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World Cup qualifiers as they happened


Belarus 1-3 England REPORT
Germany 1-0 Wales REPORT
N Ireland 4-0 San Marino REPORT
Rep of Ire 1-0 Cyprus REPORT


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2155: I'm going to leave you now, sorry, but don't forget to read all the reports from tonight's games - they're really rather good. I've had a cracking evening and congrats to England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland for important wins. Commiserations to Wales, but there's a long way to go yet - and a note of thanks on my part to my colleague Chris Bevan, a constant source of entertainment and updates all night long.

Join Tim Lovejoy on BBC Radio 5 Live for 606 right now and on Saturday, Fletch will be in this very seat to welcome you back to the world of the Premier League. I'm off for a couple of weeks. Enjoy.

2147: "Very good performance from Wales and not the German walkover that some were expecting. Took a good goal to beat the boyos and they can leave Germany knowing they had to make the Germans work very hard for that win."
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2144: Full-time Republic of Ireland 1-0 Cyprus

2143: "Germany's quality showed in the end but most of their chances were from long-range, and even their goal was a shot from distance. Wales' goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was brilliant tonight but if Craig Bellamy had taken his chance it could have been a different story."
BBC Sport football pundit Alan Shearer

2141: "Stevo - judging by some of the comments tonight England just can't 'win'!"
Keith, NI, via text on 81111

2138: Full-time Germany 1-0 Wales
A great effort by Wales in Moenchengladbach but John Toshack's men will leave Germany empty-handed thanks to Piotr Trochowski's 72nd-minute winner. Wales defended deep for most of the game but they had their chances too - notably to Craig Bellamy and Chris Gunter - and they will feel they did enough for a point.

2137: Full-time N Ireland 4-0 San Marino
Job done at Windsor Park and three important points for Nigel Worthington's men in the bag, as well as some goals shared around. There are bigger tests to come, but you can only beat what's in front of you.

2136: Wales are running out of time in Germany and, as they push forward, they are leaving bigger and bigger gaps at the back. They cannot get the ball off the home side at the moment but they will have three minutes of injury time to try to conjure up an equaliser.

2135: "Four from four is good, but it's not as good as it looks on paper. I'd be intrigued to see England against a bigger team."
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Well, if that isn't one of the most ridiculous sentences I've ever read in my life, I don't know what is. Have a word with yourself, sunshine.

2133: It's time for Player Rater chat, so here's the one and only Danny the Stat: "Some decent marks for the England boys but double goalscorer Wayne Rooney is quite rightly leading the way on Player Rater with 7.95. And Emile Heskey knockers take note - the big man is second with a 7.47. Don't like what you're reading? Get involved."
England Player Rater

2131: "They are a really good footballing team, Belarus, play a little like Arsenal, so it was great to get the three points. I owe my goals to Emile Heskey and Steven Gerrard, but I'm just so pleased to win the game."
England striker Wayne Rooney

2129: "(See 2124) There is one other record Capello broke: he's the only England manager to have once scored against England."
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2127: A real chance for a Wales equaliser comes and goes. Craig Bellamy does well down the left and gets the ball across to Chris Gunter inside the area but, with the goal gaping and goalkeeper Rene Adler well out of position, he fails to connect properly and his shot is blocked. Wales are pressing forward with purpose at the moment though.

2126: "Let's calm down. We were lucky with Croatia and we played poorly against Kazak. We should be destroying this lot if we think we're good enough to get among the big boys."
Stuart, Brighton, via text on 81111

Lucky? Rubbish. Poor? Rubbish. Also, what, like Spain are destroying Belgium? Like Italy are destroying Montenegro? Like Germany are destroying Wales? Ludicrous.

2124: So, apart from being England's first Italian manager, that's the first record Fabio Capello has broken - it's the best start to a World Cup qualifying campaign in England's history, after four wins on the bounce.

