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Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
Lionel Messi: 'We're not showing what we can do'
Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes there is plenty of room for improvement in his side's performances, despite qualifying for the second round following two wins.
Jun 22, 11:56
Spurs' Moussa Dembele in action against Espanyol on August 10, 2013
Mousa Dembele hoping for success under Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele reveals that he is hoping for a fresh start and success under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Jun 22, 11:34
Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers on May 13, 2012.
Pablo Zabaleta: 'Iran game was difficult'
Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta admits that his side found the hard-fought 1-0 win over Iran difficult, but praised Lionel Messi for securing the victory.
Jun 22, 11:20
Michael Bradley of the United States runs drills during their training session at Sao Paulo FC on June 11, 2014
Michael Bradley excited by Cristiano Ronaldo challenge
USA midfielder Michael Bradley admits that his side are excited by the challenge of facing Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Portugal team.
Jun 22, 11:05
Rickie Lambert of England scores their second goal during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014
Rickie Lambert devastated by England's early World Cup exit
England striker Rickie Lambert admits that he is devastated to be knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage, describing it as "the worst experience" of his career.
Jun 22, 10:42
Bosnia-Hercegovina's forward Edin Dzeko fights for the ball with Nigeria's defender Joseph Yobo and Nigeria's defender Kenneth Omeruo during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014
Edin Dzeko blames "shameful" referee for Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup exit
Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko criticises the performance of referee Peter O'Leary, claiming that he is the reason why his side lost the game against Nigeria.
Jun 22, 10:23
Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
Ivan Rakitic calls for "perfect game" against Mexico to qualify
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic calls on his side to produce the "perfect game" in their crucial clash against Mexico to secure qualification for the second round.
Jun 22, 10:03
Portugal's Portuguese manager Paulo Bento speaks to journalists after a training session for Portugal national football team at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 5, 2013
Paulo Bento: 'There is no pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo'
Portugal coach Paulo Bento insists that there is no extra pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup, with all responsibility regarding performances on him.
Jun 22, 09:51
Dani Alves of Brazil celebrates after scoring a goal during the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Panama at Serra Dourada Stadium on June 03, 2014
Dani Alves targets first-placed finish in Group A
Brazil defender Dani Alves insists that his side are only focusing on finishing top of their group, rather than concerning themselves over who they are likely to face.
Jun 22, 09:40
Arjen Robben (L) and Robin van Persie of the Netherlands walk off the field after scoring two goals each and defeating Spain 5-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014
Robin van Persie: "We will go for it against any team"
Netherlands captain Robin van Persie insists that his side will "go for it" against Chile, despite only needing a draw to qualify as Group B winners.
Jun 22, 09:27
Eden Hazard of Belgium controls the ball against Madjid Bougherra of Algeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match on June 17, 2014
Belgium players call for the World Cup referees to protect Eden Hazard
Belgium stars Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen call on World Cup referees to protect Eden Hazard from any heavy-handed tactics ahead of their clash against Russia.
Jun 22, 09:12
Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on March 25, 2014
Wolfsburg hint at a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs admits that his side are interested in signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window.
Jun 15, 11:59
Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
Wayne Rooney: 'We'll move on to Uruguay game'
England forward Wayne Rooney insists that the squad are ready to "move on" from the Italy defeat and focus on getting all three points against Uruguay.
Jun 15, 11:44
Steven Gerrard of England looks on during the England press conference ahead of their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil against Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 13, 2014
Steven Gerrard admits he is "proud" of England's performance against Italy
England captain Steven Gerrard praises the performance of his teammates in the 2-1 defeat to Italy, admitting that he is "proud" of the display.
Jun 15, 11:27
Barcelona's midfielder Cesc Fabregas reacts during the Spanish league football match Levante UD vs FC Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium in Valencia on January 19, 2014
Ronald de Boer backs Cesc Fabregas to be a success at Chelsea
Former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer backs Cesc Fabregas to rediscover his best form at Chelsea and become a success for the club.
Jun 15, 11:08
Joel Campbell of Costa Rica celebrates scoring his team's first goal with the ball under his jersey as teammates Oscar Duarte and Michael Umana run on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 1
Joel Campbell: 'We knew we'd beat Uruguay'
Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell claims that he was not surprised to see his side beat Uruguay as the team knew they were going to win.
Jun 15, 10:49
Jeremain Lens of Netherlands celebrates scoring the second goal of the game with Daley Blind and Wesley Sneijder during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Wales at Amsterdam Arena on June 4, 201
Manchester United keen on signing Daley Blind?
Manchester United have been linked with a £12m move for Netherlands and Ajax star Daley Blind, according to reports from the Sunday Mirror.
Jun 15, 10:35
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014
Robin van Persie: 'Header against Spain was the best goal of my career'
Netherlands captain Robin van Persie admits that his diving header in the 5-1 win over Spain was the best goal of his career.
Jun 15, 10:16
Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
Graham Taylor: 'Wayne Rooney on the left isn't working'
Former England manager Graham Taylor claims that playing Wayne Rooney on the left isn't working as the striker needs to be playing centrally to be at his best.
Jun 15, 09:56
Claudio Marchisio of Italy celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
Claudio Marchisio claims he had hallucinations during the game due to the heat
Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio claims that he experienced hallucinations due to the heat during the 2-1 win over England on Saturday.
Jun 15, 09:42
Ivica Olic and Nikica Jelavic of Croatia celebrate after a first half goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014
Nikica Jelavic: 'Croatia are better than Cameroon'
Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic expects his side to claim all three points against Cameroon, claiming that they are better "in every position".
