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John Motson | 19:15 UK time, Saturday, 26 June 2010

England versus Germany is a huge game on Sunday as the footballing powerhouses meet in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in Bloemfontein.

There is also an all-Latin America clash between Argentina and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Commentating legend John Motson looks back at previous England-Germany encounters and previews both games in South Africa, and gives his predictions.

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  • 1. At 11:00pm on 26 Jun 2010, Torres Is a Blue wrote:

    hello.

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  • 2. At 11:33pm on 26 Jun 2010, blackcat9 wrote:

    hi there. englandfc. beware of mr ozil tommorow. he reminds me of mr martin peters.you dont see him for 89 mins,then all of a sudden you looking to the bench for a towel to wipe the egg out of your eye.ps message for mr rooney: your wifes worried about your bank account as you forgot to pay the gas & electric bill before you went out. blackcat8.

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  • 3. At 11:47pm on 26 Jun 2010, Floydp4pno1 wrote:

    i feel sick already i cant sleep i stayed in for an early night and just cant sleep im going to be a wreck tomorrow. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

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  • 4. At 00:09am on 27 Jun 2010, KnifeMan wrote:

    A hungry man will fight hardest for food. England will be the hungriest for a victory tomorrow. They wil come out fighting tomorrow I am sure and tear into the Germans. I predict at least a goal up by half time - and then a very tense second half with England hanging on. Come on Engerland!!

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  • 5. At 00:46am on 27 Jun 2010, Notasquick wrote:

    Germany leave it too late, after Barry gets red from Ozil dive.
    Germany v England 1-2 (Rooney, Crouch, Ozil)
    Jorge Larrionda: more controversial and baffling decisions

    England:
    James
    Johnson Carragher Terry A Cole
    Milner Carrick Barry
    Gerrard Lampard
    Rooney
    Substitutes: Crouch, Defoe, Joe Cole, Heskey, Dawson

    Mexico run Argentina close and negate Mesi during the game, but Argentina win comfortably on penalties after nightmare for Perez.
    Argentina v Mexico 2-2 (3-3 AET, Tevez, Higuain, Heinze)
    Roberto Rosetti: cardfest (Heinze, Mascherano, Tevez, Bolatti, various mexicans)

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  • 6. At 00:48am on 27 Jun 2010, markus_uk wrote:

    England are likely to win because of their experience and the lack of ability to score goals on the German side. So if I had to place a bet it would be on England. My heart and my hopes belong to the other side. But anyway, may the better side win. That's what's matters most!

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  • 7. At 06:46am on 27 Jun 2010, David76 wrote:

    5-1 England. Rooney to score 3.

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  • 8. At 07:11am on 27 Jun 2010, notinmylifetime wrote:

    With Germany missing two key players in midfield, (Ballack & traesch) and possibly a third (schweinsteiger), England will hopefully have enough to see off the young side.....Remember " you win nothing with kids!"......I would be surprised if Ozil doesn't score, but my money is on a 3-1 win to England. Think of England without Gerrard, Lampard and possibly Barry and it gives us an idea of how depleted the Germans midfield is. On paper then England should be able to win this game, unfortunately the games not played on paper it's played on grass!

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  • 9. At 08:41am on 27 Jun 2010, photo762 wrote:

    Recipe For Success.
    1. The 3 Lions are unleashed as one !
    2. Wayne Rooney Sings The National Anthem.
    3. ENGLAND WIN !

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  • 10. At 09:09am on 27 Jun 2010, barry white wrote:

    What worries me is not this match but the fact there are others after. Will the team be preparing for these as well or just the one match?
    After all the semis and final will be harder, after all it is the world cup.......
    regardless of this, compulsive TV with the odds being good, red kit, and on the BBC!
    Bring it on, then to the final

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  • 11. At 09:18am on 27 Jun 2010, ronnieboy1 wrote:

    tight game, englands lack of pace at the back maybe a telling factor.the germans are clever they will work that out.

