WC 2010

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Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is carrying a serious thigh injury. The 26-year-old striker came on as a substitute in Sunday's World Cup final against Holland, but pulled up as the end of extra-time approached. Torres returned to Spain following the triumph, along with the rest of Vicente Del Bosque's successful squad, and has now undergone…
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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with Fernando Torres' show of commitment in Spain's World Cup celebrations. The Spain striker has been the subject of intense speculation over his future throughout the summer with the threat of a £70million Chelsea swoop still at large. But Torres showed his allegiance after Sunday's glorious triumph in Johannesburg…
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England gave their worst ever World Cup performance in South Africa, according to official rankings. In their assessment of England's performances, FIFA have rated them only 13th. That is two places worse than their previous lowest mark, in 1958, when, shorn of Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor following the Munich air crash, England finished 11th.…
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says England blew their World Cup by relying too much on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. While fans in England remain bitterly disappointed at Rooney's failure to reproduce his stunning Manchester United form in a Three Lions shirt, Wenger insists the best sides at the World Cup worked as a team.…
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German legend Franz Beckenbauer insists he was misquoted over taunts towards England during the World Cup. Immediately after their opening match Beckenbauer was quoted saying: “And what I saw from England in their 1-1 draw with the USA had very little to do with football. It seems to me the English had gone back to…
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Barcelona World Cup winner Andres Iniesta says he never lost faith he would be fit for South Africa. Iniesta, who scored the extra-time winner for Spain in the World Cup final against Holland on Sunday, struggled for long periods last season with a thigh problem and only reappeared for Barcelona right at the end of…
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South Africa 2010 winners Spain were greeted to a triumphant return amid wild victory celebrations in the Spanish capital on Monday night. Fabregas said: "This is for the Arsenal players, the Arsenal fans, the manager Arsene Wenger and all the staff. I am really proud being an Arsenal player. It is for them. They deserve…
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The record number of yellow cards in Sunday's World Cup final was not the fault of the Netherlands - but Fifa. The claim has come from Oranje midfielder Nigel de Jong. He was lucky not to be sent off against Spain for a chest-high lunge at Xabi Alonso. It was typical of the Netherlands' first-half…
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English referee Howard Webb admits the World Cup final has left him 'physically and emotionally drained'. The Premier League ref handed out 14 yellow cards, two of which saw Netherlands defender Jonny Heitinga dismissed deep into extra-time, as he struggled to control the game. The Dutch heavily criticised the Englishman following the final whistle, accusing…
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Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Spain's mental strength was the key to their victory over the Netherlands. Lacking the overall quality of Spain, the Dutch team set out to defend through sheer aggression, earning a whopping nine yellow cards in the process, including two to Everton defender John Heitinga, who was dismissed. Opting to…
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has criticised Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong following a horror challenge that left Alonso with a broken rib. The aerial challenge by Holland’s de Jong came in the World Cup final on Sunday, which was won by Alonso’s Spain, and the former Liverpool man said it was one of the…
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Major League Soccer has been playing with a version of the World Cup’s ‘Jabulani’ ball since the beginning of the 2010 season but players are still not at ease with it. The adidas ball used at this year’s World Cup in South Africa attracted plenty of criticism from national team players and a similar version…

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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…