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In today's countdown: Benteke injury woes for Belgium, Barry write himself off, England will not play it safe, and the death of the beautiful game? It's all right here in TLR's Daily World Cup Countdown!

Scott Heavey
Benteke to miss out on World Cup

Aston Villa's striker, Christian Benteke will not participate in this year's World Cup after suffering a ruptured achilles tendon injury. Belgian national team head coach, Marc Wilmots urges his team to perform their best in the World Cup for Benteke, while Paul Lambert is gutted for his young striker.

Gareth Barry believes England recall unlikely

The Everton midfielder who has been capped 53 times by England, believes that despite his strong performance this season, he's "virtually written it off" when it comes to an England recall.

England will not play it safe

That's according to England manager, Roy Hodgson, who believes that his side must show attacking ambitions and not play it safe as it does not suit the current crop of England players.

De Gea wants Valdes spot

After Victor Valdes was ruled out from this summer's World Cup because of knee injury, David de Gea hopes that it would open a spot in Spain's national team for him. The 23-year old keeper has not played for the national team under Vicente del Bosque.

Pele: "Managers don't care about the beautiful game"

Brazil legend Pele believes that managers in modern football are more concerned with not losing and that mentality has eroded the elegance of football.

Safety rules ignored to speed up construction

Following further investigations, a top labor official in Brazil stated that safety measures was ignored so that the construction in Itaquearo stadium, which is scheduled to host the World Cup opener on June 12th, would be completed, having already been behind in its timetable.

FIFA and FA should pressure Qatar over worker's condition

That was the message given by Labour's Party Jim Smith, who recently went to Qatar with the International Trade Union Confederation and say that the situation the workers in Qatar face is "sub-human".

Sampson's won first qualifier emphatically

Mark Sampson, taking charge of his first World Cup qualifier match with England Women's national team, defeated Montenegro 9-0.