Bryan Oviedo's omission from Costa Rica's opening World Cup game was notable.
AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor is said to be in the north east for talks with Sunderland. Rumour has it, he doesn't fancy it much.
Kit nerds are beside themselves at the variety of strips on display in the opening stages of the World Cup, but surely we've already seen the best.
Ahead of his probable World Cup debut, Jordan Pickford has made special reference to the part Kevin Ball played in his development at Sunderland, but has the red-and-white legend a role in the new regime at the Stadium of Light?
Lyle Taylor has been linked with a summer move to Sunderland. Certain outlets are reporting he'll head for Sunderland to enter talks next week.
What do high profile blunder stoppers David de Gea and Lorius Karius have in common with former Sunderland catastrophe Lee Camp?
With the World Cup having kicked off today with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia, I took a look at the eight groups and made my predictions.
There's suggestions that virtually no Sunderland first team player wants to stay at the Stadium of Light for the new season. So where are this lot gannin then?
It doesn't seem to be much of a secret any longer, rumours abound that Sunderland will host Middlesbrough for a pre-season friendly at the Stadium of Light.
It's World Cup Eve and we're all pretty excited to think about football that doesn't involve Sunderland for a little bit.