England World Cup begins with selfies and Brazil nuts
World Cup whispers: Hodgson demands unity as England head to Portugal training camp
As England begin their World Cup preparations in Portugal, manager Roy Hodgson has emphasised the need for unity if England are to make any meaningful progress at the tournament. Highlighting the implosion of France at South Africa four years ago, Hodgson said: "We've seen in the past that there's no chance for any team if they're not together. If you want to win any tournament, if you want to win any league for that matter, you'd better make certain you're together as a team".
The cult of the selfie is alive and well in the England camp, albeit among the younger members of the squad. Several players, including Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posted images of themselves and team mates on the plane as they jetted off to Portugal for a training camp ahead of the tournament next month. "The adventure begins!" wrote Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Istagram.
Manchester United winger Nani may be out of favour at Old Trafford but he has still made it into the Portugal squad for the World Cup in Brazil. The winger managed just 12 appearances this season thanks to poor form and fitness, but has now recovered from injury. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is fighting to be fit for Saturday's Champions League final, will be assessed by Portuguese medics after the game. Also in the squad is midfielder William Carvalho, wanted by several Premier League squads.
The Sun is to give away 22 million free copies on 12 June, the opening day of the World Cup. The tabloid, which usually sells two million copies a day, hopes the giveaway will boost sales and will charge £300,000 for a full page advert. The giveaway edition of the paper will not feature a Page 3 girl and will not be distributed in Liverpool, where the paper is still boycotted over its coverage of Hillsborough.
Some of English football's most famous faces have been immortalised in Brazil nuts in the run-up to the World Cup. Using a scalpel and magnifying glass, micro-artist Quentin Devine has painstakingly shaped a handful of nuts to resemble David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney. "The nuts become very oily and extremely brittle, but I think I managed to capture the essence of each of these football heroes," Devine told the Daily Mail.