Jun 15, 09:28
Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli gestures to his players from the sidelines during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Cesare Prandelli hails Italy midfielders' performances
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli hails the performance of his midfielders, who dominated possession in the 2-1 win over England on Saturday.
Jun 15, 09:11
David Villa (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of Spain during an international friendly match against El Salvador on June 7, 2014
David Villa: 'We're prepared for the World Cup'
Spain forward David Villa reveals that the whole squad are well prepared for the World Cup after their friendly win over El Salvador in Washington.
Jun 8, 11:59
Rickie Lambert of England scores their second goal during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014
Rickie Lambert hoping to get to the "next level" at Liverpool
England striker Rickie Lambert vows to improve his game and get onto the "next level" after completing his dream move to Liverpool.
Jun 8, 11:41
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna applauds the fans after a pre-season game in Indonesia on July 14, 2013
Bacary Sagna rejects Paris Saint-Germain in favour of Manchester City move?
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna rejects an approach from Paris Saint-Germain as he favours a move to Manchester City, according to a report from L'Equipe.
Jun 8, 11:28
On-loan Everton midfielder Gareth Barry in action against Chelsea on September 14, 2013
Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City join race to sign Gareth Barry?
Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City reportedly join Everton in the race to sign Gareth Barry on a free transfer this summer.
Jun 8, 11:15
England defender Gary Cahill wrestles for possession with Brazilian striker Neymar on February 06, 2013.
Gary Cahill reveals his excitement for his World Cup debut in Brazil
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill reveals his excitement to be finally appearing at a major tournament for England in this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Jun 8, 11:01
Michael Carrick of Manchester United in action during the Rio Ferdinand Testimonial Match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford on August 9, 2013
Rio Ferdinand: 'Carrick is the best holding midfielder England have'
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Michael Carrick is "under-appreciated" by England and is "the best holding midfielder" they have.
Jun 8, 10:49
Wayne Rooney of England holds off Emilio Izaguirre of Honduras in the first half during the International Friendly match on June 7, 2014
Wayne Rooney: 'I'm feeling fit and ready to play at the World Cup'
England striker Wayne Rooney expresses his delight to be heading to a World Cup without any fitness worries, claiming that he is "feeling fit" and is "ready to play".
Jun 8, 10:33
Toulouse's Serge Aurier celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Reims during their Ligue 1 match on March 8, 2014
Liverpool to join race to sign Toulouse defender Serge Aurier?
Liverpool are ready to compete with Arsenal for Toulouse defender Serge Aurier, with the Anfield club hoping to launch a bid this week, according to reports.
Jun 8, 10:18
Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero in action on August 7, 2013
Alessandro Del Piero: 'Wayne Rooney ready to lead England'
Former Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero insists that Wayne Rooney is "ready to lead" England at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Jun 8, 10:01
Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole to be quizzed by US police over alleged assault on TV presenter
Ashley Cole is to be quizzed by Los Angeles police department over claims that he assaulted MTV presenter Donatella Panayiotou in a Hollywood nightclub.
Jun 8, 09:45
Belgium's forward Romelo Lukaku (2nd-R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Sweden and Belgium at Friends Arena in Solna, near Stockholm on June 1, 2014
Marc Wilmots: 'Romelu Lukaku's injury is not too bad'
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots reveals that the ankle injury suffered by Romelu Lukaku in the friendly against Tunisia is "not too bad" as it's only a "severe sprain".
Jun 8, 09:27
Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid scores from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014
Diego Costa admits that it "looks like" he will be moving to Chelsea
Spain striker Diego Costa confirms that it "looks like" he will be leaving Atletico Madrid in the summer to join Chelsea after La Roja's friendly win over El Salvador.
Jun 8, 09:08
Kevin Strootman of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and AS Roma at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 25, 2013
Louis van Gaal makes Kevin Strootman Manchester United's top transfer target?
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal makes Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman his top target in the summer transfer window, according to a report in the Daily Express.
Jun 1, 14:58
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez salutes the crowd on June 03, 2002.
Rafael Marquez racing to be fit for World Cup after injury
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez is racing to be fit in time for the World Cup after sustaining an injury in the 3-1 friendly win over Ecuador on Saturday.
Jun 1, 14:42
Rickie Lambert of Southampton celebrates scoring the winning goal from a penalty with team matesduring the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
Roy Hodgson sympathises with Southampton losing key players
England boss Roy Hodgson expresses his sympathy for Southampton, who are expected to lose their key players to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool this summer.
Jun 1, 14:29
Everton manager Roberto Martinez looks on prior his his team's match against Manchester City in the Premier League match on May 3, 2014
Roberto Martinez: 'Scotland spell helped me develop as a manager'
Everton boss Roberto Martinez reveals that a spell in Scotland with Motherwell as a player helped shape his career as a manager.
Jun 1, 14:17
Joe Hart makes a clearance while on international duty with England on November 19, 2013.
Joe Hart fighting to keep England number one shirt
England goalkeeper Joe Hart admits that he is always fighting to remain the first-choice shot-stopper for the national side as he is wary of the challengers.
Jun 1, 14:00
Blackpool's Tom Ince and Preston's Keith Keane battle for the ball during their League Cup match on August 5, 2013
Karl Oyston: 'Blackpool have no control over Tom Ince's future'
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston reveals that the club have no control over the future of Tom Ince, who is expected to leave Bloomfield Road on a free transfer this summer.
Jun 1, 13:46


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