The way it stands now ... we are going to have a fantastic round of 16. It will only get better. The big game that we will all anxiously be waiting for is, England vs Germany. England got through and everyone is overjoyed and singing praises like it's the second coming. England put on a good first half performance however I thought they took their foot of the gas in the second half and I am sure that against quality opposition that would have cost them. Rooney still looks far from his best. England will need to step up at least three gears if they are to blitzkrieg a very talented, young, hungry German side. Of course this is not a German side to be feared compared to their earlier teams but this German side in 2 years are going to be a force to reckon with. Ozil for me is their standout player and I know Wenger has had his eye on him for a while, so it is time for him to sign young Ozil. England still looked shaky at the back and to be honest they haven't been tested against quality opponents. Germany will be a big test and if they get through then they would most probably face a rampaging Argentinian side. All very exciting.
Very happy about the US qualifying because they have been one of the better teams in the competition. They are playing with heart, spirit and they are playing exciting football. Bob Bradley has a good group of players who are all plying their trade in leagues in Europe and it shows. Landon has been outstanding and I'm sure there are some Premier League sides who have their eye on young Michael Bradley. We now just need to wait for the Michael Bay directed Hollywood Summer Blockbuster " Freedom Kick" about how this US team against all odds played a team of terrorist footballers for the freedom and security of the free world and American way of life. Bruce Willis will make an excellent Bob Bradley.
Ghana have by far been the best African team on display, they are quick, creative and well organized. A potent combination of West African flair and European organization. However what will hamper their advancement in this competition is their lack of quality in the final third. They don't possess a striker who can find the back of the net. So far Ghana have been unable to score a goal in open play which needs to be rectified against an American team that is riding high on momentum.
The next two days will decide the last of the round of 16 , with a very tasty Brazil and Portugal game on the Friday. Colonizer vs Colonizee. I think they both will qualify from their group leading to a possible showdowns with Spain and Chile ( fingers crossed).
That's about it for the time being, my advice to the English fans is to come back down to earth because your team still weren't able to finish off a mediocre Slovenian side. For a team packed with such quality and experience they should be doing better. As I mentioned earlier if they play like they did today against the Germans in the round of 16 they will be on a Ryanair flight back home. They really need to step it up or ze Germans vill Blitzkrieg right past dem.
Upwards and Onwards.