'Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?' Well, sons Romeo and Brooklyn and wife Victoria were in their Club Section box in the new Wembley to see dad David make his first appearance in the England jersey for almost a year and be the catalyst and star of a goal in the 68th minute that was a thing of beauty. He placed it on the expensive head of new captain John Terry to open the scoring against Brazil, a fitting opponent for the first international match for 7 years at the stadium. Becks and Owen got the biggest cheers as their names were announced, but it was sad to hear the boos for Frank Lampard.
If you had followed racing, earlier in the day John Terry, a 3 year old Irish gelding (ouch!) had run in the 2.45pm Vodafone Rosebowl Handicap at Epsom Downs, a few hours before the two legged non-gelded Chelsea star led his team out. The horse placed 5th after being 'slow getting into its stride' . Brazil, and in particularly Ronaldinho and Kaka were sublime in the first half with lots of elegant play ,but in the second half were as subdued as a caffeine free bottle of GUARANA, my favourite drink down Rio way.
Diego spoiled the party by scoring the equalizer 2 minutes into added time to make the final score 1-1. So, England go off to Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia on Wednesday for a 'Must Win' match without the suspended Wayne Rooney. New player Nicky Shorey of Reading F C, getting his first cap, fitted in splendidly in defence and gets married the next day, but Ledley King was a bit of a nightmare. Up front Michael Owen was subdued and Alan Smith couldn't cut the mustard but didn't get a card. My first thought was whether he would last as long as the Brazilian National Anthem with his disciplinery record. Peter Crouch will probably start instead of him on Wednesday.
I spend a few hours at Elland Rd earlier in the day along with about 2 dozen media types from Sky Sports, the BBC, Yorkshire Post as the Leeds United F C saga rolls on. At the end of the day Ken Bates managed to get 75.02% of the votes at the creditors meeting, which resulted in a recount next Monday morning. At Billy's Bar inside the South Stand the sign said no credit cards accepted today, and at the Leeds United Shop on the corner of the stadium, opposite the Billy Bremner Statue, jerseys were on sale from £5.00, and again 'cash only'. By about 2.00pm the security guards on the newly painted gates had vanished as cash was in short supply. The Yorkshire Water Board still had faith, as the sprinklers on the pitch were working. We spotted Ken Bates strolling on the grass, possibly deciding upon which penalty area his ashes would eventually be scattered on, or if the worse comes to happen, which crossbar they will hang, draw and quarter him. There was an old man with a limp leg and verbal dirrhea trying to hand out information to the press corps, but I told him I was from Al Jazzera and if it wasn't in Arabic I wasn't interested.
We enjoyed the splendid cuisine of the Elland Road Sandwich Shop opposite the main gates; pie, chips, vegetables and gravy with a cup of tea for £3.50 (dream on Wembley fans) 'Under new Mangement' the sign said. The owner confessed in an exclusive to me that it had been hanging there for 2 years, to attract custom from Subway next door. The cafe closed at 2.00pm with the aluminium tables and chairs left outside at the mercy of the Sky Sport Crew. The sign may have to be loaned across the road come Monday afternoon.