England now hoping for the sweet smell of success
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.