World Cup rumours swirl around Gerrard and Terry
Sunday tabloids expected to unleash flood of gossip surrounding supposedly poor relationship between Steven Gerrard and John Terry
Football fans still bemused by England's inexplicably poor showing in the World Cup are waiting with bated breath for the weekend, when the first Sunday papers since the team's lacklustre exit from the tournament are published.
And the Sunday tabloids are expected to pull no punches in their assessment of what went wrong for the so-called Golden Generation.
Rumours abound that when John Terry told the press he and his teammates were planning a 'clear the air' meeting with Fabio Capello following the 0-0 draw with Algeria in their second World Cup group match, his problem was not with the England coach, as many newspapers assumed, but the man who succeeded him as team captain, Steven Gerrard, who himself has been at the centre of considerable gossip on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
It is thought Terry was still upset over losing the England captaincy after revelations of his affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of fellow England player Wayne Bridge, were made public.
Reports are already suggesting it was the poisonous relationship between Terry and Gerrard that was at the root of England's poor performances, with teammates also choosing sides. This Sunday, more details of the reason for their falling out may emerge.
Meanwhile, William Hill has reported a surge of bets being taken on Ashley Cole being the most unpopular person in Britain. Quite how Cole’s popularity is to be measured to resolve the bets is not specified, but he is quoted as 1/3 to take the title.
William Hill points to Cole’s treatment of his wife Cheryl, who he cheated on, and a recent text in which he said, "I hate England and the fucking people!" as reasons for his unpopularity. ·
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