World Cup wor­ries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THERE’S some­thing wrong with me. I have not got World Cup fever. Nor­mally, with just a few hours to kick-off time for the great­est show on earth I’m a fevered bun­dle of an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Usu­ally, by this stage my prepa­ra­tions would be well in hand – the TV and sofa would have been sci­en­tif­i­cally aligned for max­i­mum view­ing plea­sure, Mrs T would have re­ceived a list of times and dates when she is not al­lowed to have any of her girlie mates around; and of course the fridge would have been stocked with beer.

I would also have had sev­eral coun­selling lessons which would en­able me to put aside all my bit­ter Leeds United prej­u­dices and show full sup­port for Wayne Rooney de­spite him be­ing Man U, Ashley Cole, de­spite him up­set­ting Ch­eryl, and John Terry, de­spite him be­ing John Terry.

But some­thing is just not right – I’m not even 100 per cent sure of the dates and op­po­nents of Eng­land’s group matches.

Even Mrs T is more ex­cited than me, al­though this is usu­ally down to who she’s drawn in the of­fice sweep­stake.

Last time round she drew the win­ners Italy and her joy was dou­bled by the fact we were in Italy on hol­i­day when the Az­zurri lifted the tro­phy. To this day she refers to the Ital­ians as ‘‘we’’ as in ‘‘We won the World Cup’’.

And it was months be­fore she stopped talk­ing in pi­geon Ital­ian and feed­ing me pasta ev­ery night of the bloom­ing week.

Talk­ing of food, we’re go­ing round a friend’s house to watch Eng­land’s opener against the USA.

He’s had the idea of a themed food and foot­ball night, so it’ll be burg­ers and Buds all the way.

Maybe that and the sight of Peter Crouch do­ing his robot dance af­ter scor­ing the win­ner will get me be­lat­edly in the World Cup mood.

But it might not last. Eng­land play Al­ge­ria next and if some­body sug­gests a pre-match meal of camel stew that’ll be me and the World Cup fin­ished for good.

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