We enter our eighth day of football, and I'm sulking. I was behind France, having drawn them in the sweepstake, and they failed miserably last night. Apparently they're not out of it yet but the chances of them scraping through are, as Jeremy would put it, Buckleys.

It was a good match, though. Goals, and yellow cards, and even a penalty to enjoy. I hope today brings us more of the same goodness, and oh, what's this? England are playing as well.

Who's playing who

We have three games on as per usual. Pat did mention a little bit of fatigue over so many matches, and we have no free day until the very end of the month. Still, you have to pick and choose the matches you watch, and these are the three on offer for you today.

Germany v. Serbia - 12:30pm GMT+1 BBC1

When I watched Germany in their first game, I was super impressed with their ability to pass the ball. I was told that Spain would be even better. Unfortunately, I couldn't watch that match and they were soundly beaten by Switzerland anyway, so I still rate Germany at the moment. They're up against Serbia, who I don't remember from the first round, so my money is on Germany. Apparently we are doing predictions in these posts, so I'll go 3-1 to our German friends.

Slovenia v. United States - 3:00pm GMT+1 BBC1

The US managed to "win" a draw with us in the first outing, and now they take on Slovenia. It's fun to watch Twitter when the US matches are on, as it's fair to say football isn't their number one priority, and some people know about as much about it as I do. Slovenia took on Algeria last time and beat them 1-0 which is good for them, and also a good sign for us too. I'm not really sure what to predict for this one, I reckon maybe a 1-1 draw.

England v. Algeria - 7:30pm GMT+1 ITV

Here, we get to try and impress once more, as we failed to do so against the US. It was good, but it certainly wasn't good enough. I'm hoping Gerard can do exciting things, as he was very good and my favourite in that first game. I'd also like to see more of Gadget Legs, otherwise known as Peter Crouch. As mentioned above, Algeria were beaten by Slovenia in round 1, so I think we might manage to scrape through this one 2-0 to us.

There we go, those are the matches you've got to choose from today, plus my predictions. I'm afraid I can't go as far as the fabulous RG and pick out players to watch, because I still haven't memorised all of our team, let alone the 32 others. Happy watching!

492 responses

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 10:32

    ADJE SERBIAAAA :D

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 10:37

    Pat did mention a little bit of fatigue over so many matches, and we have no free day until the very end of the month. Still, you have to pick and choose the matches you watch, and these are the three on offer for you today.

    I did this yesterday, hardly followed the afternoon games and felt much better for the breather. But today I want to see how Germany and USA get on. :) Although I may be out for a walk over lunch during the German game.

  • F1Wolf18/06/2010 at 10:37

    this post reminds me I have less than an hour to move to the place with big screen and beer :-)

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 10:39

    ADJE SERBIAAAA :D

    This is why I won't be supporting Serbia today: http://www.eurovision.tv/event/artistdetail?song=25283&event=1493

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 10:39

    I'm going to go for a 2-1 win for Germany, 1-0 for the US and 2-0 for England.

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 10:39

    I'm going to go for a 2-1 win for Germany, 1-0 for the US and 2-0 for England.

    2-0 Germany, 3-0 US and 3-2 England

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 10:40

    This is why I won't be supporting Serbia today: http://www.eur…=25283&event=1493

    Good point.

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 10:53

    This is why I won't be supporting Serbia today: http://www.eur…=25283&event=1493

    Good point.

    but but but http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/86223842.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA54861B5B6688EE6A0DC3F4E4C7E0B47D8D5576C5A105EFFBDC5E30A760B0D811297 !

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 11:19

    2-0 Germany, 3-0 US and 3-2 England

    7-0 Germany (Yes I am mad), 2-0 Slovenia, 2-1 England (because their goalkeeper just has to concede at least a goal :P)

    Will be typing in irregularly depending on whether the WiFi works at the coffee shop. ;)

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 11:22

    And btw, you're far more well-informed at football than the Americans, Christine. This proves so.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 11:39

    Wooo I've managed to adjust my tv so it's not blinding. Whoever set this up liked bright colours. Gary was tomato coloured....

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 11:57

    Yellow cards aplenty again today.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:02

    Yellow cards aplenty again today.

    They all seem very badly behaved this tournament.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:03

    Five so far this match.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:04

    Booooo! I have to go to work in a bit. I want a goal!!

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:06

    Whaaaaa???

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:07

    I may be a Germany supporter but that's ridiculous. Just ridiculous.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:07

    Gosh.

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 12:08

    what happened? #notwatching

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:08

    GOAL!

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:08

    Eurgh. I'm going to work now. This is rubbish.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:08

    what happened? #notwatching

    Germany had a man sent off, and now Serbia have a goal.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:08

    Eurgh. I'm going to work now. This is rubbish.

    Bye.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 12:08

    what happened? #notwatching

    A German man was sent off based on two dubious yellows then the Serbians scored.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:09

    Ooh, it was David Tennant that got sent off! Miroslav Klose.

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 12:09

    Germany had a man sent off, and now Serbia have a goal.

    Adje! ;)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:12

    Blimey, that was some fast feet from the German man.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:15

    A German man just jumped right into the goalkeeper who fell down with a proper oof, I bet.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:15

    One minute of added time.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:16

    WOAH. Germany had about three shots at goal with no goalie and missed them all.

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 12:17

    WOAH. Germany had about three shots at goal with no goalie and missed them all.

    this is making Australia look even worse :D

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:17

    this is making Australia look even worse :D

    Hehehe, oops.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 12:20

    Referee ought to be red-carded. That wasn't not even 1 yellow, much less 2 and a send-off. Serbia really lucky (or rather Germany really unlucky) but I still say they'll score 7 goals. So now my prediction is 7-1 to Germany. :P

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:22

    BBC Sport's Alan Shearer "We have got a really fussy referee who has ruined the game for Germany. The red card completely changed the face of the match and Group D is wide open if this score stays the same."

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:24

    He gave a free kick... for an overhead kick?! Outrage.

    Plus we want Germany to win, so we don't lose to them on penalties in the next round.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:42

    Crikey, I think he might have just kicked that other guy in the face.

  • Amy18/06/2010 at 12:43

    Crikey, I think he might have just kicked that other guy in the face.

    my word, sounds like I'm missing an epic

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:43

    They're all starting to look very annoyed. If I were them I'd storm off and refuse to come back until they found a better ref.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:44

    Another yellow.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:45

    They're all starting to look very annoyed. If I were them I'd storm off and refuse to come back until they found a better ref.

    They'd basically forefit the game and just lose 3-0. I've played with terrible refs but you cant walk off because of them

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:45

    Penalty...

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:46

    Holy... Germany in missed penalty shocker.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:48

    Oh noes, my video has died. How will I watch the rest of this ridiculously awesome game?

