Originally Posted by rdawson808
Come on people, how did this thread die?
England have Rooney back from his scan. Fit and ready to go.
France lost Cisse in a warm-up match yesterday (Wed). Surgery was required.
Thoughts? Does it change anything?
Yes, Rooney's back, but I wouldn't say he's fit and ready to go - he hasn't played for six weeks, and I imagine his training has been very light. I'd be surprised if he plays in the opening round unless England looses their first game to Paraguay...
Cisse is a big loss for France. Italy has seen a rash of injuries to the defense and midfield, most likely necessitating the inclusion of that brute, Materazzi, in their starting lineup. A number of other teams are pullng up lame as well - Ballack will miss Germany's opener....