Capello has insisted that he already knows his starting line-up to face the USA in
England's opening World Cup group match with Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joe Cole tipped to start.
will start with Cole in midfield after James Milner's stomach bug ruled the
Aston Villa man out of training for the last three days (The Independent).
has been kept apart from the squad and has not been on the safari trip or
either of the golf excursions while losing weight from suffering the stomach
virus (Daily Telegraph).
Wright-Phillips will also be handed a starting berth on the right of midfield
in preference to Aaron Lennon with Frank Lampard joining Steven Gerrard in the
middle (Daily Mirror).
has rallied his England troops by showing them a rousing "good luck"
video from the Army in Afghanistan at their base in South Africa (The Sun, pictured right).
Gerrard believes that in Wayne Rooney, England have a striker capable of
seizing the tournament in the way Pele and Diego Maradona did in 1970 (Daily
Evra has sparked another backlash in France against the national team by
persuading the French FA to fly the players' WAGs to the World Cup on a £200,000
four-day jaunt (The Sun).
More than a billion people in 215 countries are expected to watch the opening ceremony on television with the droning sound of the vuvuzelas measured at 127 decibels - louder than a chainsaw (Daily Telegraph)
faces a £4.3 million court payout just 24 hours before England's first match in
his long-running dispute with former agents Proactive (The Sun).
has also promised the nation that his side are in the perfect condition of body
and mind as they prepare to get their campaign underway (Daily
The excitement in South Africa is reaching fever pitch with The Star (pictured, left) proclaiming the country's 'Moment of Greatness'.
The 'colour and vibrancy' of South Africa is being captured in its full glory, as shown in the Wall Street Journal lead (pictured, right), which is no doubt leaving Sepp Blatter purring.
full-back Dani Alves had a cheeky pop at Argentina: "I think the reason
(Lionel) Messi has difficulties with Argentina is because there is no
comparison between Barcelona and Argentina" (Daily Mail).
Michael Ballack has warned England midfield pair Gerrard and Lampard that they must 'pull back their egos' if they are to forge a successful partnership (The Times).
Collina has predicted that Wayne Rooney will get sent off if he continues to
voice his discontent with referees in South Africa with the Italian former
official noting FIFA's stamp down on swear words (The Sun).
Poland are one of the many nations with no direct involvement in the finals, but their national press are as excited as the throngs of vuvuzela-brandishing tourists (pictured, left).
Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy believes England have the best coach in
the competition in Capello, and that his role is far greater than that of
individual players (The Guardian).
finally, Peter Crouch's girlfriend Abbey Clancy is the sexiest of the England
WAGs according to a poll conducted by Express Insurance. Coleen Rooney was
second, while Frank Lampard's girlfriend Christine Bleakley was third (Daily
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