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:49

    Ooh, look, Calamity James! http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8747673.stm

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:50

    Ooh, look, Calamity James! http://news.bb…_cup_2010/8747673.stm

    *bangs head off desk repeatedly* Fabio, whyyyy? Stick with Rob Green or go with Joe Hart, just not him.

  • me18/06/2010 at 12:51

    Oh noes, my video has died. How will I watch the rest of this ridiculously awesome game?

    tell me i'm not missing another good one? wish i'd booked a month off!

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 12:51

    Ooh, look, Calamity James! http://news.bb…_cup_2010/8747673.stm

    *bangs head off desk repeatedly* Fabio, whyyyy? Stick with Rob Green or go with Joe Hart, just not him.

    It's kinda like being asked which arm you want cutting off though isn't it?

    I am sure Fabio would much prefer a 'Cake or Death' Scenario ;)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 12:52

    tell me i'm not missing another good one? wish i'd booked a month off!

    Well, it's certainly not the best. Very frustrating, but interesting too. I won't see the end now. Boo.

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 12:52

    Oh noes, my video has died. How will I watch the rest of this ridiculously awesome game?

    tell me i'm not missing another good one? wish i'd booked a month off!

    FACT: All of the best games have been during the day so far :(

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:53

    FACT: All of the best games have been during the day so far :(

    Brazil v North Korea?

  • Jeremy18/06/2010 at 12:53

    Crikey, I think he might have just kicked that other guy in the face.

    Are you suddenly Steve Irwin?

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 12:55

    FACT: All of the best games have been during the day so far :(

    Brazil v North Korea?

    Exception that proves the rule ;)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:56

    Exception that proves the rule ;)

    You won't agree with me but Mexico v France too...

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 12:57

    Exception that proves the rule ;)

    You won't agree with me but Mexico v France too...

    ...was pants until Mexico scored - I had just about dozed off until I heard excited commentating...

  • RG18/06/2010 at 12:59

    Last time Germany missed a penalty in the World Cup was 1982... last time they did it in normal play was 1974

  • me18/06/2010 at 13:01

    Last time Germany missed a penalty in the World Cup was 1982... last time they did it in normal play was 1974

    honestly?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:02

    honestly?

    http://twitter.com/itvfootball/status/16468057031

  • me18/06/2010 at 13:02
  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 13:07

    Wow, interesting score

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 13:07

    Plus we want Germany to win, so we don't lose to them on penalties in the next round.

    Assuming we win our group ;)

  • Jeremy18/06/2010 at 13:08

    You have 10 minutes to score your goal

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:15

    Not laughing...

    http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/media/image/201006/phpGwK1FfPodolskiMiss2.jpg

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:20

    Well... wow.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 13:21

    wow - that's a shock result

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 13:21

    Who is the referee, is it someone you've heard of before as being bad?

  • RubberGoat18/06/2010 at 13:22

    Who is the referee, is it someone you've heard of before as being bad?

    Soccernet: "The final whistle sounds and Serbia have claimed a famous win. A big assist must go to Senor Alberto Undiano Mallenco, but even after his ridiculous red card for Klose, Podolski still missed a penalty."

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:24

    Who is the referee, is it someone you've heard of before as being bad?

    BBC just said he gave 11 red card in 17 La Liga matches (thats the Spanish league)

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 13:27

    BBC just said he gave 11 red card in 17 La Liga matches (thats the Spanish league)

    oh dear...

  • me18/06/2010 at 13:28

    Who is the referee, is it someone you've heard of before as being bad?

    BBC just said he gave 11 red card in 17 La Liga matches (thats the Spanish league)

    is he reffing any of our matches?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:29

    is he reffing any of our matches?

    Not a clue how about the last games, but can't see him reffing any of the knockout games

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 13:31

    Not a clue how about the last games, but can't see him reffing any of the knockout games

    I don't think he should ever ref a match again. Not even our Singapore leagues.

    Hi everyone! This week has been disappointing for my favourites so far... :(

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 13:42

    USA poster: 'Where's the quarterback?'

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 13:48

    USA poster: 'Where's the quarterback?'

    At home, watching the game

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:50

    Oooh, Torres starting for the US.

  • me18/06/2010 at 13:50

    USA poster: 'Where's the quarterback?'

    At home, watching the game

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 13:51

    Oooh, Torres starting for the US.

    Would be hilarious if we had to type 'TORRES SCOOOOORRRREEESSSS....... for the USA.'

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:52

    Would be hilarious if we had to type 'TORRES SCOOOOORRRREEESSSS....... for the USA.'

    Isn't there another Torres for another team? Annoyingly popular name

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 13:55

    I'll be supporting the less arrogant of the two teams, which I think might be Slovenia this time around. That and I dislike USA fans for ruining olympic curling this year.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 13:55

    If Slovenia win, they qualify. From Englands point of view, we need a draw...

  • me18/06/2010 at 13:56

    I'll be supporting the less arrogant of the two teams, which I think might be Slovenia this time around. That and I dislike USA fans for ruining olympic curling this year.

    what did they do?

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 13:56

    Would be hilarious if we had to type 'TORRES SCOOOOORRRREEESSSS....... for the USA.'

    Isn't there another Torres for another team? Annoyingly popular name

    Yea, Argentina, Uruguay and probably some others too.

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 13:57

    I'll be supporting the less arrogant of the two teams, which I think might be Slovenia this time around. That and I dislike USA fans for ruining olympic curling this year.

    what did they do?

    Inappropriate chanting and off putting shouting.

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 14:00

    If Slovenia win, they qualify. From Englands point of view, we need a draw...

    I reckon the USA will win, and I'd like for them to qualify.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 14:13

    Slovenia 1-0. Sweet goal

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:13

    SLOVENIA!!!! Goal!

  • me18/06/2010 at 14:16

    Slovenia 1-0. Sweet goal

    SLOVENIA!!!! Goal!

    (hearts) soccernet replays!

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:41

    That was wayyyy close by usa.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 14:41

    I did not expect this. Slovenia going through!

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:41

    GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Again by Slovenia ')

  • Lynch18/06/2010 at 14:42

    Hmmm... is this good for england that Slovenia wont have much to play for when they meet??

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:44

    Hmmm... is this good for england that Slovenia wont have much to play for when they meet??

    Who cares about England? :P Slovenia!!!!

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 14:44

    GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Again by Slovenia ')

    no way!

  • Lynch18/06/2010 at 14:45

    Hmmm... is this good for england that Slovenia wont have much to play for when they meet??

    Who cares about England? :P Slovenia!!!!

    I would rather usa play well and go through though... (they have more Fulham players!)

  • Lynch18/06/2010 at 14:46

    Also mr c. you new preview Ma-jig is confusing, I cant tell what box i am typing in?!?

  • me18/06/2010 at 14:47

    Also mr c. you new preview Ma-jig is confusing, I cant tell what box i am typing in?!?

    okay. how can we make it easier?

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:50

    I would rather usa play well and go through though... (they have more Fulham players!)