2123: Full-time Belarus 1-3 England

2121: Germany go very close to making it 2-0. Michael Ballack steps up to take a free-kick right on the edge of the Wales penalty area and bends the ball over the wall and past Wayne Hennessey - only to see it come back off the post. Unlucky. Ched Evans and Carl Robinson come on for the Welsh.

2120: GOAL N Ireland 4-0 San Marino
Steven Davis cheekily flicks in a fourth at the near post after a Kyle Lafferty cut back.

2118: Alex Hleb's brother Vyacheslav comes on for Belarus. You have to feel sorry for Wales. David Edwards will have twisted blood after that goal.

2116: GOAL Germany 1-0 Wales
Germany's pressure finally tells in Moenchengladbach. A quickly-taken corner sees the ball fed to Piotr Trochowski on the left-hand corner of the box and he twists past David Edwards before firing a rocket of a shot past Wayne Hennessey and into the top corner of the net. That's his first goal for his country too.

2115: Wayne Rooney, perhaps one of the in-form footballers in the world, is taken off and replaced by David Beckham, winning his 107th cap.

2114: Steven Gerrard, how many chances do you get to score for England? He is gifted possession 30 yards out, skips past one challenge and does the keeper with a little shimmy, but instead of rolling in with his left foot, he clips it with the outside of his right foot and it hits the post. Careless, but I think we can forgive him?

2113: "The start to this campaign is evidence to show that England do have the players to compete against the other big nations."
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2110: Mauro Marani was sent off for striking Michael O'Connor in the face at Windsor Park. Naughty boy.

2108: Croatia, by the way, have beaten Andorra 4-0 tonight. But make no mistake, this is England's group to lose now.

2107: SENDING OFF (Mauro Marani, San Marino)
Don't think it'll make much difference to the result, but the San Marino left-back is dismissed for lashing out at Windsor Park.

2106: Germany are getting the ball out wide now and threatening with some dangerous crosses into the box. Piotr Trochowski miscues in front of goal with their first chance before a superb last-ditch tackle by James Collins rescues Wales soon after. It is raining cats and dogs in Moenchengladbach by the way.

2105: "'Are you England in disguise?' rings around Windsor Park."
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Nice, but not tonight they're not mate.

2102: GOAL Belarus 1-3 England
That, quite simply, is magnificent. I mean, just sublime. The ball is played infield about 35 yards out, Wayne Rooney dummies it and makes a run towards the box. Steven Gerrard finds him, Rooney brilliantly dribbles past one tackle and clips the ball high into the net from eight yards. Fabulous goal. World-class.

2101: A great chance for Wales sees David Edwards flick on a long clearance for Craig Bellamy but Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler pushes away his drilled shot at his near post. Replays show Bellamy might have had more joy if he had gone for the opposite corner.

2059: GOAL N Ireland 3-0 San Marino
It's three and easy for the hosts, David Healy's 25-yard shot is parried by Federico Valentini into the path of Kyle Lafferty, who slots into the empty net.

2058: Give that man a standing ovation. Emile Heskey is taken off after a terrific 70-minute shift. The equally problematic (for defenders, anyway) Peter Crouch is his tall replacement.

2058: The game is opening up in Moenchengladbach and Wales are getting forward too - Craig Bellamy does well down the left but his teasing low cross just evades the onrushing Simon Davies, who is covering a lot of ground tonight.

2056: England bring off Theo Walcott and Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on. The Arsenal kid gives the travelling support a good hand before he runs off.

2056: A decent chance for Germany sees Bastian Schweinsteiger find Lukas Podolski with a searching long pass and the Bayern Munich striker takes the ball down superbly too before feeding Piotr Trochowski, only for his shot to be blocked by James Collins.

2055: Anton Putilo is replaced by Vitali Rodionov for Belarus.

2053: The resident Welshman in our office says he will buy everyone biscuits if they secure a draw in Germany, but will raise it to ice creams if, somehow, John Toshack's men win. I'm licking my lips in anticipation. Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland kick-off their second half.

