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Tim Lovejoy - England can go all the way in South Africa

Published: 03 Dec 2009 - 11:43:41

The World Cup draw is nearly upon us and by Friday night we'll know who England's opponents will be in South Africa next summer.

It's an exciting time. The only downside is having to spend an entire week listening to FIFA president Sepp Blatter using the platform to spout his nonsense. (more on that later)

England should not fear anybody in the draw. We should believe we're capable of beating anyone and go with confidence high. Barring injuries, there's no reason why England can't go all the way.

Fabio Capello has probably got 90 per cent of his squad set in stone. There's still time for a striker or two to make an impression, however, and it will interesting to see who starts firing over the next few months.

As for David Beckham, any debate over his selection is ridiculous. Beckham has to go. Not only is he a player capable of changing games, but he also has an immense amount of experience to pass onto his England team-mates. He will play a key role in the dressing room.

A lot of players would have faded away after resigning the captaincy, but Beckham has earned my utmost respect for the way he's responded and forced his way back into contention.

Another key man for England is Joe Cole. Fabio Capello will be crossing his fingers that Joe stays fit and is firing on all cylinders in June. He has the ability to unlock defences and gives England vital attacking options.

BLATTER BABBLINGS

Going back to Mr Blatter, it amazes me how often he changes his mind about things. All this talk about extra officials and this week he confirmed there will only be three on-field officials during the World Cup.

It's the wrong decision in my opinion. Extra officials are the way forward. What the game needs is human interpretation, and having five men monitoring the game would help avoid alot of unnecessary controversy.

As for video tchnology, why don't they just try it once and for all in a few reserve team matches and we'd know once and for all if it worked!

I would like to see some power taken away from referees. Too many of them are ego-driven and it makes more sense to spread the power across a team of five. That way you might avoid seeing so many smug, smiling referees all over our television screens.

DROG THE GOD

There's been a lot of talk this week about Didier Drogba's red-hot form. Some believe he's the best striker on the planet right now and I absolutely agree.

He's banging in the goals and scoring some absolute crackers for Chelsea, and he must be a defender's nightmare. He's so strong and quick. A real handful.

When he first came to Chelsea, Drogba was guilty of some Oscar-winning play-acting, but he's cleaned up his act this year and toughened up. He's on his way to joining the ranks of Chelsea legends.

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DSG


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FOOTBALL.CO.UK BLOGGER:tim lovejoy
Tim Lovejoy rose to fame as the genial co-host of Soccer AM, deploying his sharp wit and extensive football knowledge alongside Helen Chamberlain when the show launched in 1996. A Saturday audience of millions tuned in, and Lovejoy fast became a household name. After leaving Sky in 2007, Lovejoy is now a regular presenter at BBC Radio 5 Live, and co-hosts the popular Friday night show, ‘Murray and Lovejoy’s Sports Express’ with Colin Murray. He can also be found hosting BBC Two's Sunday magazine show, 'Something for the Weekend'.

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