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  • 12. At 10:09am on 27 Jun 2010, dcfcsimon wrote:

    England are simply going to win because the game is being shown on the bbc. Our only win was shown on the beeb!! As long as all the other games are, we will win the world cup!!

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  • 13. At 10:41am on 27 Jun 2010, Dan Ashcroft wrote:

    I've no idea what the score will be or who will win, but everyone seems to be taking an England win for granted. Back in the 2006 World Cup quarter finals everyone said the same before the match against Portugal, even though the facts showed that England hadn't beaten Portugal in a competitive match for 40 years.

    The general view appears to be that England beat Germany in a friendly in Berlin last year therefore we're going to win today. No one mentions that Germany beat England at a friendly at Wembley in 2008 and that the last competitive match between the two nations was the Under-21 European Championship final last summer which Germany won 4-0. So Germany have won 2 of the last 3 encounters.

    Markus-uk wrote that England would win because of the lack of ability to score goals on the German side. No, this isn't the case. At this World Cup, Germany have scored 5 goals compared to England's 2.

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  • 14. At 11:15am on 27 Jun 2010, accessibilityhelp wrote:

    2010 - 1966 = 44, add 4 and divide by 4, and the answer is 12. my magical match oracle orb therefore predicts a 12-0 win for england. I also heard Gooney will be wearing Bobby Charltons 66 'protective equipment', so it could be 13-0 afterall.

    poor hopes for a mediocre team will sum this match.

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  • 15. At 11:31am on 27 Jun 2010, Marchitect wrote:

    "I'm backing England to win"

    ----------------------------

    Didn't see that one coming.

    Let's be honest here, England are dire. Celebrating a 1-0 win against Slovenia like it was the final itself is an embarrassment. You should have won all 3 group games at a canter but once again your boys think they're better than they, underestimating the opposition and inadvertently fuelling their desire to get a result - which they always do.

    A bit of humility from these overpaid egos would go a long way and after that world beating performance against the might of Slovenia it's good to see an entire nation burying it's collective head in the sand as they once again prepare to win the world cup.

    I'm backing Germany to win.

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  • 16. At 11:35am on 27 Jun 2010, frandabulous wrote:

    cmon germany

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  • 17. At 11:35am on 27 Jun 2010, Sam wrote:

    I think England are going to have to win it in normal time as the Germans appear to be fitter than us. In our group games we have looked tired after 70 mins. Having said that I think we will win but its gonna be a nervy affair.

    Germany 1 England 2

    Argentina 3 Mexico 1

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  • 18. At 11:35am on 27 Jun 2010, utebog wrote:

    O.K.
    England have had a slow start and are about to wind up to a grand finale!
    They have an Italian manager and as everyone knows Italy start slowly (a little too slowly this tme around)!
    This is it!
    Drive through Germany and then show that rotund cheat from S. America where its at!
    Who knows, after all that we might not NEED to win the whole thing!

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  • 19. At 11:39am on 27 Jun 2010, jonnylindsay wrote:

    Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win. - Gary Lineker

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  • 20. At 11:43am on 27 Jun 2010, armchaired wrote:

    Gah! I just want to say that the level of analysis from pundits and match commentators at this tournament has been awful.

    Ten minute segments referring back to matches from long-gone eras is redundant and lazy. Anyone can call up goal stats, red cards - what colour socks the coach was wearing twenty years ago - ad infinitum, but it will tell you nothing about what's going to transpire on the field of play on actual match-day.

    Similarly, referring to Player X 'of Bolton' and Player Y 'who once visited Manchester for a weekend in 1998', or something, is also of poor relevance and should be cut out.

    Is there nobody out there who can give us real insights into what is happening on the pitch and can the BBC and (worse still) the ITV please get their hands on them!

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  • 21. At 11:59am on 27 Jun 2010, Shafto wrote:

    For those who believe in symetry, Ying & Yang etc. my prediction is England win on Penalties, here's why..

