It’s not all bad news if your name is Robert Green

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - WORLDCUP -

It has not been a good week if your name is Robert Green but those blessed/cursed with the moniker can get a lit­tle light re­lief to­day.

In the hours lead­ing up to Eng­land’s sec­ond Group C match against Al­ge­ria in Cape town, when the West Ham goal­keeper will ner­vously be await­ing news from coach Fabio Capello af­ter his blun­der against the USA, theme park Al­ton tow­ers is of­fer­ing free en­try to the first 100 Robert Greens who turn up.

It’s dif­fi­cult to know which is more nerve-wrack­ing: stand­ing in line wait­ing for your go on Obliv­ion or 90 min­utes watch­ing to see if Green can avoid an­other mishap.

COn­SId­ER­InG the Eng­land coach’s out­burst at pho­tog­ra­phers re­cently it seems his fiery tem­per­a­ment has been suit­ably re­flected by an In­dian res­tau­rant on ty­ne­side which is serv­ing a Capello curry.

Ad­ver­tised as twice as hot as a vin­daloo, the dish is free to any­one who can fin­ish it at the South Shields es­tab­lish­ment.

FIG­URES com­ing out of South Korea re­veal, some­what un­sur­pris­ingly, that cap­tain Park JiSung pays the most in­come tax Smith, as­sis­tant coach of the All Blacks - by far the most dom­i­nant of all new Zealand’s sport­ing en­ter­prises.

the rugby team may be pre­par­ing for a test match against Wales but they sat down to watch the game, al­though the 10-hour time dif­fer­ence to South Africa did not help.

“I might have dozed off at the wrong time,” ad­mit­ted Smith.

“I was strug­gling at one point and I missed new Zealand’s goal. I woke up and saw the re­sult and slept a bit bet­ter for it.’’

SPAIn’S sur­prise de­feat to Switzer­land com­pleted a woe­ful first round of games for the world’s top-10 ranked teams.

Only four - Brazil, Ger­many, Ar­gentina and Hol­land - reg­is­tered a vic­tory.

GREECE de­fender Sokratis Pa­pas­tathopou­los has the long­est sur­name (24 letters) of any player in the tour­na­ment.

EnG­LAnd’S Aaron Len­non and Peter Crouch are the lit­tle and large of the World Cup. Len­non is 36 cen­time­tres shorter than his 201cm-tall tot­ten­ham team-mate - the biggest dif­fer­ence be­tween two play­ers in any squad.

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