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Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up

Spain goalkeeper Iker Cassillas
Spain keeper Casillas is not impressed by England's stoppers

France's World Cup hotel is too ostentatious and the French Football Federation will have to account for it if Raymond Domenech's side make an early exit, says the country's sports junior minister.

"Personally I wouldn't have chosen that hotel," junior minister Rama Yade told French radio station radio J. "I had asked football authorities to show decency. In times of crisis, you need to think about it.

"If the team's results do not meet our expectations, the French Football Federation will have to account for this," she added.

Chile arrived in South Africa on Sunday with Argentine-born coach Marcelo Bielsa sweating on the fitness of striker Humberto Suazo, who is likely to miss the opening two Group H games because of a hamstring injury.

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar will miss his first Brazil match for two years when he sits out Monday's friendly against Tanzania.

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas believes England's keepers will be their weakness at the World Cup.

The Real Madrid number one has questioned the big-match temperament of Robert Green, David James and Joe Hart ahead of the tournament.

"I can see why both Lionel Messi and Xavi have talked up England's chances at the World Cup because their class is undisputed," said Casillas.

"But their goalkeeping situation is a real problem: none of the keepers have played even European Cup level, that's the highest level you can play at club level.

"And if you have never played in the top club competition in the world, you are going to find it hard to perform at the top international level in the world when even more eyes are on you.

"If you look at myself, Gigi Buffon of Italy and Julio Cesar of Brazil, we are keepers who've all won European Championships, World Cups and European Cups."

Australia's preparations for the World Cup have been thrown into turmoil with coach Pim Verbeek describing the surface at Ruimsig Stadium, the Socceroos' new training ground, as "hopeless".

"It looked very good when we started; it was hopeless when we finished," he said.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has played down concerns over the fitness West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami after he came off with a suspected groin injury in his side's 1-1 draw in their warm-up game against Italy.

"Behrami was playing very direct and looked threatening. I hope it's not serious," said Hitzfeld. "He wanted to continue playing actually. It was the doctor who took him out."

Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella believes his side will arrive in South Africa "in the best possible condition" for their World Cup defence.

The Azzurri's underwhelming preparations for the World Cup were concluded with a 1-1 draw against fellow finalists Switzerland on Saturday. That result followed a 2-1 defeat by Mexico in Italy's only other warm-up match.

Coach Marcello Lippi has elected to focus the squad's efforts on altitude training rather than match sharpness in the build-up to the tournament and Napoli forward Quagliarella believes little should be read into recent results.

Rabah Saadane believes his Algeria team are a step closer to where they want to be for the World Cup, but still plans to work on certain aspects of their game after their final warm-up match against United Arab Emirates.

The Desert Hawks, in the same group as England, won Saturday's match 1-0 thanks to a second-half penalty from Karim Ziani to end a run of four consecutive losses.



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see also
Saturday's World Cup 2010 round-up
05 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup 2010 round-up
04 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
03 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
02 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
01 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's World Cup 2010 round-up
31 May 10 |  World Cup 2010
Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up
30 May 10 |  World Cup 2010


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