Germany vs England – Upson can star in central starting role
Fabio Capello has been given a welcome selection conundrum for England’s last 16 clash with Germany, following Matthew Upson’s solid showing against Slovenia.
Upson, who was playing in place of the suspended Jamie Carragher, seems to have done enough against Slovenia to retain his place ahead of the Liverpool defender.
West Ham captain Upson has formed an excellent understanding with John Terry, and in seven matches in which both have started, England have won all seven.
Upson scored the opening goal when England last played Germany in 2008, and he is 50/1 to repeat the trick by scoring first in Bloemfontein.
Terry scored the winner in that 2-1 England victory over Germany, and the Chelsea centre-back is 9/1 to score at any time.
Fabio Capello will look to that 2008 win in Berlin as inspiration when they take on Germany on Sunday, and another England 2-1 win is available at 9/1.
There were worries that a Terry-Upson centre-back partnership would not have the required pace to cope with quicker opposition attacks, but the sound positioning of both players has allayed such fears.
England have only conceded one goal at the World Cup, and the defence will need to remain resolute against a potent German team. An England clean sheet is priced at 7/4.