If you go down to the woods today....
- 13 Jun 06, 02:37 PM
BADEN-BADEN Security is understandably tight around England's training base in the woods high above Buhlertal - and it needs to be to cope with the intrepid band of journalists following Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.
One newspaper reporter, rightly and justifiably seeking out more information, adopted a high-risk policy today in the hope of being rewarded with that extra snippet of news about Wayne Rooney, or perhaps that subtle change in Eriksson's formation.
He attempted to hide in the variety of trees and scrub that overlook England's training ground in a bid to grab a sneak peek into Sven's plans.
Sadly for him, he was spotted by the German security guards and politely requested to return to his designated post.
No luck this time - but don't bet against these boys trying again in the search to bring you the latest news over your breakfast table.
In the daily media briefing, the most interesting sight was Owen Hargreaves, who spoke eloquently about his status as a squad member who is still a little unloved by the general public.
He seemed genuinely baffled by the way he has been criticised, and the jeering which greeted his appearance against Paraguay.
My own view is that Hargreaves is surplus to squad requirements, but you could not fail to sympathise with him after the booing, which was unwarranted and disgraceful.
Peter Crouch underwent the daily media inquisition at a cafe bar in the centre of Baden-Baden on Monday, a player confident in his emergence as an England international and safely established as a Liverpool player.
It was clearly not always thus.
When asked which club he was playing for at the last World Cup in Japan four years ago he said: "Not sure...one of many."
Answer? Aston Villa.
Good to see Everton's Tim Cahill doing the Premiership and his club proud with an explosive two-goal performance in Australia's 3-1 win against Japan.
Yes, that's right, Everton's Tim Cahill.
Might be worth telling that to the German television commentator who bellowed "Tim Cahill....FC Liverpool" after the Aussie midfielder's brilliant second goal.