With only two days remaining before the World Cup roars into life in South Africa here are some of the latest news beats filtering through before the official opening this Friday.
Former France captain, Marcel Desailly, says he does not expect the blues to reach the last 16, never mind have any prospect of winning the tournament. He tipped Uruguay and a resurgent South Africa, who beat Denmark over the weekend, to proceed from Group A.
In a friendly on Monday, England beat Tapuwa Kapiniâ€™s Platinum Stars 3 nil. Englandâ€™s goals came from Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe and Wayne Rooney, as the team gears up for its World cup opener against the United States on Saturday.
In injury news Netherlands striker Arjen Robben who suffered a small tear in his left hamstring in a warm up friendly against Hungary, is hoping intense physiotherapy will help him take part in the World Cup.
Robben came on as a half-time substitute in the 6-1 thrashing of Hungary and scored two goals before being forced off 5 minutes from time.
The initial diagnosis was gloomy but Robben is almost certain he can soon travel to South Africa to team up with his Dutch side.
In some positive news for Cote diâ€™Voire, striker Didier Drogba is expected to rejoin his team-mates after undergoing successful surgery on his broken arm.
Drogba sustained the injury on Friday’s friendly against Japan following a heavy challenge from opposing central defender Tulio and was immediately sent for an operation in Bern.
Ivory Coast Federation spokesman Roger Kouassi announced the surgery was a success – although a time frame for the striker’s return remains sketchy, with the Elephants set to open their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 15.
South Africa assistant coach Pitso Mosimane says is worried about Mexico’s attacking approach ahead of their World Cup opening on Friday.
The two square off at Soccer City having met three times previously, with the visitors holding a 2-1 advantage.
Javier Aguirre’s team have made it through the first phase of the last four FIFA World Cups, making them a real threat for Bafana Bafana in a Group A that also features France and Uruguay.