La Roja looking for cherry on top
"Both countries can field many of the best players in the world. These are two countries with a big footballing tradition and we want to put on a great show to give a good image in our support of our joint World Cup bid."
Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli, meanwhile, is backing Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to have a big game against
"He is motivated and I'm convinced that he will have a good game even if he had minor knock during training," said Prandelli. "His main characteristic is that he doesn't feel pressure. Champions like him have some extra to give. Balotelli and Rossi are two strikers able to cause damage and I want from them a big response tomorrow."
Die Mannschaft Goalkeeper Rene Adler
"It's nice for me to be able to play again and it was important that I could swiftly return to the national team," he said. "I don't want to talk too much about the World Cup as it is out of my head. It was a bitter disappointment but that is football...life goes on."
In England, Newcastle striker
"He (Carroll) has done fantastic, he is a real talent, someone who is going to make it awkward for opponents to play against," said England captain Rio Ferdinand. "He is not just a big fellow who can head the ball into the net. Andy has got good feet as well so Newcastle have got a fantastic players on their hands."
Montenegro, surprise leaders of Group G in UEFA EURO
There are also two UEFA EURO 2010 qualifiers tomorrow. Croatia can go top of Group F when they welcome Malta to Zagreb, while Finland and San Marino will both be looking for their first points when they meet in Helsinki.
South American showpiece
Ronaldinho is relishing his return to the Brazil team for tomorrow's friendly against Argentina in Doha. The AC Milan forward has been absent from the national team for 19 months, falling out of favour and missing the trip to South Africa 2010. He hopes to have done enough this week to win a place in coach Mano Menezes' starting line-up, having not appeared for his country since April 2009. In other all-South American games, Colombia host Peru and Chile face Uruguay.
USA return to South Africa
"I want to score goals, that is what feels good for me," said Somma. "I wanted to play for them (USA), but nothing ever happened so I just want to do it against them tomorrow."