Early Doors

  • Early Boers Video: Winter has a Hart

    There is one question Early Boers, along with the rest of England, urgently needs answering.

    Fortunately the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter took some time out of his day to help ponder the goalkeeping crisis which has been raging ever since Robert Green lent the United States a helping hand.

    As well as considering whether manager Fabio Capello is to blame, Winter reveals who he would anoint as England's latest clown-in-waiting against Algeria on Friday.

    Plus, national icon Wayne Rooney lets rip over Franz Beckenbauer's slating of the Three Lions' style of play.


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  • Excitement builds in Rustenberg

    Not only is Early Boers on the
    loose in South Africa, it has somehow gained access to England training at the Royal
    Bafokeng Stadium.

    And that can only mean one thing:
    shaky handheld camera shots of men in shorts and bibs running around a pitch.

    Check out EB's latest video blog
    from Rustenberg, in which the bowels of the stadium prove rather too labyrinthine.

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  • Anglo-US relations flourish

    The footage of Robert Green's gaffe has now been replayed
    and dissected to the point where it has been burned deep into the retinas of
    every England fan.

    So, rather than burden you with having to relive the horror
    yet another time, here's a nice collection of inebriated supporters from both
    nations singing and goading each other before the match in Rustenburg.

    Watch the latest video blog from South Africa here:

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  • Carragher’s kids love vuvuzelas

    Today Early Boers steered well clear of the
    infamous window at the England camp which Fabio Capello took exception to being

    However, it did see Ledley King make a cameo
    appearance on the training pitch before hobbling off again, Fabio Capello give
    Shaun Wright-Phillips an awkward embrace and Jamie Carragher reveal he's popped
    a couple of vuvuzelas in his bag to take home.

    Plus, The Sun's Rob Beasley gave EB his
    verdict on the threat Germany pose.

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  • Pompey’s dictator ship comes in

    It's the most alarming headline since The Sun's classic "Radioactive 'paedo' on the run" from last February.

    "Gaddafi wants to buy Pompey" screams this morning's Mirror, trumpeting it as "the headline you never thought you'd read!". No kidding.

    In case you are wondering, it is not Colonel Muammar Gaddafi we are talking about, but his son, Saadi.

    The report claims that Saadi has held talks with representatives of this week's Fratton Park owner, Ali al-Faraj.

    That ubiquitous font of all knowledge, the club source, told the paper:  "Colonel Gaddafi's son Saadi first expressed an interest in

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  • Becks fights the good fight

    As expected, the circus surrounding David Beckham's return to Old Trafford with Milan became little more than a sideshow as United stormed to a 4-0 win on the night and 7-2 on aggregate.

    At least, that's what happened in footballing terms. As the former England skipper has proven time and again, he knows how to find a positive spin for everything he does, his latest canny PR move being to don an anti-Glazer scarf at the end of the match.

    Wayne Rooney's second goal just after the break, his fourth of the tie, meant the home crowd could concentrate all their second-half efforts on the ongoing

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  • The seven ages of Beckham

    Face it: it's over. Not just David Beckham's World Cup, but
    also his England
    career and his relevance as a footballer.

    It is not often Early Doors is moved to quote Shakespeare.
    In fact it's not ever. You see, ED never paid much attention during those GCSE
    English classes when it was forced to perform the back end of a fairy in some
    bastardised version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    But this morning is an exception, because Beckham's playing
    career closely mirrors the monologue that begins 'All The World's A Stage' from
    Shakespeare's As You Like It.

    It begins: "All the world's a stage, and all

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  • Roll up! The circus is in town!

    Even as it watched from its dank, sordid little grief-hole yesterday, Early Doors couldn't but feel a little sorry for David Beckham.

    The Milan, England and sometime LA Galaxy midfielder looked lost at sea as footage of his arrival at Manchester Paul Calf Airport came through.

    Watching him flanked by police as he slowly made his way through the fevered scrum that greeted him was a little window into the circus that constantly surrounds him.

    Alex Ferguson must have enjoyed watching it. It was a reminder of just why he was so relieved to sell him in the first place.

    Beckham may be making an

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  • The US of eh?

    After its uncharacteristic optimism on the opening day, Early Boers can retreat back into its comfort zone: moaning about England.

    The party atmosphere of Bafana Bafana fans even got the glorified Center Parcs that is Sun City rocking, but after they were pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Mexico it was time to turn thoughts to Fabio Capello's boys taking on USA in their Group C opener in Rustenburg this evening.

    Moaning about England is all we have to go on, though. On the eve of the team's first appearance in a major tournament for four years, it would be good to know what Capello thinks about

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  • Early Boers arrives in SA

    The eagle has landed in Johannesburg. Well,
    Early Boers has, and the welcome it received was nothing short of sensational.

    (All those people at the airport were there for EB,
    weren't they?)

    Ignoring the obvious answer to that question for a
    moment, it's already clear that things are beginning to reach fever pitch in
    South Africa.

    Check out EB's first video blog of the tournament:

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