    1966 Draw England win in Extra Time
    1970 Draw Germany win in Extra Time
    1982 Draw
    1990 Draw Germany win on Penalties so..
    2010 Draw England win on Penalties

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  • 22. At 12:00pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Sorry Mr. Motson. I don't want to upset you, but you seem to be delusional. England is not a footballing powerhouse.

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  • 23. At 12:00pm on 27 Jun 2010, Kentucky fried Cat make mine a zinger Hmmm crispy wrote:

    David Beckham has already asked the USA team could he thumb a lift with them back home to America later today. Beckham knows Englands fate is doomed, and has got himself a a quick flight out of there.

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  • 24. At 12:02pm on 27 Jun 2010, MuchPreferWinter wrote:

    13 words in and you completely ruin your credibility for the rest of the article - 'Footballing powerhouses' - England haven't managed a knockout stage win against one of the genuine big sides in decades. Germany well - do we really need to go through their record? I simply do not understand how the English press still manages to produce such utter self delusion as fact in the face of decades of evidence pointing the other way. Just because the Premiership is a powerhouse of a league does not mean the English team are.

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  • 25. At 12:03pm on 27 Jun 2010, Shafto wrote:

    I like No.4. A hungry man will fight hardest for food...considering all the players are Millionaires we're in for a boring match!!

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  • 26. At 12:04pm on 27 Jun 2010, frandabulous wrote:

    thank you dan ashcroft, i too dont understand why all of england are looking at this like its gona be easy, germany have won more games and scored more goals and more importantly they have played better football, i think its going to be a tight game but beware of klose and ozil!
    living in britain and not being english has left me shouting at the telly and the internet whenever ther is some (undeserved) english praise for their team, they were very poor in the qualifiers and will have to start playing better to beat the germans.

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  • 27. At 12:15pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Germany, with three key midfielders missing will hope to ride out this game against the first choice England team. Losing Schweinsteiger, a great player, would be a particularly huge loss for them. Yet, I think they'll do it.

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  • 28. At 12:17pm on 27 Jun 2010, Fed_Borg wrote:

    England, last won a world cup game with Germany in 1966. In 1990 they got revenge, now this game will be tough, but this is a different generation but same mentalities. The Germans are stronger, always have been.

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  • 29. At 12:22pm on 27 Jun 2010, rufc_dean wrote:

    This is the defining moment in any england fans lifes since 1990, when we lost to germany in the semi finals.For each team,a loss would be a disaster.I hope to god that england can play to there potential and win the game.Germany have always had a good side, this is a talented but relativly unexperienced german side.They beat an australian side that had there best player sent off 4-0, credit where its due they deserved the win,but i would have expected england to do the same in that situation.They then lost to serbia,when the situation was reversed.Then they narrowly beat ghana 1-0.I dont think this is a german side that matches up to previous ones at all(all be it i could be proven wrong), and i expect england to build on there pretty impressive performance against slovenia and take a win.

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  • 30. At 12:27pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    24. At 12:02pm on 27 Jun 2010, MuchPreferWinter
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    Never a truer word said.

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  • 31. At 12:30pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Re my comment at 27.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger has just been declared fit. So my prediction is:
    Germany 4 England 1

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  • 32. At 12:35pm on 27 Jun 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 33. At 12:38pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Re: 29. At 12:22pm on 27 Jun 2010, dean
    The Germans beat Ghana with arguably their best player, Klose, having been sent off unjustly. Ghana have just beaten the USA. Ring any alarm bells?

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  • 34. At 1:58pm on 27 Jun 2010, Upham wrote:

    #12's recipe for English success is about as logical as the psychic octopus or the german media's claim that they'll win because German beer is better than English beer.

