Frown and out
Ed Chamberlin blames a lack of smiles for England's failure - and gives his tips for the quarter-finals.
Last Updated: 30/06/10 12:29pm
From watching Sky Sports News it's clear that England's tame exit from the World Cup has depressed the nation and there is plenty of sadness over here in South Africa as well.
The people here won't miss our team or our football but the England fans have been a huge hit.
It's unanimously agreed that England produced the best atmosphere at the four venues they visited and will be sorely missed. The players let them down and there's no doubt about England's player of the tournament: the fans.
There are many reasons for England's demise, which have dominated the agenda on the World Cup Report this week. One standout explanation for me was the lack of fun and bounce in the squad.
We have been with the Ghana squad this week who have terrible training and hotel facilities compared to England but are having a ball and playing like a team. They let us in to watch training whenever we like. Can you imagine England doing that?
Diego Maradona is bonkers at times but his players clearly love him and are enjoying their football, Kaka is playing with a smile, while David Villa can't contain his excitement.
It can be no coincidence that happiness and relaxation has led to success. How many England players did you see smile before, during or after a game?
Our ante-post bet on the Netherlands at 12/1 is making me smile and the good news is that they have cruised through to the quarter-finals but the bad news is that they now face the mighty Brazil!
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10/3 Netherlands, 11/5 Draw, 10/11 Brazil (Friday, 3pm, Port Elizabeth)
Brazil are looking as brilliant as ever and captured everyone's imagination once again at a World Cup. Should they be odds on though? I don't think so as the Netherlands look solid and I'm sure it will be a very tight game.
Evens Uruguay, 9/4 Draw, 3/1 Ghana (Friday, 7.30pm, Soccer City)
I'll be cheering on Ghana as it would be great for the tournament to have an African country in the semi-final. To think England thought they were under pressure - Ghana have the hopes of an entire continent on their shoulders!
5/4 Argentina, 21/10 Draw, 12/5 Germany (Saturday, 3pm, Cape Town)
I'm hoping to get to this game on Saturday and can't wait! It's a tough match to call as I sense neither side has been properly tested yet and flattered by some of their results. South Africa has fallen in love again with Maradona!
4/9 Spain, 3/1 Draw, 13/2 Paraguay (Saturday, 7.30pm, Ellis Park)
Hard to oppose Spain who look to be getting on a roll again after a slow start.