It seems that England boss Fabio Capello has made his mind up about who will start against Algeria - but is making keeper Robert Green sweat until the end.
For once the British papers are in general agreement. Green is to keep his spot against Algeria after a chat with Capello, but he did spill a routine shot in training, with assembled hacks groaning en masse.
"Oops he did it again," yelps the Daily Mirror; "He should not have been number one in the first place" moans Matt Dickinson of the Independent.
In other team news, Jamie Carragher and Emile Heskey are to retain their places - the latter will be preferred to Jermain Defoe after partnering Wayne Rooney in the final training session.
The Daily Express pointed out that Heskey skipped shooting practice - although that may well be an acceptance that it is not his role to score.
The Daily Mail is particularly rabble-rousing, imploring Wayne Rooney to "bring us a glorious victory".
The Daily Mirror rather quaintly mocked up a "Fab 4" tribute to the Beatles, giving pudding-bowl haircuts and roll-neck jumpers to Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard. Cute, although fans of regional geography will point to Jamie Carragher and Stephen Warnock as being more fitting members of the Liverpudlian Beat combo.
The Sun has crocked skipper Rio Ferdinand telling our boys they "can still win the World Cup", with the Manchester United defender striking a corny pose with a copy of the paper.
And The Star asks a question, largely aimed at Green - "can you handle it?"
Abroad, the focus is largely on France's capitulation against Mexico.
France were "wiped clean" by their "Aztec conquerors" (Liberation); "Les Imposteurs" (no translation required), yelled L'Equipe.
The leading French sports paper's Fabrice Jouhaud continued "This morning, France faces ruins: its national team.
"The 'Je-m'en-foutisme' ('I don't give a damn-ism') is their flag, the only banner this team can carry together.
"Let's mock Raymond Domenech, so full of himself, overcome by his players' egos. Let's laugh about Thierry Henry, best scorer in the team's history, being left out.
"Laugh about these major players Franck Ribery, William Gallas, Nicolas Anelka, who believe themselves so superior, and their arrogance. Let's chuckle in front of their swelling wrongly put under their hair when it would be better located under the belt.
"Scornful as they have been for more than two years, supported by a federation who should wear a headless chicken as a symbol, they deserve indifference. Let's just pay tribute to the only horns ('trompettes', slang for useless) competing with vuvuzelas."
The Argentine papers, as expected, are pretty happy about their 4-1 win over South Korea - hat-trick hero Gonzalo Higuain thinks they can win the ruddy thing (La Nacion).