    Well I got my prediction right (2-0), so I suppose Slovenia can ease and prevent a USA slaughter by scoring more goals. ;)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 14:50

    I am really good at this prediction lark then.

  • me18/06/2010 at 14:51

    I am really good at this prediction lark then.

    :)

  • Lynch18/06/2010 at 14:57

    Also mr c. you new preview Ma-jig is confusing, I cant tell what box i am typing in?!?

    okay. how can we make it easier?

    Dont know, it just a bit weird seeing text being typed in two boxes simultaneously... but i guess thats the point... (perhaps its just me) maybe have a "hide" button on the preview box, then you can select to see the preview as and when you want...

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 14:57

    Liking the 2-0 to Slovenia, but I expect it to end with about 3 more goals to be scored based on the USA's attempts

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 14:59

    Wow. Slovenia's Birsa has 100% pass-rate in midfield. Unbelievably good.

  • me18/06/2010 at 15:00

    Dont know, it just a bit weird seeing text being typed in two boxes simultaneously... but i guess thats the point... (perhaps its just me) maybe have a "hide" button on the preview box, then you can select to see the preview as and when you want...

    can certainly do that.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 15:04

    Did he want to hit that any harder?

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 15:05

    Goal usa. Boo to my prediction being wrong. :P

  • RG18/06/2010 at 15:39

    Goaaaaaaaaaalllllll USA!! 2-2

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 15:40

    Another goal for usa and it is a draw! The 2nd round of games have really brought in the goals.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 15:40

    Another goal for usa and it is a draw! The 2nd round of games have really brought in the goals.

    Football, boring? Not.a.chance. This is brilliant.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 15:41

    that goal changes everything

  • RG18/06/2010 at 15:42

    Ooooooh, goal ruled out. Controversial?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 15:52

    What a game of football.

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 15:53

    What a game of football.

    Interesting comment from David Moyes

    "I've just seen that disallowed goal for the US again - and not only was there no foul by a US player, there are probably two penalty-kick offences being committed by the Slovenian defenders. Shocking decision."

  • RG18/06/2010 at 17:12

    England XI: James / Johnson - Carragher - Terry - A Cole / Lennon - Barry - Lampard - Gerrard / Heskey - Rooney

  • me18/06/2010 at 17:29

    like this idea from viva: http://www.vivaf1.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2007

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 17:43

    England XI: James / Johnson - Carragher - Terry - A Cole / Lennon - Barry - Lampard - Gerrard / Heskey - Rooney

    YAY! Jamie gets a start! Now I don't want England to concede. 2-0 win?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 17:45

    YAY! Jamie gets a start! Now I don't want England to concede. 2-0 win?

    But he's slooooooow, unlike the hero and saviour of us all, Michael Dawson. Who deserves to be there based on his brilliantly awesome season and just because hes a top bloke.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 17:47

    But he's slooooooow, unlike the hero and saviour of us all, Michael Dawson. Who deserves to be there based on his brilliantly awesome season and just because hes a top bloke.

    Jamie's experience and positioning tops that. But more importantly - he is king of Scouseland and plays with so much heart, it'll probably overflow Africa. So there. :P

  • me18/06/2010 at 17:49

    But he's slooooooow, unlike the hero and saviour of us all, Michael Dawson. Who deserves to be there based on his brilliantly awesome season and just because hes a top bloke.

    Jamie's experience and positioning tops that. But more importantly - he is king of Scouseland and plays with so much heart, it'll probably overflow Africa. So there. :P

    :) :) :)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 17:49

    Jamie's experience and positioning tops that. But more importantly - he is king of Scouseland and plays with so much heart, it'll probably overflow Africa. So there. :P

    Experience means nothing when theres a player in green running past him easily enough. Plus Dawson has more heart, Carragher critisced playing for England in his autobiography a few years back too, so does he deserve to be there now?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 17:51

    I must say, I am very much looking forward to the England match :)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 17:53

    I must say, I am very much looking forward to the England match :)

    I'm terrified, its either going to be a scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal in stoppage time or a Spain-esque defeat

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 17:53

    Experience means nothing when theres a player in green running past him easily enough. Plus Dawson has more heart, Carragher critisced playing for England in his autobiography a few years back too, so does he deserve to be there now?

    I've read the biography (in fact I own it) and I can say quite certainly that he does not criticize England, only the mismanagement of youth that was in place when he first came through the ranks. He did not want to play when he was given no chance to develop as a player, which is quite the right thing to do.

    If his country wants to wreck his career by pulling him around as 4th choice and wasting his time, it is their fault. But if they truly see him as a talent to be used, he has always said he would love to play for England.

    Not as much as Liverpool though. :P

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 17:54

    I'm terrified, its either going to be a scrappy 1-0 win with an own goal in stoppage time or a Spain-esque defeat

    4-0 to england I say

    #mad

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 17:54

    #mad

    No nearly as bad as my 7-0 prediction for Germany. ;)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 17:55

    No nearly as bad as my 7-0 prediction for Germany. ;)

    Hmm.

    Now, I don't wanna go sounding mean, but you were quite off on that one. :P

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 17:57

    Now, I don't wanna go sounding mean, but you were quite off on that one. :P

    That is why I don't EVER do predictions. ;)

    I think Spain needs Fernando Alonso to come to the rescue. He predicted they would win the Euro by 1-0 the last time...

  • RG18/06/2010 at 17:57

    If his country wants to wreck his career by pulling him around as 4th choice and wasting his time, it is their fault. But if they truly see him as a talent to be used, he has always said he would love to play for England.

    But Dawson, how can you not love him? So much more likeable and lovable than Carragher. So smiley too, he loves it just playing football. Dawson in England central defence and I'd possibly cry.

  • Lynch18/06/2010 at 17:58

    i have Pizza... i have beer... now waiting for the Football...

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 17:59

    i have Pizza... i have beer... now waiting for the Football...

    I'm deciding between pizza or burgers.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:00

    But Dawson, how can you not love him? So much more likeable and lovable than Carragher. So smiley too, he loves it just playing football. Dawson in England central defence and I'd possibly cry.

    My last case: He is not Scouse. So there. :P

    But really, I have nothing against him. Dawson-Carragher in defense would be fine by me. Just don't take Jamie's place.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:00

    But really, I have nothing against him. Dawson-Carragher in defense would be fine by me. Just don't take Jamie's place.

    But Upson... ;)

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:00

    i have Pizza... i have beer... now waiting for the Football...

    I'm deciding between pizza or burgers.

    Pizza for me too. My dad's ordered in. :D

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:02

    But Upson... ;)

    Londoners. :P

    Frankly, I think central defenders on a whole are quite disappointing in this tournament. Which is upsetting, since I adore strong defenses and always use it as a base for building a good team (in FM).

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:04

    Londoners. :P

    Oii, I'm from the north like.

