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Germany coach Joachim Low has written off England's chances of ever winning a tournament again, highlighting the high number of foreign players in the Premier League as a major factor. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Joachim Low
Joachim Low believes the Premier League is a problem for the England team

Gerard Houllier, a member of Fifa's technical study group, will recommend that in the future a fourth substitute be made available for extra time. Guardianexternal-link

Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto, who is preparing his team to face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, says he learned his coaching style from Rinus Michels - the Dutchman who invented total football. ABC Newsexternal-link

Manager Luis Felipe Scolari is considering not selecting a specialist striker in Brazil's starting XI for the World Cup quarter-final against Colombia.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Attacking midfielder Thomas Muller, 24, is one of the unnamed seven Germany players suffering flu-like symptoms ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France. Daily Mailexternal-link

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has warned his countrymen they need to overcome their over-reliance on Lionel Messi before their quarter-final against Belgium on Saturday. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Germany forward Toni Kroos, 24, believes his country are a better team than France and it is merely a matter of proving it in Friday's quarter-final tie at the Maracana. Guardianexternal-link

Germany captain Philipp Lahm, 30, will not be shifted to from midfield to full-back by coach Joachim Low. Daily Mailexternal-link

World governing body Fifa says Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 27 will be allowed to train during his four-month ban from "all football-related activity". Guardianexternal-link


Arturo Vidal
It would appear Juventus are willing to sell box-to-box midfielder Arturo Vidal

Juventus are willing to sell Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, for £32m and Manchester United are ready to make a formal offer. Gazzetta Dello Sport (in Italian)external-link

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 27, is set to complete his proposed £80m move to Barcelona in next 48 hours. Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool have had a £20m offer for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, 24, rejected, but are being frustrated in their attempts to wrap up a deal for the centre-back. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Lovren is not expected at Southampton for pre-season training after declaring his intent to leave. Daily Mailexternal-link

Manchester United have been offered Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 26, for £40m. Arsenal, Paris St-Germain and Juventus have also expressed an interest in the Argentina international. Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident of pulling off a £35m double deal for targets Alexis Sanchez, 25, and Mathieu Debuchy, 28. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

However, Manchester United are closely monitoring the Sanchez situation as manager Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the Barcelona forward. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

The Gunners will bid £20m for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, after Napoli joined the race for the France midfielder's signature. Daily Expressexternal-link

Bayern Munich are looking to beat Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, 26.Daily Expressexternal-link

Arsenal have made a £23.8m offer for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, and will use close friend Mesut Ozil to tempt the player to join the Gunners. Metroexternal-link

Manchester City have had a £32m bid for France defender Elaquim Mangala, 23, accepted by Porto, but face an anxious wait to see if Chelsea - whose boss Jose Mourinho is also keen on the player - make a move. Daily Starexternal-link

Juventus are keen on signing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, 33, who signed a contract extension at Old Trafford last month. Talksportexternal-link


Barcelona will hire a leading psychologist to keep Luis Suarez's demons at bay if he completes his expected move to the Nou Camp. Sun (subscription required)external-link

QPR expect to complete the signing of Rio Ferdinand next week after manager Harry Redknapp confirmed the former Manchester United centre-back, 35, has agreed to move to Loftus Road. GetWestLondonexternal-link

Phil Neville is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United with his position as first-team coach likely to be diminished by new manager Louis van Gaal. Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea says new signings Luke Shaw, 18, and Ander Herrera, 24, are in for a shock on Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States when they see just how big the club is. Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, could quit Stamford Bridge this summer, according to his agent. Talksportexternal-link

Coventry striker Callum Wilson, 22, has been given permission to speak to two clubs, believed to be Bournemouth and Norwich.Bournemouth Echoexternal-link


Football is often portrayed as a male preserve, but on social media the 2014 World Cup has shown that women equally love the game. CNNexternal-link

Brazil and Chelsea midfielder Oscar has seen the number of his Twitter followers increase by 428% since the World Cup began - the greatest percentage growth of any player at the tournament.Evening Standardexternal-link

Germany and Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has posted the following message on his Facebook pageexternal-link ahead of Friday's quarter-final against France. "We are now in Rio and in full preparations for Friday. Will be a special game especially for all the Arsenal players on both squads. It is ‪#‎allin or nothing again."

Lukas Podolski
Podolski's Germany face France in the quarter-finals on Friday

Meanwhile, Mertesacker's Germany and Arsenal team-mate, striker Lukas Podolski has posted a picture of himself on Facebookexternal-link ahead of the World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday.

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who shrugged off questions regarding his future at Manchester United from the press on Friday, showed he was fully focused on the World Cup by taking to Facebookexternal-link to post: "Looking forward to our match tomorrow against Argentina! Let's do this Belgium!!! ‪#‎tousensemble ‪#‎worldcup"

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, has posted the following message on Facebookexternal-link after his country's World Cup exit: "Starting the holidays playing with the sun in this landscape. Thank you for the support during all season."

Brazil defender Marcelo has tweeted:external-link "Your support has been the fuel of our team, thank-you! We will keep fighting for our dream! #allinornothing", ahead of their quarter-final against Colombia on Friday.


Attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 22, filmed himself pulling a prank on one of his Colombia team mates, scaring him in his hotel room before their quarter-final with Brazil. Metroexternal-link

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