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'Optimistic' 3% think England will win Brazil World Cup

Optimistic England fans cheer from the stands. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

An optimistic few think England stand a chance of lifting the Fifa World Cup Trophy in Rio de Janeiro as champions this July.

In an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes, 3% of those surveyed think that England are most likely to leave Brazil victorious, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1966.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

Hodgson won't ban WAGS from Brazil World Cup

Cheryl Cole, Coleen Rooney and Victoria Beckham at a FIFA World Cup match in 2006. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive

England football manager Roy Hodgson has said he is happy for his players to decide themselves whether or not they bring their wives or girlfriends to Brazil.

The presence of England player's partners, or WAGS as they are more commonly known, at major tournaments has often been an issue under previous managers, with Fabio Capello having a notoriously hard line on the matter.

England's World Cup campaign in Germany eight years ago was overshadowed by the presence of the likes of Victoria Beckham and Coleen Rooney, among others.

Hodgson said, "When it comes to Brazil, we haven't made any hard and fast rules." but a decision will be made at a team meeting next wee.

Read: Hodgson may use psychologist to avoid penalty pain

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Football's founding rule book goes on public display

England manager Roy Hodgson and FA chairman Greg Dyke brushed up on the rules at the British Library display. Credit: FA

A book containing the 13 original laws of football has taken its place alongside the Magna Carta, the works of Shakespeare and Captain Scott's diary at a new display at the British Library to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association.

The 1863 FA Minute Book, valued at £2.5 million, records the formation of the Football Association, the creation of the FA Cup and details of the first international fixture, along with the rules that spawned the world's most popular game.

The display in London also includes a 1930s guide to referees, which includes 20 diagrams explaining the offside rule, an early 20th century book on the "football temperament" and a pocket rulebook for novice spectators.

FA chairman Greg Dyke, though, underlined the value of the oldest exhibit, saying: “The importance of the 1863 FA Minute Book cannot be underestimated. Without it, quite simply, the world would be without its most popular sport."

England kit's striking resemblance to retro Germany top

The thick black collar and clean design of the newly-unveiled England football shirt has seen it quickly likened to the vintage West Germany strip from the 1970s.

England's 2013 strip bears several similarities to that worn by West Germany's Gerd Muller and his teammates in 1974. Credit: Twitter/@JackWilshere and Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

England fans reported to FIFA for alleged racist chants

The claims of racism marred England's easy 8-0 victory against the football minnows. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

An anti-racism group has filed a complaint to FIFA over alleged racist chanting towards Rio and Anton Ferdinand by a section of England football fans during last week's World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

The group, Football Against Racism in Europe, filed the complaint after Friday's 8-0 victory in Serraville.

Rio Ferdinand pulled out of the squad because the fixture apparently clashed with his training programme.

It was the first time the Manchester United defender had been selected for the national team since his brother's high-profile racism court battle with former England captain John Terry.

Monkey chants 'directed' at England's Rose before mass brawl

Danny Rose
England's Danny Rose, seen here in a recent international, was shown a red card after England's last minute winner. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Witnesses and commentators at the England U21 game in Serbia have said monkey chants were directed at Danny Rose from the crowd at the stadium in Krusevac, ITV Football has reported.

U21 boss Stuart Pearce's assistant, former Southampton manager Steve Wigley, was caught up in the post-match violence. He was seen brawling with "several members of the Serbian team staff."

The England team were kept in the team dressing-room by Serbian police, allegedly for their own protection.

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