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Everton defender Bryan Oviedo has undergone a successful operation on the double fracture to his leg.

Roy Hodgson is hoping the extra day in Manaus will aid the players' acclimatisation

World Cup 2014: England will face Peru at Wembley before flying to Miami to tackle Honduras and Ecuador in preparation for 'Group of Death'

The FA have confirmed that England will face two South American sides in the build-up to Brazil 2014 in an effort to prepare for the threat that Uruguay will pose

Bryan Ruiz has joined PSV Eindhoven on loan until the end of the season

Transfer news: Bryan Ruiz leaves Fulham to join Dutch side PSV Eindhoven on loan until the end of the season

Ruiz has fallen down the pecking order at Craven Cottage and returns to the Eredivisie

Bryan Ruiz

Transfer news: Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz passes medical at PSV Eindhoven

The Costa Rica international struggled to adapt to the Premier League

Bryan Ruiz

Transfer news: Fulham confirm Bryan Ruiz has been told he can leave

The Costa Rica international is in discussion with various foreign clubs

Greg Dyke has now admitted that he was wrong to omit an ethnic minority representative from the committee

World Cup 2014: Greg Dyke says cut-throat gesture was 'a piece of humour'

The FA chairman made the gesture as England were drawn against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica

Roy Hodgson is hoping the extra day in Manaus will aid the players' acclimatisation

World Cup 2014: England opt for extra time in hot and humid Manaus

Roy Hodgson wants his side to acclimatise to the Amazonian conditions

Transfer news: Fulham hope to bring Clint Dempsey back with January loan from Seattle Sounders

Move could pave way for Bryan Ruiz exit

Leighton Baines pictured during the Merseyside derby which ended 3-3

Leighton Baines targets Christmas return for Everton

The England international broke his toe in the Merseyside derby

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World Cup 2014 draw: The run down on England's group opponents Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica

Glenn Moore runs the rule of the sides England will face in Group D

Simon Calder, Travel Editor for The Independent, is advising on travel to Brazil for those heading out for the FIFA World Cup in 2014
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Liverpool v Fulham: Bryan Ruiz can handle the heckles, says Martin Jol

The Costa Rica international has become a source of frustration for Fulham fans

French Evolution: Michel Platini had Sepp Blatter to thank for his rise at Uefa but now wants the game’s top job

Uefa respond to plans to revamp European Championships to rival Fifa and the World Cup

The Independent on Sunday revealed the plans which has added to talk of a rift between Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his Uefa counterpart Michel Platini

Landon Donovan celebrates after the US qualify for the World Cup

United States beat Mexico to book place at World Cup

Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan on target in 2-0 win

Life on Marsden: I’m turning into the worst sort of middle-class snob

I was cross, but I wasn’t sure why...

According to local media reports, on Wednesday President Chinchilla told journalists she would not be vetoing bill telling them: “No, we’re going to go forward and will sign this law.

Costa Rica 'accidentally' legalises gay marriage

Conservative lawmakers voted for the bill to pass but later realised that a change in the language could allow gay marriage.

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