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Brazil launches crackdown

Brazil has told its players they must avoid wearing earrings, caps and flip-flops while on international duty.

Mertesacker lacking motivation

Per Mertesacker has admitted he has struggled with motivation since winning the World Cup with Germany this summer.

Platini embroiled in Africa Cup row

UEFA president Michel Platini has hit back in an on-going row with the Confederation of African Football.

Whelan injury blow for Stoke

Stoke's Glenn Whelan could be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his leg while on Republic of Ireland duty.

Akpan eyes more Nigeria caps

Reading midfielder Hope Akpan has spoken of his delight after making his international debut for Nigeria.

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