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Friday's World Cup round-up

England's triumphant World Cup squad of 1966
England wore red shirts for the 1966 World Cup final win over Germany

England will wear their all-red kit when they take on Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Sunday.

As the designated away team, it was always likely England would be forced to wear their changed strip in Bloemfontein, as they did against Slovenia.

But Fabio Capello's side have again elected to wear red shorts, as opposed to the white ones they originally intended to adorn their away strip.

Prime Minister David Cameron says he will avoid his German counterpart Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit on Sunday as the two countries meet each other in the World Cup last 16.

"I'm not sure if that will be safe. We might get a bit carried away," Cameron told GMTV. "I will be there cheering along with everyone else."

An England fan who berated the players after wandering into the team's dressing room after the 0-0 draw with Algeria will appear in court today.

Pavlos Joseph, 32, from Crystal Palace, south-east London, will appear at a special World Cup court in Cape Town where he is due to go on trial charged with trespassing.

At a previous hearing, he was banned from attending future World Cup matches, his passport was withheld, and he was released on 500 rand bail.

Joseph said he was looking for a toilet after the Algeria match when a security guard sent him in the direction of the players' tunnel.

Japanese football fans celebrated wildly after their side stunned Denmark 3-1 to reach the second round of the World Cup - with police called to fish revellers out of rivers.

Newspaper headlines boasted of "history in the making" after the Blue Samurai reached the last 16 for the second time, while television viewing figures nudged past 41 percent, despite the game finishing just before 0530 local time.

Ivory Coast boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has tipped the African side to become a force in world football, even if they are eliminated from the World Cup on Friday.

To secure an unlikely place in the last 16, Ivory Coast would need to beat North Korea in their final Group G game and hope Brazil beat Portugal, while Eriksson's men also need to make up nine goals in the process.

"The players are getting better and better and as a team we are getting better and better," said Eriksson.

"Whatever happens, Ivory Coast has a great future as a football team. I am really impressed with all the players we have."

Germany coach Joachim Loew has insisted that uncertainty over his contract, which ends after the World Cup, will not affect his side's bid for glory in South Africa.

The 50-year-old said he will hold talks with DFB president Dr Theo Zwanziger after the tournament, adding: "I want to emphasise again, my relationship with the president is absolutely fine. Two days ago he was with us in the hotel, we sat together and talked for a long time in the evenings. Everything is okay between us."

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has pledged to continue playing for the west African nation despite the Indomitable Lions' poor performance at the World Cup.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan striker scored twice in Cameroon's three group defeats in South Africa.

Frenchman Paul Le Guen is the bookmakers' favourite to become the next Australia coach, succeeding the outgoing Pim Verbeek.

Le Guen, 46, stepped down as Cameroon coach after they were eliminated from the World Cup following three straight defeats.

Football Federation Australia boss Frank Lowy was reported this week as saying the next Australian coach will be come from one of the other 31 national teams at the World Cup.

"We have many irons in the fire. I think we have a wish-list rather than a shortlist," said Lowy.

"It needs to be a very deliberate process. If we make the wrong decision, it could affect us for a long time."

The Italy squad has been compared to mozzarella cheese by the country's newspaper Tutto Sport after their World Cup exit, while Leading sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport pulled no punches, saying: "It's total darkness. The worst Italy we have ever seen go out."

Italy were eliminated after a 3-2 defeat by Slovakia in Johannesburg left Marcello Lippi's side bottom of their group.

A two-year-old octopus oracle - born in England, but raised in Germany - has predicted a German win over England in Sunday's last 16 World Cup game.

Sea Life Aquarium's spokeswoman Tanja Munzig says the mollusc chose a mussel out of a water glass marked with the German flag over a mussel in a glass with the St George's Cross.

Munzig said that Paul the octopus has proven to be a reliable in the past, predicting Germany's win over Australia and Ghana and their loss to Serbia.

Updated throughout the day.



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see also
Thursday's World Cup round-up
24 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Wednesday's World Cup round-up
23 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's World Cup round-up
22 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Monday's World Cup round-up
21 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Sunday's World Cup round-up
20 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Saturday's World Cup round-up
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