DESPAIR FOR DROGS. RIO TO WATCH ON TV. HOPE FOR SORRY ITALY
It has been a day of despair in World Cup training camps. First came news from Rustenburg that Rio Ferdinand, England’s captain had gone down heavily in a challenge with Emile Heskey. As the story developed online and on twitter it emerged he had damaged his knee and was on his way out of the World Cup. Micahel Dawson is poised to put his wedding anniversary celebration on ice and catch the plane out. Steven Gerrard is being tipped as the latest to don the captain’s armband this year after on and off the field mishaps involving John Terry and now Rio Ferdinand. England remain 1.47 favourites to beat USA on Saturday June 12th.
As the news from the England camp sunk in, word came that Didier Drogba had come off worst in a clash with Japanese defender Marcus Tanaka. An x-ray revealed that Africa’s finest footballer would not be fit to play any part having fractured his elbow. This is a terrible blow for him personally for the Ivory Coast and for the tournament. They still remain though the shortest price of the African Nations to win the world Cup at odds of 34.0.
On a brighter note those who were depressed by Italy’s defeat to Mexico yesterday will take comfort that twice before the Italians have failed to win any of their pre-tournament friendly matches, in 1982 and 2006, the two most recent years in which they have lifted the trophy. 15.0 about the reigning champions might be a bit of value but we had better wait and make sure they do not beat Switzerland on Saturday night at odds of 2.45 before flying down to the Cape.