The Guardian pundits weigh in on the Three Lions and other stuff

England’s performance in one word
Sean Ingle: Dire.
Barry Glendenning: Unsurprising.
Paul Doyle: Kournikova
Scott Murray:Allymcleod.
Mike Adamson: Wink
James Dart: Inevitable
Rob Smyth: Ikea.
Gemma Clarke: Lame
Georgina Turner: Rudderless
The best player: Fabio Cannavaro, Chris Birchall, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo
The worst player: Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Zeljko Kalac, Nikola Zigic
The best match: Most went for the Germany- Italy match although a few did go in for the Netherlands-Portugal slugfest.
Best quote:
“I find it offensive to see him poncing around with a large cigar in his mouth and acting like a very overweight cheerleader” – Terry Butcher lays into Diego Maradona for no apparent reason.
“My tournament might be over, but I still want that medal around my neck. I told Sven-Goran Eriksson that I would be back out for the World Cup final. I haven’t given up hope of seeing him again on July 9” – exactly how much morphine was Michael Owen given after his knee injury?
“Over the years, there has been a small number of television people and discerning members of the public whose opinions I have listened to. They tell me this is my best World Cup ever” – BBC voice John Motson must be mixing in ever-decreasing circles these days.
“It’s as much a lie that I’m fat as it must be that he drinks a lot” – Ronaldo responds after Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had demanded of the selecao’s coach Carlos Alberto Parreira: “So, what is it? Is he fat or not?”
“I think there’s every chance Wayne Rooney could go back to the Man United training ground and stick one on Cristiano Ronaldo” – Alan Shearer joins in the Portugal-bashing with his wholly objective BBC colleagues.
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