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  • 35. At 2:18pm on 27 Jun 2010, Lydia6dg wrote:

    It would be very nice of the studio commentors to mention Nobby Stiles who was part of the victorious England team of 1966. He is my grandads cousin. He is recovering from a stroke and he playeda vital part in the 1966 world cup
    Lydia

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  • 36. At 2:22pm on 27 Jun 2010, hairymarx wrote:

    England's "golden age" was the seven year period 1966-73 and we have been on "freefall" ever since. Back in 1973 when England failed to get the result they needed against Poland in order to qualify for the 1974 world cup, Brian Clough argued that a fundamental overhaul was needed in the coaching of our youth. Needless to say, everybody ignored Clough and we have been living with the consequences ever since. This explains why it is that in global terms, England are the premier league equivilent of Wigan Athletic.

    The uncomfortable reality is that England are light years behind the South American's in terms of technique and skill. So even if we manage to scrape past Germany, our likely next opponents, Argentina, will cruise past us.

    Until we address the underlying faults of the English game, we will never win the world cup. This essentially was the point Jack Charlton made recently. To suggest otherwise, is to live in the land of self-delusion.

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  • 37. At 2:30pm on 27 Jun 2010, Lord_Ffarquharr_of_Spenge wrote:

    #24 @MuchPreferWinter - "England haven't managed a knockout stage win against one of the genuine big sides in decades" - just wanted to say that we beat Argentina in the second round of the 2002 World Cup. Maybe they weren't at their prime but they were a big side.
    That said, I agree that England are going to struggle. 2 draws and a narrow win in a group we should have breezed through? And we're saying "bring it on"? We need to take Germany a bit more seriously I think.

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  • 38. At 4:20pm on 27 Jun 2010, Jocyl Mavouanga wrote:

    I am really really disappointed about football game, why is it so difficult in 2010 for FIFA to update on technology or checking like it is with tennis or others sports,i was talking about the England second goal against Germany.this is it football looks like an uncertain game.

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  • 39. At 4:31pm on 27 Jun 2010, no9jr wrote:

    Engurland to win the World Cup - HAHA

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  • 40. At 4:44pm on 27 Jun 2010, thefifer wrote:

    Hey, bet you feeling silly this Afternoon along with the rest of the English biased media. But i will give you one thing engerland are comin home. 4 - 1.

    If you and the rest of ur friends in the engliah media werent so down right cocky with ur comments about england this england that maybe just maybe you wouldnt be so self gloating and suffer humiliation when engerland get beat. 1966 is way in the past, You got to remember Scotland played you off the park 6 months later, But never any mention of that. you and your medai friends sicken every body around the world with your opinions that Engerland desrve to win every time they play.

    Well guess what once more the Germans have shown that Engerland are so hyped up i their own pathetic ideas that you LOST AGAIN.

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  • 41. At 4:45pm on 27 Jun 2010, hairymarx wrote:

    As I alluded to in post 36, England are light years behind and it has been this way for the last 37 years. Bobby Robson has been canonized on the back of a lucky England world cup campaign where we struggled to victory over Cameroon back in 1990.

    The underlying frailties inherent to the English game were not addressed at that time as they surely ought to have been. In the meantime, England have struggled in successive world cup tournaments and the frailties have been "papered over".

    Now they have finally, if predictably, had their comeuppance against an average German team.

    This campaign has been nothing short of shocking - a shambolic farce. Where to next?

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  • 42. At 4:58pm on 27 Jun 2010, kachasu wrote:

    Appalling performance - so many premiership players can't do better than this..??

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  • 43. At 5:10pm on 27 Jun 2010, Son-of-Fred-The-Bad-Man wrote:

    What a load of over paid rubish England have been in this world cup.
    I have seen better juniors on Hackney Marshes on a Saturday than this so called Best of English football.
    No pride and no passion, only there for the money.
    Wouldn't pay to see that team play a blind school.

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  • 44. At 5:12pm on 27 Jun 2010, JoC wrote:

    Gabby :"Fabio..why do we always go out against the big teams?"
    Capello: "That's football..."

    ...Motty Motty Motty!?

