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Rupert Wyman 19th Nov 2008 - 23:30

Lions show pride in rare opportunity

An under-strength England put in a magnificent performance against Germany in Berlin.

Fabio Capello was missing the vast majority of his first choice line-up due to 'injuries', but now, the big name players may find they have a fight on their hands to get back into the side.

And how fitting it would be, if the players who actually want to wear the shirt, were to keep their places over those who find it an inconvenience to represent their country, rather than an honour.

Impressive performances were in evidence all over the park against the Euro 2008 runners-up, and the second best side in the world (according to the FIFA rankings at least).

Stewart Downing, for one, put in his most accomplished performance yet in an England shirt.

The 2-1 victory meant it is now five consecutive victories for England. Dare we dream of World Cup success in South Africa in 2010?

Despite the win England are remain unchanged at 9/1 for World Cup glory.

England currently are top of their qualifying group and can be backed at 2/9 to win the group.

Next up for Capello and his men is Slovakia in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday 28 March, followed four days later by a qualifier at home to Ukraine. It will certainly be interesting to see who the Italian picks; 'injuries' permitting of course!


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