The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.