Rival captains make case to Fifa for Paolo Guerrero’s World Cup inclusion

  • Peru striker banned after testing positive for cocaine
  • Mile Jedinak, Hugo Lloris and Simon Kjær write to Fifa

The captains of the three teams drawn to play Peru at the World Cup in Russia next month have appealed to Fifa to lift a ban on Paolo Guerrero, who was suspended after testing positive for cocaine.

Related: Punishment for cocaine use while taking part in sport does not fit the crime | Sean Ingle

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Unai Emery’s grasp of detail can succeed at Arsenal after PSG problems

The tactically astute and well prepared Spaniard will find a more receptive audience in the Emirates dressing room than with an unruly PSG squad

Neymar is not one for ‘homework’, but that didn’t stop Unai Emery. “We are analysing some videos with him to see how he can grow,” said Emery last year, “especially in his positioning and how to work with his colleagues.” While Emery’s quiet meticulousness may have proven crucial in the past, spending 12 hours looking over videos for every game, with hindsight his persistence with the Brazilian should be regarded as having been a little optimistic.

Related: Unai Emery set to be named as new Arsenal manager

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Alex McLeish tells injury-hit Scotland to be giantkillers in friendlies

• Armstrong and Souttar drop out of squad for Peru and Mexico
• United States-based players may be handed late call-ups

Alex McLeish has said Scotland will have to perform acts of “giantkilling” against Peru and Mexico after the number of withdrawals from his squad stretched to six. McLeish, who already had a makeshift party for the upcoming friendlies, lost the Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong and the Hearts defender John Souttar on Monday due to injury. The Scots travel to face Peru in Lima on 29 May before a meeting in Mexico City on 2 June.

Related: Alex McLeish getting Scotland job stems from blind panic and lack of foresight | Ewan Murray

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