Daily Links: 72 Days to World Cup

Jan Kruger

In today's countdown: England kit criticized, resignations in Uruguay's FA, and Berti Vogts new role with US national team. All that and more here in TLR's Daily World Cup countdown!

England £90 kit criticized

The all-white kit designed by Nike is retailing at £90, which prompts criticism from some parties.

FA to offer trade-in promotions

The FA has moved quickly to accommodate fans complaining over the price of the kit, by offering a trade in promotion. Basically you can trade in your previously owned kit for a coupon worth between £10 - £30, depending on the condition of the shirts.

Big Sam backing his big man

Sam Allardyce believes that if Andy Carroll continues his goalscoring run, it would be hard for Roy Hodgson to "Ignore him". Carroll scored a goal for West Ham United, in a 2-1 win over Sunderland yesterday.

Toni relaxed about Italy chance

The veteran striker who netted his 14th and 15th league goals this season, is not worried about Cesare Prandelli leaving the match before the striker score his goals. Luca Toni was part of Italy's World Cup winning squad in 2006.

Wayne Rooney to try his luck in Hollywood

Not contend with the £300k wage he's earning from Manchester United, Rooney is planning to star in a Hollywood movie. Citing his desire to have a "Money Bin" similar to Scrooge McDuck. No details have been confirmed, and talks of a real-life adaptation of 'Shrek" has been denied by Rooney's Hollywood representative.

Uruguay's World Cup spot in jeopardy

The entire board members of Uruguayan FA has resigned after the national government decided to withdraw police protection for one of the league matches, a move that may be interpreted as a possible government intervention.

FIFA to entertain the idea of robot

With concern about the heat during the summer months in Qatar, FIFA has revealed that they may allow national football associations to send robots instead of human players for the World Cup in 2022. FIFA believed that the robots can even give a much better show to the fans, citing their immense athletic potential, endless stamina, as well as having none of the human tendencies to dive or complaint to the referees.

Vogts appointed as special advisor

The US Soccer Federation (USSF) has hired Berti Vogts as a special advisor to head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He will combine his role with his current job as Azerbaijan national team manager.

Work halted after accident

Following an accident in Itaquearo Stadium which killed a worker, construction on the stadium is temporary halted, pending additional safety measures to be put in place.

Happy April 1st everyone!

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