Gary Lineker has told ITV News how he enlisted the help of Gary Barlow and a host of old England teammates for this year's World Cup song.
With only 100 days until the World Cup, there is concern among FIFA's bosses that Brazil is running behind with the preparations.
Hold-ups happen daily in Rio. Few are as brazen as a gang that robbed hospital staff and patients in a waiting room at gunpoint.
Former England striker Michael Owen - who ruptured his cruciate ligament during a 2006 World Cup match - wished Theo Walcott a "speedy recovery" from the same injury.
Shocking news regarding Theo Walcott. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he returns next season as good as ever.
Walcott's Arsenal teammate Aaron Ramsey echoed Owen's sentiments:
Gutted for Theo, he'll come back stronger after this. Been fantastic for us so far this season. Have a speedy recovery mate
England goalkeeper John Ruddy suggested Walcott's injury could present an international opportunity for his Norwich teammate Nathan Redmond.
Gutted for Walcott missing the World Cup but what a chance for other players to step in! ( @nathanredmond22 )
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of football for at least six months with a knee injury, his club has announced.
His ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) means that an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil in June is unlikely.
The injury requires reconstructive surgery and a long period of physiotherapy to rehabilitate the knee.
Former England Michael Owen striker ruptured his ACL while playing for his country at the 2006 World Cup against Sweden.
Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after being banned for 10 matches by FIFA for shouting a fascist chant following his team's play-off victory over Iceland last month.
Mr Simunic shouted a Croatian chant that was used during World War II by the fascist “Ustaše” movement.
He has also been ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£20,700) and banned from entering the stadium during for any of the country's matches.
"The committee agreed that this salute was discriminatory and offended the dignity of a group of persons concerning, inter alia, race, religion or origin," a FIFA statement said.
Croatia Football Federation executive chairman Damir Vrbanovic suggested Mr Simunic was being made an example of in order to send a message to others.
"We are shocked by the decision of FIFA with regard to penalties for Simunic, which endangers the player's representative career," he said
A Brazilian labour court has halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus.
The move will further delay work at the venue that will host England v Italy and three other matches next June.
The decision was announced after public prosecutors requested the immediate interruption of work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground.
Work will only restart after builders show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena Amazonia, which will also host United States v Portugal.
The Manaus court said constructors will be fined a daily amount if they do not abide by the decision.
Public prosecutors have moved to halt construction at the World Cup stadium where a worker fell 115 feet to his death while working on the roofing structure in Manaus, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors want the "immediate" interruption of work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground.
They said work should only restart after constructors show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena da Amazonia, the stadium hosting four World Cup matches next June, including England v Italy and United States v Portugal.
A construction worker has died at the Brazilian football stadium where England will open their World Cup bid.
It is the latest in a series of fatal accidents as Brazil rushes to complete its World Cup venues in time for next year's tournament.
ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
A construction worker died at the stadium due to host the England versus Italy match on June 14 next year.
Manaus officials said they aim to hold the first match to test the stadium on January 15, with the 10,000 workers who participated in the stadium's construction serving as spectators.
Delays in the unblocking of federal financing for the venue slowed construction, causing FIFA to push back its original December deadline for stadium delivery.
A construction worker died after falling off the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, FIFA and the World Cup organising committee confirmed today.
In a statement, the football bodies said:
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) learnt of the death of the worker on Saturday at the Arena Amazonia site with great sadness.
We would like to send our most sincere condolences to his family, relatives, colleagues and friends.
A construction worker died in Brazil early this morning after falling off the roof of a World Cup stadium.
Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in a hospital in Manaus, according to local officials. He fell nearly 35 meters (115 feet) after a cable broke.
His death adds to safety concerns as Brazil races to finish building in time to host the 2014 World Cup.
Workers had already been killed at three of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums.
Fatal accidents have occurred in Manaus, Brasilia and most recently in Sao Paulo, where two people died on Nov. 27 after a crane collapsed in the arena that is to host the opening game on June 12.
The BBCand ITV have revealed which channel will show what World Cup matches in Brazil next year - including England's group games.
ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on 12th June.
The BBC will show England’s first group match against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm in the UK.
ITV will then show England's next two games against Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The BBC will have first pick of the second round and the semi finals, while ITV has first pick of the quarter finals.
Both ITV and the BBC will show the final.