day after the German paper Bild roared "the tournament is ours",
legend Franz 'Der Kaiser' Beckenbauer slammed England and derided Fabio
Capello's side's brand of football.
paper has an evil looking Beckenbauer unleashing his astonishing and unprovoked
attack on Capello's side, describing their play as "kick and rush" (pictured, below),
"route one" and "back to the bad old times".
I saw from the English in their 1-1 draw against the USA had very little to do
with football. It looked to me as if the English have gone backwards," he
Ever one to blow his own trumpet (pictured, above), Beckenbauer remains confident Germany will win the World Cup, and rounds off his damning appraisal of England by turning on the Premier League.
"The English are being punished for the fact that there are very few home-grown players in the Premier League as they use foreign players from all over the world." Are you finished, Franz?
Before we continue to plough through the proverbial fields of Capello's selection dilemmas, let's turn our attention to a hoard of mini-dress wearing Dutch women.
The goldmine of entertaining but essentially irrelevant World Cup news is South African paper The Star (pictured, below), who report that 36 scantily clad women were held in a FIFA office for several hours due to their outfits having been designed by Dutch beer company Bavaria.
Wright tells Capello in The Sun to either play Robert Green against Algeria or
send the goalkeeper home as the former England striker believes a spot on the
bench and in the limelight would ruin the West Ham man's confidence entirely.
If you have been wondering how the Algeria players have been preparing for Friday's clash, the answer is pretty much sitting in a media tent talking to English 'red top' journalists.
Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda declares his desire
for Green to be retained in The Sun: "We saw Green's mistake and of course that gives
you hope. We certainly wouldn't mind (if he played again)."
Pompey and Algeria star Nadir Belhadj, meanwhile, has backed David James to
start in what may or may not be a genuine view in the Daily Star: "James
is a far better goalkeeper and much more experienced and should be in goal
to complete the set, as it were, another Algerian Madjid Bougherra has
announced that England are 'no longer favourites' to win the group, with
Slovenia "holding the joker".
Redknapp tells The Sun he believes Ledley King's World Cup campaign is over
after Tottenham physio Wayne 'Vin' Diesel paid the defender an impromptu visit.
Carragher says in the Daily Star that Germany have a real advantage because
they have been using the World Cup Jubulani ball for six months, while
insisting that he "is certainly not slow".
Poll tells the nation in the Daily Mail that the referee for England's clash
with Algeria, Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov, is "firm, strong and robotic
and clamps down especially hard on shirt pulling". Good.
the Italian press, Corriere dello Sport believe
Marcello Lippi's side are 'not good enough', but La Gazzetta dello Sport
(pictured, left) is more positive and backs Daniele De Rossi to become the country's
Capello's England are under pressure, then take a look at France: Zinedine
Zidane has given coach Raymond Domenech a fresh shower of criticism in The Sun.
is not a coach," Zidane said. "There is no teamwork and egos must be
put to one side." Now that is damning.