Plum­mer the poet’s ode to Robert Green

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - WORLDCUP -

FABIO Capello has picked the team, Franz Beck­en­bauer has given the team-talk and now it is over to the Eng­land play­ers to de­liver the goods.

The Kaiser will be eat­ing his words by half-nine tonight once Eng­land have an­nounced their ar­rival on the World Cup stage. Our boys have never been beaten by an African team and don’t ex­pect that to change against Al­ge­ria in Cape Town.

As the Black Eyed Peas would say, tonight’s gonna be a good night.

Capello will again keep his se­lec­tion un­der wraps un­til a cou­ple of hours be­fore kick-off, but I will let the cat out of the bag right now.

His team is cer­tain to be: Green, John­son, Cole, Car­ragher, Terry, Len­non, Lam­pard, Barry, Ger­rard, Heskey, Rooney.

BUT what­ever hap­pens tonight, we can revel in the mis­for­tune of the French.

Our cousins from across the Chan­nel have one foot out of the door af­ter be­ing dumped on the deck by Mex­ico in Group A last night.

They are led by a clue­less coach in the out­go­ing Ray­mond Domenech and their world-class play­ers ap­par­ently in­dulge in so much bitch­ing they are be­ing lined up as hosts of Loose Women.

IT might be the Great­est Show on Earth, but not ev­ery­one is used to such glit­ter­ing com­pany.

It is ac­tu­ally pos­si­ble to name a team of World Cup play­ers to have lined up against Posh last sea­son. Heurelho Gomes (Brazil) Brett Emer­ton (Aus­tralia) Se­bas­tian Bas­song (Cameroon) Ryan Nelsen (New Zealand) Marek Cech (Slo­vakia) Robert Koren (Slove­nia)

SO that’s why the Ger­mans had such a ball the other night . . .

While ev­ery other nation is moan­ing about the adi­das Jab­u­lani match­ball, our fre­unde aus Deutsch­land have no com­plaints.

It turns out the con­tro­ver­sial Jab­u­lani was used by Ger­man clubs in the Bun­desliga last sea­son.

So the sneaky lit­tle schnitzels had a whole cam­paign to get used to the wacky re­ac­tions of this par­tic­u­lar lump of leather.

Eng­land man­ager Fabio Capello is not im­pressed. He’s dubbed the ball as be­ing the worst he has ever seen and even claimed it was to blame for Rob Green’s howler against the United States.

Some say the Jab­u­lani is un­con­trol­lable, oth­ers reckon it is un­pre­dictable, but which­ever way you look at it, that mis­take was in­de­fen­si­ble.

EI­THER Den­nis Tay­lor once sent an aid pack­age to Africa or gi­ant glasses are the must-have fashion ac­ces­sory for fans to wear at the World Cup.

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