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Ian Herbert: Pearce must face the curse of great expectations

After Barrygate, prepare for Harrygate. Such is the feverish expectation of England's tournament football success that Gareth Barry's ankle became as much of a hot topic two summers ago as the fractured metatarsals of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney had in previous campaigns. "Barry preying on Fabio's mind" ran one headline at the time. "Not a prayer without crocked Barry" was another.

Bayern furious with Holland over Robben injury

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has stoked the fire once more after he claimed Netherlands physiotherapist Dick van Toorn needs glasses for failing to spot Arjen Robben's thigh injury during the World Cup.

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Farewell Forlan, the reborn star who tamed the Jabulani

T-shirts have been on sale in Cape Town (and probably in Accra as well) to those wishing to support "anyone but Uruguay". Luis Suarez's handling offence in the last minute of the tie against Ghana rendered the South Americans unpopular semi-finalists, when the whole of Africa and much of the world beyond, was desperate to see a team from that continent among the World Cup's last four for the first time.