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  • 45. At 5:24pm on 27 Jun 2010, photo762 wrote:

    "They think it's all over.
    It is, NOW ! "

    David Coleman 1966

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  • 46. At 5:36pm on 27 Jun 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    Germany were excellent and England were poor is all you can say...their fourth poor game in succession it has to be said

    Men against boys...

    Professionals against amateurs..

    Take your pick but either way, the British (and I include Scotland and Wales in that!) style of play is a busted flush...

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  • 47. At 5:39pm on 27 Jun 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #31

    Well done you hit it spot on!! What a performance from this young German team..

    Can't wait for the inquests Motty!!

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  • 48. At 5:50pm on 27 Jun 2010, Barra-No wonder its bloody shutting down wrote:

    Utter garbage

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  • 49. At 5:50pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Hate to sound cocky, but take a look at post 31.

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  • 50. At 5:51pm on 27 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    Capello is a bad loser.

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  • 51. At 5:52pm on 27 Jun 2010, no4nonsense wrote:

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  • 52. At 5:53pm on 27 Jun 2010, Universal0 wrote:

    I stopped watching the game when it was 3.1 on the 66th minute, but come on referee, it was 2 feet over the line!!! It should of been 2.2 at half time, we would of approached the second half was less urgency and more concentration. . .

    I once met Geoff Hurst a few months ago and asked him if he thought the ball was over the line from that Final World Cup match at Wembley, naturally I know how many years has he been asked this question and probably gets annoyed by it been mentioned. . .His answer was 'who cares!'. . .I wonder if he is pondering right now. . .

    Anyway about the match; besides bad officials. . .England's defence was lethargic at times and clearly out of position far too often, we should of changed tactics as the Germans would have studied every second of our game (how many times have I said that). . .I think though despite this been our worst defeat in a World Cup since 1954 where we lost 4.2 to Uruguay, had this official not of made such an error, the second half would of led to extra time. . .Finally we saw the best out of Lampard, but lets be honest, Fabio relied too much on Rooney, he is not Pele. . .

    So, who should we support now? Well naturally when ones team is out of the tournament the interest seems to fizzle away. . .But I would like to see Ghana play well, and Spain beat their underachiveing status (which is all too apparent with England's performances in World Cups) Spain also have a habit of qualifying to the tournament with ease, then not focusing in the Finals. . .

    But two factors to mention: Germany and Brazil have the best successful history in World Cup, it took until 2002 for them to meet in the Final. . .And Argentina have never played Brazil in a Final. . .

    Whoever plays I shall certainly not be cheering on Germany. . .


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  • 53. At 6:17pm on 27 Jun 2010, armchairmanager wrote:

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  • 54. At 6:29pm on 27 Jun 2010, sidrez1508 wrote:

    Why is everyone failing to see the roots of the problem with english football? The problem is the system is completely wrong with the FA school of excellence. Why dont the english follow big nations such as Brazil and Argentina and use scouting systems where a club rep would watch ordinary players play on the beach,streets or parks and pick the best players to play for their team. This is how some of the best players were spotted such as Zico, Maradona,Zidane,Ronaldo the brazilian...You can't teach skills at school.Players are born with it...This is why England lack skillful players...Unless you go to school and play for the team you have no chance to be picked to play professionally..this is wrong!!! There are so many great skillful players out there who cant be professionals just because they cant go to schools!!!

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  • 55. At 6:32pm on 27 Jun 2010, musatanyoko wrote:

    we the americano we dont talk too much; england commentators and the tabloid talk their mouth wide open but deliver nothing. it is time to be reasonbale. dont jump the gun

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  • 56. At 7:24pm on 27 Jun 2010, Roy Ritchie wrote:

    Perhaps now the English media will wake up to the fact that the England football team are not as good as the media thinks. Anyone with a modicum of football nous could see that England were fortunate to get past the group stage and yet the media kept telling us that England could go on and beat Germany. Yes? I actually laughed when the ball that was clearly over the line was not awarded as a goal. Bit of deja vu eh? Only this time the ball WAS over the line and the goal was not given. And finally. For all the anorak commentators and so called expert analysers can I suggest that they read The Laws of Association Football. Written before John Motson ever heard of statistics.......

