WORLDOFSPORT with Alan Swann

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport -

IAM prob­a­bly alone in find­ing pos­i­tives from Eng­land’s open­ing World Cup match.

Of course we were hope­less, clue­less and lucky to even snatch a draw against poor op­po­si­tion, but no team wants to peak too early.

I fancy Eng­land will stum­ble on a match-win­ning sys­tem be­fore the knock­out stages which will take us to our tra­di­tional quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat fol­low­ing a penalty shoot-out.

Un­less Fabio Capello has mor­phed into Gra­ham Tay­lor in the last fort­night, he will sort us out, start­ing with the in­evitable re­moval of gaffe­prone goalie Robert Green in favour of Joe Hart.

Hart may lack ex­pe­ri­ence, but he will get two games against teams who will be lucky to reg­is­ter a shot against us in which to find his feet.

Un­less of course Capello per­se­veres with Jamie Car­ragher along­side John Terry. Car­ragher’s dis­mal dis­play should have sur­prised no-one as he’s been in steady de­cline all sea­son and get­ting the runaround from a Hull re­serve should en­sure he doesn’t fea­ture again.

Capello should pick the form choice Michael Daw­son. Daw­son de­fied far bet­ter strik­ers this sea­son than those rep­re­sent­ing Slove­nia and Al­ge­ria and most im­por­tantly he can run quite fast.

The boss must al­ready be re­gret­ting not se­lect­ing Adam John­son ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips. In fact he must be re­gret­ting not se­lect­ing any­one with a work­ing left foot ahead of the Manch­ester City mis­fit, but he must re­sist mov­ing Steven Ger­rard out to the wing just to ac­com­mo­date the hor­ri­bly over-rated Gareth Barry, and in­stead play Joe Cole.

Sim­ple stuff re­ally. Come on Fabio you know it all makes sense. MOST

in­evitable re­sult of the first few games? Not Ger­many’s dis­man­tling of Aus­tralia, but Led­ley King and Rio Fer­di­nand pick­ing up in­juries within the first week. BIGGEST

co­nun­drum of the first few games? Not who to play up front with Wayne Rooney, but who on earth do you sup­port when Ger­many play Aus­tralia? THE

BBC’s never-end­ing abil­ity to plumb new depths is strik­ingly ob­vi­ous from the list of staff on World Cup duty in South Africa.

Ev­ery use­less foot­ball pun­dit from Lee Dixon to Gor­don Stra­chan is over there. Ap­par­ently Em­manuel Ade­bayor will even be em­ployed as a pan­el­list, pre­sum­ably to de­liver his ex­per­tise on lazy, over-rated strik­ers.

Smug Gary Lineker is in­evitably lead­ing the cov­er­age, but as the in­cred­i­bly ir­ri­tat­ing Colin Mur­ray is also on site, the crisp sales­man won’t for once be the most un­watch­able pre­sen­ter on tele­vi­sion.

Who on earth finds Mur­ray’s non­stop bab­bling and ram­bling en­ter­tain­ing or in­for­ma­tive? I haven’t met any­one who does. It’s a toss up be­tween Mur­ray and those vu­vuze­las which is the most ir­ri­tat­ing noise on tele­vi­sion.

Mark Bright some­how keeps find­ing work as a co-com­men­ta­tor de­spite never know­ingly of­fer­ing an in­sight into a sport he played very av­er­agely for a few years.

No Ian Wright or Garth Crooks which are mas­sive bless­ings, but surely there are more tal­ented po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees out there who don’t man­gle their English like Alan Shearer? ROB­BIE

Sav­age is to be the new voice of the BBC’s Ra­dio Five foot­ball phone-ins. I can’t stand the bloke, but I have to say that he’s the per­fect choice for the show.

Most of the callers are par­ti­san prat­tlers with noth­ing in­ter­est­ing to say. Sav­age will feel right at home. CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS

to the ECB for man­ag­ing to make Twenty/20 cricket as dull as all the other com­pe­ti­tions be­tween county teams.

A vi­brant in­no­va­tive for­mat has been ru­ined by over-ex­po­sure, all in a naked rush to make as much money as pos­si­ble as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The trou­ble is cricket fans like me are al­ready bored by the same old play­ers play­ing the same type of game night af­ter night.

I also find it of­fen­sive that Mid­dle­sex, the team run by that great pa­triot An­gus Fraser who play at the spir­i­tual home of English cricket, open the bat­ting with two Aus­tralians. HOW

much longer will the Eng­land rugby union team and their sup­port­ers have to put up with Martin John­son as their boss?

He’s failed and worse than that he’s failed by set­ting back English rugby by about a decade. He’s still en­cour­ag­ing the sort of bor­ing, set-play dom­i­nated rugby that won the World Cup in 2003 when the rest of the world has evolved.

What a shame such an iconic fig­ure has been dam­aged be­yond re­pair.

DIS­MAL DIS­PLAY: Jamie Car­ragher.

MAN CITY MIS­FIT: Shaun Wright-Phillips.

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