Gossip 1990 rewind: Robson, Beckenbauer, Waddle, Lineker

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BBC Sport will be showing England's 1990 semi-final match against West Germany on Saturday. The match will be available to watch across four screens - PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV - from bbc.co.uk/worldcup or through BBC Sport apps.

(Wednesday, 4 July 1990)

The Times reports that 7,000 Italian police will today attempt a day-long segregation of England and West Germany fans before their World Cup semi-final in Turin.

The Guardian previews England's World Cup semi-final with Germany
The Guardian previews England's World Cup semi-final with Germany

The Times is also reporting that Cameroon captain Stephen Tataw is tipping England to beat West Germany. Can they reach the final? "Why not?" he said. "Nobody thought we would beat Colombia in the second round but we did."

The Sun says that England manager Bobby Robson has said "this is my biggest game, it beats everything else."

The Daily Express is reporting that Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer is glad his team are facing England. "I'm glad that England are our opponents, not that they are weaker than Cameroon, but we know them better," he said.

The Guardian believes that Graham Taylor is set to succeed England manager Bobby Robson after the World Cup whether they win or lose.

The Guardian is also reporting that London is bracing itself for 'World Cup rush hour'. There are fears people rushing home in cars to see the game will gridlock the streets.

The Daily Mirror thinks that in the absence of John Barnes, Chris Waddle is set for a more advanced role just behind Gary Lineker.


Real Madrid are planning to make a £25m swoop for Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 27. The Sun (subscription only)external-link

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United face competition from Paris St-Germain for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, 23, with the Basque club keen to sell before the World Cup starts. Daily Starexternal-link

Real Sociedad and France winger Antoine Griezmann
Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann has won three caps for France

QPR striker Loic Remy, 27, wants to join Arsenal more than any other teams interested in signing him. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Frank Lampard, 35, is tempted by an offer to play with New York City FC and play on loan in Australia with Melbourne City when his Chelsea contract expires this summer. Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland have made an undisclosed bid for 29-year-old Swansea defender Ashley Williams. Sky Sports external-link

Chelsea are confident of signing ex-Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, from Barcelona for less than £30m and will improve his £100,000-a-week wages. Times (subscription)external-link

Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 22, is set to decide between a move to Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle after rejecting a switch to Inter Milan. Daily Expressexternal-link

Aston Villa have sounded out former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand over a possible move to Villa Park - but the 35-year-old free agent would prefer to join a London club.Daily Mailexternal-link

West Ham are ready to battle Tottenham for the signature of Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, 28. Talksportexternal-link

Liverpool are close to completing a deal for Bayern Munich's £15m-rated winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, who has been capped 32 times by Switzerland. Daily Starexternal-link

The agent of Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne, 23, claims it is to be an honour to be linked with Arsenal, who are are preparing a £17M bid.Guardianexternal-link

Southampton have joined the list of clubs interested in signing 31-year-old former Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell, who is a free agent. Daily Mailexternal-link

Marseille have opened up talks with Newcastle about signing centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 25. Newcastle Chronicleexternal-link


Midfielder Samir Nasri, 26, is set to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City. Guardianexternal-link

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri has scored 14 goals in 92 Premier League appearances for Manchester City

Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio reckons England have no chance at the World Cup because they are "exhausted" and concede "ludicrous" goals. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, has told Chelsea that he wants to quit Stamford Bridge this summer. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, could make his international debut for France at the World Cup finals after Franck Ribery's withdrawal through injury. Timesexternal-link

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 62, has ordered four of the club's pitches at their Carrington training ground to be ripped up. The Sun (subscription only)external-link


Brazilian-born Croatia striker Eduardo will sing the national anthems of both countries when the sides meet in the World Cup opening game. Independentexternal-link

A Brazilian super fan has worn his country's colours every day since their World Cup victory in 1994. Metroexternal-link

Nine of the Italy squad which flew to Brazil were forced to downgrade from first class when it emerged their plane was too small. Daily Mailexternal-link

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