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World Cup Paper Round: Postman Patello ridiculed

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England players
apparently mocked their manager Fabio Capello in South Africa, with the Italian
nicknamed "Postman Pat" behind his back.

The England
stars laughed at their coach's resemblance to the kids' TV character as his
authority waned in the camp, with late comic Tommy Cooper also compared to the
64-year-old, according to The Sun.

A source close
to the camp told the paper: "None of this was ever uttered in front of him
- I don't think anyone would be brave enough to do that."

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The same paper
reports that David Beckham was forced to adopt the role of peacemaker as the
split between captain Steven Gerrard and former armband bearer John Terry
escalated at the World Cup.

A 'Three Lions
source' revealed: "There was a lot of tension between Stevie G and JT so
Becks stepped in. Who knows whether it will all flare up again now!"

However, Jermain
Defoe is adamant that Capello still has the support and respect of the squad,
and the England striker tells the Daily Mirror (pictured, left) that the media
are to blame for any unrest within the camp.

The paper leads
with the line "We do care", as Defoe sticks up for the squad, while
it also has Frank Lampard holidaying with Christine Bleakley, who the Daily
Star say the midfielder proposed to following England's World Cup exit.

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Capello's
number two is set to desert him, according to the same paper, with Franco
Baldini set to head back to Italy while his boss's future remains shrouded in
doubt.

'King-maker'
Jimmy Armfield, who has advised the FA on England managers in the past, tells
the Daily Star that the national side's boss must be English and believes
Capello should leave his post.

The Daily Mail
has former England defender Martin Keown saying Capello should be treated as
harshly as he treats his players, and that Guus Hiddink should replace the
Italian.

The same paper
has Argentine forward Carlos Tevez saying his legs go wobbly just dreaming
about becoming the world's greatest player, with the tournament in South Africa
his opportunity to increase his stock.

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The Daily
Express report that Wayne Rooney and Gerrard have pulled out of a
multi-million-pound football skills show at London's O2 Arena out of
embarrassment for their performances at the World Cup.

Spanish paper
AS (pictured, above) roars "Spain scares again" as the country
prepare for their World Cup quarter-final against Paraguay, while Marca hit
back at Jose Mourinho's assertion that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in
either Portugal or Spain's side.

Midfielder Bastian
Schweinsteiger tells Germany's Spiegel that "Argentina play dirty
football" as the build-up to the two sides' last-eight clash intensifies.

And finally,
Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport (pictured, left) has Internazionale and
Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar boasting of the Samba Boys' immense defence,
which he says is just as strong as the one the European champions put out last
season.

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