2052: Two little bits of info, for those who might be bothered: Luka Modric puts Croatia 3-0 up against Andorra, while Iceland have beaten Macedonia 1-0 in Scotland's group.

2051: "Am I the only one who wants for nothing more than Emile to bag himself a goal now and for that DJ celebration of his from the 5-1 thrashing of Germany to once again entertain us..!?"
Anonymous, via text on 81111

2050: Northern Ireland will be hunting goals, goals, goals as they get back under way at Windsor Park.

2049: Germany coach Joachim Low has made a change ahead of the start of the second half. Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrick Helmes is on for Miroslav Klose.

2047: Great cross from the right sent over by Belarus and Aleksandr Kulchy makes a top-class run, but Wes Brown leaves nothing to chance and clears everything out - player and ball, good bit of old-fashioned defending, that.

2046: "Anyone who can't see Heskey's worth to the team doesn't understand the idea of balance. England need to play with a strong centre-forward who plays with his back to goal in order to get the most out of Rooney."
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2041: It is half-time at Croke Park and there are now worries over Robbie Keane, who has apparently been taken off at the break after going down under a heavy challenge. Again, we'll bring you more on that when we get it.

2038: GOAL Belarus 1-2 England
Emile Heskey batters his way down the left in his usual uncompromising style, and he keeps his composure brilliantly to roll the ball along the six-yard box for Wayne Rooney to open up his body and slot into the far corner.

2037: "I don't think the first-half could have gone any better for Wales. They have got a good shape that has restricted Germany and not allowed them into any wide areas. John Toshack's side are very disciplined and well organised and it is so far, so good, for them."
BBC Sport football pundit Mark Lawrenson

2035: More Player Rater chat from Danny the Stat: "Michael Ballack is the top man for Germany with a creditable 7.40. But take a bow Craig "7.44" Morgan - the multi-millionaire Chelsea superstar midfielder has been thoroughly outshone by you. You."
Player Rater

2034: Back under way in Minsk. Game on for England.

2034: Half-time N Ireland 2-0 San Marino
Easy for N Ireland. Now a matter of how many they can score.

2033: Half-time Germany 0-0 Wales
Wales' three central defenders - James Collins, Craig Morgan and Ashley Williams - have had a magnificent first half and helped keep Germany quiet in the first 45 minutes. John Toshack's men drew 0-0 on their last visit here 11 months ago and they are halfway to repeating that feat and picking up what would be a vital point in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

2031: Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey is called into action for the first time as Germany finally find a way through the visitors' defence. Michael Ballack does brilliantly to create space for a shot on the edge of the area but his low effort is expertly pushed away by the young Wolves shot-stopper, who is up quickly to collect the loose ball too.

2029: GOAL N Ireland 2-0 San Marino
Lovely goal from the home team, David Healy laying the ball off on the edge of the area and Grant McCann rifling a 20-yard piledriver into the far corner of the net. Super strike, lovely goal.

2029: Panic stations for Liverpool fans - Fernando Torres was taken off after 16 minutes of their qualifier against Belgium tonight before being replaced by Cesc Fabregas. It is reportedly just a tweak, we'll let you know more as and when we get it.

2027: "I think we can go on and win this now. We got outplayed in the midfield in the first 30 minutes but have now settled. Shocking defending for their equaliser. Come on England!"
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2024: Germany have upped the ante since Craig Bellamy went close for Wales and their coach Joachim Low - who is wearing one of his natty scarves tonight - is out in his techical area, urging them to keep pushing forward. Bastian Schweinsteiger takes heed and makes ground to the edge of the area before drilling a fierce shot just over.

2023: It's half-time in Belarus, so Danny the Stat makes his first appearance on the scene: "Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard - you boys are taking one hell of a beating. Belarus's Pavel Sitko is king of the Player Rater right now with a seven-busting 7.70. Well done Sitters - but don't celebrate too wildly. It can all change you know..."
England Player Rater

2019: Wales' best effort so far sees Craig Bellamy burst into the box and send a shot flashing across the face of goal from a narrow angle. A lot better than his previous attempt on goal tonight, and an encouraging sign for Wales that they can threaten with their 5-4-1 formation and not just defend for 90 minutes.

