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Slovenia v England - Build-up LIVE

By: Na 23 Jun 2010 07:59:57

Slovenia v England - Build-up LIVE

Football.co.uk brings you all the build-up to England's must-win World Cup game with Slovenia, kick-off 3pm.

12.15 - England captain Steven Gerrard: "It is a do-or-die situation. It would be an absolute disaster for this group of players to go home after the group stages. The key is to try and live without fear. There is pressure and fear. But the fear of not winning drives you on. We've come here to stay in this tournament to the end." Read Chris Hatherall's latest blog from South Africa on why John Terry's press conference could actually help England today.

11.45 - The venue for Slovenia v England is the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. With a capacity of 46,500, the stadium will host a quarter-final and the third/fourth place play-off. Check out the rest of the South Africa World Cup 2010 Stadia.

11.15 - If England do fail to get out of the group stage then it will be the first time that has happened since 1958 - not something we would have expected after a highly impressive qualifying campaign. But if you still have faith in the Three Lions then why not take advantage of Paddy Power's £20 free bet.

10.45 - IF England do manage to get out of the group then they will come up against either the winner or runner-up from Group D depending on what position they finish in. Germany, Serbia, Ghana and Australia can all still qualify going in to tonight's final games. Check out the Group D Table and Group D Fixtures.

10.15 - Despite England's poor form in recent games, Fabio Capello insists that his team can still reach the World Cup final - read why HERE. However speculation continues that the former Real Madrid boss will be sacked by the FA if England don't get through the group stage.

9.45 - Rumours are beginning to circulate about England's starting XI for today's game.Apparently Capello is set to stick with his 4-4-2 formation, replacing Emile Heskey with Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon with James Milner. Read the views of our man in South Africa in the Chris Hatherall blog.

9.15 - Fabio Capello's formation and tactics have been heavily criticised after disappointing draws with the United States and Algeria - read what a former England and Arsenal defender thinks is going wrong in the Martin Keown Blog.

8.45 - The game is a little over six hours away now - catch up on all the pre-match news with our Slovenia v England Preview. While you're at it why not get up-to-date with everything World Cup related with Tom Littlefield's World Cup Diary - featuring Fernando Torres and France's failure.

8.20 - This is it. England take on Slovenia this afternoon knowing that only a win will be good enough to see them through to the last 16. Well not quite. Check out our Group C Showdown - The Lowdown feature to find out exactly what England, Slovenia, the United States and Algeria need to progress to the knockout round.


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