SWEDEN go into their crucial match against Paraguay tonight insisting their World Cup hopes are not being undermined by unrest in the camp.
THERE are advantages to watching an England game in a Spanish flamenco restaurant with the fans of Paraguay.
ROONEYMANIA notwithstanding, England are probably as ready as they will ever be to begin a World Cup campaign here in Frankfurt today which Sven-Goran Eriksson insists will end with the golden trophy in the hands of David Beckham in Berlin on 9 July.
STRIKER Roque Santa Cruz is confident Paraguay will get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start against England - even though he may not play.
PARAGUAY hope to use the long-standing England-Germany rivalry to their advantage when they face Sven-Goran Eriksson's side in their first World Cup Group B match on Saturday. "We have the advantage because the fans will be rooting more for us than for the English," striker Nelson Valdes said yesterday.
STRENGTHS: High hopes in the country that their seventh World Cup, a third in succession, could be the most productive. Confidence is based on their ability to grind out results. Keeper Justo Villar and centre-backs Julio Casceres and captain Carlos Gamarra form a formidable defensive triangle, with a top-class goal plunderer in the form of Roque Santa Cruz up front.