This summer's tournament in Brazil is off to a stunning start and Goal takes a look at whether 10 of the world-class names present have lived up to their top billing.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
The striker has acknowledged the regular speculation linking him with the Spanish giants, but he insists he is not interested in leaving the Etihad Stadium as he is settled
The Arsenal midfielder trained with the rest of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad Monday ahead of the Three Lions' World Cup clash against Uruguay on Thursday.
The Manchester United striker says he works hard to try and get into Roy Hodgson's starting lineup and that he will always respect his manager's team selection.
The Spain international striker has long wanted a chance to play in the Premier League and is excited to represent "one of the world's greatest clubs."
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The midfielder discussed the possibility of rejoining the Gunners from Barcelona this summer but says that the Frenchman felt that he already had players in his position
The manager has played down the severity of previous altercations with the midfielder and says Ramires will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Manchester United forward provided the assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal but missed a golden chance to equalize as calls for him to be benched grow stronger.
Rooney supplied the assist for the Three Lions' only goal but looked out of sorts on the wing, while youngsters Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley impressed.
The Three Lions were beaten by Italy in Manaus but the manager remains bullish. He also defended striker Wayne Rooney, who was criticized for his performance.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli were enough to defeat England in the Azzurri's opening World Cup clash, with wide man Antonio Candreva tireless on the right flank
Though Roy Hodgson's men were beaten 2-1 by Italy in Manaus on Saturday, the Three Lions skipper feels that they showed enough enterprise to progress from Group D.
Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli sandwiched a Daniel Sturridge strike to give Cesare Prandelli's men all three points from their opener against Roy Hodgson's charges.
The Liverpool youngster is trusted to make an impact by manager Roy Hodgson despite having limited game time in pre-tournament friendlies, with Adam Lallana benched.
The veteran hurt his ankle in training and has failed to recover in time to face Roy Hodgson's men in the two sides' opening World Cup fixture.
Ten years after Rooney announced himself at Euro 2004, the Liverpool forward can have the same impact in Brazil - and Roy Hodgson must pick him for Italy opener in Manaus.
The Three Lions head to hot and humid Manaus for their World Cup Group D opener against Italy and must find a way to prevent the Juventus regista from exerting his usual control.
The form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker saw the Gunners' captain lose his starting place last season and he will seek a fresh challenge after the World Cup.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Netherlands coach takes charge at Old Trafford after the World Cup and admits the task ahead may have forced him to refocus attentions - but he is excited by the role.
The 31-year-old France international right back completes his long-awaited free transfer to the Premier League champion after saying goodbye to Arsenal on Thursday.