I actually thought it [England v Germany] was a really good game, (and yes I agree it was a goal, but am glad the final scoreline took it beyond doubt as I could not have coped with the "We waz robbed" headlines, and the weeks, years!, of endless references).. England's performance, to me, showed that no matter the skill of the individual(s) and/or the coach (and this is the same for the Americans btw) You cannot beat instinct or heart, you have to have spirit/flair/whatever the word is and want to win, besides "defending a nation"
Those "young germans" who the commentators were writing off just a week ago, have showed since the start what spirit/heart and some good skillz can do (yes the z is deliberate I'm ashamed to say, but in my defence I do have 10yo son ;)) They won fair and square. If anything England should have come out fighting in the second half to "prove" the disallowed goal was merely an oversight that they were always gonna win, instead they gave up, that is NOT world class standard play.
I feel sorry for Rooney, that he never got to shine on his larger stage, but I think that's because his heart is in the game and not the stage, he's not a glory seeker. In the same vein I admire the "elders" Cole (A), Terry, Gerrard for sticking by their Coach no matter what. Football is a Team game, you cannot single any player (or coach) out for under or over performing.. they all have to come together AS A TEAM on the day, and that is what didn't happen. they were fragmented no matter who you choose to blame
I'm sure "questions" will now be asked of Fabio, but I admire the fact he stuck to his guns but don't like the fact the players didn't trust him enough to at least try. Coaches don't play the game..
Good Game though.. let me just say I'm enjoying this World Cup partly because of the World class football, but also because of the amount of times it's catching out the "pundits" ;) I'm sure it will be just as good fun from here on in..
as for a favourite, right now it has to be Ghana (I'm a softie and I haven't bet on anyone yet), they're the only African team left and their heart is larger than most, thanks to their "home" advantage - I like it that way, it makes for good football! :)
disclaimer: for those that don't already know, the UK part of my name means I'm Scottish, so I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible, though may not be suceeding