World Paper Round: Ref learns how to swear

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Most of the English press is leading on the news that the Brazilian officials in charge of England's game against the United States on Saturday have been given a crash course in English swear words.

Controversial referee Carlos Simon has been studying a list of 20 English expletives.

Roberto Braatz, one of Simon's two assistants, said: "We can't do it in 11 different languages but we at least have to know the swear words in English."

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Second assistant Altemir Hausmann said: "We have to learn what kind of words the players say. All players swear and we know we will hear a few 'son of a…'" 

Wayne Rooney, who was booked on Monday for some industrial language, you have been warned.

'Three yellows ref' Graham Poll is working as a columnist for the Daily Mail and has backed Simon, suspended in the Brazilian league following a series of inaccurate decisions, to handle the pressure.

"I was with Simon in Korea/Japan in 2002 and Germany 2006 and grew to like him and admire his style of dealing with the pressure. There is no way his ability can be questioned; to be number one referee in a football-mad country like Brazil proves he is good enough," said the Tringster.

But Sun expert columnist Terry Venables has named Rooney as the top player at the World Cup.

"Argentina star Lionel Messi might be FIFA's best player but Rooney is mine. While Barcelona genius Messi sometimes fails to reproduce his club form for his country, Rooney never lets England down," says El Tel.

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Premier League bosses are not backing Fabio Capello's men to lift the trophy on July 11.

A survey of top-flight managers carried out by Barclays saw more than half of the managers tip Brazil to win the World Cup; 24 per cent opted for Spain, 12 per cent for Diego Maradona's Argentina and two did not give an answer.

Capello lost his rag yesterday and Sun chief sports writer Steven Howard has opined he is right to carry on ranting.

Howard says: "The message was not lost on his players because this is exactly how he not only keeps them in check but drives them on. The sound of a cracking whip and rule by rod of iron - in the Alex Ferguson tradition."

For the second day running Fabio Capello peeled off from the main group in training to work with his three goalkeepers and as the debate rages over who will be in the net in Rustenburg, Gordon Banks, the greatest of all English custodians, tells The Guardian that David James would be the wise choice.

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 "James has got more experience and I believe he could be that bit calmer in the dressing room and on the pitch. The nervousness won't be quite so bad," said Banks who thinks Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas is the best in the world.

Telegraph columnist Alan Smith has been testing the Jabulani ball and the former Arsenal striker says it is sure to baffle all.

"I tried a curler, for example, with the inside of my right foot, and instead of the ball bending gradually to the left as you would expect, it somehow defied the laws of physics by momentarily veering to the right halfway to goal," Smudger mused.

You can see the pick of the overseas press with Gazzetta dello Sport leading on the potential stars of the World Cup moving to new clubs - Maicon and Angel Di Maria to Real Madrid, Javier Mascherano and Ramires to Inter and Fernando Torres to either Chelsea or one of the Manchester clubs are among the moves they speculate on.

Marca are screaming from the rooftops as Spain prepare for their World Cup campaign - they are everyone's favourites says the sport daily, while their headline reads 'The world is captivated'.

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And Germany's Bild brings us the big news that the Dutch WAGS including Sylvie van der Vaart are not travelling to South Africa because they fear a terrorist attack.

Al-Qaeda terrorists had planned an attack during Monday's game between the Netherlands and Denmark.

Sylvie, the wife of Dutch midfielder Rafael, is normally a sure thing for a few crowd shots.

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