WC 2010

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Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier blames Wayne Rooney for England's shocking World Cup performance. Houllier singled out Manchester United striker Rooney, who failed to score in South Africa, for particular criticism. The Frenchman said: "Probably the key to understanding why England didn't perform at the World Cup is that the top players didn't do as…
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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says France's World Cup meltdown was a blessing in disguise for the nation's footballers. Cantona, who won 45 caps for France, has claimed the team’s ­in-fighting would have taken a sinister turn had they not flown home after the group stages. Cantona, 44, said: “It is a good thing that…
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Arsenal ace Robin van Persie has defended the style of football played by Holland in their run to the World Cup final. Van Persie has also defended Holland’s strong-arm tactics against Spain in the final. "People criticised us for our playing style," he said. "It was not as pretty as it used to be with…
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Sunderland manager Steve Bruce fears England's elite players are becoming detached from the average fan. Bruce insisted English footballers, especially those who flopped at the World Cup, owe a massive debt to those who pay good money to follow their heroes. "If we’re not careful, we’re going to alienate ourselves from the public," said Bruce.…
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England manager Fabio Capello has not seen or approved of the rankings in the Capello Index and demanded they be removed from the internet. The scheme bearing the Italian's name ranked England's players during their World Cup campaign for a fantasy league game. It had been agreed by the Italian tactician and the FA that…
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The World Cup final attracted a mammoth 700 million people worldwide and drew Spain's highest-ever viewing figures. 15.605 million Spaniards tuned in for extra-time to see their country edge the Netherlands, thanks to a 116th minute Andres Iniesta strike, and win their first-ever World Cup title. That figure equates to roughly 1 in 3 of…
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FIFA settled the debate over the star performers at SA2010, with champions Spain dominating. Voters were asked to pick their favourite starting XI in a classic 4-4-2 formation and also appoint their top coach from the 32 that featured in South Africa. World champions Spain are represented by coach Vicente del Bosque as well as…
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France striker Nicolas Anelka - sent home from the squad in disgrace - claims all Les Bleus players were in favour of striking. The Chelsea forward was at the centre of the France World Cup scandal, having been given his marching orders by the French Football Federation following a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech. The…
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Emile Heskey has brought his international career to an end after winning 62 caps for his country over an 11-year period. The Aston Villa forward featured in all four of England's South Africa 2010 games, starting the first two against the United States and Algeria. The 32-year-old, who made his debut in April 1999 against…
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Andres Iniesta is delighted that he has been able to bring joy to the Spanish people. Iniesta, 26, settled Sunday's World Cup final with an extra-time strike against the Netherlands. And his goal sparked mass celebrations in Spain, with millions partying in Madrid and Barcelona. "It's hard to explain," he said when asked how his…
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The Argentine Football Association are expected to offer Diego Maradona an extended contract to remain as manager. The former World Cup-winning captain was a surprise choice as coach in the first place in 2008 due to his lack of management experience and personal problems. Argentina were knocked out in the quarter-finals in South Africa when…
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England coach Fabio Capello wants Stuart Pearce axed from his backroom staff. Capello will use crunch talks with the FA tomorrow to demand two new Italians are added to his coaching team. After England’s dismal World Cup showing, Capello is ready to axe the only two Englishmen in his backroom staff. He wants Stuart Pearce…

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It was certainly party time down at Pride Park Stadium once the news came in that Wayne Rooney had decided to sign an 18-month deal with Derby. Rams owner Mel Morris would have been cock-a-hoop at the news as the 62-year-old is known for his penchant for bringing in members of England’s Golden Generation onto…