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England vs. Germany in World Cup is big one

Updated: June 26, 2010, 7:04 PM ET
By Roger Bennett

Do believe the hype. England goalie du jour David James is as erudite as a footballer can possibly be, but his news-conference attempts to pass off the England-Germany clash as "just another game" are risible. As any English fan who has lived, and mostly died, with the England team over the past 44 years will tell you: It may just be the round of 16, but this is the Big One.

In case you missed England's opening-round travails, here's our World Cup story so far: We are lackluster. ...

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