Eng­land ready for Bat­tle of Bloemfontein

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

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.

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