Two days to go, and even the Stockwell Flats are getting in on the act...
"I look forward to the point where we don't discuss Rooney's foot any more, very much so." Sven-Goran Eriksson (Reuters, June 7)
COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH THE SCAN
Daily Mirror headline, on the crucial foot scan that will determine Rooney's World Cup fate
Subbuteo to rush out dancing Crouch model
Peter Crouch and his robotic dance are to be immortalised in a Subbuteo figure. A spokesman said: "The Crouch bop has really made its way into the public consciousness so it seems like the right thing to do. We are working flat out to get the figure out." (The Guardian, June 6)
William Hill offered odds of 50-1 that Crouch would win TV dance contest "Strictly Come Dancing."
"I was goaded into it by the rest of the lads," a bashful Crouch said of his impromptu display before [Prince] William, second in line to the throne and honorary president of the English Football Association.
Shaking his head in amused bewilderment, Crouch said: "He's the future King of England and I've just done a stupid dance in front of him. It's all a bit surreal to be honest." (Reuters, June 5)
Odds on Eriksson to perform 'The Robot' dance on the pitch during any England match during the World Cup: 25-1 (Paddypower.com)
Bayern Munich midfielder Martin Demichelis says he has lost the will to live after missing out on a place in Argentina's World Cup squad.
"It's not only that I don't have any desire to play anymore -- I don't have any desire to live," Demichelis was quoted in German media as telling an Argentine television network. (Reuters, May 17)
Churches offer World Cup half-time services
World Cup visitors can pray for divine intervention if their team is losing in special half-time religious services.
The services will feature football related sermons and hymns that resemble team anthems allowing worshippers of the World Cup to pray for victory. (Ananova, June 7)
"I would steer clear of it personally."
Crooner Tony Christie on the Tonedef Allstars World Cup song Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann? (BBC Sport, June 7)
PARAGUAY are using basketball tactics in a bid to tackle England beanpole Peter Crouch on Saturday.
The South Americans’ first choice centre backs are both under 6ft — while Crouch, 25, is a towering 6ft 7ins.
Paraguay’s fitness coaches are now strapping WEIGHTS to players’ ankles in training.
New Jersey basketball coach John Cardozo said: "It could increase their foot speed as well as jumping." (The Sun)
"They change the offside rule, more or less, all the time," sighed Eriksson. "You remember the goal scored in the Premier League, Djibril Cisse against Blackburn, when he jumped over the ball? In the past that would have been offside, but now Fifa do not want it to be offside. (The Telegraph, June 7)
"It's a different ball, obviously... It's more like a volleyball, it's very light, moves a lot in the air. It's got a plastic case around it so when it's wet it's not ideal for goalkeepers... They're bringing out new balls all the time. It's not goalkeeper-friendly this one." England goalkeeper Paul Robinson (BBC Sport, June 7)