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England World Cup media talk 02/06/14

2 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Monday 2nd June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil later this month:

Sturridge: Starting place not certain (The Telegraph)

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has insisted he is not taking a place in the England starting XI for granted, despite grabbing a goal in the side's Wembley send-off against Peru on Friday night.

Sturridge, who scored 21 goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, told the Telegraph that he still fears he could miss out on a starting berth when England face Italy in their Group D opener in Manaus on June 14th.

The forward said: "There are obviously certain players who have their spots nailed down but, in my mind, I haven't and I am working hard every day to continue to show what I can do."

England backed by 'World Cup hub' (Mail Online)

The Daily Mail has reported that the England team will be backed in Brazil by what it describes as a 'World Cup hub' at St George's Park, where data from every match played at this summer's tournament will be crunched by a team of analysts.

According to the paper's story, information gathered at the hub back home in England will then be packaged and sent to the management team in Rio to try to enhance England's tactics and strategy in Brazil.

Hodgson: Singing anthem 'obvious' choice (BBC Sport)

England manager Roy Hodgson has told his players to demonstrate their pride at wearing the Three Lions by singing the national anthem before matches, the BBC reports.

"We are proud to be England players and, in my case, England manager, so when the national anthem comes up it's an obvious one for me that we sing it," Hodgson said.

In Miami the Heat is off England (BBC Sport)

The England squad has flown out to Miami, Florida, for the final stages of World Cup preparations, and BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty reports that the attentions of the city's sports fans will certainly not be falling on their soccer-playing guests.

Although cars in the city are flying flags from their windows it's all in celebration of the Miami Heat basketball team reaching the NBA finals, not a welcome for the England football team.

These stories have been reproduced from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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