2018: Half-time Belarus 1-1 England

2017: GOAL N Ireland 1-0 San Marino
Finally Northern Ireland's pressing pays off, and after one shot is blocked San Marino cannot clear the ball, it falling for David Healy to fire the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Federico Valentini.

2017: "From what I see in the Wales game at the moment, they could have a great team in the future."
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2015: Italy had taken an early lead against Montenegro through the exceptionally-talented Alberto Aquilani, but Mirko Vucinic has levelled for the team ranked 117th in the world.

2013: Northern Ireland are pressing but failing to carve out clear openings. San Marino, as expected, are sitting deep and offering nothing in attack.

2013: "There are some early signs of frustration from the Germany fans - they are moaning and groaning a bit because things aren't going their way at the moment - Wales are defending well."
BBC Sport football pundit Mark Bright in Moenchengladbach

2012: You know that Bobby Moore tackle? Well, Egor Filipenko does his best impression of the England legend, taking the ball off Theo Walcott when it looked like the young winger was through. Blinding.

2010: In Oslo (and in Scotland's group), Netherlands have beaten Norway 1-0 thanks to Mark van Bommel's goal.

2010: "Wayne Bridge should start looking for a job as a store detective, he's been all over the shop so far."
Mark from Barrow, via text on 81111

2008: Miroslav Klose heads over for Germany from a free-kick, while Frank Lampard hits one from 30 yards that Yury Zhaunou handles comfortably.

2007: Wales have their first effort on goal, after 17 minutes, but it is not exactly a near-miss. Craig Bellamy runs toward the edge of the area as John Toshack's team, at last, break with purpose but the West Ham striker slices his shot embarrassingly wide. At least Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler will get to touch the ball with his his goal-kick though.

2005: Note for the boo-boys: England are missing Ashley Cole, big time. Wayne Rooney waits, imploringly, for Wayne Bridge to get up in support down the left, but by the time he gets there, the chance has almost gone. From a cross, Emile Heskey heads wide.

2004: "How does Wayne Hennessey get in over Boaz Myhill - it makes no sense."
Marc from Cardiff, via text on 81111

2003: "Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson are looking completely out of their depth, as evidenced by the goal. Don't know why Woodgate wasn't selected but hey, Fabio's done alright so far."
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2001: Michael Ballack gets his first sight of goal on the edge of the area but his fierce shot is brilliantly blocked by Wales defender James Collins, who has started well at the back despite his lack of recent match action. The home crowd are trying to get Germany going but Wales are soaking up the pressure pretty well so far.

1959: GOAL Belarus 1-1 England
It was coming, and they deserve it. Ihar Stasevich is played into some space on the right-hand side of the penalty area and he dummies a cross, fooling Wayne Bridge, before chipping to the far post where Pavel Sitko stoops to head in a leveller. Theo Walcott, who might have been marking him, was nowhere to be seen.

1957: Fabulous play from Emile Heskey as he battles his way down the left and sends over a terrific cross to the back stick that Wayne Rooney, under pressure, heads wide.

1956: GOAL Rep of Ire 1-0 Cyprus
With less than five minutes on the clock the country's record goalscorer Robbie Keane does the business to ease Irish nerves at Croke Park.

1955: Belarus are playing some lovely stuff, especially the number 13, Vitaly Kutuzov, who jogs in the manner of a certain Matthew le Tissier, a few years back. You know, where every single yard is made to look like hard work.

1954: Michael O'Connor, making his first NI start, misses a chance for his first goal when he heads over from eight yards. Should have done better.

1953: As expected, Germany are on top against Wales in the early stages in Moenchengladbach. The home side have not found a way through John Toshack's massed defence yet but Wales cannot keep hold of the ball and it is all one-way traffic at the moment.

