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England World Cup media talk 09/06/14

9 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Monday 9th June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they arrive in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, which begins later this week.

England player won't rise to dirty tricks (The Telegraph)

Roy Hodgson's men have insisted they will keep their heads in Brazil after coming through a testy 0-0 draw with Honduras in their final warm-up match, the Telegraph reports.

Leighton Baines praised his colleagues for keeping cool in a game which saw some tough tackling and Honduran Brayan Beckeles dismissed. His fellow full-back Glen Johnson said: "Dirty tricks and the conditions - we're going to get that in Brazil so it was a useful practice on Saturday."

Abate: England could be World Cup revelation (The Guardian)

Italy defender Ignazio Abate has praised the 'good mix' in England's side ahead of the two teams meeting in their Group D opener in Manaus on Saturday, the Guardian reports.

"England have changed a lot, they have created a good mix and they could be the revelation of this World Cup," the AC Milan man said. "It will be a very difficult match but I am convinced we will arrive in the best physical and mental condition."

Espinoza: Heat of Manaus 'dangerous' for England (The Mirror)

WIgan Athletic midfielder Roger Espinoza has warned England they will need to keep the ball if they are to survive in the heat of Manaus on Saturday, the Mirror reports.

The Honduran player said: "If they keep the ball like they did against us, they will not get tired. They have the players to keep the ball. That will keep them fresh, stop them getting tired. They're young guys, too. But it will be dangerous for them if they don't keep the ball because it is going to be hot."

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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