    Frankly, I think central defenders on a whole are quite disappointing in this tournament. Which is upsetting, since I adore strong defenses and always use it as a base for building a good team (in FM).

    Might be onto something... must admit I always start from my playmaker and build around him.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:06

    gareth barry is soooooooooo overrated. Sorry England

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:07

    gareth barry is soooooooooo overrated. Sorry England

    Shoulda took Huddlestone #biased

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:08

    Oii, I'm from the north like.

    I meant your players. Upson is playing for West Ham, isn't he? Both from London clubs. I prefer Liverpool and Everton. ;)

    Might be onto something... must admit I always start from my playmaker and build around him.

    I kind of look down on playmakers because they always get the most hype. I love it whenever I beat a team consisting of people like Kaka, Christiano Ronaldo or even Steven Gerrard, when I simply use nobodies (or under-rated people) and a strong defense.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:08

    gareth barry is soooooooooo overrated. Sorry England

    +1

    Shoulda took Huddlestone #biased

    Should concentrate on stopping leaks in defense rather than splurging on midfield.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:12

    Who is the man in the pink jumper?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:13

    I meant your players. Upson is playing for West Ham, isn't he? Both from London clubs. I prefer Liverpool and Everton. ;)

    Ahh, yeah. Don't even like West Ham....

    I kind of look down on playmakers because they always get the most hype. I love it whenever I beat a team consisting of people like Kaka, Christiano Ronaldo or even Steven Gerrard, when I simply use nobodies (or under-rated people) and a strong defense.

    You just need the 1. More than that and then it gets difficult to handle.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:15

    Who is the man in the pink jumper?

    Gareth Southgate?

    he's rrrrrrrrrrrubbish.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:15

    he's rrrrrrrrrrrubbish.

    As a center back, as a manager or as a pundit?

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:15

    Gareth Southgate?

    Oh, him. I think I accidentally called him Sarath Gouthgate before.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:16

    As a center back, as a manager or as a pundit?

    #

    The first two :)

    He's a pretty good pundit

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:16

    He's a pretty good pundit

    Miles better than Clarence "Italy's No. 10... um... *checks sheet*" Seedorf

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:18

    You just need the 1. More than that and then it gets difficult to handle.

    My current team is a very changed Everton (went back to EPL after I got sacked in La Liga). The only possible 'playmaker' in my team is Javier Macherano. :P

    he's rrrrrrrrrrrubbish.

    The first two :)

    He wasn't that bad as a center back. And was okay as manager until his best players chose to jump ship.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:19

    He wasn't that bad as a center back. And was okay as manager until his best players chose to jump ship.

    I hated what he did to middlesbrough, made a boring team somehow even more painful to watch

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:19

    Oh, him. I think I accidentally called him Sarath Gouthgate before.

    :D

    btw, any new additions to the sidepodteam?

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 18:19

    I also have pizza, red Thai chicken special edition (in the oven) and a bottle of Grolsch

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:19

    I hated what he did to middlesbrough, made a boring team somehow even more painful to watch

    Well, I like defenses... :P

    They were a mid-team - they can't be playing pretty football.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:22

    Frank lampard said his name with his mouth closed! Amazing!!!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:22

    This intro is very NFL. Only difference is no colleges get mentioned

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:22

    Frank lampard said his name with his mouth closed! Amazing!!!

    That man can do anything!

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:23

    I await more Beckham faces tonight.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:24

    I await more Beckham faces tonight.

    And Princes as well!

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 18:24

    Algeria have a very jolly anthem :)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:24

    Frank lampard said his name with his mouth closed! Amazing!!!

    i have to say that little sequence did not inspire me with much confidence!! :)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:25

    Rio's up for it: http://tweetphoto.com/27857626

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:25

    that fan is ahead of his time. he's watching in 3d... at the game.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:25

    The Leigh Michael Peter O'Gorman prediction:

    England 0-0 Algeria

    (hides from the inevitable controversy)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:25

    that fan is ahead of his time. he's watching in 3d... at the game.

    By that logic, Timmy Mallett was ahead of his time.

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:26

    By that logic, Timmy Mallett was ahead of his time.

    :)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:26

    Rio's up for it: http://tweetphoto.com/27857626

    that is just ASKING for a vuvuzela photoshop

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:26

    that is just ASKING for a vuvuzela photoshop

    :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:26

    By that logic, Timmy Mallett was ahead of his time.

    ...because he had a huge mallet?

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:27

    i'd like to bet on the number of corners at the next f1 race...

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:27

    The Leigh Michael Peter O'Gorman prediction:

    England 0-0 Algeria

    (hides from the inevitable controversy)

    I think your prediction is more inevitable than our hopeful ones, but who cares anyway? :P

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 18:27

    Rio's up for it: http://tweetphoto.com/27857626

    that is just ASKING for a vuvuzela photoshop

    :)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:27

    i'd like to bet on the number of corners at the next f1 race...

    Valencia isn't it, usually slow team to play against, not much action, high corner rate though.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:28

    I think your prediction is more inevitable than our hopeful ones, but who cares anyway? :P

    Being Irish, I've nothing to worry about

    :P

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:28

    Awww, poor Green is watching from the sidelines.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:28

    I can't distinguish the green kit from the pitch.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:28

    Valencia isn't it, usually slow team to play against, not much action, high corner rate though.

    Certainly more corners than any football match

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:29

    I can't distinguish the green kit from the pitch.

    Its the same colour as my shirt....

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:29

    I can't distinguish the green kit from the pitch.

    Sneaky trick to wear camouflage

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:29

    Valencia isn't it, usually slow team to play against, not much action, high corner rate though.

    hehe!

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 18:29

    I can't distinguish the green kit from the pitch.

    Algeria are in dayglo camouflage

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:30

    Lots of chanting this evening, not so much zzzing.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:30

    Being Irish, I've nothing to worry about

    :P

    I'm singaporean. Refereeing is the closest any of us will ever be. But we do have a VERY good referee (unlike Spain) :P

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:31

    Lots of chanting this evening, not so much zzzing.

    sleeping, or horning?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:32

    http://twitter.com/davidschneider/statuses/16489643806

    :D

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:32

    sleeping, or horning?

    If anyone could sleep in that racket, they need a doctor.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:33

    poor from gerrard...

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:35

    Didn't looks like a desperate challenge to me

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:35

    Didn't looks like a desperate challenge to me

    Andy Townsend

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:36

    Jeez Townsend is being harsh to algeria so much

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:36

    is that mallya?

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:37

    Who is this Lennon chap?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:37

    Who is this Lennon chap?

    Best right midfielder in the world.

    #onlyslightlybiasedthere

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:37

    Who is this Lennon chap?

    I think he was in the Beatles

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:38

    Who is this Lennon chap?

    Aaron lennon, plays for Spurs, very fast, no relation to the Imagine bloke.