1952: Anton Putilo, you are a lucky boy to still be on the pitch. The Belarussian goes in with studs showing and catches Frank Lampard on the shin, it looks a painful one and he is booked, though it could have even been red.

1951: "Shouldn't N Ireland be 2-0 up by now? Belarus look too good for my liking. I'm very nervous."
Anthony, Barnet, via text on 81111

1949: David James fumbles another shot, this time from Pavel Sitko, but again he gets away with it. A very, very nervy start from the big keeper. Meanwhile, Rep of Ireland are under way at Croke Park.

1948: Germany and Wales get started in Moenchengladbach.

1947: Northern Ireland get their match with San Marino under way at Windsor Park.

1945: Dmitry Molosh causes David James problems with another speculative long-range shot, the Pompey keeper fumbling the ball twice before eventually picking it up. At the other end, Steven Gerrard fires wide from 25 yards after drifting in off the left flank once again.

1942: GOAL Belarus 0-1 England
Wayne Rooney wins the ball 30 yards out in a tussle with a Belarus defender and the ball breaks to Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain promptly passes the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of Yury Zhaunou's net, a splendid finish and one that will leave the critics reeling.

1939: Wayne Rooney is absolutely furious as he tries to latch on to a dangerous Theo Walcott cross from the right, he thinks he has been impeded, it's difficult to tell from the replay and the referee waves play on.

1938: Northern Ireland v San Marino line-ups
Northern Ireland:
Taylor, Baird, Hughes, McAuley, McCartney, Gillespie, Davis, O'Connor, McCann, Healy, Lafferty.
Subs: McGivern, Mannus, Gault, Feeney, Shiels, Paterson, Thompson.
San Marino: Federico Valentini, Carlo Valentini, Mauro Marani, Albani, Della Valle, Bacciocchi, Bonini, Michele Marani, Manuel Marani, Selva, Vannucci.
Subs: Simonlini, Matteo Vitaioli, Fabio Vitaioli, Valli, Nanni, Cibelli, Andreini.
Referee: Petteri Kari (Finland).

1936: Dmitry Molosh hits an ambitious 35-yard free-kick with his left foot, but David James gets his hulking figure behind the ball and gathers comfortably.

1935: In England's group, Croatia have taken an early lead against Andorra, thanks to Ivan Rakitic.

1933: It's a 4-4-2 for England, with Gerrard on the left and Rooney playing closer to Heskey. Thank goodness for that.

1931: We are under way in the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.

1927: "Could someone shed some light why Alexander Hleb isn't playing for Belarus?"
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He's injured mate, it's an ankle problem picked up on Barcelona duty in September.

1924: Belarus v England line-ups
Zhevnov, Verkhovtsov, Filipenko, Omelyanchuk, Molosh, Kulchy, Sitko, Putsilo, Stasevich, Kutuzov, Bulyga.
Subs: Veremko, Korytko, Strakhanovich, Viacheslav Hleb, Rodionov, Pavlov, Sosnovskiy.
England: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, Bridge, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott, Rooney, Heskey.
Subs: Carson, Johnson, Lescott, Beckham, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Crouch.
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway).

1922: "Anyone who thinks Rooney is the best player we have is a joke. Becks still is the best we have, Fabio should have started him. I imagine he will come on and save us as he usually does, didn't he save us Saturday? I rest my case."
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Let me tell you my friend, Wayne Rooney is the only player in this current England squad who is capable, one day, of greatness.

1919: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni puts his faith in young Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson and Stoke's Glenn Whelan as they prepare to face Cyprus. Damien Duff starts on the left, with Paul McShane filling in for the injured Steve Finnan.

