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Beckenbauer Beggars Belief

Franz Beckenbauer believes England look tired and burnt out. Oh really? Perhaps the kraut should concentrate on his own affairs rather than spurting spurious comments.

Millions of us English fans watched the game against Slovenia yesterday afternoon and I for one didn't witness a single England player who looked tired or burnt out. In fact it was totally the opposite. Perhaps the 'sauerkraut' should worry about Germany coming a cropper on Sunday.

Franz Beckenbauer told the press...

'Stupidly, the English have slipped up a little by finishing second in their group.'

'The English look a little tired...they are burnt out. We respect them but we certainly don't fear them.'


Defending the Three Lions

As a Manchester City supporter I have obviously been keeping a close eye on the three Blues. Joe Hart has so far not featured and understandably so, especially as David James looks so comfortable between the sticks. Shaun Wright-Phillips has done nothing wrong but my hat comes off to Gareth Barry. The 29-year-old has featured in Capello's team since recovering from injury and in my opinion he has been a stalwart in England's midfield.

Beckenbauer

This is not the first time the German has made derogatory comments directly aimed at the English style of play, their players or at the world's most entertaining domestic league on the planet. So I say this: 'Come 5pm on Sunday I wonder which country will look tired and burnt out?'

England fans

I really hope we can expect a similar scenario at the weekend.

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Date:Thursday June 24 2010

Time: 12:09PM

Your Comments

Mind games, don't you just love them? I didn't see yesterdays game, only the highlights so can't really comment on how the English players looked, but from the first couple of games I'd have to agree with Franz as far as Rooney is concerned, he looked jaded. The altitude or Fergiscum playing him when he was still injured? I don't know but there was definitely something amiss with him. Barry will have to be on top of his game to stop Ozil from exploiting England's lack of pace in the centre of their defence.
Bluedub
Let's hope we can make him eat his words
Thaibluefan
We weren't tired or burnt out but please we were poor. As onee commentator pointed out it was like the Premiership v the Third division in terms of the players pedigrees and we got home by a short head and could easily have conceded. We need to improve radically to beat the better teams and that starts by being realistic about the level of our performances to date.
Wswilly3
I agree with Wswilly3 to a large extent. It was frustrating seeing them running around without as much purpose as they need. Barry had better games against the US and even Algeria. Milner was palpably sweating nerves with every stride, although he did provide the cross that counted. Johnson almost lost the ball and the game on a couple of occasions, and Lampard was much less than his usual self. Gerrard was just about up the standard he's set for himself, but no more than that, and Rooney hasn't settled at all. None of us know how his end-of-season Ferguson abated injury is really affecting him because he constantly tries to run injuries off. You have to break his leg to stop him playing, but that can hide a multitude of fitness related form problems that would surely put any other player on the sidelines for a month. With few exceptions, they're not right yet, and all the bulls hit that happened at the end of the game cannot and did not hide that for me. But this doesn't address the query being posed here, which has more to do with Bechenbauer bol locks. It seems that the Kaiser is living up to his namesake, (who spent his dotage viewing Corfu sunsets after he'd torn Europe apart). What his claptrap actually means is 'why the hell couldn't England have played well enough to keep themselves out of our part of the draw?' Zey are idiots! Coming here to our Bloomfontein to spoil Zhe great Deutscher progress! What we behold with Deutschland uber alles is a team who would have preferred to play the USA because another run-in with the Olde Englanders will likely be less nervous for the Englanders because they will be familiar, more motivated, and could just finally run into some better form. Rooney might suddenly realise where he is with a German in front of him. Forgive me, I've got lots of German friends, but I couldn't resist this. Not as a riposte to blatant Kaiserbol locks. My guess is that they're about even, but if England can cut off Ozil at the pass, we have the possible remains of some world class footballers to take advantage of Die Wehrmacht in its tracks. However, if we freeze in our underpants and repeat the Headless Chicken Algerian Polka we'll get stuffed and be on the table for a late brunch. I'd like to be more positive though, 1-1, and we go through on the 9th penalty...
roy harper
What is undeniably true is that Der Germans would have preferred to have played the Yanks and that they are *****ed off with us for not securing top spot..... they will not want to play us. Lets just hope that against a more established pedigree we play up to our capabilities.
Wswilly3
Methinks der Kaiser has brown stains on his lederhosen at the prospect of facing England so soon in the tournament, hence his feeble attempts at mind-games.
fifthcolumnblue
mind games.
Buzz Lightyear
What a mug, has given England fresh motivation to stick it up 'em, and by the way we won the War.....
johnkelv
we came strong towards the end
Wswilly3
Be interesting what the Kaiser has to say after Sunday
Wswilly3
Perhaps the Kaiser has had the last laugh
Wswilly3
You must be feeling a little foolish now tudor?Can't see why you got so offended either,he didnt really say anything disrespectful.
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