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  • 57. At 8:08pm on 27 Jun 2010, a6dyl wrote:

    I'm as disappointed as all the rest but consoled myself with Live Aid 1985. 25 years ago nearly to the day our professional musicians gave a world beating performance. Queen - "We are the Champions" followed by David Bowie -
    "Heroes" and then the Who - " Won't get fooled again".
    A concert for Africa.
    The musicians gave their all for the cause. Our footballers gave us their time and nothing more. To represent the country with no passion, no desire and with the minimum of effort undermines the contibution for good given so willingly and so successfully by others in the past. I worked a lifetime to earn what these players earn in a year. Disgraceful.

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  • 58. At 8:27pm on 27 Jun 2010, WandererLOS wrote:

    This afternoons match was an utter disgrace, this is not the performance expected of what is seen as one of the footballing great nations which is part of the problem as we are not and proved it again today. England would have been better served by placing a Sunday league 11 on the pitch today rather than the lack lustre side fielded today. The team was outplayed, out manouvered, and outclassed on all levels. None of the side playing today should ever (and I mean ever even in public) be allowed to wear an England shirt again. The only 2 players that could conceivably be exonerated from this would be David James and James Milner as they did at least put some heart and effort into their performance. Cappello is meant to be going to Intermilan, good riddance we had an easy ride to qualify for the world cup and weren't particularly convincing then. We played one game were we could have been seen as an international side and that was our last one of the group stage. Hopefully we will now stop banging on about how good we were over 40 years ago (on our own turf) and actually try and build a squad that can play football. The English FA has to step in and reduce the number of matches in the Premier League but not if it wants to get more money from Sky than restore national pride. If there any journalists that read this and feel it is worth putting into national print please feel free to plagiarise it as this message needs to be sent to the controlling agencies within the English football system.

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  • 59. At 8:35pm on 27 Jun 2010, stephen wrote:

    The goal judge is an official positioned off ice behind each goal for the specific purpose of indicating when the puck has crossed the goal line and entered the goal. For arenas so equipped, the goal judge turns on a red light behind the goal when he sees the puck cross the goal line. As in all matters, however, the referee retains final authority and can override the opinion of the goal judge.

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  • 60. At 8:36pm on 27 Jun 2010, stephen wrote:

    Please please Please Please


    There is Worse to Follow, will England even qualify in 4 years Time for the World Cup. About 2 Thirds of the Team will retire from International Football within 4 years. So where will the Future England players be. Can you see Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool providing English Players in 4 years. !!!!! I don't think so.... We need to provide a better base and select more English Players than the cheap African or European & South American players..

    Priemership is the BEST League in the World but the English Players play in the Championship League

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  • 61. At 8:38pm on 27 Jun 2010, stephen wrote:

    Please please Please Please

    There is Worse to Follow, will England even qualify in 4 years Time for the World Cup.

    About 2 Thirds of the Team will retire from International Football within 4 years. So where will the Future England players be.

    Can you see Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool providing English Players in 4 years. !!!!! I don't think so.... We need to provide a better base and select more English Players than the cheap African or European & South American players..

    I think a Club Team from the Lower Divisions (with 11 English Players) could play better than the current England Team.

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  • 62. At 8:46pm on 27 Jun 2010, PHIL HALL wrote:

    FIFA go on about technology costing to much but rugby, a game where there is far less money have an attitude that has the following;
    1. INSTANT REPLAY TO MAKE SURE OF UNSEEN POINTS ETC
    2. RESPECT IN REFEREES DECISIONS AND FEARING REFEREES OR YOU ARE OFF
    3. YELLOW CARD SIN BIN FOR 10 MINUTES.
    4. 40 MINUTES AND NO CONTROVERSIAL OVERTIME. PLAY THE GAME TIME STOPPING THE CLOCK FOR DECISIONS, RATHER THAN DEBATE WHAT EXTRA TIME TO ADD ON.

