LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 10 September 2009 39 ENGLANDTRIUMPHIt would be crazy to pay parents, says Fergie BREAKING NEWS... SIR ALEX FERGUSON launched an impassioned defence of Manchester Uniteds signing of young players and insisted it would be crazy to even contemplate paying parents. Following Chelseas two-window ban, United were accused by the president of French club Le Havre, Jean-Pierre Louvel, of offering the parents of 16- year-old Paul Pogba a house and 170,000 in cash. But Ferguson said today: There has never been a case, ever, that we have paid parents. It would be crazy to even contemplate that because it would be the biggest headache you could ever have, paying a parent. WHOS QUALIFIED? As well as England, the only other confirmed European nations are Holland and Spain. Ghana are the only African nation -- along with the hosts -- to have booked their place while Brazil and Paraguay have qualified from the CONMEBOL section. Japan, South Korea, North Korea and Australia will also be there next summer. WHOLL BE SEEDED? England look certain to be rewarded for their immaculate qualification for the World Cup with a top seeding in Decem- bers draw. Hosts, South Africa know they are guaranteed a top seeding, with the other seven set to be allocated through a system that has tended to include both results from previous tournaments, as well as taking into account current FIFA rankings. Brazil and Spain will also get a top seeding among the sides that have already qualified, while Italy, Germany, Argentina and France would probably also get one if they make it through. WHENS THE DRAW? The the groups will be determined in Cape Town on 4 December. WHENS THE FIRST GAME? The big kick-off takes place in Johannesburg on 11 June with South Africa taking on an as yet unknown team. WHENS THE FINAL? John Terry will be lifting the World Cup trophy aloft on 11 July in Johannesburg -- hopefully! WHEREARETHEVENUES? Johannesburg -- Soccer City, capacity 94,700 Durban -- Moses Mabhida Stadium, capacity 70,000 Cape Town -- Green Point Stadium, capacity 69,070 Johannesburg -- Coca-Cola Park, capacity 62,567 Pretoria -- Loftus Versfeld Stadium, capacity 51,760 Port Elizabeth -- Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, capacity 48,000 Bloemfontein -- Free State Stadium, capacity 48,070 Polokwane -- Peter Mokaba Stadium, capacity 46,000 Nelspruit, Mbombela Stadium, capacity 44,000 Rustenburg -- Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Capacity 42,000. COUNTDOWN TO SOUTHAFRICA Beaten Croatia coach Slaven Bilic believes the punters could be right to get behind a side that has come so far since their Euro exit at the hands of his side two years ago. Hesaid:Basedonthisperformance, England can definitely win the World Cup next year. This was not a defeat, it was a humiliation. Spot on: Frank Lampard celebrates the first of Englands five goals at Wembley last night Were worried. Winning it would cost us millions -- Darren Haines, Paddy Power Zakumi: the official mascot of the 2010 World Cup CapellotoallowWAGs inSouthAfricacamp ENGLAND boss Fabio Capello will allow WAGs at the World Cup next year -- but only for one day at a time after each match in South Africa. The wives and girlfriends of players were a huge presence during the 2006 tournament in Germany, with Rio Ferdinand last season calling it a circus under Sven- Goran Eriksson. Capellos regime has been strict but the Italian feels his players should see their loved ones for limited periods. Capello said: I like what we made here at training where the players stay together. But when we are in South Africa the players need the wives, friends, the girls. One day after each game. But Capello warned: We are there to play, not for a holiday. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html