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England Favorites? Forget It

It's been an exasperating World Cup for English fans so far: their team, one of pre-tournament favorites to win it all on July 9, sit atop Group B with six points, but despite this they haven't looked like comprehensive winners in either of their first two matches, which any British pundit will tell you was against decidedly weak opposition. In fact, it took David Beckham and co. 83 minutes to score against lowly Trinidad & Tobago, an island nation of less than two million people. Steven Gerrard's 90th-minute goal made it a flattering 2-0 victory, but, as The Guardian points out, that won't mask the fact that the mighty British suffered in the heat against "a bunch of players who earn their livings with the likes of Wrexham, Port Vale, Falkirk and LA Galaxy, not to mention San Juan Jabolteh of Trinidad." Forget about being favorites, the article adds "As things stand, it will have been a poor World Cup if [England] make it much further. And all the way is, just now, unthinkable." The silver lining for England will be that Wayne Rooney lasted for 30 minutes, and while he's certainly not match-fit, another run-out against Sweden, coupled with a few more fitness sessions, and he should be ready for the second round.

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