most recent friendlies

Roy Hodgson

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson plans to experiment against Denmark, despite risking third successive defeat at Wembley

England lost games to Chile and Germany as new players were tested

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