    Are we really saying that football cannot follow this and clean up the game. If this is so then football will continue to be a controversial sport, especially when in this case 80 thousand spectators see the mistake and yet one official cannot change his mind. In the 21st century that is stupid let alone ridicuolous. How 2 linesman and 1 refereecan EFFECTIVELY controla game without technology is recipe for disaster.

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  • 63. At 9:03pm on 27 Jun 2010, a6dyl wrote:

    Watching the Argentina , Mexico game. Both sides so positive. Worth any England manger showing to their team. Movement, confidence and shooting superb. Simple for other teams so why so difficult for ours. I'm a hockey player by trade and the the effort and performance shown by our players is lamentable over a 70 minute period. Mind you I'm 60 so perhaps our players have an excuse.
    They are paid a lot and young!!!!!

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  • 64. At 9:12pm on 27 Jun 2010, 1Wattie wrote:

    I feel for the many England fans who worked and saved hard to be in South Africa ans support their team - and then instead of fireworks see a damp squib.
    Most of the squad have performed well below the required standard and let the fans down. A team who give 110% but lose still get the support of the masses but most of these players have lost the respect of the masses. When you see a past captain holding a press conference to say that some of the players are unhappy with the team selection and tactics it does not bode well for a successful outcome to the teams campaign.
    Sports Psychologists use many different avenues of approach to instill confidence and belief in theier subjects. In this case substitute the Psychologists for the Media who have, I think most of us will agree, gone well over the top with the hype, got the players thinking they are far better than they really are and they only need to turn up and bring the cup home.
    This has gone on for at least the last 20 or 30 years with the same disappointing outcome. When are they going to learn to take a step back?.

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  • 65. At 10:00pm on 27 Jun 2010, a6dyl wrote:

    I've captained teams at hockey ( so called girls game of 70 minutes ) but if a team of mine had been so inept over so long ( 90 minutes ) I would have been distraut. The England performance lacked passion and I believe the manager is at fault. Many could have raised the teams performance. I don't believe Fabio did. Belief, desire, and passion were missing today. These qualities can be instilled by the right individual.

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  • 66. At 10:16pm on 27 Jun 2010, toki1971 wrote:

    @31 What are next saturdays winning lottery numbers?

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  • 67. At 10:17pm on 27 Jun 2010, Andre wrote:

    Hello John, I've come to your blog this time because i didn't really understand what i just said on tv after the game Argentina x Mexico. I;ve been following your blog and interviews throughout the world cup and at the very begining you predicted that brazil and spain would make the finals of the tournament with brazil winning it, but today, after the evening game, you went on the air and said that you would stick with argentina to win this championship, what did you mean??? have you changed your mind or forgotten what you've predicted???
    I don't mean to be rude but that wasn't very nice and unfortunately i believed that back home, in brazil, you've made a full of yourself.

    Thanks for the attention and BRASIL HEXA!!!!!!

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  • 68. At 00:32am on 28 Jun 2010, andy wrote:

    66. At 10:16pm on 27 Jun 2010, toki1971 wrote:

    @31 What are next saturdays winning lottery numbers?

    Give me 2,000,000 quid in readies by next Wednesday and I'll tell you.

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  • 69. At 10:03am on 28 Jun 2010, Pratish wrote:

    John, given the controversial decisions in today's play in both matches, I think you'd enjoy this FIFA Referee cartoon I spotted on a South African news blog earlier.. very appropriate!

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  • 70. At 4:26pm on 28 Jun 2010, Roy Ritchie wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 71. At 01:12am on 29 Jun 2010, guy evans wrote:

    what was that u said, motty, about terry and upson having to watch klose carefully?? lol.

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