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Sunday's World Cup round-up

England goalkeeper David James
David James was asked about Fabio Capello's style

Graham Taylor is convinced goalkeeper David James' terse responses to questions about Fabio Capello's selection policy were a clear indication that all is not well in the England camp.

Former England boss Taylor said: "I know David very well because we signed him as a young player at Watford many years ago. He is very articulate and he was giving us a message there, make no mistake. That was a message that all is not right."

Over 50,000 fans have backed a campaign on social network site Facebook to get the Portugal team to sport moustaches in their remaining World Cup games. "For what a moustache does for our national side, it is an obligation to go to the World Cup with one," it says on the page.

Although he has vowed not to resign and has stood by some controversial team selections, under-fire Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen is facing media criticism following the Indomitable Lions' early exit from the World Cup.

After it was suggested to the Frenchman that his tactics were to blame for defeats against Japan and Denmark, Le Guen simply replied: "I will not resign but you have given your opinion and I respect that. Either you trust me or you don't, but that's the way things are."

A top public university in Bangladesh has closed indefinitely after students clashed over whether to cancel classes in order to watch the World Cup. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology reportedly asked students to leave dormitories to calm the situation, after at least five people were injured in violent disturbances.

One group had demanded an early summer vacation so they could watch football on television without any tension. They asked other students not to attend classes or take tests and locked the university's main gate, prompting clashes with senior students who wanted classes to continue.

Robin van Persie, who endured an injury-hit season for Arsenal, will start for The Netherlands in their final group match against Cameroon despite criticism of the forward's performances in the opening matches of the tournament.

Coach Bert Van Marwijk said: "Robin needs to play in order to rediscover his level. For this reason, I will start with him on Thursday. He is conscious that he did play at his best against Denmark or Japan. He is not happy but he is going to get better, I am sure of that."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a fear of failure and the absolute necessity to get through the group stage has contributed to the poor performances of top European sides at the World Cup.

Wenger said: "The biggest teams who have the highest level of expectation cannot express that talent yet. One reason is caution, fear of failure, response to huge demands. These teams will just get through, most of them, then you will see them really play."

Australia forward Harry Kewell is adamant he did not deserve to be sent off for handling the ball on the line during his team's 1-1 draw against Ghana.

Kewell told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Everyone that's seen it is saying: 'Fair enough, it's a penalty'. But was it deliberate? Of course not." And coach Pim Verbeek added: "What is he supposed to do, cut his arm off?"

Fifa are to look into reports that plastic bottles were thrown towards the pitch by Australian fans during their team's match against Ghana at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Australian federation spokesman Rod Allen said: "We don't condone that sort of behaviour, no matter how frustrating a match has become. Our fans usually are very good."

Television viewing figures suggest the United States public have embraced the World Cup. Twice as many Americans are believed to have watched the first five games of the tournament compared with four years ago.

Slovenia's Robert Koren insists his side will not play for a draw against England on Wednesday, even though a point would be enough to take them through to the last 16 - probably at the expense of Fabio Capello's men.

Koren, whose club future is in doubt now his West Brom contract has expired, said: "We will do everything in our power against England. We will try to win."

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see also
Saturday's World Cup round-up
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Friday's World Cup round-up
18 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Thursday's World Cup round-up
17 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
16 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
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


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