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From the Lion's Den: June 12th

THE WORLD CUP STARTS TODAY Y'ALL!

"Scholes been criticizing me again?" ponders Wayne. Photo credit
"Scholes been criticizing me again?" ponders Wayne. Photo credit
Richard Heathcote
Welbeck good news

Danny Welbeck will be hoping to return to training on Friday with the hope that he can prove his fitness to start against Italy. A scan on his right thigh does not reveal any serious damage.

Groundsman admits pitch 'in bad shape'

This is according to Carlos Botella, the chief groundsman at Arena Amazonia, who mentioned that "the maintenance has been complicated". England will send a staff member to check the condition of the pitch.

Ox recovery encouraging

James Milner has said that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recovery has been "coming along well". The Manchester City midfielder even admits that one of the physic had to be replaced as he could not keep up with Ox's tireless running.

Phil Neville hits out at Rooney's "witch hunt"

Phil Neville believes that Wayne Rooney is England's best player and that the criticism surrounding him is an unnecessary "witch hunt".

Wayne agrees.

Scholes urges attacking football

Paul Scholes, who has had a bit of back and forth with Rooney suggest that Ross Barkley reminds him of Rooney circa Euro 2004, and that its time for Roy Hodgson to instill an attacking identity in England's squad in Brazil.

England's third most valuable

According to one report, England's squad is the third most valuable in the tournament, with an estimated insurable value of £550m. This is 30 times more than the least valuable side, which is fellow group D member, Costa Rica.

Neville gaffe; a friendly advice

England's assistant, Gary Nevillehas been spotted carrying game notes containing England's strategy in approaching the match against Italy.

Though Gary has dismiss of the error, he'd be wise to pay attention to the suggestion given by Luxembourg's head coach, Luc Holtz. He told England to target the full backs and hit them on the counterattack. Luxembourg drew 1-1 against Italy last week.