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In this week's countdown: Barkley and Ruddy backed for England's squad, Deschamp wants balance in France squad, Estadio Nacional to host extra games? Read all your World Cup related news here, in TLR's Daily World Cup countdown.

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Chris Brunskill
Midweek Premier League actions
City comfortable derby winner

Manchester City dispose of Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Edin Dzeko scoring twice, in a 3-0 win.

Own goal denied Arsenal win

Arsenal was held to a 2-2 draw at The Emirates against Swansea City, with Flamini's own goal denting Arsenal title hopes.

Everton maintain hopes of Champions League qualification

The Toffees recorded their biggest away win this season with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James' Park.

Martinez hail Barkley

Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley is 'ready to help the national team' and that 'nothing will fazed him'.

23rd title for Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola's side has wrapped up Bundesliga by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1, winning the title with 7 games to go.

Hoddle and Zola linked with Forest job

Glenn Hoddle and Gianfranco Zola is considered as favorites for the Notthingham Forest vacant manager seat.

New Southampton chief executive

Gareth Rogers, previously the club's chief financial officer, has been named as Southampton's chief executive, a position he held in a temporary basis following Nicola Cortese's departure.

Hughton backs Ruddy

The Norwich manager has praised John Ruddy, and believes that the custodian deserves a spot in England's squad.

Deschamp seeking balance

The France manager is looking for a perfect blend of 'experience and youth' as he consider his squad for the World Cup.

Estadio Nacional might host extra games

The stadium, located at Brazil's capital, Brasilia, could be placed on stand-by to host more games in the World Cup, should other venues is not completed in time.

Platini supports FIFA investigation

The Frenchman will ensure that any attempt to derail the ongoing investigation on FIFA's World Cup bidding will not be tolerated.

FIFA's investigator survives removal plot

Meanwhile, Michael Garcia, who is currently leading the investigation on possible irregularities in the World Cup bidding process, manage to survive a plot to remove him from the investigation.

UEFA plans new Nations League

UEFA's Congress, currently meeting in Kazakhstan, is set to approve a new tournament among UEFA member countries called "Nations League", and would replace most of international friendlies fixtures.

Brazilians protest World Cup

Through a song titled "Desculpa Neymar" ("I'm Sorry Neymar"), most of the lyrics is directed against the government.

Kewell to retire

The former Leeds and Liverpool winger, is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season. The Australian international won a Champions League title with Liverpool in 2005.