Follow latest news, pictures, videos and analysis from the countdown to Brazil World Cup 2014 as the 32 teams prepare for their opening fixtures this week.

16.44 That’s nearly it from today’s live-blog. Before I depart, I’ll leave you with the first of Henry Winter’s World Cup video-diaries from Copacabana beach.
Henry discusses, among other things, whether Adam Lallana or Raheem Sterling should get the nod for Italy on Saturday.
Join us here again at the same time, same place tomorrow, when my colleague Ben Bloom will be counting down just one day before all the really good stuff happens.

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