England struggled under pressure says Dempsey

United States striker Clint Dempsey claims England's players seemed "edgy" during their 1-1 draw on Saturday and believes they were struggling to deal with the pressure.

Upson hits back at Beckenbauer

Matthew Upson has warned Franz Beckenbauer that England will adopt the tactics that win the games and ignore his barbed comments about the Three Lions' style of play.

Diary: All Wight on the night

The celebrity old guard was busy anointing its successors at the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend. Fresh from his undignified spat with Sir Patrick Stewart, James Corden found a fan in another ageing knight. Sir Paul McCartney asked the young comic to introduce his slot at the festival, only to find Corden too busy monopolising print and TV World Cup coverage to attend. He recorded a video instead. Elsewhere on the Wight site, our celebrity mole – yes, we have one of those – witnessed Florence Welch's shock at being accosted by Beyonce Knowles, who was keen to inform Flo that she's her biggest fan, and "honoured" to meet her. (Presumably the feeling's mutual.) Finally, Kate Moss flung herself in front of a cameraphone to capture her meeting with Dappy of N-Dubz, who somehow earns himself more mentions in the diary than anyone else. Kate missed the England match to see her favourite hip-hop controversialists play. So she even likes their music.

John Walsh: A film fails if the viewer turns away

I don't know when a mainstream film sparked off so much argument as The Killer Inside Me, the noir thriller by Michael Winterbottom. I've had so many heated conversations about it, my head is spinning. The film, as you must surely have read, features two scenes in which women (played by Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson) are viciously attacked out of the blue by the baby-faced, castrato-voiced, faux -charming cop, played by Casey Affleck, with whom they've become sexually involved. The violence is extremely graphic, relentless, shocking and hard to watch; but should we criticise Winterbottom for the extreme quality of his depiction? If he were depicting an earthquake, wouldn't we applaud him for making it as graphic and bone-rattling as he, and the sophisticated resources of a film studio, can make it? Isn't there a post-feminist case, that the more realistically you portray violence against women, the more you'll show complacent people how disgusting it is?

Carragher: Germany remind me of Liverpool – they never give up

It was probably the biggest compliment Jamie Carragher could pay the Germany team: he compared them to Liverpool, for their unshakeable belief that, whoever they are playing and whatever the odds, they believe that they can win games through sheer force of will.

High-profile England goalkeeper gaffes

As much as we all want to put it behind us, Robert Green's mistake against the United States will be cropping up on the airwaves for years to come.

Carragher hopeful over Terry partnership

Jamie Carragher is ready to partner John Terry at the heart of England's defence in the absence of the injured Ledley King.

England cannot afford more slips says Lampard

Frank Lampard admits it is now "crucial" England overcome Algeria on Friday after Robert Green's blunder derailed their hopes of making a winning start to the World Cup.

Neil Warnock: For once there is no satisfaction at all in being proved right

What I Learnt On Saturday Night: I must admit that I described Robert Green as "anaccident waiting to happen"

Brian Viner: Cock-ups all round as ITV yield early advantage to BBC in broadcasters' battle

View From The Sofa: To miss one goal may be regarded as misfortune; to miss two looks very much like carelessness

Leading article: Poor handling

It is said that victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. In the world of English football, though, a father can often be located for a defeat. "Green wrecks dream start" howled one newspaper yesterday in response to the unfortunate handling error by the England goalkeeper, Robert Green, in the team's opening game in the World Cup against the USA, which gifted the opposition with a goal.

Small Talk: World Cup fever gives Blinkx a chance to shine

The World Cup started on Friday, in case anyone missed it, and the national appetite for the competition has seen every consumer company attempt to jump on the band wagon rolling by. The subsequent deluge of advertising has ranged from the good (Nike and Puma) to the excruciating (pretty much all the others).

James Lawton: History insists winners do not appear in blaze of early glory

England manager learns valuable lessons about his side in uninspiring draw with US

Tim Luckhurst: Hunt's local splash is good news for all

Media Studies: British local newspapers have shed hundreds of journalists and many have abandoned entirely the democratic scrutiny of local councils, courts and businesses
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