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World Cup Paper Round: England expects

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It's crunch
time for England and today's
last 16 clash with old enemies Germany
dominates the front and back pages of the Sunday newspapers.

The News of
the World's front page features a picture of key trio Steven Gerard, John Terry
and Wayne Rooney, all complete with fangs, alongside a roaring lion.

And the
headline? "All-out roar!"

The back
page focus is on, you guessed it, Rooney with a new take on the national
anthem: "Long to Wayne
over us" it sings above "Official: Roo is 100% fit to KO
Germans".

Chief
football correspondent Neil Ashton has also slammed Germany boss Joachim Low for
missing last night's media conference, accusing the 50-year-old of
"running scared".

The Sunday
Express, "on a day of destiny for English football" leads with Rooney
emblazoned with a St. George's
flag and the headline: "Your country needs Roo!"

Leaf inside
the back page and Jamie Carragher, suspended for the win over Slovenia and sweating on a starting
spot today, insists Rooney's scouse spirit will fire the Three Lions to
victory.

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Former Germany keeper Oliver Kahn, however, has backed
new stopper Manuel Neuer, just 24, to have the final say.

The Daily
Star has been at its jingoistic best since Wednesday and is not holding back
today with the front page headline simply: "We'll stuff Germans".

And the
back page headlines roar with equal measure: "Roo dares wins!",
"Bring it hun" and "Gerrard terrifies Germans".

So is that
enough Roo-focussed headlines for you? No chance! "We'll make Roo
sorry!" shouts the Sunday Mirror's front page.

On the back
page, legend Terry Butcher, who captained England
in the semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany at Italia '90, has urged the
current crop to take "revenge" and end "20 years of hurt".

And, as in
the Sunday Express, Carragher has again backed Rooney, this time alongside
fellow scouser Gerrard, to do the job.

"I
think in Rooney and Steven Gerrard we've got two of the best players in the
world," said Carragher.

There's no
getting away from the prospect of a penalty shoot-out and former Manchester
United keeper Peter Schmeichel believes being an England player and missing a
spot-kick is the worst fate that can fall on a football player. 

But, while
Rooney is the pre-match messiah in the red-top tabloids, The Mail on Sunday -
"Cappello fears over Rooney" - is less optimistic.

The England boss
insists the talismanic hit man is in top form but sources inside the camp say
the Italian has been working overtime to nurse Rooney, said to be only 80 per
cent fit and struggling with the pressure of the tournament, for the big
occasion.

If this
morning's papers are anything to go by, then the pressure on Rooney must be
huge and it scarcely gets any better in the broadsheets.

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"Let's
make history" may be the headline in the Sunday Times sports section but
the focus soon falls on Rooney: "Manager pleads: Rooney will be back to
his best...and he'll score".

Inside Everton
boss David Moyes, former England
defender Gareth Southgate and Ajax
coach Martin Jol reveal how to beat the Germans.

Press Germany's youngsters into making mistakes,
utilise Rooney's ability to link-up play and suppress Germany's width
by stopping right-back Philipp Lahm in his tracks, are the messages from each
respectively.

The Sunday
Telegraph has a different take to the News of the World on Low's decision to
miss the pre-match news conference.

Germany's Euro '96 shoot-out hero and current goalkeeping coach Andreas
Kopke was put before the media instead and "German mind games" is the
conclusion.

The same
paper also reveals that uniformed English and German police officers will
patrol together in Bloemfontein
in a bid to defuse tension between rival supporters.

And, never
fear, "Cometh the hour..." is the message on Rooney.

The Independent's
sports pull-out leads with the same headline as the Sunday Express: "Your
country needs Roo".

Columnist
and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, who guided the Seasiders to the Premier
League last season, believes Franz Beckenbauer's ill-timed digs at England have
done Capello's team talk for him.

"One
of the reasons I hope we can win is so that we can ram those words down his
throat," says Holloway.

The
Observer is the only newspaper which fails to lead with Rooney, instead
focussing on Capello's attempts to play down the rivalry between England and Germany.

And, to
their credit, the same newspaper is also the only Sunday national to lead with Ghana's 2-1 extra-time win over the United States
with a half-page picture of Anthony Annan, Lee Addy and Sulley Muntari
celebrating with decisive goal scorer Asamoah Gyan.

The host
continent's sole remaining team became only the third African side to reach the
quarter-finals after Cameroon
in 1990 and Senegal
in 2002.

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Here's a
headline from German newspaper Bild to send a shiver down the neck of even the
most ardent of England
supporters: "Schweini fit for England".

Star man
Bastian Schweinsteiger, who limped off with a thigh injury during Germany's 1-0 victory over Ghana, trained with the Germany team yesterday
and is expected to be fit to play.

The paper
also features a man-to-man comparison of Germany
and England's
expected starting line-ups. Here's how they fared:

1. Manuel
Neuer v David James - Neuer wins, 1-0
2. Philipp
Lahm v Glen Johnson - Lahm wins, 2-0
3. Per Mertesacker v Matthew Upson
- Mertesacker wins, 3-0
4. Arne Friedrich v John Terry -
Terry wins, 3-1
5. Holger Badstuber v Ashley Cole
- Cole wins, 3-2
6. Sami Khedira v Frank Lampard -
Lampard wins, 3-3
7. Bastian
Schweinsteiger v Gareth Barry - Schweinsteiger wins, 4-3
8. Thomas
Muller v Steven Gerrard - Gerrard wins, 4-4
9. Mesut Ozil v Wayne Rooney - Ozil
wins, 5-4
10. Lukas
Podolski v James Milner - Milner wins, 5-5
11. Miroslav Klose v Jermaine Defoe
- Klose wins, 6-5

Final score: Germany
6-5 England

Well,
you didn't think it would be an England
win, did you?

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