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James Lawton: Germany's perfect plan crushes Diego's dream

Argentina lived Maradona's dream for a few heady weeks here but yesterday they died by it. The new German World Cup contenders, like the ones from the past who won the tournament three times, do not do dreaming. They do planning and the relentless grooming of the best of their youth and now, once again, they loom large as the team who know better than any other on earth how to make the best of themselves at the highest level.

Banks of England: Hart to start as Capello must ring changes

World Cup-winning legend pulls no punches

Klose enjoys century duty to humble Argentina

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Country before club? Why Klose rallies to the cause

The days were sliding away towards the World Cup and the man who may yet become the greatest goalscorer in the tournament's history spent them bathed in sweat and anxiety.

England made it easy for Germany, says Maradona

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Today's bets: Luis Fabiano to win the Golden Boot at 9-2 (Boylesports). Miroslav Klose 31-1 (Betfair)

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A score has been settled with Germany's 4-1 win over England in the last 16 of the World Cup yesterday, according to the German press.

England showed lack of respect says Lahm

Philip Lahm accused England of not paying Germany enough respect and that is why they are heading home following a 4-1 defeat in the last 16 of the World Cup in South Africa.

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