England ready for Battle of Bloemfontein
THE ‘Battle of Bloemfontein’ is just a day away.
So what do our panel of experts expect to happen tomorrow afternoon? TOMMY COOPER (Peterborough Northern Star director of football) “It is too tight to call and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out is looming large in my thinking, but I have a sneaky suspicion that this time we will get the job done from the spot.
“Man for man I don’t think we should be fearing Germany, but they seem to be performing better as a unit than we are.
“I am a bit concerned that our manager appears to be getting a bit flaky, so I hope we don’t see a Capello capitulation.” Prediction: England to win on penalties. PETER OAKES (Panthers director of speedway) “If we play like we did against the United States and Algeria we will lose, simple as that.
“We need to not only re-produce the level of performance shown against Slovenia on Wednesday, but also step up on it because I don’t believe that alone would be enough to defeat Germany.
“I can see the game going all the way and we have to win a penalty shoot-out sometime, don’t we?” Prediction: 1-1, penalties, then pray! ALAN SWANN (ET chief sports writer) “Yes we can beat the Germans!
“I’m a firm believer that come tomorrow night we will be celebrating a place in the quarter-finals.