Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup squads finalized, Barca makes Cesc bid and more

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup squads finalized, Barca makes Cesc bid and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup squads finalized, Barca makes Cesc bid and more

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The June 1st deadline for teams to submit their World Cup rosters came and went on Tuesday and there were some surprises, though not as many as on the day teams submitted their 30-man provisional rosters.

Italy's exclusion of Giuseppe Rossi, South Africa's snubbing of Benni McCarthy and England's omission of Theo Walcott stole the headlines on a day when Portuguese defender Pepe and England's Gareth Barry were deemed healthy enough to be selected.

In case you missed them, here are all 32 rosters.

Here are some other stories from this morning (and Tuesday) to get your day going:

BARCELONA MAKES CESC OFFER

FC Barcelona's quest to sign Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has gone on for years, but now the Spanish champions have made a formal offer to bring back the one-time Barca youth player to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona has made an opening £29 million bid for Fabregas, an offer likely to be rejected by Arsenal, which has a higher price tag on its star playmaker.

CANNAVARO SIGNS WITH DUBAI CLUB

Italian national team captain Fabio Cannavaro has played in Italy and Spain, but will now add Dubai to that list after signing a shock deal with Dubai club Al Ahli on Tuesday.

Cannavaro will join Al Ahli on a free transfer after seeing a one-year deal with Juventus expire without a new offer from the Italian club.

PRE-WORLD CUP FRIENDLIES ROUNDUP

Portugal shook off its recent 0-0 embarrassment against Cape Verde with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Cameroon on Tuesday. The match was marred by a Samuel Eto'o red card.

The Netherlands disposed of Ghana, 4-1, in another high-profile friendly, while Australia edged Denmark, 1-0, in another battle of World Cup teams.

Costa Rica fell just short of the 2010 World Cup, but knocked off World Cup-bound Switzerland, 1-0, on Tuesday.

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What do you think of these developments? See Fabregas ending up with Barcelona this summer? Stunned to see Cannavaro head to Dubai? Think Portugal or the Netherlands are a darkhorse to win the World Cup?

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