Beer-powered England set up last 16 battle with Germany

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English get Dutch courage from South African booze


As Homer Simpson once said: beer is the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. After 180 minutes of ball-achingly sub-standard football, Englandfinally arrived at the World Cup yesterday with a spirited, although still not very incisive, 1-0 victory over Slovenia.

Rather than taking credit for the win, boss Fabio Capello put England’s success down to his secret weapon… a pre-match pint.

In his post-match interview, Capello told reporters:

“The players were allowed to drink beer before the game. You can ask them. I changed something, I used my imagination. It was free South African beer.”

England’s hops-and-yeast fuelled players now face a clash with Germany in the last 16 after Joachim Lowe’s side secured Group D with a 1-0 win over Ghana. After exploding into the World Cup by trouncing Australia 4-0, a series of defensive lapses have slightly undermined Die Mannschaft’s credentials as potential World Cup winners.

The general consensus among England fans seems to be: Germany – tricky, but beatable. What do you reckon?

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