I was in my local butchers, deciding whether it would be a Porterhouse or rib eye steak, and chewing the cud with Colin there. We laughed about the latest excuse: the selling of the playing fields. Of course we all know that the favelas are replete with fine pitches and sports pavilions. He said his nephew attend a football course but, so as not to discourage anyone, there are no winners. The essence of sport is to prove you are better than your opponent, so what’s going on here?
In the tedium of England’s bore draw with Costa Rica I devised my Fulham World Cup side. I cheated a bit as some of my picks did not wear the hallowed white shirt at the time of the tournament but no matter. It’s not a bad side that probably would qualify out of its group.
Keeper: Stekelenberg ( Netherlands)
Defence; Cohen ( England); Moore, Parker (England) Salcido (Mexico)
Midield; Dejagah ( Iran ) Haynes , Mullery ( England); Houghton(Eire)
Forwards: Dempsey ( USA), Riedle ( Germany)
Subs Bocanegra, Senderos, Karagounis, McBride, Clarke.