Prince Williamâ€™s visit
MANCHESTER: Prince William paid a surprise visit to Englandâ€™s World Cup squad on Thursday â€” and was treated to a demonstration of the goofy goal-celebration dance that has amused the nation. The casually dressed prince chatted with injured striker Wayne Rooney on the sidelines, then met with coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, captain David Beckham and the rest of the team in a huddle in the middle of a pitch at Manchester Unitedâ€™s training ground.
Portugal Prez upbeat
LISBON: Portugalâ€™s President Anibal Cavaco Silva said on Thursday he was upbeat about the countryâ€™s chances at the World Cup, praising the quality of the squad travelling to Germany. â€œI trust in the honour, sense of fair play and qualities of our players. We have players who are among the best in the world,â€ he said after hosting a reception in the squadâ€™s honour at the presidential palace.
Santa Cruz fit to play
OBERHACHING: Paraguayâ€™s star striker Roque Santa Cruz will be fit to face England in their opening World Cup match, the South Americansâ€™ coach Anibal Ruiz said on Thursday. Santa Cruz has been nursing an injured right knee but is likely to have recovered in time for the Paraguayanâ€™s match against Frankfurt on June 10 in Group B.
Poland to deploy cops
WARSAW: Polish police are to send 68 officers to Germany World Cup to help prevent feared outbreaks of violence by hooligans from Poland. â€œThis will be the second biggest foreign police contingent in Germany after Britain (79),â€ Polish police spokesman Rafal Wasiak said. Fifty officers will take part in joint Polish-German patrols and the others will be specialists in stadium surveillance.