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Prince Harry to visit Brazil during World Cup

Prince Harry is to make a visit to Chile and Brazil at the time of this summer's World Cup, it has been announced.

Prince Harry waving a Brazilian flag on his 2012 visit Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is not yet known whether the Prince will be attending any games, although his visit may well coincide with an England match.

Prince Harry playing football with Prince William on a visit to Lesotho in 2010 Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Harry last visited Brazil in 2012, when he took part in a charity polo match.

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Hodgson changes World Cup WAG rules

England boss Roy Hodgson has changed his plans over an official trip for players' wives, families and girlfriends to the World Cup warm-up camp in Miami at the start of June.

Wives and girlfriends of English players chatting in the VIP-area before the Second Round England v Ecuador game in the 2006 World Cup.
Wives and girlfriends of English players chatting in the VIP-area before the Second Round England v Ecuador game in the 2006 World Cup. Credit: Ronald Wittek/DPA/Press Association Images

It had been planned that time would be set aside for the 'WAGs' - wives and girlfriends - after the first friendly against Ecuador on 4th June.

It has now emerged the players will instead fly to Miami on 1st June, a day later than originally planned, with that time being given over to the families.

The Football Association's original plan had been to organise a visit for the families to Florida, but it is understood that will now not take place.

The timetable will now see England play Peru at Wembley on 30th May, have the following day with their families and then join up again with the squad on 1st June to fly to Miami.

Hodgson, however, will not ban players from making their own arrangements for their families or partners to travel to Miami or after that to Brazil, but any time spent together then will have to fit in with training and match schedules, and any other England duties.

The whole issue of the WAGs has been controversial since the 2006 World Cup, when there was criticism that the high-profile antics of players' loved ones at the Baden Baden base was a distraction for the team.

Football fans slam 'rip-off' all white England kit

Football fans have reacted angrily to the cost of the new England kit released in time for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Read: Fans outraged over £90 cost of new England shirt

Writing on Facebook, football fans told us they thought the price tag was unfairly high.

What a rip off! The only ones that can afford them are premiership players!

– Richard Hale

Lovely... Just can't afford one yet, maybe in the sales or second hand...

– Lee P. Brown

It's outrageous. I wouldn't pay HALF their recommended price for what is essentially a t shirt.

– Mark O'Neill

Licensing hours to be relaxed during World Cup

Licensing hours will be relaxed during June and July on the days when England is taking part in matches with late kick-off times in the FIFA World Cup, the Government announced today.

Licensing hours will be relaxed in June and July to mark England's participation the FIFA World Cup, the Government announced today. Credit: PA

"The Government believes that England playing in a World Cup is an event of exceptional national significance and given the time difference with host nation Brazil, a number of games kick off late in the evening," it said in response to a consultation on the move.

Pictures: The kits are all white - England unveil World Cup strip

"As such, many pubs and other licensed premises may wish to extend their licensing hours in order to sell alcohol and hot food alongside these matches.

"In particular, England’s opening game on Saturday 14 June is due to kick off at 11pm, the traditional closing time for many pubs."

The kits are all white - England unveil World Cup strip

England will wear an all-white World Cup kit for the first time since Mexico 1970. Credit: Nike

England's football team have unveiled a new all-white kit for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The blue shorts worn by Roy Hodgson's side in qualifying have been replaced following a FIFA request for teams to wear one-colour kits.

England won the 1966 World Cup wearing red shirts and white shorts. Credit: Nike

A new red and white away strip, echoing the uniform of the 1966 World Cup winners, was also modelled by Three Lions stars including Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley.

England kick off their tournament against Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus on 14 June.

Get the latest World Cup news on the ITV Football site.

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Police target Brazil slums 10 weeks before World Cup

Ten weeks before the start of the World Cup in Brazil, police are making a final push to sweep clean some of Rio's most crime-ridden areas. Just a mile from the airport where teams and fans will arrive, there were scenes today resembling a military operation.

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

Read: Police target Brazil slums 10 weeks before World Cup

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Brazil officers push into Rio slums ahead of World Cup

About 1,000 Brazilian officers have begun invading a huge complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport, the latest area to be targeted for the government's "pacification" programme.

Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex.
Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex.
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme.
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

'No resistance' from Rio gangs as police go in

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who is with the military police as they go in to Rio's favelas, reports:

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No resistance from where we are. The drugs gangs violent not stupid. Have they fled already? Will they bide their time and simply return?

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