Ghana send Muntari and Boateng home from World Cup 'for indiscipline'

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been expelled from Ghana's World Cup squad for disciplinary problems. The announcement comes just hours before Ghana play Portugal in their crucial final game in Group D.

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England to make nine changes for Costa Rica game

England's final match against Costa Rica will see nine changes to the side with some of the younger players starting their first World Cup game.

Roy Hodgson said there will be nine changes to the England team. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has named his starting eleven for the final Group D match in Belo Horizonte and said he was "desperate" to win despite the team's early exit from the competition.

Midfield duo Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere will play their first World Cup games, while Luke Shaw will become the youngest player to start this World Cup and is set to play left-back.

Ben Foster will replace Joe Hart in goal, while defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and midfielders James Milner, Frank Lampard and Adam Lallana will also come onto the pitch.

Defenders Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson and Leighton Baines, midfielders Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson and attackers Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling will all be dropped after losing to Uruguay.

Maradona blasts Fifa for drug-testing Costa Ricans

Diego Maradona has accused Fifa of targeting Costa Rica after seven of their players were subjected to drug tests following their famous 1-0 win over Italy.

Costa Rica's players celebrate after their 1-0 win against Italy. Credit: Reuters

Two players from each team are required to undergo tests following each match at the World Cup, but the governing body ordered five extra Costa Ricans to be tested after Friday's win which sealed their progress to the last 16.

"Why test seven players from Costa Rica and not seven from Italy?" Maradona, who was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after failing a drugs test, said.

"This is only happening because some people are annoyed Costa Rica, and not the big teams, are going through, and so the sponsors won't pay what they'd promised."

Costa Rica's manager Jorge Luis Pinto also reacted furiously, claiming his players were being punished for their constant running through games.


Miroslav Klose equals World Cup scoring record

Miroslav Klose became the joint record goalscorer in World Cup history as he helped Germany rescue a 2-2 draw in a thrilling game with Ghana in Group G.

Miroslav Klose celebrates his record-equalling goal. Credit: PA

Mario Gotze put Germany in front early in the second half, before two goals in nine minutes from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan turned the game in Ghana's favour.

But Klose's 15th goal in World Cup finals earned the Germans a point in Fortaleza.

The 36-year-old is now level with Brazil's Ronaldo in the scoring charts.

For more reaction to Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana, visit the ITV World Cup site

Spain out of the World Cup with one pool match left

Spain's Sergio Busquets reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group B match. Credit: Reuters

Spain have crashed out of the World Cup after suffering their second straight Group B loss, going down 2-0 to Chile.

Following their 5-1 humbling by Holland, it means the defending champions are out with one pool match still to play.

British man held for selling fake World Cup tickets

A British man has been held by Brazilian police for allegedly trying to sell counterfeit World Cup tickets.

Many fans have arrived in Brazil in the hope of getting last-minute tickets Credit: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Police in Rio said the 43-year-old man and his American companion were found to have nearly 60 fake tickets, which they were reportedly trying to sell for around £1,000.

It is believed the men might have been attempting to profit by selling hospitality packages, which would include a match-day ticket.

Both men have been released on bail, and the tickets have been declared void, it was reported.


Around 200 Chile fans stormed World Cup media room

Dozens of football fans were detained by security after some 200 Chile supporters stormed a World Cup media centre in the hope of seeing their team play against Spain.

Fans cover their faces as they are led out by police Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The crowd of ticketless fans reportedly charged through a security checkpoint at the Maracana stadium before smashing down a glass door and breaking down a temporary wall into the press room in a bid to get access to the stands.

Chilean fans had stormed the Maracana stadium in a bid to watch their team play Spain Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Around 30 people were detained by security. They were held seated on the floor and taken away by police in small groups. One female Chile fan was reported to have been injured in the scrum, and was taken outside in a wheelchair.

The incident has raised concerns for FIFA over security at the tournament.

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