    I wish I was as fast as Lennon... I'm just a jealous guy.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:38

    Saw that by Jamie? :P to all doubters. He may not do that every time, but most is enough.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:38

    I think he was in the Beatles

    :D

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 18:38

    is that mallya?

    :lol: I was trying to think who he looked like

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:38

    I wish I was as fast as Lennon... I'm just a jealous guy.

    :D

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:38

    I wish I was as fast as Lennon... I'm just a jealous guy.

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:39

    Who is this Lennon chap?

    Best right midfielder in the world.

    #onlyslightlybiasedthere

    I think best in England is a gigantic gap from best in the world. ;)

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:40

    Aaaahh... I remember the days when the Irish squad was made up of mostly English players while we had an English manager.

    Apparently we've been a bit useless ever since

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:40

    That was covincing from James....!

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:40

    I think best in England is a gigantic gap from best in the world. ;)

    He's quick, can put a good ball into the box and helped Spurs finish 4th this season.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:40

    Although he did his job, thats what matters.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:40

    That was covincing from James....!

    In fairness, it was a tricky ball to deal with.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:41

    I can imaginethe comments if the Algerians had just done what England did. Rooney gave the ball away, James misses his punch then the defender makes the most casual pass possible

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:41

    In fairness, it was a tricky ball to deal with.

    Indeed, replay showed a better view of it

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:43

    #needsmorebecks

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:44

    He's quick, can put a good ball into the box and helped Spurs finish 4th this season.

    Like I said, england (epl) is not equals to the world. ;)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:44

    #needsmorebecks

    I'm sure the fridge can't be that far away :P

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:44

    #needsmorebecks

    Send Mr C to get you a few bottles

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:45

    #needsmorebecks

    He's injured at the minute...

    :P

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:45

    jeez

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:45

    Carragher could easily have had a og there

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:45

    That was a good opportunity for Carragher.

    Shame it was at his own goalkeeper...

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:45

    England are panicking.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:45

    So, this Carragher, what was he doing?

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:46

    #needsmorebecks

    I shan't be cheeky like the rest and just agree with you.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:46

    Carragher had an awful, awful season at Liverpool. I have no idea why he's in South Africa.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:46

    So, this Carragher, what was he doing?

    Defending. :P

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:48

    England look like they've never played with each other in their lives. Passing is horrendous, defending is shaky, no communication. Poor.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:48

    Cmooooooon england, wake up! They need a bit of confidence.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:49

    Maybe they are colour blind.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:50

    This Voulez-vous bloke just wants to shoot the second he gets the ball

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:50

    England look like they've never played with each other in their lives. Passing is horrendous, defending is shaky, no communication. Poor.

    Rooney said even a poor england can beat algeria. Time to test that theory out. ;)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:51

    England look like they've never played with each other in their lives. Passing is horrendous, defending is shaky, no communication. Poor.

    This could be the worst team I've seen play yet.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:51

    This Voulez-vous bloke just wants to shoot the second he gets the ball

    At least Algeria look bothered, England look so asleep again

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:52

    go james

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:52

    This could be the worst team I've seen play yet.

    Fair... us or France perhaps.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:52

    Good save by David james

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:52

    It comes to something with David James looks like the best player out there :)

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:53

    Heskey spends so much time on his backside he should have studs in is shorts

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:53

    It comes to something with David James looks like the best player out there :)

    :)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:55

    Oh yeah, lennon. Forgot he was playing.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:56

    Oh yeah, lennon. Forgot he was playing.

    If you've forgot that he was playing I'd hate to know where Frank Lampard is.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 18:56

    I'm glad Capello thinks it's funny.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:56

    THe way Terry launched into that tackle I am surprised he got injured

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 18:57

    I'm glad Capello thinks it's funny.

    He signed a contract extension before the tournament

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:58

    I think they should bring on Peter Crouch

    (I just want to see someone with long legs dance really)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 18:58

    I think they should bring on anyone but Heskey

    There, that should do it.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 18:58

    (I just want to see someone with long legs dance really)

    was nick heidfeld's dancing not enough last week?

  • me18/06/2010 at 18:58

    finally, something.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 18:59

    He signed a contract extension before the tournament

    But if england is dumped out of the group stages, I don't think a piece of paper matters. :P

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 18:59

    was nick heidfeld's dancing not enough last week?

    Nick heidfeld isn't 8 ft 90!

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:00

    Nick heidfeld isn't 8 ft 90!

    Serbia's striker is taller. :D

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:01

    Ooooooooooooh

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:01

    gah!!!!

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 19:01

    They've remembered how to play!

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:01

    Serbia's striker is taller. :D

    Zigic is the man :D

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:02

    Heskey should have at least tried to follow that up...

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:02

    They've remembered how to play!

    the lights are on and the bank accounts have started to appear

    I mean, the talent is starting to appear

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:02

    the lights are on and the bank accounts have started to appear

    :D

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 19:04

    Princes!

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:04

    wills not a football fan

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:05

    Prince Right looks unimpressed

    (I dunno their names, Harry and Frank?)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:05

    Oops, Williams

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:05

    William!

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:05

    Prince sighting!

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:05

    Prince Right looks unimpressed

    (I dunno their names, Harry and Frank?)

    one of them has to be symbol.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:05

    wills not a football fan

    No horses

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 19:06

    It got better when the crowd started singing, we need more songs ;)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:06

    wills not a football fan

    Isn't one of them in charge of the FA?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:06

    wills not a football fan

    Isn't one of them in charge of the FA?

    Yep. Him

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:06

    Isn't one of them in charge of the FA?

    He should sign Messi for England

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:07

    Lennon went the wrong way I reckon

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:08

    wills not a football fan

    Isn't one of them in charge of the FA?

    Yep. Him

    oh dear

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:09

    Heh, from the BBC Live Text

    Chris, Durham: "Beckenbauer was too kind to England. They aren't even rushing tonight."

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:10

    Chris, Durham: "Beckenbauer was too kind to England. They aren't even rushing tonight."

    :D

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:12

    So what changes should get made at half time?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:12

    Some give The Doctor a ring.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:12

    i'd swap england for serbia.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:12

    Some give The Doctor a ring.

    Rossi has a broken leg and stuff

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:13

    So what changes should get made at half time?

    Dawson for Carragher

    Cole for Heskey - Move Gerrard to attacking midfield and play behind Rooney

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 19:13

    So what changes should get made at half time?

    They should maybe try curling instead.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:14

    Dawson for Carragher

    Cole for Heskey - Move Gerrard to attacking midfield and play behind Rooney

    I have never understood playing Gerrard wide. People are obsessed with 4-4-2. Tell Barry to sit in front of Terry and Carragher and let Gerrard ans Lampard rampage forward

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:15

    They should maybe try curling instead.

