France always expect

France always expect

Memories are short in football. But nowhere are they shorter than in France. After almost missing out on qualification for Brazil, now that “Les Bleus” are there – after overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Ukraine in a play-off – the French public is happy to talk up their team’s chances of reaching the Final. Daft as it sounds, though, with France anything is possible.

Revised French squad

Revised French squad

Revised France World Cup squad after Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier were ruled out injured on Friday:

Ecuador's final 23

Ecuador's final 23

Midfielder Segundo Castillo was included in Ecuador's 23-man World Cup squad on Monday despite needing up to three weeks to recover from a knee injury he sustained at the weekend.

Swiss injury worries eased for best 23

Relieved Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was able to name all his top players as he announced his 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday after an injury crisis eased just in time.

No surprises in Honduras 23

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez gave no surprises in the 23-man World Cup squad he announced on Monday, keeping faith with most of the regulars who saw the team through the CONCACAF qualifiers.

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