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Here's a quiz question for you, one that causes even those with an encyclopedic knowledge of football to pause for a minute before delivering the answer.
Whose penalty miss finally did for England in the penalty shoot out that followed their epic last 16 clash with Argentina at the 1998 World Cup? You got it yet? The answer, to save you from resorting to Google, is former Newcastle and Leeds war horse David Batty.
Funny how many people can't remember that, yet recall with pin-point precision that it was Gareth Southgate who rolled his spot kick meekly into Andreas Kopke's hands on that balmy night at Wembley in Euro '96, or that Stuart Pearce and David Beckham missed crucial penalties during England's exits from major tournaments in 1990 and 2004.*
I'm not oblivious to the teething problems of this World Cup, but I can't help feeling that cynicism is a bigger threat to this tournament that the ball, the vuvuzelas or the overly defensive tactics on show.
Granted, those three things have contributed to a slow beginning to a World Cup that arrived on a tsunami of hype and superlatives and is yet to deliver.
But I sensed a shift in the momentum of the tournament yesterday, a gradual moving through the gears after an underwhelming start. The Spanish struggle to break through a well-organised Switzerland side was fascinating to this observer, even if it was another triumph of regimented organisation over attacking flair.
I'm an unashamed fan of the official World Cup song 'Waving Flag'. The Somali-born singer K'Naan has pulled off the trick of writing a traditional African song but fusing it with enough Western influences to make it really accessible.
But if anything is rivalling it for space on my iPod, it is this effort by Leicester City fan Dave Henson. A paen to the Vuvuzela, his clever cover of Rhianna's Umbrella is more Flight of the Conchords than Weird Al Yankovic when it comes to comedy songs.
Jonas Gutierrez's World Cup could be over before it ever really got going, if you want to read the runes of Argentina's latest practice session.
Despite Diego Maradona's assertion that Gutierrez was the third name on his team-sheet before the tournament began, he was replaced at right-back by Roma full-back Nicolas Burdisso on Sunday and the Argentinian press are claiming that is the end of his World Cup adventure.
While it would be a personal blow for a fine player who inspires huge affection on Tyneside, it's fair to say that you won't see too many Newcastle fans complaining about Maradona's crazy attempt to turn an attacking winger into a defensive-minded full-back.
Nothing is guaranteed to send the English into paroxsyms of fear more than a strong German team and judging by last night's excellent defeat of Australia, that's exactly what we have in South Africa.
A young, fearless Germany moved the ball quickly, accurately and with conviction, seemingly picking off Australia at will with the kind of free-flowing movement that Fabio Capello craves in his Three Lions.
90 minutes against the weakest team in their group is not enough evidence to formulate a sound judgement but already they have the look of a team ready to write another chapter in Germany's proud World Cup history.
Fabio Capello's instincts don't usually let him down. Titles in Spain and Italy, along with a near perfect qualifying campaign, are testament to the granite-jawed Italian's ability to manage with distinction.
But the England manager's resistance to picking anyone with a less-than-healthy body of international experience is a blind spot that is already threatening to harm England.
They weren't terrible against the States on Saturday night, but they weren't that good either. America are no mugs but they were there for the taking after Steven Gerrard's fourth-minute goal in Rustenburg - England just didn't have the personnel to do it.
SUNDERLAND fans looking for a glimpse into Steve Bruce's future transfer plans would be well-advised to pay attention to Uruguay's Group A clash with France tonight.
The imminent capture of Argentina right-back Marcos Angeleri will probably be the last of Bruce's South American captures this summer but I wouldn't rule out further acquisitions from that Continent in the future - and they have been monitoring Uruguay closely in recent months.
CALL me a World Cup Grinch if you like but when the tournament kicks off this weekend, I'll be suspending my usual desire to root for the underdog.
OK, crap day to be an England fan. So to soothe the pain of Rio's injury here's an Australian World Cup advert that rivals Nike's 'Write the Future' for sheer awesomeness.
Rio Ferdinand's knee ligament injury is a heavy blow for England but lets not kid ourselves, it is not a mortal one for our World Cup hopes.
Despite what the shouty men (and women) of Sky Sports News might be telling you, there is only one player who would KO England's hopes if injured. And you don't need me to tell you his name.
Ferdinand is a wonderful defender capable of balletic poise and elegance on his day. But thanks to a series of crippling injuries, we haven't seen many of them this season. If anything, he has been a bit of liability on the few occasions he did play for Manchester United this term and against Japan on Sunday he looked clumsy as he groped for form, clearly still suffering for a lack of games this season.