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England’s 2014 World Cup preparations hits a snag

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Following the official World Cup seeding ceremony last month, the England national team has confirmed their base in Brazil for this June's World Cup.

The five-star Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio de Janeiro boasts 418 rooms spread across 17 floors and overlooks the picturesque Sao Conrado Beach, a highly popular tourist spot.

Among various hotel facilities available for Wayne Rooney and company is an indoor "hamburger and hot dog bar" which is open until 1am.

Traditionally, teams are advised to choose hotels that are away from the glare of the media and with private facilities.

England's inclusion in Group D, dubbed the "Group of Death" , with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, is by far one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

And surely, Roy Hodgson's men may require more privacy and serious 'R&R' time, away from the pressure of the tournament.

But with new details emerging in recent days, it seems the squad's "home away from home" may be in need of a serious upgrade.

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Unflattering comments from former hotel guests have shared stories about "open sewers" and "security risks" posed by the nearby "favela" including the notorious Rocinha favela.

"Favelas" in Brazil refer to the shanty towns occupied by the country's poor, and their houses are usually built right next to urban areas.

The England FA may also be worried about a gunfight which took place outside the hotel in 2010.

Recent demonstrations in Brazil has heightened fear concerns in Brazil, with critics suggesting that the country is simply not ready for a World Cup.

And although the England 'WAGS' are expected to attend the tournament to support their husbands next year, many of them will be required to stay in a different hotel than their partners.

With Theo Walcott also ruled out of Brazil due to injury, England's World Cup preparations with less than six months to go have been far from ideal.

The FA is reportedly keen on ensuring minimal contact between 'WAGS' and their players on training and matchdays, apart from the obligatory post-match 'off' days.

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In other news, Spain national goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, has welcomed a baby son with partner, Sara Carbonero.

The couple, dubbed the "Posh and Becks" of Spain, have dominated headlines since getting together shortly after the World Cup 2010.

Carbonero, a famous sports journalist in Spain, met Casillas after interviewing him at the Confederations Cup in 2009.

The two reportedly got off on the wrong foot after Carbonero had asked Casillas a controversial question on a radio show. The Real Madrid keeper, 32, was offended and lambasted her in a series of messages.

The two got into an argument, which lasted a few months, but Casillas eventually sent her flowers to apologise.

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After Spain won the 2010 tournament, the couple also shared a kiss "live" on national TV, sealing the couple's internet stardom.

And it was no different on Wednesday, when Casillas and Carboero exited the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, where she had a C-section or Caesarean birth.

The couple were greeted by hundreds of paparazzi, who were waiting in line for a glimpse of the "football baby", Martín.

And although Casillas has endured a difficult time at Real Madrid last season -- he's no longer the undisputed first-choice keeper -- he will be pleased to add fatherhood to his long list of big wins, which includes two Euro Championships and a World Cup with Spain.

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