I wonder what films they have no board?
England’s World Cup squad have left Heathrow airport as they make their way to South Africa, buoyed by the news of manager Fabio Capello’s new contract.
The team, who left the UK shortly after 2100 BST on Wednesday, arrive at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport on Thursday before heading to Rustenburg.
The newly built multi-million pound Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus will be England’s home during the tournament.
Capello signed a new deal on Wednesday committing him to the role until 2012.
The Italian had been linked with a move to Inter Milan, while Lord Triesman’s recent departure as the Football Association’s chairman was reported to have unsettled him.
But Capello signed an amended deal which removed the break clause allowing either party to end the contract after the World Cup.
England pose for the cameras before leaving for South Africa
The news provided a fresh angle for England fans after the unexpected story of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s omission from the final squad.
The 21-year-old was named in the starting line-up of both of England’s recent friendly victories against Mexico and Japan, but his performances were not enough to convince Capello of a World Cup place.
Former England midfielder Matthew Le Tissier, who was left out of the squad for the 1998 World Cup, said he told Walcott to look to the future.
“I sent him a message yesterday reminding him he can have a nice break and come back stronger next season,” Le Tissier told BBC Radio 5 live. “At his age he’s got another three World Cups to look forward to so he’ll be OK. (BBC Sport)
So they’re off. The wait is over and they are now making their way down to South Africa and one can only hope, if your’re an Englishman, that they do their nation proud.
Clearly Theo and his fellow non-selected members of the original 30 man squad can now sit back and relax in front of their 50 inch plasma screens furiously texting their colleagues cheering them on. Lets be honest the group they are in is damned easy so hopefully they will ease through to the knockout stages and then probably meet Ghana, Australia, Germany or Serbia, all of which would be fairly tricky encounters.
What are your hopes and fears ahead of the big kick-off? Is there a unrelenting feeling that England may choke? Can Fabio reverse 44 years of hurt?