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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has not been impressed by his team

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled his team "average" and says they could never win the World Cup. Independentexternal-link

Former England striker Alan Shearer says the Three Lions have slipped so far that they are now among the world's also-rans and Group D leaders Costa Rica should expect to beat Roy Hodgson's team in their final World Cup game. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Hull City manager Steve Bruce wants to be the next England boss. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has joined England on the World Cup casualty list after his accreditation was revoked for letting someone else use it.Daily Mailexternal-link

Iran have filed a complaint to Fifa against Serbian referee Milorad Mazic, for what they deem to be poor officiating during their 1-0 defeat by Argentina. IRNA (in Farsi)external-link

Meanwhile, several people involved in the production of the video to a song celebrating Iran's World Cup campaign have been arrested in the country. Alarabiya (in Farsi)external-link

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says Fifa is guilty of a lack of "fair play" over the scheduling of World Cup fixtures. Daily Mailexternal-link

Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges says being selfless and solid has helped Los Ticos overcome their more illustrious opponents at the World Cup. Guardianexternal-link

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says he thinks of everyone, while players only think of themselves, after his argument with Cesc Fabregas over the 27-year-old Chelsea midfielder's role at the World Cup. Marca (in Spanish)external-link

Spanish fans have called for a generational change in the national team after their poor performance and early exit from the World Cup. As.com (in Spanish)external-link

Fifa is looking into photographs of fans wearing black make-up at Germany's World Cup game against Ghana. FourFourTwoexternal-link

France coach Didier Deschamps says there is no question of his Group E leaders slowing down at the World Cup. L'Equipe (in French)external-link


Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard is attracting envious glances from the Nou Camp

Barcelona will make a move for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, if they fail to secure a deal sign their number one target Luis Suarez, 27, from Liverpool. Daily Starexternal-link

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is eyeing a surprise swoop for Swansea City striker Michu, 28, to help ease the burden on Gonzalo Higuain. Talksportexternal-link

Barcelona are no longer interested in Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, but the 23-year-old remains a target for Chelsea and Manchester United. Daily Starexternal-link

Manchester United are ready to spend £6m on AC Milan's 29 year-old Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong. Tuttosport (in Italian)external-link

Mexico striker Carlos Vela, 25, will not return to Arsenal and has signed a new contract with Spanish side Real Sociedad. Daily Expressexternal-link

Tottenham are set to make a £5m bid for Divock Origi after the 19-year-old Lille striker scored Belgium's winning goal against Russia at the World Cup. Daily Mailexternal-link

West Brom are leading the race to sign Chelsea forward Victor Moses, 23, who could otherwise be set for a season on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge after failing to make an impression on loan at Liverpool last term. Sun (subscription required)external-link

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has bid £8m for Feyenoord frontman Graziano Pelle, 28, who scored 50 goals in the last two seasons playing under the Dutchman. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

QPR have made enquiries for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, 21, who is also being tracked by Arsenal and Tottenham. Daily Mailexternal-link

Celtic are considering a move for Sheffield United's Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stefan Scougall. Daily Expressexternal-link

Swansea have beaten Newcastle to the signing of free agent France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 28, following his release by Lyon. Daily Expressexternal-link

Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, 24, is due to have a medical at Hull City on Monday before completing an £8m move. Hull Daily Mailexternal-link

Stoke City are reportedly tracking Galatasaray winger Bruma, 19, who is also attracting interest from Chelsea, Everton and West Ham. Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Luis Suarez
Barcelona have opened the bidding for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Barcelona have made an offer of £68m for Liverpool's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 27. Bild (in German)external-link

Meanwhile, Uruguay team-mate Diego Forlan says Suarez would perform very well with Real Madrid. As.com (in Spanish)external-link

Manchester United and Tottenham are competing for the "new Cristiano Ronaldo", Memphis Depay, 20, who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven. Bild (in German)external-link

Real Madrid would be willing to pay £32m for Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti but the French club is asking for Karim Benzema, 26, and Angel di Maria, 26, in exchange for the 21-year-old Italian midfielder, As.com (in Spanish)external-link

Valencia are demanding £16m from Barcelona for their 30-year-old French defender Jeremy Mathieu. Marca (in Spanish)external-link


The best national teams may come together every four years at the World Cup, but the tournament is mostly a remix of the main professional leagues - as shown in this 'clubs that connect the World Cup' infographic. New York Timesexternal-link

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says Roy Hodgson only retained his job as national coach because he is English. Daily Telegraphexternal-link


Sulley Muntari
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari hands out cash in Brazil.

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari was filmed handing out cash to people in Brazil during his World Cup down time, until the police eventually asked him to stop. Youtubeexternal-link

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman posted a moustachioed selfie on his Instagramexternal-link account during Algeria's 4-2 win over South Korea claiming he was 'ADDICTED' to the World Cup.

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini grabbed a twitpicexternal-link with King Philippe of Belgium following the 1-0 win against Russia on Sunday and thanked the monarch for his support of the team.

Iranian social media users have launched a "Carlos Queiroz should stay" campaign after the coach announced he would be stepping down soon after the World Cup due to lack of finances. Facebookexternal-link

Brazil's tournament-opening game against Croatia is the most talked-about match of the World Cup so far on Facebook, with 58 million unique views and 140 million interactions. England's match against Uruguay is fourth. L'Equipe (in French)external-link

Fans lit flares in Algiersexternal-link as Algeria became the first African nation to score four goals in a World Cup encounter by beating South Korea 4-2. JOE.ie external-link

Sir Patrick Stewart may have been born in England, but the former Star Trek actor posted a selfie of himself on Twitterexternal-link championing the United States before their 2-2 draw with Portugal.


A manufacturer has mistakenly printed pictures of US president Barack Obama on souvenir England mugs instead of defender Chris Smalling. Metroexternal-link

One journalist had mosquito repellent taken away by World Cup stadium security in Brazil, with the explanation: "We don't allow mosquitoes here". Five minutes later he was bitten. Daily Mailexternal-link

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, was filmed playing for Chelsea - on computer game Football Manager. Metroexternal-link