It's Monday morning and here are your links.
Zonal Marking has a tactical analysis of the England USA game. Of note, how the US formation stopped Ashley Cole from getting forward, which stagnated England and showed how reliant they are on him for width.
England's World Cup already got off to a shaky start, and it gets worse as Ledley King will miss the rest of the tournament. Look forward to seeing lots of Carragher turning slowly, oh so very slowly. David James may be recalled for the next match against Algeria, as a safer pair of hands. The world surely turns when Calamity James is the most reliable keeper in any team. Joe Hart, it seems, will just have to make the most of his South African holiday, maybe do some sightseeing.
Tired of the hearing the incessant droning of the vuvuzelas all weekend? So is the head of South Africa's World Cup Comittee Danny Jordaan . Also noteworthy is Patrice Evra blaming the vuvuzelas are to blame for France's shoddy performance against Uruguay. According to Evra: "We can't sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6 a.m. We can't hear one another out on the pitch because of them,". So, I suppose it's nothing to do with four years of poor form and camp strife.
Wexford hurler and gonzo porn enthusiast Greg Jacob will play for his county's intermediates on Wednesday, says coach Tony Dempsey, despite anonymous "county officers" trying to ban him. We here at ballsdotie salute Greg, and his vivacious attitude to life. Try anything once, that's his motto, even if it is in a caravan with two shifty looking men, a camera and a woman whose road has been well travelled.
This thread on boards.ie has the best Rob Green photoshops England's hatemongers could come up with in twenty four hours. My favourite is this one, although I guess he should really be crashing into Big Ben.
Finally, Jamie Heaslip will miss the rest of Ireland's tour after being banned for five weeks following his red card against the All Blacks. Report here, and here's the video of him kneeing McCaw in the head.