DENMARK are prepared to launch their World Cup campaign without Nicklas Bendtner as coach Morten Olsen conceded yesterday it was a dream to think the striker will be fit to play their opener.
Bothered by a nagging groin injury, Bendtner has not played since May, but had shown signs of returning to match fitness this week when he began training again with the squad.
Biden tips US to win
US Vice President Joe Biden says America will beat England in their World Cup match today.
Biden addressed a gathering of diplomats and South African politicians at the US consulate in Johannesburg and received loud applause when he said “in the spirit of a real Irishman, we are going to beat England”.
Bonus for Italy
THE Italian World Cup squad have decided to support celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification with part of the bonus they hope to win in South Africa.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said the team feel a duty to help out.
“The committee for unity celebrations has budget problems. We have decided that if we get a bonus, each of us will contribute part of the amount, big or small, to emphasise the unity of Italy,” said Buffon.
Should Italy successfully defend its World Cup title, each player stands to receive a bonus of € 250 000 and the team would donate € 600 000 to the committee.