1914: Germany v Wales line-ups
Germany: Adler, Friedrich, Westermann, Mertesacker, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Ballack, Hitzlsperger, Trochowski, Podolski, Klose.
Subs: Wiese, Fritz, Tasci, Rolfes, Frings, Helmes, Gomez.
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Bale, Morgan, Collins, Williams, Davies, Koumas, Fletcher, Edwards, Bellamy.
Subs: Myhill, Ricketts, Cotterill, Nyatanga, Vaughan, Evans, Robinson.
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (France).

1912: In case you hadn't heard, if England win tonight they will make it their best start to a World Cup qualifying campaign in history. Never before has an England team won their first four qualifiers. Fabio, over to you.

1909: "Thanks for the vote of confidence Stevo! Not competitive then? 1-1 I reckon."
Leon, Wales fan, via text on 81111

1906: Northern Ireland make an enforced change for the Windsor Park qualifier against San Marino. Jonny Evans is suspended so Chris Baird drops back into the defence, with Crewe midfielder Michael O'Connor coming in for his first start.

1905: So, James Collins comes into a five-man Wales defence for his first game since December 2007 after a cruciate knee operation and Gareth Bale is also fit to play at left-back as Wales switch to a 5-4-1 formation in Moenchengladbach with Craig Bellamy on his own up front.

1903: "As a Liverpool fan, if Capello was forced to pick between Gerrard and Lampard, I have to admit that he should choose Lampard. Lampard is in better form and he has been playing consistently for England recently."
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1900: Stevo's Predos:
Belarus 1-2 England
Germany 3-0 Wales
N Ireland 3-1 San Marino
Rep of Ire 2-0 Cyprus

1858: Wales team: Hennessey, Gunter, Bale, Morgan, Collins, Williams, Davies, Bellamy, Koumas, Fletcher, Edwards.

1856: "I'd like to see Ashley Young in the England squad. He has pace, skill, and he can cross the ball brilliantly. Take out Gerrard and put Young on the left."
Ben, via text on 81111

1854: Some news from earlier involving teams crucial to our boys' progress, with Russia going above Wales after a 3-0 win at home to Finland, while in Northern Ireland's group, Czech Republic saw off Slovenia 1-0 - the Czechs' first win of a surprisingly sloppy start to their qualifying campaign.

1850: Northern Ireland, meanwhile, have what looks like a gimme, taking on San Marino as they do at Windsor Park. But don't forget, they have been rocked by the sacking of chief executive Howard Wells, so may it be difficult for the players to focus? Have stranger things happened in international football?

1847: "Cyprus to cause an upset in Ireland, 2-0. You heard it here first!"
Panayiotis, the Cypriot from Gillingham, Kent, via text on 81111

1845: There is some speculation that Fabio Capello will line England up in a 4-4-2 formation today, not the 4-3-3 that failed in the first half against Kazakhstan. Steven Gerrard may be deployed on the left, so if he plays badly, at least he's got an excuse.

1841: "End of speculation, Gerrard plays. He's too good a player not to be in the squad/first 11."
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Well, he is a very good player. But he's becoming one of the latest in an illustrious line of Liverpool players who fail to repeat their best form for England. I'm thinking John Barnes and Steve McManaman, principally. He was badly outshone by Frank Lampard at Wembley on Saturday.

1837: Early Wales team chat: Defender James Collins is to make his first start for 10 months after a serious knee injury, while Germany captain Michael Ballack is set to play after recovering from a calf injury.

1835: England team: James, Brown, Bridge, Ferdinand, Upson, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Walcott, Rooney, Heskey.

1834: In other words, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland have all got really important qualifiers today and if they play really well and win and stuff it'd be proper brilliant. Whatever your nationality, please get yourself involved. Wherever you're from, your country needs you. Texts on 81111, join the 606 debate, and most of all, have fun, OK?
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1830: Sometimes in sport, as in life, you have to stand up and be counted. You have to face adversity, and master it. Laugh in the face of those who say it cannot be done. When there is a place at the World Cup at stake, you must leave everything you have out there on that pitch. Knowing, deep down, that there is no greater reward. Tonight, destiny awaits.

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