England’s destiny is in their own hands in World Cup qualifying. The majority of matches they have remaining are at home, but if the Three Lions do fall and end up in second place in their group, they face the prospect of having to go through the play-offs in order to reach the World Cup next summer. And, as The Telegraph newspaper reports today, the FA stands to lose up to £26 million if England fail to reach the tournament — £10 million of which would come from shirt sales.
If England don’t finish top in Group H, then they probably aren’t good enough to go far in the World Cup 2014 tournament anyway.
Here are today’s Premier League news headlines:
- FA stands to lose up to £26m if England fail to reach 2014 World Cup in Brazil — Telegraph
- Where have football’s player-managers gone? — BBC Sport
- Norman Bettison ‘has case to answer’ over Hillsborough report response — The Guardian
- Roberto Martinez believes McManaman has been unfairly criticised for his challenge — Sky Sports
- Wenger says Jack Wilshere will be given an extra week to recover from an ankle injury — BBC Sport
- Swansea have no special plans in place to subdue Tottenham star Gareth Bale — Sky Sports
- Jazz Richards signs new Swansea City contract — This Is South Wales
- Interview with former Premier League referee David Elleray — BBC Sport
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