A Middlesbrough primary school has filmed a special video, inspired by the World Cup, to show how important teamwork is.Read the full story ›
Sunderland's American striker Jozy Altidore was stretchered off just twenty minutes into last night's 2-1 USA victory over Ghana.
He suffered a hamstring injury while chasing a long ball and lay on the pitch in obvious pain for several minutes, before being carried off.
It's not yet clear how serious the injury is and whether Altidore will be able to play again during the World Cup.
As England prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign this evening, fans in the North East are being warned not allow all the excitement turn to violence and disorder.
Northumbria Police say extra officers will be patrolling areas across the force during games, particularly England matches, to stop high spirits turning into alcohol-fuelled violences, particularly in bars and pubs.
Police will seek to have Football Banning Orders imposed on anyone arrested for a violence-related offence while watching a World Cup match at a licensed premises should they be subsequently convicted.
"Officers have been working with licensed premises across the force to find out what they've got planned for screening the games and we will continue to work with them throughout the duration of the tournament. "We know the vast majority of fans will enjoy matches in a sensible and responsible way. However, we of course like to make sure we have officers on hand to respond to any eventuality."
Jordan Henderson has told ITV News that England are ready for their opening World Cup match against Italy.
Sunderland-born Henderson is expected to be in Roy Hodgson's starting eleven for the match against the Italians tomorrow night, which takes place in the Brazilian City of Manaus.
Children at Holystone Primary in North Tyneside connect with children at a Brazilian school over the internet.Read the full story ›
As England and Liverpool player Jordan Henderson prepares to take his place at the World Cup in Brazil, his old teachers at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland are watching.
They remember him for his "fantastic attitude" and use him as an example to other teenagers about what could happen if they work hard.
Simon O'Rourke reports.
He is now an international star, a key figure in Liverpool's midfield and in Brazil expecting to start for England against Italy in the World Cup. But aged 14, Jordan Henderson was an enthusiastic member of the Year 9 team at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland. Can you spot him?
Incidentally, that line-up also includes another now international sports star. The boy in the school blazer on the far left is Durham and England cricketer Scott Borthwick.
Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson is expected to be in the starting line-up for England against Italy in the World Cup. He left the Black Cats to join Liverpool in 2011, but has not been forgotten on Wearside.
David Robinson was Henderson's football coach at Farringdon Community Academy and said he always had a "fantastic" attitude.
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In tonight's 6 o'clock programme (June 12) we will have an exclusive chat with an Englishman who's actually won the World Cup.
Jack Charlton, has been talking to us about a lifetime in the game and telling us what he thinks England's chances are of winning the World Cup.
If you are optimistic about England's chances, you might want to look away now!