England V Slovenia 1–0
England shook off a mediocre start to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa to beat Slovenia by 1–0 in front of a 36,000 crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Thanks to a brilliant team effort The Three Lions managed to go through to the Second Round of the tournament and a clash with old rivals Germany.
Always willing to provide a helping hand, Manchester United supremo Sir Alex Ferguson gave Wayne Rooney some much needed advice on the telephone earlier this week and the big man now seems to be back in business. Tottenham Hotspur goal poacher Jermain Defoe managed to give some welcome relief to the 30,000 England supporters at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium when he put his country ahead in the 23rd minute of the encounter after meeting a magnificent cross from James Milner. The White Hart Lane favourite also had the ball in the net shortly after the half time refreshments, but his fellow frontrunner Wayne Rooney was offside. At long last, Fabio Capello´s England players managed to overcome the fear which paralysed their playing performances against the United States and Algeria. The 1–0 triumph over the Central Europeans in Port Elizabeth yesterday was a lot more convincing than the scoreline would indicate, however, and The Three Lions should have won by more if it hadn’t been for Udinese and Slovenia net custodian Samir Handanovic. Wayne Rooney was eventually replaced by forward thinking midfield player Joe Cole in the 72nd minute of the match after aggravating his ankle injury, but the inform England centre forward is most certain to start the crucial game against the Germans. England finishing second in their group means that The Three Lions will meet their bitter historical enemies Germany in Bloemfontein this upcoming Sunday afternoon.