Speaking to the saviour...of the England team
It's every girl's dream. Looking into the eyes of David Beckham and getting him to whisper sweet nothings to you. Which is what I did, except for the last bit - it wasn't sweet nothings, but he did give me a good interview.
It was all positive going into the game against Ecuador - the squad looked relaxed, and everyone was looking forward to a good performance, finally, from England in Stuttgart.
The atmosphere in the city was quite something - I heard around 85-thousand England fans had piled into the bars, even if less than half that actually got into the game...seeing those hundreds of St. George's flags still sends shivers down my spine - this is it, knockout football, the real deal, when it really matters.
I took up my position and soaked it all up - I was buzzing...a bit nervous, but buzzing. Then, 90 minutes later, totally non-plussed. England won, but they still looked rubbish. Becks hit back at his critics with that free-kick, but most of the fans came out of the stadium thinking "how did we get away with that?"
I grabbed Wayne Rooney for a quick chat afterwards - not every girl's dream, admittedly. He tried to spin it positively, but the fact is they've got to improve big-time if they're gonna beat Portugal and reach the semi-finals. So another week for me in Baden-Baden - to be honest, I wasn't ready to pack my bags, anyway.