    :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 19:15

    I don't mind - the worse England do, the better chance I have of winning the office sweepstakes.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:15

    I am amazed how bad England were

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 19:16

    Oooohh half-time

    Time for a barrage of adverts

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:16

    I am amazed how bad England were

    same here. that was significantly worse than the first match.

    they look fat and slow by comparison.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:16

    Dawson for Carragher

    Cole for Heskey - Move Gerrard to attacking midfield and play behind Rooney

    Jamie ain't hurt. Take terry off instead.

    Send crouch on and work long balls.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:16

    I have never understood playing Gerrard wide. People are obsessed with 4-4-2. Tell Barry to sit in front of Terry and Carragher and let Gerrard ans Lampard rampage forward

    Totally, get a defensive midfielder, hold the ball up, spot the runs and all that. Barry can do that. Or Carrick.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:16

    It;s like watching Michael Schumacher but with less wheels

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:17

    Jamie ain't hurt. Take terry off instead.

    Send crouch on and work long balls.

    Nope, that didn't work at Spurs and won't work for England.

    And will make Beckenbauer right, don't want that either.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:17

    Totally, get a defensive midfielder, hold the ball up, spot the runs and all that. Barry can do that. Or Carrick.

    Me thinks they need my Mascherano. :P

    It;s like watching Michael Schumacher but with less wheels

    :D

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:19

    I'll swap your Capello for a Toshack

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:20

    The only bit I saw was as I was walking past an electricals shop. They almost scored an own goal. I'm thinking it's not going great....

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:20

    Nope, that didn't work at Spurs and won't work for England.

    Well it will ensure more entertaining goal celebrations if he does somehow manage to score.

    But really, my actual substitutions will be:

    Lampard off for Cole.

    Heskey off for Crouch.

    Make Barry stay back and work defense, use the wings better, use long balls to bypass midfield if required to work channels. Give Gerrard and Rooney more space.

    There. Better?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:21

    Well it will ensure more entertaining goal celebrations if he does somehow manage to score.

    Not necesarily... he hasn't done it in a while.

    Lampard off for Cole.

    Nope, Lampard and Lennon have worked well with each other, I'd stick with that at the moment.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:23

    Oooh that's the bit I saw. Own goal ftw

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:23

    Southgate said that someone looked very leggy then negatively. I hope he knows who Crouch is

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:23

    Nope, Lampard and Lennon have worked well with each other, I'd stick with that at the moment.

    But he and Gerrard have very obviously no connection. Either of them has to make way for Cole in my opinion. And since Gerrard is captain, I'm going with him.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:23

    Did Germany sort it out earlier or did they lose?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:23

    Every time both Gerrard an Lampard play together England look bad.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:24

    Did Germany sort it out earlier or did they lose?

    They lost. It's kind of hard to defend and attack effectively when you a down 1 man.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:24

    Did Germany sort it out earlier or did they lose?

    Serbia beat them

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:24

    That man is epic!!!

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:24

    Serbia beat them

    Rubbish.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:24

    Every time both Gerrard an Lampard play together England look bad.

    +1

    Their egos force their bubble space to each other to be too large for the pitch.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:24

    That man is epic!!!

    there are about 30 different men!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:25

    Carry on like this and we can't win the competition - Kevin Keegan

    Carry on like this and getting out of the group is a stretch

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:25

    Rubbish.

    Sums up the refeering performance.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:25

    there are about 30 different men!

    The very animated manager man. He's lost the plot.

  • Marilene Riddle18/06/2010 at 19:25

    Rubbish.

    :( They weren't playing that badly as a whole. It was just that the referee was against them and Lukas had his off day on the same game.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:25

    Sums up the refeering performance.

    I thought so. I turned it off at half time in disgust.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:26

    The very animated manager man. He's lost the plot.

    ah, Fabio. he is Italian, bless him.

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:26

    Weirdest ad ever

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:27

    Maybe if we could do the Carlsbeg advert on them it may help...

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:27

    This is a very very bizarre advert but... Safety Dance!!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:28

    Weirdest ad ever

    It has taken down the website they mentioned

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:30

    I swear they said "bring Cheryl Cole on" there....

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:30

    The Sun advert, maybe it can be sublty changed before the Slovenian game.

    "We can dreeeeam, to get out of the group."

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 19:30

    Overall I prefer the BBC coverage but I'm loving Adrian Chiles :)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:30

    Suddenly a draw with Algeria isn't a disastrous result, funny that

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:31

    I swear they said "bring Cheryl Cole on" there....

    She would at least give them a bit of punch

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:31

    Suddenly a draw with Algeria isn't a disastrous result, funny that

    Would it mean having to beat Slovenia?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:31

    Would it mean having to beat Slovenia?

    Yes

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:31

    Would it mean having to beat Slovenia?

    Pretty much

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:32

    Suddenly a draw with Algeria isn't a disastrous result, funny that

    How do the pundits ever think England can win the tournament when they can't even beat such great footballing nations as Algeria and the USA?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:33

    At the next tournament when England qualify and Wales don't, I reckon England should just let Wales have a go for them

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:33

    Glen Johnson has been beaten so often tonight

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:34

    So now it is all Capello's fault. If only he had a record of winning loads of stuff using these methods. Oh wait.......

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:34

    So now it is all Capello's fault. If only he had a record of winning loads of stuff using these methods. Oh wait.......

    hehe

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:35

    Would it mean having to beat Slovenia?

    Yes

    Oh dear

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:36

    Lennon should have been booked there. He was 2 yards from the ball when it was kicked

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:36

    where was that going?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:36

    Lennon should have been booked there. He was 2 yards from the ball when it was kicked

    No, the free kick had been taken, just simply rolled off.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:38

    their shirts still look so clean. clearly not working hard enough.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:38

    One of the best moves of the game and Heskey messes it up. Get him off.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:38

    Can't believe Heskey tried a stepover. Someone needs to tell him only decent players acan do that

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:38

    where was that going?

    You could just say that over and over again.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:38

    http://twitter.com/robertflorence/statuses/16493302739

    hahaha

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:38

    i like this ref

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:39
  • me18/06/2010 at 19:39
  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:39

    i like this ref

    But he had the ball...?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:39

    But he had the ball...?

    His foot was too high

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 19:39

    http://twitter…/statuses/16493302739

    hahaha

    excellent

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:40

    Rubbish from Gerrard

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:40

    what the **************

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:40

    Gah!! Just shoot!!!!

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:41

    You have three people in the box AND YOU CANT FIND ONE THEM. Rubbish.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:41

    His foot was too high

    Is that actually banned? Why? Do they think it's dangerous? The other man kicked him....

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:42

    Gah!! Just shoot!!!!

    deary me

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:42

    oh rooney :(

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:42

    Awful. They just FAIL at passing to each other.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:42

    Is that actually banned? Why? Do they think it's dangerous? The other man kicked him....

    It's classed as dangerous play

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:43

    It's classed as dangerous play

    Ah okay. How high? Above the waist or lower?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:44

    Ah okay. How high? Above the waist or lower?

