England game “only on Internet” (BBC Sport). This is an outrageous decision, but that’s not half of the story. See Rio Ferdinand’s comments for proof that footballers should keep out of adult discussions.
Honduras will be the “happiest country on the continent” if qualification for the World Cup finals is secured. And if they can only persuade the world to stop harping on about the recent coup. Still, at least the curfew imposed by the new junta might be suspended when the qualifiers take place this month (The New York Times).
Lucio is out of Brazil’s squad for the forthcoming not very crucial World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela. (ESPN)
Capello refuses to tinker, says Sky Sports. Here’s who The Don has chosen for the equally uncrucial qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus. Watch out for the gloriously understated reference to Ben Foster’s season so far.
And a knee injury has crocked the season of a player who would probably have been the linchpin of New Zealand’s dismal first group stage exit (The Roar). Shane Stefanutto apparently “crashed to the turf and immediately clutched at his right knee following an innocuous first half challenge”. A career in the Premiership beckons once he recovers.