Balotelli backed by Abate
Mario Balotelli has received the support of FIGC (Italian FA) chief, Giancarlo Abate, following his recent outburst in a TV interview. It has been a difficult season for Milan, and also for Balotelli, who have only scored two goals in the last five games.
Just two spots left
Felipe Scolari has already decided 21 out of 23 places in his squad, while also reiterating that nobody is irreplaceable.
Protest might affect players
Scolari also spoke of his worry that the planned protest during the World Cup can affect his player and Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup. Stating that "everybody has the right to protest" but unsure whether "it's the right time".
Janujaz to be included in preliminary squad
After declaring his intention to represent Belgium, Adnan Janujaz has received confirmation from national team manager Marc Wilmots, that he will be in the preliminary squad for the World Cup.
Pogba eager to leave his mark
Paul Pogba wants to make his mark in this World Cup and to help the French people in forgetting France's controversy-laden World Cup campaign in 2010.
Cole remains positive of going to Brazil
Chelsea and England veteran left back, Ashley Cole, believes that his recent performances has shown that he is still capable of contributing to the national team. Cole spends most of the season on the bench but has played against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinal and against Liverpool in the league, resulting in two clean sheets.
Pieters pessimistic of Holland recall
Stoke City's left-back, Erik Pieters doesn't think that he will be called to join Netherlands squad for the upcoming World Cup. Pieters who only joined Stoke last summer, has played 35 times for them in the league.