Sunday, 27 June 2010

Four hours to go before England play Germany in the round of 16

World Cup in South Africa, June 27th 2010.

There is little evidence that England can play well enough to win this afternoon. Two shaky draws and 1-0 against Slovenia who didn't qualify. This result was received like a reprieve while playing out time instead of going for more goals to finish as top of the group and an easier route forward.

The Independent newspaper sums the situation up very well, as it often does. The Guardian and Telegraph go in for a mix of the vainglorious and the analytical. But fundamentally, they are all saying 'Can England suddenly find some form?'

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