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England Held By Mexico In World Cup

On a day of wonderful goals and woeful goalkeeping, Mexico had reason to celebrate at the Women’s World Cup.

A 30-yard blast from Monica Ocampo gave Mexico a 1-1 draw against England on Monday in Wolfsburg, the biggest surprise so far after two days of the three-week tournament. A superb curling free kick from star player Aya Miyama earlier sent Japan past New Zealand 2-1 in Bochum.

The deft scoring touch of Ocampo and Miyama was offset by the play of the goalkeepers for New Zealand and England that was hardly the stuff of brilliance.

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Will John Terry Captain England Against Wales?

Published reports this morning say that Fabio Capello is considering giving the England captaincy back to John Terry for this month’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales – and beyond.

Discussions are said to have already taken place within the FA over what is certain to be a hotly-debated issue. But the England management have been assured by chairman David Bernstein that the choice of England captain is entirely Capello’s call and he will be supported in whatever he decides.

Capello stripped Terry of the captaincy last February, upset by a series of controversial incidents involving the player.

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Germany Hammer England 4-1

Germany reached the World Cup quarterfinals by beating England 4-1 in a match that will be remembered for the goal not awarded to Frank Lampard. Germany raced out to a early tow goal through Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski before Matthew Upson pulled a goal back for England in the 37th minute.

Then came the moment of controversy. One minute after Upson’s goal Frank Lampard’s shot from outside the box hit the cross-bar and fell a good yard behind the goal line. But the linesman was not in a position to see that and the referee waved play on.

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USA vs. ENG Review: Green with Envy

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Tim Howard is a hero today. Rob Green?

Not so much.

Mr. Robert Green wil probably never be Sir Robert Green now that the keeper has made one of the most memorable goalie gaffes of his generation (which includes a guy nicknamed “Calamity James”). The Deuce’s weak shot from outside the 18 sputtered against Green’s torso, and then miraculously spun over him and eeked into the net.

It was one of those moments in life when you feel like the world has somehow gone into slow motion.

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Could this be England’s year?

Every four years the cry goes up from Newcastle to Southampton; this is the year the cup comes back to England. The fever seems particularly keen this year.

England’s official cup anthem, Bring it Home, captures both the determination and the unmistakable whiff of arrogance that has always been part of England’s sense of it’s position in the footballing world. But could this be the year that Rooney and Terry are mentioned in the same breath with Charlton and Moore?Could the spectre of the 1966 cup winners become a glorious bit of history rather than a cudgel wielded by punters and columnists and waved at every side that has failed to return with the cup?

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Know Your Opponent: England Edition

On paper, there is no way the US MNT can beat their English counterpart tomorrow.

After all, England’s squad features five or six bona fide soccer studs and their 23rd man would be an upgrade for us at just about any position regardless of where that limey bastard played. They’ve got Rooney’s scoring runs, Lampard’s laser shots, Gerrard’s crunch-time crosses, Terry’s tenacious tackles and Capello’s ultra-creative football brain.

What do we got?

Donovan’s dribbling is sometimes dangerous, but I think you see what I mean.

They are stronger than us.

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Walcott out of England world cup squad

2010 World Cup Wallpaper GreenTheo Walcott was omitted from England’s final 23-man World Cup squad Tuesday as England coach Fabio Capello went for the more experienced Joe Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips ahead of a player who has struggled this season.

Defensive midfielder Gareth Barry was included in the party that heads to South Africa on Wednesday despite an ankle injury that could still rule him out of England’s opening group match against the United States on June 12.

The seven players dropped following a 30-man training camp were Walcott, Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson and Leighton Baines.

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Lucky England Beat Japan 2-1

Rooney and The QueenIt took two own goals, but England beat Japan 2-1 Sunday in its final World Cup warm-up game.

After Marcus Tanaka had given Japan a seventh-minute lead, England’s Frank Lampard had a penalty saved by Eiji Kawashima.

But Tanaka headed a cross by Joe Cole into his own net in the 72nd minute and Yuji Nakazawa deflected a cross by Ashley Cole past his goalkeeper in the 83rd.

The game was played in the Austrian city of Graz so that the two teams could get used to playing in the high-altitude conditions they will encounter next month in South Africa.

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England Wins World Cup Warmup

Peter CrouchEngland went into a warmup for the World Cup against Mexico without David Beckham and wondering if Darren Bent would be able to make the squad.  Well, even though there are all kinds of injuries and little problems the English still managed a 3-1 win over the Mexicans.  To me, this is a good victory because we know that the Mexicans can play and England is still searching for the right formula to make South Africa 2010 work.

At this point Fabio Capello is doing the right thing–giving credit to players who played well and keeping his plans to himself.  He’s got alot to deal with and he can’t reveal his hand this soon–maybe never at all:

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Capello Has Sent A Doctor To Check On His England Squad

Fabio Capello isn’t playing around.  He knows that the players for his 2010 World Cup club are all playing very hard right now in the EPL and I guess he wants to make sure they still work before he names a 30-man roster by next Tuesday.

I guess it would be one thing to just take an assessment from a player, but we know that all of them want to play at the Cup so I guess this is the smart thing to do.