Friday 20 October 2017

World cup in brief: Boateng makes Ghana squad

Kevin-Prince Boateng was yesterday included in Ghana's 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Berlin-born Boateng played for Germany at every level up to and including U-21, but he recently opted to switch his allegiance to Ghana after becoming frustrated with a lack of opportunities under Joachim Loew. And the Portsmouth player survived the cull which saw coach Milovan Rajevac reduce his squad from 30 players to the required 23.

Eto'o may pull out after Milla criticism

Cameroon ace Samuel Eto'o has threatened to pull out of the World Cup after being criticised by leg-endary countryman Roger Milla.

Inter Milan forward Eto'o has reacted angrily to the 1990 World Cup star's assessment of his performances for the national side and has hinted that he may walk away from the tournament altogether.

"Is it worth me going to the World Cup?" Eto'o said. "I will see if my participation is important because I don't need this in my career."

Vidic forced to calm Serbia fans

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic was forced to appeal to Serbia fans for calm as they rioted during his side's embarrassing 1-0 friendly defeat by New Zealand.

During the second half of the match in Austria, fans began throw-ing flares and missiles onto the turf while several fans ran onto the pitch before being captured by stewards.

Vidic -- who was captain on the day -- had to speak over the tannoy to placate fans with New Zealand ready to abandon the game, before order was restored and the game resumed.

Loew admits he has tough choice ahead

Germany coach Joachim Loew admits he has a very tough decision to make after witnessing his side beat Hungary 3-0 in Budapest

Loew must cut two players from his squad before submitting his 23-man list to FIFA tomorrow but his players' performance on Saturday makes it a difficult task.

"The coaching team will now sit down and we will announce our squad on Tuesday. It will hurt the two players it affects," he said.

Paraguay hold Elephants to draw

Ivory Coast drew 2-2 with Ire-land's friendly opponents last week, Paraguay, in their only pre-World Cup friendly before coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has to name his squad.

The Elephants went 2-0 ahead through Didier Drogba and Souley-mane Bamba but Lucas Barrios and Aureliano Torres salvaged a draw.

Irish Independent

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