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World Paper Round: Defoe to star, omens good

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It's
all about Jermain Defoe in today's papers, and suddenly the Tottenham striker
is going to inspire England to clinch the World Cup trophy - the omens are good.

Fabio
Capello
is in every paper saying he is not crazy after staunchly insisting that
his side can still prevail in South Africa, but surely there is no greater test
of his sanity than if he really does finally drop Emile Heskey.

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Alan
Shearer
tells The Sun that Heskey's time is up, and the impotent striker should
be ditched along with the less-than-trusty 4-4-2 formation, while Defoe is the
answer according to others.

The
Daily Mirror lead with the headline: "Blood, sweat and tears" along
with the vow from England's players to lift a nation shrouded in budget gloom -
"glory for horror" is the swap the paper hopes for.

The
Star says all the omens suggest England will win today: "We're wearing
red, we're on the BBC, we always beat 'em and we're not France!" So there
you go.

"Recovery
masterplan revealed," reports The Sun, who also find a seamless link
between the new 'crisis' budget, and the 'desperate' need to dump Heskey from
the side.

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The
Times say it is all "Happy days" for England with a picture of Capello laughing in jovial fashion, but the mood drops slightly as columnist
Gary Neville weighs in with his view.

"We've
hit rock bottom, and it simply cannot get any worse. I'm amazed we're in this
position, but it is never justified to question the manager's team choice,"
Neville said, no doubt in reference to John Terry's outburst.

In
the Daily Telegraph, former Gary Lineker-replacement Alan Smith runs through a
series of 'key confrontations' between England and Slovenia individuals, coming
to the inevitable and frankly tedious conclusion that Capello's side have the
better players.

The
same paper has a piece by prolific punter Michael Owen, who "bets"
that England will pull through, and the forward highlights Terry as the key man
due to his motivational qualities.

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Bizarrely,
Owen compares Terry to Rio Ferdinand in terms of him being 'comfortable on the
ball, a good playmaker and up there with the best of them in possession' - has
the striker been quaffing too much champagne at Ascot?

Harry
Redknapp
tells his paper The Sun that no Premier League side would have paid
more than £1.5 million for Wayne Rooney on the evidence of the Algeria match -
"he was simply not good enough," 'Arry said.

Graham
Taylor
pleads with Capello in the Daily Express to stay with England even if
his side crash out of the World Cup, while the Guardian focuses on the 'dismal
and petulant' French.

L'Equipe
says: "No longer must we support this team whose whims drained us all. Les
Bleus
were ridiculous till the end...At no point did this team show the
slightest trace of a soul."

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Le
Figaro concludes, "The debacle is complete," while Le Parisien
describes France's exit as "pitiful, ridiculous, shameful...a sorry
waste," and Le Monde simply says: "The tournament jesters are
out."

Meanwhile,
the South African press is immensely proud of Bafana Bafana's efforts, and
describes their side's exit as "bittersweet".

Johannesburg
daily The Star describes the 'pride, joy and mixed emotions' of the host nation
following the win over France but what ultimately proved to be the end of the
campaign.

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