England hope and glory: O'Neill and Sir Alex Ferguson can serve up treat

27 February 2010 04:26
At last, a very English affair of which football can be proud. A contest that will rise above the scandal of recent weeks and deliver something rather more palatable, not to mention more exciting.

In this era of multiculturalism in the Barclays Premier League, the 50th League Cup final will almost feel like a throwback to the days when Martin O'Neill was winning the competition as a player.

It will be two very English teams who collide at Wembley on Sunday; under the guidance of two very British managers in Sir Alex Ferguson and O'Neill.

Hope and glory: Martin O'Neill and Sir Alex Ferguson will guarantee a good final

Eight members of England's squad for the World Cup could be on the field - six for Aston Villa, two for Manchester United - with up to five more British or Irish players alongside them.

O'Neill has built his team on a foundation of English talent; on the pace of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor; the skill and intelligence of James Milner and Stewart Downing; and the determination of Emile Heskey and Stephen Warnock.

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Source: Daily_Mail

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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