Eng­land now hop­ing for the sweet smell of suc­cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Eng­land’s per­for­mance against the United states was not the only thing stink­ing over the last few days.

The back­room team were forced to re-wash, laun­der and iron all the kit they had pre­pared for the trip to Cape Town for the clash with al­ge­ria on Fri­day.

On sun­day evening there was a strong, un­savoury smell at the team ho­tel and it was dis­cov­ered a drain had leaked and left two inches of dirty wa­ter in the kit room which had seeped all over the above kit.

It took staff a full day to get ev­ery­thing re-cleaned for the match.

FOr­mEr Eng­land boss svengo­ran Eriks­son is him­self no mean lin­guist af­ter spells work­ing in Por­tu­gal, Italy, Eng­land and mex­ico.

How­ever, even he was im­pressed by his Ivory Coast play­ers Yaya Toure and guy demel as they an­swered ques­tions in sev­eral dif­fer­ent lan­guages dur­ing their pre-match press con­fer­ence in Port El­iz­a­beth last night.

Barcelona mid­fielder Toure in WOrld cham­pi­ons Italy are 16/1 sev­enth favourites to re­tain their tro­phy with Wil­liam Hill, who took an £8,000 bet for them to do just that from a client in rom­ford, Es­sex, on mon­day.

Hills make spain 7/2 favourites and also of­fer 9/2 Brazil; 6/1 ar­gentina; 15/2 Hol­land; 8/1 Eng­land; 9/1 ger­many; 25/1 France; 28/1 Por­tu­gal; par­tic­u­lar demon­strated a re­mark­able ver­sa­til­ity, re­ply­ing in French, English and span­ish as he was quizzed by in­ter­na­tional me­dia ahead of yes­ter­day’s group g clash with Por­tu­gal.

Eriks­son said: “I was very im­pressed. If you had put a ques­tion in rus­sian, Yaya would have an­swered it!”

Eng­land had a larger than life vis­i­tor to train­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing.

amer­i­can in­ter­viewer Ore Oduba com­piles clips for var­i­ous TV shows around the globe in a man­ner akin to ‘den­nis Pen­nis’.

He didn’t quite go that far at the Three lions’ rusten­burg 50/1 Ivory Coast; 125/1 Paraguay.

Wil­liam Hill hailed the Ital­ian draw, which made it a win­ning World Cup day for them af­ter they lost big time on the Hol­land base but he did of­fer very vo­cal en­cour­age­ment to Eng­land’s most fa­mous stars - and asked steven ger­rard if there was any chance of him be­ing able to wear the cap­tain’s arm­band.

an Fa of­fi­cial did speak to Oduba to en­sure he had the cor­rect me­dia cre­den­tials but backed off when he re­alised ev­ery­thing was in or­der.

FOr­mEr arse­nal and Eng­land de­fender martin Keown ad­mits to not hav­ing seen as much of south africa as he would have liked in his role as a BBC pun­dit.

not be­cause of time re­stric­tions, but be­cause of the BBC’s safety drill. re­sult.

“Over the three games on mon­day we’ve emerged with a healthy profit, cour­tesy of Italy’s fail­ure to win,” said Hill’s spokesman gra­ham sharpe.

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