World Cup Worries
Rarely has a nation's World Cup preparations come under more scrutiny than Brazil for this summer's footballing showpiece. With anti-government protests becoming more vociferous by the day, the last thing authorities in Brazil needed was further criticism of preparations for hosting the World Cup on a second occasion. But that is exactly what they got, this time from within their own camp, from Brazil assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Read more from Parreira.
A serious injury threatens to ruin Bryan Oviedo's World Cup hopes, which is a shame for a likeable player. Matt Stanger interviewed Everton's Costa Rican on Thursday and found him in high spirits as he discussed the club's top-four aspirations. Click here for more.
Italy international Gianluigi Buffon believes Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster should be England's 'clear number two' at the World Cup. Roy Hodgson gave the former Newcastle United youngster his first England cap in a friendly against Chile in November after Forster impressed in the UEFA Champions League over the past two seasons. Should Forster be England's No.2? Have your say.
The Return of the Ox
Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is eager to make an impact on his return from injury to book his World Cup place with England. Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to return to the Arsenal team after sitting on the sidelines for five months. He tore his cruciate ligament on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa. Can he make it? Find out more.
Head coach Fabio Capello has pledged his future to the Russian national team until the end of the 2018 World Cup. Russia will host the summer finals in four years' time and, with the country therefore qualifying automatically, the former England manager will be able to start planning for the World Cup once the 2016 European Championship in France is over. Read more on Capello.