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England are going to South Africa

Posted by Jarv on September 11, 2009

England are going to South Africa, but then again you all knew that, unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week. Sadly for the other home nations World cup hopes crumbled on Wednesday night.

Wales were never going to go in a group with Russia and Germany especially with Toshack in charge, You have to wonder how one group has Germany an Russia and there is a group with Greece and Switzerland  who are the toughest teams, seems a little unbalanced, then again thats the impression UEFA & FIFA give me most of the time anyway.

Scotland needed 3 points at home to Holland or at the very least a point and hope the other 2nd places didn’t manage to beat their 11 points, Unfortunately they were un-done by a bad back header. Scotland had their chances and were let down by some Heskey-esque finishing from their strikers.

Northern Ireland have surprised a lot of people in this qualification process and i hope their jump in the rankings gives them a better chance of making it to Poland and Ukraine next time around because even if they beat the Czechs next time up its a long shot for Slovenia to lose to San Marino

The Republic of Ireland have the best chance to at least claim a second place spot with 2 home games left, they could still win the group but will need to beat Italy on 10th October and then Montenegro on the 14th and hope Italy lose at home to Cyprus, Thats not likely but 3 points will guarantee them a play off i believe.

So onto England, England destroyed a good, if weakened, Croatia team who beat us convincingly 2 years ago. The Capello factor cannot be understated and every time i see a press conference he impresses me, all but banning the WAG’s from south africa only allowing them to see the players for a couple of hours after each match will hopefully stop them going out there for a holiday. the England team seems to have belief in itself and Capello went barmy when we conceeded to make it 4-1, this i like. We should be in for a good tournament and realistically the Quarter finals should be an Expectation and anything better would be a great achievement.

I expect Capello to keep everyone grounded but i also think he will be going to South Africa next june with the aim of com ing back World champions.

Written by Jarv

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