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Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up

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Sol Campbell has criticised England coach Fabio Capello for overlooking him for the World Cup finals.

"I wouldn't mind being out in South Africa with the England team," Campbell told ESPN Soccernet.

"The way I have been playing for Arsenal, don't you think I should be? I do. For sure.

"Regrets? You could say that. I regret the fact that the England camp didn't think of me. I would have put my heart and soul into playing for my country again.

"Surely, you pick people in the groove, and I was back in the groove, and I was fit. Instead, Capello picked a couple of half-fit players. It fell right for them. Not for me."

Campbell added: "I can understand if Capello was thinking 'this guy is for England's past' but then he went back for a couple of players who had retired from international football.

"That I couldn't understand if he wasn't interested in going back to me. Not only that, Capello has gone for one centre half who didn't have a very good season, and another who just missed out on relegation."

Germany star Mesut Ozil insists he is fully focused on the World Cup and not his club future, despite speculation linking him with a move away from Werder Bremen.

Arsenal and Manchester City are among the clubs reported to be interested in the 21-year-old, who said: "All that interests me now is the World Cup. As a team we have goals, that is all that matters."

Serbia striker Milan Jovanovic has urged his team to be courageous against Germany after being beaten by an "inferior" side in Ghana in their opening match.

He said: "We missed out on our aim against an inferior rival and are in a position where we have to get as many points as possible against better teams than us. If we want to upset them, we will have to show no fear."

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has prepared his players for the deafening sound of vuvuzelas - by inviting fans to attend the team's training.

Ahead of his side's opening World Cup game against Spain, Hitzfield organised a public training session knowing that spectators would bring their plastic horns. "It is good for the players to be prepared for what they will hear on the pitch," he explained.

Matthew Upson is certain that team-mate Wayne Rooney will soon end his England goal drought. Rooney has found the net in only one of his last eight internationals and has not scored for England since September.

But West Ham defender Upson said: "It will happen. Wayne's movement is great. He is a class player and he is totally gifted. He just needs to relax, play his game and the goals will come because he is top drawer."

New Zealand hero Winston Reid believes his goal against Slovakia justified his decision to play for the All Whites. Reid, 21, opted to represent the country of his birth rather than Denmark, where he was brought up from the age of 10.

"For a long time I have been torn between the two countries. I was asking myself if I was a Kiwi or a Dane," said Reid, who won 10 caps for Denmark's Under-21s. "This is the biggest stage in the world for football and that has to be the most important goal of my life."

Cristiano Ronaldo would have happily swapped his man of the match award for three points against Ivory Coast. Ronaldo was impressive for Portugal in their Group G opener, but his team were unable to break the deadlock and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

The former Manchester United star said: "It's always good to win individual awards. But if I could change it for anything, I would change it for three points. But I would say that nothing is lost. This has happened with England and with other teams."

Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that the defending world champions are worried about the aerial threat posed by New Zealand, who they play on Sunday.

"They're very physical, we played them in a friendly last year [Italy won 4-3], they're very dangerous in the air and from set pieces," he said. "But everyone knows that we should win."

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see also
Tuesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's World Cup 2010 round-up
14 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Sunday's World Cup 2010 round-up
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Saturday's World Cup 2010 round-up
12 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup 2010 round-up
11 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup 2010 round-up
10 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
09 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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