"Nobody speak, nobody speak." - how England manager Fabio Capello began the now infamous team meeting that was supposed to be the forum for John Terry and his supposed band of merry men - which nobody is calling the 'Post-Algeria pint Nine', but should be - to air their grievances, most notably that Terry's mate Joe Cole is not playing.
"This is the big mistake, this is the very big mistake." - how Capello described Terry's press conference outburst to ITV. The defender had planned to use the meeting as his platform to launch the assault on his totalitarian oppressor and free his enslaved brothers from the Italian's tyranny.
As we now know, it didn't quite work out like that. When the moment came, the only man to be appointed twice and sacked once as England captain didn't even get the chance to stand up and say "I am JT!" in the hope that at least one of his colleagues would rise to their feet and echo his words as the Tony Curtis to his Kirk Douglas.
Instead, Capello put the kybosh on the whole affair, quashing any potential rebellion by simply playing a DVD of the Algeria game. After that, none of the England players could muster a word. At least now they know what it was like to sit through that match first time around.
Capello added: "Then I read that John Terry said this, I don't understand why he doesn't speak with me.
"When you speak you have to speak privately, not with the media.
The boss decided that the best way to combat Terry not keeping things in-house and mouthing off to the media is to not keep things in-house and mouth off to the media.
Early Boers's only fear is that, as the interview was with ITV, that a technical error with the sound might have had him misquoted. Perhaps Capello was discussing with Gabriel Clarke the merits of a Norfolk town built around a shallow body of water, and in fact said: "Diss has a big mere lake. Diss has a very big mere lake." Probably not, though.
Capello, of course, had to make a response, despite Frank Lampard swooping in to deal with the hospital pass played to him by his Chelsea team-mate and bring an air of calm to the whole debacle.
Whereas Terry's outburst was risky, ill-conceived and left him exposed, his manager has reasserted his authority over proceedings, isolated the dissenter and switched the focus firmly back on to him.
Terry may still be deeply aggrieved at losing the armband, but if he thought this was the first step of a master plan to get it back then he could not have been more wrong.
There may well be changes to the England side that faces Slovenia on Wednesday. However, rather than risk appearing weak by making his selection for the Group C decider more in line with Terry's, Capello could choose to teach his revolutionary a lesson by giving him the chop. At the rate at which England's reserves of centre-backs are being raided, it wouldn't be out of this world to see Michael Dawson line up alongside Matthew Upson in Port Elizabeth.
Talking of Slovenia, as yet no one else is. Despite the players, coach and press all declining to give USA or Algeria the time of day in the build-up to those disappointing games, the same oversight is being made yet again.
As well as being embroiled in 'So what?'-gate, tedious subjects such as life in the team hotel are still returned to at every single press conference, but still nothing about the opposition.
Seeing as this is a side that could well eliminate England from a World Cup group phase for the first time in over 50 years, perhaps it might be good to see how much the England camp knows about them.
Still, it's always worth hearing how much golf, table tennis and snooker the players are cramming into their days. Come Thursday, they could have time for a whole lot more.
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Here we are, 15 days into the tournament, and we are still yet to see a South American team beaten. Wasn't the South African winter supposed to benefit England?
Admittedly Chile had a lot of help in their 1-0 win over Switzerland, with Valon Behrami's daft sending off and La Roja's profligate finishing going unpunished thanks to Erin Derdiyok's miss late on.
Uruguay will, in all likelihood, maintain that run today, as long as Mexico keep up their side of the bargain and knock the ball around aimlessly a la West Germany v Austria in 1982, thereby ensuring qualification for both sides at France and South Afirca's expense.
Things have perked up for the continent's former rulers too, as the Iberian sides have both had an upturn in fortune.
Spain got their campaign off and running with a 2-0 win over Honduras that was as much of a thrashing as a result with a two-goal margin could ever be.
Portugal started off the day by smashing seven goals without reply past North Korea, including a sixth that Cristiano Ronaldo was almost embarrassed to score. Almost.
Buoyed by the creditable 2-1 defeat to Brazil in their opening game, North Korean television decided to broadcast live coverage of the DPR team playing abroad for the first time when they faced Ronaldo and co. It might be the last, with AP reporting that the programme ended on the final whistle with a terse: "The Portuguese won the game and now have four points. We are ending our live broadcast now."
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It is a possibility (that some players may not want to play against the hosts in Bloemfontein). We will have to take it into account when I compose the team with my staff." - things have got so bad within the France squad, Raymond Domenech may be forced to pick whoever is up for it and turns up, a la Sunday League football, for Les Bleu's crucial final group game against South Africa.
BOERMY ARMY TWEET OF THE DAY: "@EarlyBoers so at last we know what makes EB happy! This day just can't get any better now" - seeing a wild baboon casually galloping along the roadside is the only thing that makes EB happy, Alex_Sheba.
COMING UP: We will see Groups A and B decided today in the tournament's first simulcast multi-matchday play-offs. Follow live text commentary of Mexico v Uruguay and France v South Africa (15:00), followed by Nigeria v South Korea and Greece v Argentina (19:30).
Plus, there's the Armchair Pundit with his daily briefing on last night's action and today's matches.
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