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Your one-stop shop for the latest World Cup news and gossip!

THE COUNTDOWN: Nine days to go!

PIC OF THE DAY: Some serious sand skills here - the locals have sculpted Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on Rio's Copacabana beach, just down the road from England's hotel!

THE BIG NEWS!

- England have reached Miami, but had to abandon their outdoor training session and hit the indoor gym instead - due to torrential rain in Florida!

- Falcao is out of the World Cup due to his long-term injury and has been officially dropped from Colombia's 23-man squad. It's a massive blow!

- Italy named their final 23-man squad for the World Cup yesterday - Marco Verratti, Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli are in, but ex-Man. United striker Giuseppe Rossi was dropped, and did NOT take it well!

- Japan have played a friendly against England's Group D opponents Costa Rica - and won 3-1, with Shinji Kagawa on the scoresheet!

- Around 10,000 people turned up to an open training session for Brazil, and Neymar took centre-stage with tricks, flicks and wicked penalties!

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Check back here every day in the run-up to the tournament for the latest news and gossip!

SALAH! PFA Player of the Year and one goal away from the Prem season record!

KANE! Stop trying to nick Mo's goals, Harry!