TWO DAYS after his arrival in South Africa, England skipper Rio Ferdinand must prepare to fly home after he was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury.
IT'S ALWAYS instructive to see the "full English" versions of the tartanised small funny papers we're flogged up here. You get a different take on politics and virtually no take on Scotland – but the compensation is the glimpse they offer of the build-'em-up-knock-'em-down, big, slavering, hysterical beastie that is the England team's hack-pack.
ENGLAND captain John Terry is a major doubt for England's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan on Saturday – meaning Rio Ferdinand could get the chance to lead his country once again.
SVEN-GORAN Eriksson has broken his silence on England's World Cup campaign and insisted that the side were good enough to win the competition.
THE former Scotland international Archie Gemmill, whose piece of individual brilliance set him apart from the remainder of the national side which under-performed at the 1978 World Cup, yesterday offered a comparison between Ally MacLeod's team and the England side of 28 years later.
ENGLAND'S failure to reach the final stages of the World Cup could have cost the UK economy some £200 million, according to research released yesterday.
FIFA has given its ultimate backing to Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo, the match official who sent off Wayne Rooney, by choosing him to take charge of the World Cup final on Sunday.
FIFA's disciplinary officials will begin to consider Wayne Rooney's suspension today.
WAYNE Rooney has insisted he did not mean to stamp on Ricardo Carvalho - but must decide over the next 48 hours if he thinks he can persuade FIFA of his innocence.
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON insists the next England management team will ruin Wayne Rooney if they try to quash his fiery temper.
A TEARFUL David Beckham stood down as England captain following their World Cup exit after five-and-a-half years at the helm. The Real Madrid midfielder announced his decision barely 12 hours after England had been dumped out of the competition on penalties by Portugal.
CRISTIANO Ronaldo is adamant he did not try to get Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney sent off in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final, and insisted yesterday that he "felt sorry" for the England striker.
THE English football team arrived back in Britain yesterday despondent at their failed World Cup campaign and facing the future with a new head coach and captain.
LOSERS more often than not take refuge in defiance and a rather one-eyed view of the causes of their downfall. Given the mind-numbing disappointment that besets the victims, the prejudice is understandable.
ENGLAND can thank their back four and Owen Hargreaves for forcing yesterday's quarter-final into penalties.
A FOOTBALL fan tried selling his role as best man on eBay so he can watch today's England World Cup match against Portugal.