The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport -

As usual, swanny is hav­ing a go at over­paid foot­ballers by won­der­ing “how many would have pulled out if the World Cup was like the old Ry­der Cup and play­ers turned out for noth­ing?”

I sug­gest the an­swer would be zero as It was widely re­ported last month the Eng­land play­ers were do­nat­ing their match fees to char­ity - as they did in the qual­i­fy­ing rounds also.

I guess swanny ig­nored that as it would mean ku­dos to the play­ers and swanny doesn’t give ku­dos. As far as Eng­land’s World Cup chances are concerned, they hinge on one thing and one thing only.

Rooney will at some stage get sent off and miss a match. How will Eng­land cope when this hap­pens?

If he gets sent off in the group phase, will Capello drop him com­pletely, in which case Heskey be­comes sur­plus to re­quire­ment?

Rooney is a match­win­ner and a matchkiller. Next sea­son, crowds will ei­ther be laud­ing him or boo­ing. No mid­dle ground. I fear the lat­ter. Joe Cole will be the star in our team.

Bam­boo­zler ENg­lANd have as much chance of win­ning the World Cup as you have of win­ning a prize for this col­umn.

That is zero, un­less prizes get awarded for most repet­i­tive drivel.


so you want to charge ad­mis­sion money to watch Asim Butt bat­ting at Bret­ton gate.

It wouldn’t take too long to col­lect with only up to six peo­ple watch­ing, some­times in­clud­ing me.

But I would pre­fer to pay to watch Brace­bridge Heath or even oun­dle, even if the friend­li­ness at Bret­ton gate has now im­proved enough for them to of­fer a cup of tea.

sorry, but I will stay and watch Mar­ket deep­ing. Alan Green


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