WORLD CUP 2010: Boro keeper Brad Jones leaves Australia squad to tend to sick son

07 June 2010 06:56
Australia's squad has been rocked by the departure of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones, who left the camp after his four-year-old son wasdiagnosed with leukaemia.

Jones, one of two deputies to Fulham's Mark Schwarzer, flew to Franceto be with his family after hearing the news on Friday.

Football is secondary: Australia keeper Brad Jones has left the squad after his son was diagnosed with leukemia

'It makes football completely irrelevant, even a World Cup,' said captain Lucas Neill, the former Blackburn defender.

Football Federation Australia have applied to FIFA for special dispensation to add a replacement.

 France have picked a World Cup hotel which is too flashy and they will have to account for it if they make an early exit, the country's junior sports minister Rama Yade said yesterday.

Les Bleus, whose popularity athome has waned after some weak performances, are staying at the Pezula Resort on the scenic Western Cape coastline.'

 Sven Goran Eriksson believes England can win the World Cup despite losing captain Rio Ferdinand.

The former England manager, now in charge of the Ivory Coast, said on Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek: 'If they don't have more bad luck with injuries they have a chance to go the whole way.'

Backing: Ivory Coast coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes England can win the World Cup

 England fans in South Africa can today snap up bargain £13 tickets toSaturday's clash against the USA after desperate World Cup organisersripped up their own rules.

FIFA will this morning put 289 tickets for the Rustenburg game on sale at its South African ticket offices. The seats, with a partially obstructed view, are in the cheapest category, which had previously beenreserved for South African residents only. Overseas fans had previouslybeen limited to tickets costing upwards of £50.

 Portugal winger Nani is doubtful for tomorrow's friendly against Mozambique after picking up a shoulder injury while training in Lisbon. The winger missed the squad's final training session on Saturday after falling as he attempted an acrobatic shot.

 Argentina striker Carlos Tevez insists he is fully prepared both mentally and physically for the World Cup. Tevez said: 'This is a World Cup. Who can not be motivated when they have this opportunity? I am a lot more focused than four years ago.'

 England v USA ref Carlos Eugenio Simon had six-week 'corruption' banSafety first: Stampede has England fearing for fans ahead of final friendlyDiego Maradona and his stars shining in the chaos in South AfricaSchwarzer admits: I wouldn't blame Hodgson if he wanted to join Liverpool 

Source: Daily_Mail

World Cup Group G

Pos Team Pld Pts
- Belgium 0 0
- Panama 0 0
- Tunisia 0 0
- England 0 0