A view of the World Cup trophy
Ignacio Scocco at former club Newell's Old Boys

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Argentine international Ignacio Scocco

28-year-old arrives from Internacional in Brazil

Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster hope to guide England to Six Nations glory

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Robshaw has led England to the runners-up spot in the past two championships but believes a more experienced core could lead to Six Nations glory

Oscar Ustari

Transfer news: Oscar Ustari signs for Sunderland in time to play against Manchester United

The goalkeeper is expected to take his place on the bench for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew (2-L) gestures towards Referee Mike Jones (2-R) as they leave the pitch at half time

Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2: Alan Pardew forced to apologise as abuse is picked up on television

The Newcastle manager appeared to make reference to the age of his City counterpart

A view of the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2014: ITV showing England games against Uruguay and Costa Rica, with BBC to air opener between versus Italy

ITV will show the opening game of the tournament between Brazil and Croatia

The Big Six: Chilean retreat

Tailor-made excursions, double-height rooms, vineyards, bohemian barrios, geodesic domes, and lakeside restaurants

The Big Six: Chilean retreat

Tailor-made excursions, double-height rooms, vineyards, bohemian barrios, geodesic domes, and lakeside restaurants

Fabricio Coloccini happy to remain at Newcastle

The defender has angled for a move in the past

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson has 'no qualms' if England are moved to Pot Two

Such a switch would likely result in a tougher draw for the Three Lions

From the Tango to the Brazuca via the Jabulani: A brief history of the World Cup ball

With the release of the ball that will be used in Brazil next summer, we take a look through the evolution and varied responses its predecessors were met with

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup Draw: England manager Roy Hodgson more concerned with location of group matches rather than opposition

England will find out who they will face in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Friday's draw

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

England manager Roy Hodgson looks on from the dugout

England 0 Germany 1: Per Mertesacker leaves Roy Hodgson frustrated by back-to-back defeats a Wembley

Three Lions booed off after 1-0 defeat to Germany at Wembley

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