The French team is in disarray, a bunch of millionaire tosspots refusing now to train to add farce and heaven knows what else to the disgrace of Nicolas Anelka and his yobbish verbal assault on the admittedly hopeless Raymond Domenech.
England may not quite be in similar disarray, though question marks are being raised about commitment and squad solidarity. Darren Bent – as has been said here more than once – is best out of it, though it’s clear his presence could hardly have failed to equal if not improve on two games, one goal (not from a striker).
But at least Paraguay, our Paraguay that is (not the Paraguay of past rulers we would consign with Anelka to some far-off, inclement and pest-ridden island), continue to do us proud.
One cheer for the red and white stripes. Another for Paulo da Silva. And a third, and fourth, for Cristian Riveros, scorer of the second goal (with a PDS assist) in today’s 2-0 win over Slovakia.
As our own contributors have put it:
Luke Harvey: Not sure when a Sunderland player last scored a World Cup finals goal, but I was glad to see this one! (Even if said player probably hasn’t seen the city of Sunderland yet.)
Nice finish as well, a midfielder who can hit a ball sweetly and score a goal is ideal for us.
Bill Taylor: A goal laid on by another Sunderland player. Gotta love it.
For the record, Riveros was – wiith Vera – joint man of the match for the French football site football.fr and PDS, not so far behind, also received generous praise.
Vamos Sunderland, ha’way Paraguay.