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Daily Links: 13 Days to World Cup

More friendlies results, injury updates, and the latest news as the big kick-off is approaching!

Alex Livesey
Friendlies Roundup

Mexico 3 - Israel 0

Mexico secure a win in their final home friendly, but goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona suffered an injury after colliding with teammate Francisco Rodriguez.

Honduras 0 - Turkey 2

Honduras succumbed to a defeat against Turkey, with Mevlut Erding and Caner Erkin on the scoresheet.

Cameroon 1 - Paraguay 2

Cameroon wasted a penalty as they lose to Paraguay with Roque Santa Cruz scoring one of the goals.

Gerrard's support for Rooney

England skipper Steven Gerrard believes that Paul Scholes was wrong to dismiss Wayne Rooney as 'past his peak', and that the striker is in a 'positive state of mind' heading into the tournament.

Don't dodge tackles; Shaw doubtful

Roy Hodgson urged his players to not avoid tackles and playing to avoid injury in their friendly against Peru later today. Luke Shaw is a doubt for the match as he is suffering from cold.

Balotelli dismisses England's chances; Rossi racing against time

Italy's striker Mario Balotelli does not believe England to be a serious contender for the World Cup, adding that England have some good players but are not real rivals for Italy. Meanwhile, Giuseppe Rossi is still struggling to be fully fit for the tournament with the friendly against Ireland a crucial match for the player.

Saborio to miss World Cup

Costa Rica has been dealt a blow with the news that striker Alvaro Saborio will miss the tournament after breaking a bone in his right foot. The 32-year old striker has 32 goals in 93 appearances for the national team.

South Korea to focus on fitness; final squad announced

After their 1-0 defeat against Tunisia, head coach Hong Myung-bo will utilize rigorous conditioning drills to improve his squad fitness levels. Several England based players is also included in South Korea's 23-man squad.

FIFA order Spain to wear white

FIFA has instructed Spain to make a new white kit for their game against Netherlands, as their home red kit did not offer enough contrast to Netherland's blue away kit.

Three venues still a concern

FIFA's Secretary General Jerome Valcke has voiced his concern regarding preparations in Arena das Dunas in Natal, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, and Itaquearo stadium in Sao Paulo with less than two weeks before the big kick-off.