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Reticent Capello keeps his goalkeepers on their toes

Fabio Capello plans to wait until the 11th hour again before informing Robert Green and Joe Hart who will be England's goalkeeper in their second World Cup match against Algeria on Friday.

Capello's reticence in naming a first-choice goalkeeper and in informing his players of the team only two hours before kick-off has been blamed in some quarters for Green's costly error as his team drew 1-1 in their opening match against the United States, with Peter Shilton, who won 125 caps as England goalkeeper, expressing concerns about the "continuing lack of clarity" over the position.

Despite criticism, though, Capello has no plans to rethink his selection policy. Sources indicated that he will not change on the basis of Green's mistake on Saturday, in which he believes the controversial adidas Jabulani ball was a more significant factor than the West Ham United goalkeeper's state of mind.

Meanwhile, Tottenham star Michael Dawson saw at first hand that any fines incurred by his clubmates are being put to good use in South Africa.

Were it not for the Premier League players being fined, the small group of children from families ravaged by Aids and violence -- or both -- would likely not be living in a $90,000 bungalow in suburban Rustenburg.

"When you come here and see this, it's fantastic that the lads were late," Dawson said after visiting the house funded by his Spurs team-mates for the first time. "If the players come down and see this they won't mind getting fined."



Mexican warriors eager to gatecrash France's party

After ruining South Africa's opening party plans, Mexico take on an unsteady France side tomorrow eager to highlight their growing reputation as World Cup gatecrashers.

France's household names hold no fears for a side who upset champions Italy 2-1 in a warm-up game before holding the hosts to a 1-1 draw in their first Group A match.

"At the end of the day, we're not playing against their stars, we're playing 11 against 11," Mexico midfielder Gerardo Torrado said before facing the likes of Franck Ribery and Thierry Henry. "We have to be warriors."

The intriguing fixture in the northern city of Polokwane looks a lot tighter than the sides' contrasting pedigrees suggest and France, who looked harmless in their 0-0 draw with Uruguay, can expect a fierce challenge from coach Javier Aguirre's men.

"They're an excellent side who can give any team a hard time," France coach Raymond Domenech said of Mexico. "I watched them against Italy and I was impressed. You must make sure they don't get too much possession, otherwise you're in trouble."

Mexico's defensive stalwart Rafael Marquez, who plays for Barcelona, said: "We can't put our trust in the fact that it has been a long time since they scored. They're maybe not in the kind of form that we're used to seeing them in but that can change in an instant," he added.



Buffon fears his Cup is over

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who injured his back while warming up for his team's opening World Cup encounter against Paraguay last Monday, may miss the rest of the World Cup because of a problem with his sciatic nerve.

Despite claiming yesterday that he would return in "two days", Buffon has since claimed: "I'm worried about my World Cup."



Fans and penguins perish!

IT'S not just World Cup fans that are feeling the cold snap in South Africa at present, as it was revealed that 500 penguins have perished in the wintry conditions. The cold weather also brought snow in parts of the country as temperatures fell below zero.


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