    Whatever the referee decides. It also depends whether the studs are up or not

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:44

    Carragher out of the next game.

    Thank you Mr Referee, now if you wouldn't mind doing the same to a few others...

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:44

    Whatever the referee decides. It also depends whether the studs are up or not

    Oh okay I understand. He didn't look that dangerous to me in that instance.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:45

    Thank you Mr Referee, now if you wouldn't mind doing the same to a few others...

    :)

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:45

    Oh okay I understand. He didn't look that dangerous to me in that instance.

    It wasn't particularly dangerous but they have to discourage it or half the players would be going round like the karate kid

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:46

    Dear Fabio, theres this thing called substitutuions you use when you are struggling.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:46

    this time, please.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:46

    I feel like watching a Wales game

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:46

    It's very confusing to me. England have a collection of many of the best players in the world. I don't understand how they can be quite this bad

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:46

    Strangely if you put your head to low that is considered as dangerous play too because anyone kicking the ball risks kicking you in the head

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:47

    Wright-Philips, were bringing on Wright-Philips?! Oh come on.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:47

    I feel like watching a Wales game

    *like I'm watching one, I mean. Very similar.

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:47

    It's very confusing to me. England have a collection of many of the best players in the world. I don't understand how they can be quite this bad

    I think everyone is wondering the same thing

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:47

    Strangely if you put your head to low that is considered as dangerous play too because anyone kicking the ball risks kicking you in the head

    I'd suggest you had it coming :P

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:47

    Sean Wright-Phillips? What is he going to do? Is Lennon going off? THat won't change anything

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:48

    There's just too many green shirts back there

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:48

    gaaaah!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:48

    That is just a like for like substitution. Utterly pointless

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:48

    Sean Wright-Phillips? What is he going to do? Is Lennon going off? THat won't change anything

    Agreed, a waste of a sub.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:49

    Why aren't they swapping about more? This is obviously a train crash the way it is now....

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:49

    I think they should bring Jenson and Lewis on, they seem to work well together

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:49

    I think they should bring Jenson and Lewis on, they seem to work well together

    :)

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:50

    Is Wright-Phillips the one that is a bit older now and was never really good enough to make the first team by default?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:50

    The next time we mess it up I will scream, and they will hear it in South Africa, and they will improve.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:50

    The group points if it stays like this

    Slovenia 4

    United States 2

    England 2

    Algeria 1

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:50

    Is Wright-Phillips the one that is a bit older now and was never really good enough to make the first team by default?

    Yes

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 19:51

    So, is Wright-Phillips a footballing version of de la Rosa or something?

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:51

    he tripped over the ball.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:51

    well done young ian wright.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 19:52

    Yes

    I remember he always used to come to the tournaments when he was younger and people would say oooh what a promising player. He never really got that good though and now he's getting over the hill surely :P

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:52

    What an awful free kick. The Algerian defenders seem quite happy to hold the ball like they are under no pressure

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:53

    What an awful free kick. The Algerian defenders seem quite happy to hold the ball like they are under no pressure

    They are under no pressure, they were expecting to get beaten.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:54

    Surely Heskey has to come off soon

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:54

    They are under no pressure, they were expecting to get beaten.

    A few of them like Boughera are looking for moves to English clubs so want to impress

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:55

    What a shambles this is

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:55

    Surely Heskey has to come off soon

    Do you think he can be substituted without falling over?

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 19:55

    A few of them like Boughera are looking for moves to English clubs so want to impress

    'Cos that'll endear them to the English crowds. :)

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:56

    Rooney was offside if the ball had gone to him

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 19:56

    sorry England, you don't score like that

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:56

    Tyldesly got so excited then

  • RG18/06/2010 at 19:56

    Defoe's coming on. Yaaaay.

  • me18/06/2010 at 19:58

    why do we keep passing to the goalie?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 19:58

    It's understandable why England are underpeforming. There is not enough moisture in the air and the grass length is 2mm over the expected length, not to mention the obvious reason of course - the Weetabix at the hotel goes off in November rather than the hoped December.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 19:58

    Gerrard sitting and letting Barry take the ball forward????

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:00

    Defoe's already done more than Heskey

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:01

    Defoe's already done more than Heskey

    I'm sure 99% of England could do more than Heskey

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:01

    Defoe's already done more than Heskey

    love i'm

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:01

    What a pathetic shot

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:02

    love i'm

    *'im

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:02

    love i'm

    When do we get preview on LCLT? ;)

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:02

    Handball calls when it hits someone's knee, says it all about the desperation!

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:02

    When do we get preview on LCLT? ;)

    hehe. soon!

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:02

    love i'm

    The team he plays for are pretty brilliant too.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 20:03

    Remember earlier on when I said it would finish 0-0..?

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:04

    becks give that the thumbs up.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:04

    becks give that the thumbs up.

    Looked like a signal to a player to encourage him

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:05

    Remember earlier on when I said it would finish 0-0..?

    My scrappy 1-0 predo is quite possible too

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:05

    Heikki's bored too

    England is not playing well today at #worldcup... I think I'll watch the golf now instead... #fb

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:06

    A good old fashioned time wasting substitution

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:06

    They've all suddenly turned into physios.

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 20:06

    My scrappy 1-0 predo is quite possible too

    nahhh...

    i'll win if england don't

    ;)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:06

    Heikki's bored too

    England is not playing well today at #worldcup... I think I'll watch the golf now instead... #fb

    At least a Brit is winning in that.

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:08

    8 minutes! they way we're playing we'll need 80.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:09

    Gadget Legs!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:09

    Crouch for Barry. That's a bit different

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:09

    C'mon Crouchy

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:09

    An english friend who's been living in Australia for a while just told me he was returning home on the 24th of June.

    I felt a bit nasty replying so were the English football team. But, hey, they should play better!

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:10

    Crouch for Barry. That's a bit different

    Makes a nice change seeing a tactical switcharound

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:10

    I felt a bit nasty replying so were the English football team. But, hey, they should play better!

    :D :D :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 20:10

    so, what are the chances of every match in this group finishing in a draw, eh?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:10

    I felt a bit nasty replying so were the English football team. But, hey, they should play better!

    :D

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:11

    That was weak

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:12

    At least when we play 4-4-2, it works.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:12

    The commentary is now blaming Capello for this it seems.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:12

    Some commentators really make you wonder. Is he only supposed to pick players from clubs who play 4-4-2?

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:13

    The commentary is now blaming Capello for this it seems.

    I blame everyone from Capello, to Rooney, to the guy who brings the footballs out for training.

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:13

    I don't understand these numbering systems because no one seems to stay in position.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:13

    Why, Frank?

    Why?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:13

    I don't understand these numbering systems because no one seems to stay in position.

    It is just a base formation. It is very fluid in reality

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:14

    I don't understand these numbering systems because no one seems to stay in position.

