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England striker Wayne Rooney
Rooney gets to work in a training session he insists he chose to undertake himself

Wayne Rooney takes to Facebook to respond to those wondering if him training with England's reserves meant he would be left out of the Uruguay match on Thursday. "Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at," he says. "I did my own extra training because that's what I wanted to do." (Wayne Rooney Facebook)external-link

England forwards Danny Welbeck, 23, and Daniel Sturridge, 24, believe they have an intuitive partnership and can combine to bring success for Roy Hodgson's team at the World Cup. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet offers an insight into the "one-track mind" of his fellow Uruguay Luis Suarez, 27. Times (subscription required)external-link

Spain forward Juan Mata, 26, says the defending World Cup champions should not change their style, despite suffering a 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands in their opening match. Daily Mailexternal-link

Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque admits that he will make changes as they prepare for their vital meeting with Chile. Guardianexternal-link

England manager Roy Hodgson risks a rift with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by recalling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20, after injury. Times (subscription required)external-link

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, has been ordered to put his country before his ego if he wants to become one of the top-five players in world football. Sun (subscription required)external-link


Filipe Luis
Luis has been with Atletico since 2010 and played in this year's Champions League final against Real Madrid

Chelsea are planning a move for Steaua Bucharest's Romania international left-back Iasmin Latovlevici, 28, who was once lined-up by Liverpool, as they seek a replacement for Ashley Cole. (Daily Star)external-link

However, Chelsea are also thought to be in negotiations to buy another left-back, Filipe Luis, 28, from Atletico Madrid after showing a willingness to match the £21m buy-out clause. Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson, 26, is a shock target for French side AS Monaco. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 26, insists he has no plans to leave Manchester City. Daily Starexternal-link

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has ruled out trying to take Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, back to the Serie A club. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Everton have bid £10m to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to Torino's 26-year-old forward Alessio Cerci. Daily Expressexternal-link

Argentina and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, 26, is a target for Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Daily Expressexternal-link

Atletico Madrid want Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 28, as a possible replacement for Chelsea-bound Spain striker Diego Costa, 25. Daily Starexternal-link

Winger Tom Ince, 22, is in talks with Queens Park Rangers over a move to Loftus Road. Sky Sportsexternal-link

Arsenal are ready to make a £25m move to sign Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 23, from AC Milan. Daily Starexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Chile national team coach Jorge Sampaoli has studied the Spain side thoroughly - by watching one thousand match videos of the world champions in action. As.com (in Spanish)external-link

Brazil coach Felipe Scolari says there should not be a problem if Hulk is unable to play in the match against Mexico today, after the 27-year-old forward left a training session with a muscle injury. Bild (in German)external-link


Alan Irvine, the new West Bromwich Albion head coach, is out to prove his critics wrong after his appointment received negative reaction from many of the club's supporters. Daily Starexternal-link


President Obama sends his support to the USA team with a Facebookexternal-link message declaring: "Go team USA! Show the world what we're made of."

Golfers Sergio Garcia and new US Open champion Martin Kaymer with NY Giants' Markus Kuhn watching Germany vs Portugal. Sergio Garcia Facebookexternal-link

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has a response for those criticising his sole Worthington Cup medal in comparison to fellow panellists Clarence Seedorf and Thierry Henry, posting a picture of himself and former Brazil international Roberto Carlos with the caption: "Did he win the Worthington Cup?". Robbie Savage Twitterexternal-link

Brazil defender David Luiz on meeting a crying fan: "Some things in life you can't explain and yesterday was one of them. Daniel Jr. I wanted to thank you for the example of affection, love and dedication. It was a very special day for me, a day that made me look to heaven and thank God for the privilege of bringing that joy to many people. I will never forget your hug!" David Luiz Facebookexternal-link


Coleen Rooney, wife of England striker Wayne, is involved in a Twitter row after being criticised for taking her sons to the World Cup. Daily Mailexternal-link

Germany players celebrated their 4-0 win against Portugal by posing with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the dressing room. Daily Mailexternal-link

Italy striker Mario Balotelli filled a page in his World Cup sticker book with pictures of himself. Guardianexternal-link

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