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Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle injury

Neymar will not play at Copa America. Credit: PA

Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the Copa America with an ankle ligament injury.

The 27-year-old suffered the setback in the first half of the Selecao's 2-0 friendly win over Qatar on Wednesday.

"After suffering a sprain in his right ankle during last Wednesday's game against Qatar, Neymar was evaluated and subjected to complementary imaging tests that confirmed ligament rupture in the ankle," a statement on read.

"Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not have the physical conditions and sufficient recovery time to participate in the Copa America Brasil 2019."

'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.


Footballer baby names may double 'with World Cup win'

There could be a surge in children named after football players if the English team manage to win the World Cup, according to a new study.

Would you name your son after Wayne Rooney if he scored the winning goal? Credit: PA

Family history website found twice as many children could be named after Wayne Rooney or Stephen Gerrard.

It comes after a rise in popularity for the name Robert after England last won the World Cup in 1966.

There were an extra 8,500 Roberts born in 1966 - many named after Sir Bobby Charlton - and many more Alans and Rogers. marketing manager Russell James said: "England's Lions really can make a name for themselves this summer."

Ed Davey calms 'World Cup blackout' fears

England fans watching a game in 2012. Credit: PA Images

Television screens will stay on and kettles will continue to boil despite a record power surge predicted in the extremely unlikely event England win the football World Cup this summer, Energy Minister Ed Davey has said.

The Energy Secretary says he has been assured by National Grid that the UK has enough electricity generating capacity to meet what might be the highest domestic energy surge ever if the England team made it to the final of the football World Cup in Brazil.

Sao Paulo monorail collapse kills worker

A concrete support beam collapsed on a monorail in Sao Paulo, killing a construction worker. Credit: Reuters

Police in Brazil's biggest city say a construction worker has been killed in an accident on a monorail meant to expand Sao Paulo's transport network.

The worker was hit by a large concrete support beam that fell while being erected.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.


Another construction worker dies at World Cup stadium

A construction worker has died in an accident outside the World Cup stadium in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus where England will play their opening group match against Italy.

He is the third worker to die in or near the stadium in Manaus.

Fifa's general secretary tweeted:

FIFA: World Cup tickets go on sale August 20

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed on his Twitter account that tickets for the 2014 World Cup will go one sale in August.

A statement on the FIFA website said: "As of 20 August 2013, football fans around the world will have the opportunity to purchase tickets from Ticket prices and all further details on the ticket sale will be available on on 1 July 2013."

Man dribbling to Brazil killed in road incident

This photograph was posted on Richard Swanson's 'Breakaway Brazil' Facebook page along with a note about his death. Credit: Facebook / Breakaway Brazil

A US man less than two weeks into a planned journey to dribble a football from his home city of Seattle to Brazil, the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, has died after being struck by a car in Oregon, police and the man's supporters said.

Richard Swanson, 42, was hit as he walked on the shoulder of a road on the outskirts of Lincoln City just east of the Oregon coast, said Lincoln City Police Sergeant Randy Weaver.

Swanson's football was found nearby, Weaver said.

Swanson's death was mourned in a post on the Facebook page titled "Breakaway Brazil," which he had used to document his planned journey.

It was supposed to culminate with his arrival in Brazil in time for the World Cup, which begins in June 2014.