NOW IT’S BRING ON THE GERMANS!
ENGLAND face a World Cup acid test when taking on old enemy Germany in a second round showdown on Sunday.
Our boys booked their place in the knockout stages by finding the winning formula when it mattered most yesterday – but they must now come through another date with destiny in Bloemfontein.
A solitary strike from Jermain Defoe earned England victory over Slovenia in their final Group C outing in Port Elizabeth, but they were denied top spot by a last-gasp United States goal from Landon Donovan as they saw off Algeria by the same scoreline.
And that means England go head-to-head with the Germans who topped the Group D standings after last night’s 1-0 win over Ghana, who also followed them through.
But England skipper Steven Gerrard is relishing the challenge. He said: “If we play like we did yesterday, keep listening to the manager and keep delivering what he’s asking, we’ve got the quality you need to win football matches.
“Anything can happen now. If we turn up and play close to our potential we are a match for anyone.”
England lifted the World Cup with a 4-2 final victory over West Germany back in 1966 before they returned the compliment with a quarterfinal triumph four years later. The Germans also had the edge from the penalty spot in an unforgettable semi-final at Italia ’90.
DEFOE DELIVERS: England players celebrate after Jermain Defoe’s winning goal against Slovenia.