Plummer the poet’s ode to Robert Green
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.