World Cup News Roundup, Sat 5 June

Rio Definitely Out Of World Cup

Won’t be news to anyone but this was confirmed yesterday afternoon. On the bright side, Rio has missed almost half of England’s games under Capello and they’ve coped well enough without him. While Capello has plenty of cover to choose from none have any real pace to speak of, and I’ve watched enough Chelsea over the years to recognise how badly John Terry needs pace alongside him.

A few short months after our lily-white tabloid press forced the removal of John Terry as captain the armband now passes to a man who hits people who hate on Phil Collins, took revenge on his wife cheating on him with a Championship player by getting a 16-year-old girl pregnant, and may be too busy making sexy faces at Real Madrid to give the England captaincy much of a thought.

Still, it’s got to be a step up from knocking up your best friend’s missus, parking your SUV in disabled spaces, getting an eight-month drugs ban, making sex tapes with Kieron Dyer or, most heinously of all, films with 50 Cent.

Footballers, eh? Lovely bunch.

Chelsea Are Cursed

First Michael Ballack, then Michael Essien, then Didier Drogba and now Mikel John Obi – just a few days ago Chelsea had the largest number of players at the World Cup of any club in the world. So that‘s why Joe Cole didn’t sign a new contract.

France: Still Rubbish

Because they lost 1-0 yesterday to China. Coach Raymond Domenech has at his disposal one of the best first 11s in the World Cup but his mission to make himself and his team a laughing stock is progressing well. “I think we are improving,” he said to widespread derisory chuckles.

That first eleven, out of interest:

Lloris; Sagna, Abidal, Gallas, Evra; Toulalan, Gourcuff, Malouda; Govou, Anelka, Ribery.

1-0. To China.

Slovenia 3 – 1 New Zealand

England’s final group C opponents Slovenia saw off New Zealand with few problems. Milivoje Novakovic scored from two similar free-kicks. Have some highlights:

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