Steven Gerrard believes Joe Cole is at least as skilful as Lionel Messi and has tipped his new Liverpool team-mate to pick up to the Player of the Season award.
Fit-again Gareth Barry admits the form of Germany has given England an extra incentive to top their World Cup group.
New Zealand striker Rory Fallon has said heavy security is preventing teams getting close to the locals and tarnishing the World Cup experience for many of those taking part.
Fabio Capello has revealed he has chosen his team to face the United States in England's World Cup opener on Saturday.
Marco van Basten has now ruled himself out of the running to take charge of AC Milan next season.
The future of outspoken Manchester City chief executive Gary Cook has been thrown into doubt following his high-profile and failed boasts, according to reports.
Harry Redknapp is adamant that a reported secret Christmas party did not adversely affect Tottenham in their shock home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.