England’s head coach revealed on Friday that he had felt the need this week to remind the Manchester United striker of the importance of staying on the pitch and avoiding a suspension that could be fatal to England’s campaign.
“Rooney played all the qualification matches and he had no problem with the referee,” Capello told a press conference on the eve of England’s group C opener against the United States. I hope it will be the same Rooney in the World Cup. I spoke with him. He is a fantastic player because he wants to win and the hunger in him is really, really strong. But in this World Cup we have to be careful and respect the referees.”
Concern over Rooney’s temperament has been an ever-present theme for England since the striker was sent off in their quarter-final defeat by Portugal four years ago. The subject has been reignited by his booking for dissent in the squad’s final warm-up match, against local club Platinum Stars here on Monday.
Capello admitted that Saturday’s encounter with a resilient, well-organised United States side would test his players’ nerve, but expressed confidence they were ready for the test.
10 million Facebook fan’s – Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has got his 10 millionth Facebook fan, which makes him the first non-American to win so many pals on the social website.
The Portuguese Real Madrid ace has got 6.5million fans more than David Beckham.
But Ronaldo, 25, trails far behind Lady Gaga, who has 15million “friends” – the most for a living celeb. The closest British contender is football icon Becks with just over 3.5million.
Netherlands jumps into Final by restricting Uruguay 3-2 [Video]
Netherlands , finally go through the FIFA World Cup™ Final last night. People were not expecting such a semi-final from Uruguay side but they have played well with so much strong heart.
Germany will take on Spain in the second semi-final in Durban this evening in a repeat of the UEFA EURO 2008 final. The Spanish prevailed then but no team has looked more impressive so far in South Africa than the Germans, who put four past England in the Round of 16 and then dished out similar treatment to Argentina in the quarter-finals. Their upcoming opponents did not look quite as impressive in disposing of Portugal and Paraguay in the same rounds, the European champions edging through on both occasions thanks to opportunistic strikes by striker David Villa.
Netherlands vs Uruguay Goals
Semi Final stage FIFA 2010
Table has just turned around towards Europeans , 3 Euro teams qualified for Semi-Finals [ Germany , Spain and Holland ] whereas, just one team of South – America [ Uruguay ] came into Semi-Finals leaving behind big giants Argentina and Brazil.
Germany Match really hit Argentinians badly by 4 – Nill , in reaction to this Maradona got frustrated and engaged offensively with German Fans.
Lets see , what would happen in Semi-Finals.
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