Brazil 2014: 2 Days to go

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Just the one friendly of interest yesterday. Jordan Ayew bagged a hat-trick and Asamoah Gyan scored Gerrardas Group G side Ghana comprehensively beat South Korea 4-0 in their warm-up match.

England started their training at the Urca centre yesterday (Monday). Captain Steven Gerrard was sidelined because of a slight groin injury. However, he is expected to be available on Saturday for the Italy game.

FIFA unveiled the Goal Line Technology (GLT) that will be in use at the World Cup. The media were at the Maracana stadium to look at the GoalControl-4D system that will be used. It will use 14 high-speed goal_line_featcameras, with seven cameras focussing on each goal mouth. If a goal has been scored a signal will be sent to a special watch the referee is wearing which will vibrate and have a visual message if a goal has been scored.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley talking about playing for England in the World Cup on the FA website:

That is what I dream about, playing against the best players in the world. It’s every kid’s dream to be doing things like that and hopefully I will get the chance.

I feel ready for anything. It is football, not life or death. You have to go on the pitch and brazil_england_flag_featget a result and focus on what you have to do on the pitch and not get distracted.

The top players produce it week in and week out and they are out there every week giving the same performances, if not scoring then setting goals up, always fighting and getting results.

Our guide to Rio and the Maracana Stadium went live today