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England World Cup media talk 06/06/14

6 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Friday 6th June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil later this month:

Oxlade-Chamberlain upbeat despite injury (BBC)

England and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is remaining positive despite picking up an injury against Ecuador that threatens his World Cup, the BBC reports.

The 20-year-old suffered a medial knee ligament in the warm-up match in Miami on Wednesday and boss Roy Hodgson could yet call up a replacement for the Ox. But the players is trying to remain upbeat. "Gutted to have picked up an injury yesterday. I'm staying positive and getting to work with the medical team on recovery," he tweeted.

Hodgson: No reason England can't win it (The Guardian)

England boss Roy Hodgson has delivered his most positive assessment yet of England's chances in Brazil despite his predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson dismissing the team's hopes of victory, the Guardian reports.

Reminding the world of Denmark's fairytale Euro 1992 triumph at a tournament they did not even successfully qualify for, they replaced war-torn Yugoslavia, Hodgson said: "They rounded people up from the beaches, and beat Holland on the way to the final and Germany in the final."

Even Brazilians struggle to cope with Manaus (The Independent)

A Loughborough University student who spent a season playing in Brazil has spoken to the Independent about the conditions in Manaus, where in England will open their World Cup campaign against Italy a week tomorrow.

Seth Burkett played for Sorriso Esporte Clube in 2009-10 and recalls Manaus as being like playing in a sauna - and difficult for all players to cope with. He said: "I had never experienced that so it was a real struggle to breathe. About 10 minutes into the game I genuinely thought I was going to collapse."

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

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