Gossip column: World Cup, Koeman, Cazorla, Song, Khedira

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WORLD CUP GOSSIP

Spanish newspaper Marca has run a predominantly black front page criticising the national team following their 5-1 defeat to Holland in their World Cup opener. Daily Mail

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, to use the World Cup as an opportunity to silence his doubters. Daily Mirror

John Terry of Chelsea
John Terry has not played for England since September 2012

Former England captain Tony Adams says manager Roy Hodgson has made a terrible mistake by not reuniting Chelsea pairing Gary Cahill, 28, and John Terry, 33, in the national team. Daily Telegraph

Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has backed Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 19, to be a star at the World Cup. Sun (subscription only)

Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 23, wants to shake of his 'Mad Mario' nickname earned during his controversial time at Manchester City and be known as the best striker in the world. Daily Mail

Former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson believes Italy will struggle in the conditions in Manaus on Saturday as much as England will. Sun (subscription only)

France's Loic Remy thinks his former team-mate Fred should be "punished" for the way he won a controversial penalty in Brazil's win over Croatia. Guardian

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa believes he can lead Japan into the knock-out stages of the World Cup despite a season of frustration at Old Trafford. Daily Telegraph

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera fancies his side's chances of causing the tournament's biggest upset so far - by beating host nation Brazil when they meet on Tuesday. Daily Mail

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Former Netherlands star Ronald Koeman, who left Feyenoord at the end of last season, is set to be appointed as the new manager of Southampton. Daily Mirror

Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga in August 2012

Midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29, has told friends and family he wants to quit Arsenal and join Atletico Madrid this summer. Metro

Chelsea are looking to follow up the signing of Barcelona's Spain star Cesc Fabregas with that of his former Arsenal team-mate Alex Song, 26, despite interest from Manchester United in the midfielder. Daily Express

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Germany midfielder Sami Khedira. Mourinho also signed the 27-year-old for Real Madrid. Daily Star

The Stamford Bridge side are also weighing up a £12m move for Dinamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 24. Daily Mail

Liverpool are in danger of missing out on Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, 24, after Barcelona joined the race for the Croatian.Daily Express

Liverpool are set to open talks with German club Hoffenheim over a deal for 22-year-old midfielder Roberto Firmino.Metro

AND FINALLY

Hordes of Brazilian ants have infiltrated Uruguay's World Cup training camp and found their way into the players' beds. Guardian

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