This was of course the time of the football World Cup draw for South Africa was made. England were paired with African based Algeria, world fourteenth ranked team the USA and Slovenia who had just beaten Russia to qualification. A tricky group in anyone's book. The Sun therefore ran cautiously with their front page the next day;
The Sun, frontpage, 5th December 2009
Their back page, written by Nick Parker, was equally pencilled with the delicacy to rival a nuclear holocaust;
The Sun, backpage, 5th December 2009
This is my favourite quote;
"ENGLAND looked dead certs last night to roar into the World Cup knockout stages after landing their easiest ever group."Or maybe it's the untraceable/made up;
"Bob Gill, 63, from Essex, said: "We're definitely going to win the group." Phil Long, 32, of Leicester, added: "We couldn't have asked for a better draw."With England's prior World Cup record, who would have predicted that would come slap back in our faces?