On the eve of Englands (latest) crunch match I have a good feeling about it. Groundless optimism? Not so – as I explain in View From The Sofa below.
Elsewhere Groups A and B are decided. Through go Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and South Korea. Meanwhile office bins across the country will tomorrow be full of bits of paper with the words South Africa, France, Greece and Nigeria written on them. Anyone for a Wimbledon sweepstake?
Results – Tuesday 22nd June
|Group A :||France||1 – 2||South Africa|
|Group A:||Mexico||0 – 1||Uruguay|
|Group B:||Greece||0 – 2||Argentina|
|Group B:||Nigeria||2 – 2||South Korea|
|Spotlight on France|
|There can be no doubt that the World Cup has been a disaster for France. They were poor in qualifying, they cheated Ireland out of a finals place with that well publicised hand ball and are going home early with just one point from their three group games. If anything their off the pitch antics have been even worse with players threatening to strike, the manager a figure of ridicule and Nicolas Anelka sent home early. Marcel, speaking as a typical Frenchman dans la rue how do you feel about the state of French football?|
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|I’ll take that to mean you’re speechless|
Fixtures – Wednesday 23rd June
|Gazza’s Daily Football Factoids|
|Sheep outnumber people in Australia 6 to 1, yet none feature in the 2010 world cup squad.|
|Mystic Ron’s World Cup Horoscope|
|There are some huge ties today and today I’m going engage the ancient art of “spin the bottle” to predict the future. Ghana and Germany …. Germany to win. Serbia and Australia ….. Serbia to win. USA against Algeria is … USA. That’s your lot punters.
I’m just teasing! You want to know about England vs Slovenia. Here goes … Oh blimey, the bottle fell off the table and broke! Let’s say England then. I hope there aren’t any bits of glass in my plate of chocolate bourbons…
View from the sofa
As you know England have suffered the usual setbacks on and off the field since they arrived in South Africa and at times the doom and gloom has been overwhelming. On the eve of our final group match it’s time to find some positives, so here we go…
- If England beat Slovenia they will qualify for the second round.
- Fabio Capello says there are no rifts in the squad.
- Tohn Terry backs the manager. We must have imagined his previous interview.
- France are going home with squad problems that make the England camp look like the Waltons.
- Plenty of other major teams may be going home this week.
…and your final reason to be cheerful…
Update from the Scotland camp with Kenny Dogleash:
|Things are quiet today as the squad continue to recuperate from last seasons domestic rigours. Some of the lads have gone on holiday to Benidorm. Others are playing a lot of X-box and watching the World Cup on TV. Of course it’s not all relaxation – there’s also an eye on pre-season training. The boys each have personal plans to hit the Glasgow night clubs, drink until they can barely walk and wind up at the kebab shop. It’s the Scottish way.|
Are you feeling better about things? In a dog-eat-dog world the important thing is that there is always somebody worse off than you. Unless your name is Yakubu that is. If you haven’t seen his miss click here and prepare to suspend your disbelief. Forget miss of this World Cup, this must rate as the worst miss in any world cup ever. Enjoy!