    Currently England are utilising their typical 'Everyone panic' formation

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:14

    I don't understand these numbering systems because no one seems to stay in position.

    expecting to seen rooney in goal any minute.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:14

    2 minutes plus injury time

  • Leigh O'Gorman18/06/2010 at 20:14

    to the guy who brings the footballs out for training.

    cannot stand that guy!!

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:14

    Currently England are utilising their typical 'Everyone panic' formation

    :)

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:14

    It is just a base formation. It is very fluid in reality

    Then why does it matter so much?

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:14

    There doesn't seem to be any cohesion - who's fault is that?

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:15

    Becks getting upset

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:15

    Then why does it matter so much?

    You're telling the players where you expect them to be and in what way you're wanting them to play. But no, I think the commentators just want to blame the manager...

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:15

    man of the match: james

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:15

    Bougherra's neck got bent a bit

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:16

    man of the match: james

    We're all men and women of the match for putting up with this drivel

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:17

    that just ended up in the atlantic

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:17

    We're all men and women of the match for putting up with this drivel

    hehe

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:17

    The Algerians look like Brazil at the moment....

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:18

    Beckham swore!!!

    Ummmm, I'm telling.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:19

    Come on Algeria, beat us, so we can really lay into the team.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:19

    Not exactly Ronaldinho.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:19

    Then why does it matter so much?

    Imagine if you have a central defender who plays in a back 4 for his club. He is used to having one central defender two his side and a couple of midfielders in front of him. So he knows under most circumstances who is going to move where and where his passes can go when he gets the ball.

    If he then plays for an international team that plays 3 at the back all his positioning etc changes

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:19

    rubbish

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:19

    Terrible, absolutely terrible. Worse than the USA performance.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:19

    Booooooooooooo

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 20:20

    man of the match: james

    The only person the press can't blame tomorrow

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:20

    Hah. That was lame :)

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:20

    worst match i've seen thus far.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:20

    That was unbelievable. The press will be planning their slaughter campaign now

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:20

    Not good.

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:20

    That was unbelievable. The press will be planning their slaughter campaign now

    deservedly so

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:21

    That was unbelievable. The press will be planning their slaughter campaign now

    I've already got a new wordpress post entry page open here.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:21

    Wonder what Fabio is going to do for the last match

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:22

    Wonder what Fabio is going to do for the last match

    I keep typing Flavio instead of Fabio

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:22

    I keep typing Flavio instead of Fabio

    At least Flavio won occasionally.

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:22

    I keep typing Flavio instead of Fabio

    That would be EPIC :D

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 20:23

    Wonder what Fabio is going to do for the last match

    He should play the pundits - Lineker, Ian Wright, Shearer even Southgate.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:24

    I want the Flake back I ate during the match

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:24

    He should play the pundits - Lineker, Ian Wright, Shearer even Southgate.

    Nah.

    There's someone on that bench he hasn't thought of using yet, he's just the man to get us on track. Not Joe Hart, not Michael Carrick.

    Stuart Pearce

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:25

    I want the Flake back I ate during the match

    I want my hour and half back :)

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:25

    To be honest, the manager was very energetic. I think he'd be an asset on the field.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:25

    "What was missing during the match?"

    "Goals"

    REALLY?????

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:25

    To be honest, the manager was very energetic. I think he'd be an asset on the field.

    He has a wonderful suit. He should be very proud of that.

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:26

    Gerrard was desperate to get away from the interview right from the start

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:26

    What did Wayne say?

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:27

    To be honest, the manager was very energetic. I think he'd be an asset on the field.

    :)

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:27

    What did Wayne say?

    Something about his own fans booing

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:27

    What did Wayne say?

    i don't know, but i but hindy has something to say about it.

    ;)

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 20:27

    It's times like this I like that:

    I'm not an England Fan

    I'm not a football nut

    I live in Scotland

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:27

    Something about his own fans booing

    And he can't understand why?

    Silly Wayne.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:28

    i don't know, but i but hindy has something to say about it.

    You can only comment when you have 3 millions goals :P

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:28

    It will be tough against Slovenia because they just need to sit back and get a draw

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:29

    i don't know, but i but hindy has something to say about it.

    You can only comment when you have 3 millions goals :P

    :)

    :)

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:29

    Apparantly he said "Nice to see your own fans boo you"

    Oh I'm sorry Wayne, were you playing perfectly out there, I must have missed that

  • Christine18/06/2010 at 20:29

    You can only comment when you have 3 millions goals :P

    :D

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:32

    Capello is good at hiding behind language

  • Dan Brunell18/06/2010 at 20:34

    I stopped by to see if everyone is OK?

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:35

    I stopped by to see if everyone is OK?

    I'm more worried about the english football team, they've gone missing in south africa

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:36

    I'm more worried about the english football team, they've gone missing in south africa

    They'll be lynched when they get home if they don't get out of the group stage.

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:37

    I stopped by to see if everyone is OK?

    I'm perfect.

    Is what I would be saying if I was from Algeria right now.

  • Janna18/06/2010 at 20:37

    Capello is good at hiding behind language

    Tweet from @Schofe Watching Fabio's interview! There's the problem, his input was directly reflected on the pitch.. confused, dull and in the wrong language Couldn't agree more

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:37

    They'll be lynched when they get home if they don't get out of the group stage.

    They should probably land in Cardiff then, crowds will flock from as far as Swansea to celebrate their success

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:38

    They should probably land in Cardiff then, crowds will flock from as far as Swansea to celebrate their success

    Or Edinburgh! They'd be thrilled :P

  • Dan Brunell18/06/2010 at 20:38

    I'm more worried about the english football team, they've gone missing in south africa

    Do you know anyone at a dairy so we can put the team photos in the box they reserve for missing children?

  • Fiox18/06/2010 at 20:39

    They should probably land in Cardiff then, crowds will flock from as far as Swansea to celebrate their success

    Or Edinburgh! They'd be thrilled :P

    Or Aberdeen, where they'll be given a parade of honour

  • Alison18/06/2010 at 20:39

    They actually pick names out a hat?? That's insane!!!

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:39

    Tweet from @Schofe Watching Fabio's interview! There's the problem, his input was directly reflected on the pitch.. confused, dull and in the wrong language Couldn't agree more

    I am sure he is not like that in person. Just putting a wall up to stop the interviewer attacking him.

  • Lukeh18/06/2010 at 20:40

    "If anyone can cheer you up after that performance it's James Corden."

    Yeah, about that....

  • RG18/06/2010 at 20:43

    I've found a positive!! Englands first clean sheet in six games.

  • me18/06/2010 at 20:43

    I've found a positive!! Englands first clean sheet in six games.

    hehe

  • Steven Roy18/06/2010 at 20:43

    They actually pick names out a hat?? That's insane!!!

    Before penalty shoot outs were dreamed up some major European games were decided like that.

  • Pat W18/06/2010 at 20:47

    I've found a positive!! Englands first clean sheet in six games.

    good at laundry?