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".
WR: I don't care what anyone says but I'm ready for this World Cup. I want to try and be successful with England so to win would be great— England (@england) June 11, 2014
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 Neville, has 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.