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Page last updated at 15:42 GMT, Sunday, 13 June 2010 16:42 UK

Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up

England goalkeeper Robert Green

Green slip gifts USA equaliser

Manchester United defender Gary Neville says penalty shoot-outs are an issue England must deal with at the World Cup.

"In four of the five tournaments I was part of we were knocked out on penalties, so it tells you we have a problem," he told the Sunday Times Malta.

"Now there is a different manager who has a great mentality and I hope the players will keep their nerve if a game goes to penalties.

"Sometimes it just comes down to having good, confident penalty takers."

Meanwhile, Neville has also rejected the 'Golden Generation' tag which was used to describe the team largely built around the likes of himself, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham and Sol Campbell.

"The 'golden generation' label has been used to death over the past 10 years," he said.

"To be honest, the 'golden generation' wasn't very golden from where I was sat in the England squad.

"We didn't win any tournaments or do ourselves justice. You get called a golden generation when you win things."

Britain's Sunday newspapers showed no sympathy for England goalkeeper Robert Green after his blunder allowed the United States to equalise in their group C encounter which ended 1-1.

The News of the World, Sunday Mirror and Independent all used the headline, "Hand of Clod" with the Sunday Mirror adding, "Tainted Glove" and the News of the World exclaiming, "Stars and Tripe".

"Green Fingers," read the Sunday Times, while the Mail on Sunday simply lead with, "Calamity".

"Capello to axe clown Green," said the Sunday Express, with the Observer using the headline, "Green slips and England stagger".

The Netherlands and Denmark will both be missing key players when they face each other on Monday.

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben will definitely miss out for the Netherlands with a hamstring injury, while Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is likely to be missing for Denmark with a groin problem.

Almost one million fans braved wet weather to take to the streets of South Korea on Saturday and cheer on their side's 2-0 win over Greece.

South Korean police estimated 969,000 people across the nation, including nearly 200,000 in Seoul, gathered to watch the game.

Fifa has asked security officials at Ellis Park stadium to investigate after a supporter shone a laser pen towards the pitch during Saturday's match between Argentina and Nigeria.

A green beam could be seen being pointed at various players - and in the direction of Argentina coach Diego Maradona.

Fifa said in a statement: "We noticed this incident once and immediately asked the stadium security to look into the matter.

"According to the information that we have at this time, the incident only occurred once. Also at the time of writing, we have not received any comment from any of the teams."

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is confident Andres Iniesta will be fit enough to start against Switzerland in their World Cup opener on Wednesday.

Barcelona midfielder Iniesta suffered a thigh injury during a 6-0 friendly win over Poland and has been training away from his team-mates as he looks to recover in time.

"Iniesta will play and he will be in the starting line-up," said Del Bosque.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a keen follower of football, tipped "her" team to beat Australia 2-0 in their opening group D World Cup encounter in South Africa on Sunday.

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has backed World Cup underdogs North Korea to "surprise the world" in South Africa.

Park, who scored as South Korea began their own World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Greece in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, faced North Korea twice during qualifying.

Despite being drawn in group G alongside five-time winners Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, Park believes Kim Jong-hun's side again have what it takes to compete.

"I think North Korea can surprise the world, even though they are not well-known," said 29-year-old Park.

"I want to see how North Korea play against their world-class opponents. They are certainly in the 'group of death' but I am happy that both Koreas are playing in the World Cup."

World champions Italy have made their South African World Cup base a real home from home by bringing a plentiful supply of pizza, pasta, prosecco and even Italian plug sockets.

"We've tried to make it as much like Italy as possible so people feel at home," said Vincenzo Santoro, one of the Italian barmen flown over specially.

Updated throughout the day.

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