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Expectation Mr Rooney, I’ll give you expectation. Before we’d even put our boots on, the local populace had taken to the street to celebrate our mythical football talents.

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Maradona admits World Cup will get tougher

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted his side will face greater tests after their 2-0 victory over Greece at the Peter Mokaba Stadium made it three wins in succession in Group B.

Argentina power into last-16 after beating Greece

Greece 0 Argentina 2

Messi wants Rooney at Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says that he would love to see England and Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney join at the Camp Nou in the future.

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In the final episode of the first series of Glee last Monday, it was revealed that the bitchy teacher Sue Sylvester was writing a memoir called I'm a Winner, and You're Fat. I'd like to think that it was this sort of acerbic humour that has made this series so compelling, and which changed Chris Martin's mind a few days later and persuaded him to let the TV show use music by his band Coldplay.

Our favourite moments so far: How a dull World Cup sprang to life

James Lawton

The tournament's marvellous opening goal by South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala against Mexico: the perfect party starter. For a little while it seemed that Bafana Bafana would give the tournament what it always needs – the impetus of emotion building around the home team. It turned out, almost certainly, to be an illusion – but a brilliant one.

Irritated by the din of vuvuzelas? Spare a thought for the players...

When Spain paraded the European Championship trophy around Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium, the massed ranks of their supporters began an acapella version of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". Should they repeat the triumph at Soccer City, the only noise audible will be the blare of the vuvuzela, which has overtaken impala as the most famous Zulu word to have entered the English language. Not even Manuel Artesero, or "El Bombo", whose big bass drum has accompanied Spain for 30 years and has the title of the "conductor" of the Roja, will be heard. As for the English trumpet that chimes out the theme to "The Great Escape", it has been overtaken by a different horn.

Time has come for Rooney to deliver

England's ambitions can be judged today against one man's performance – and his ability to thrive on the greatest stage

Tevez promises improvement in Argentina form

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez insists he is fully prepared both mentally and physically for the World Cup.

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