De Rossi Guarenteed For National Team

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is one of the players to be included in the professional 30 man squad announced by Italy’s national team manager Cesare Prandelli ahead of the World Cup 2014. It was heavily suggested that Prandelli will not think twice about leaving De Rossi out of the team after the recent troubles faced by the Roma midfielder. He has been struggling with temperamental issues this campaign and the former Fiorentina boss has been a strict disciplinarian. He has always maintained that any player with temperamental issues will have no place in his squad.

Owen: England must attack

Former England striker Michael Owen believes Roy Hodgson must look to attack if he wants his side to impress at this summer’s World Cup.

Hodgson has received wide-ranging praise for his decision to include a number of exciting youngsters in his 23 and although the Three Lions are by no means expected to win the tournament.

With England 33/1 with Paddy Power to win the World Cup, there appears to be a quiet optimism surrounding the squad.

CECH FACES COMPETITION

Since 2004, Petr Cech has been the undisputed first choice goalkeeper of Chelsea as the veteran shot-stopper continues to play at world-class levels which have helped the Premier League on being on one of top spots of the English league.

The 31 years old goalkeeper has even helped Chelsea on lifting the Champions League as they defeated Barcelona in 2011 and Cech played a crucial role as he denied Messi and the rest of the attacking forces of the Spanish club from scoring.

United Have a Mountain to Climb

At 19:45 this evening, Manchester United will face Greek club, Olympiakos, at Old Trafford, hoping to become the second team from England to progress to the last eight of the Champions League.

Fans who are gambling on the game with Betfair know that United are in a bad way – on the surface, at least. The Reds are heading into the clash two goals down on aggregate, courtesy of strikes from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell, with a recent 3-0 defeat to bitter rivals, Liverpool, standing as a microcosm of their luck on the football pitch so far this season.

And the winners of the 2014 World Cup are...

So which nation will be lifting the greatest prize in football next July 13th at the world famous Maracanã Stadium stadium in Rio de Janeiro?

Having won the World Cup on a record five occasions – home advantage will surely tip things in Brazil's favour to make it a sixth? If you believe the bookmakers’ odds it will be Brazil at around 3/1. This is understandable. Brazil are, without any shadow of a doubt, the strongest nation in the history of football.