A wonderful day to you all, and welcome to the Gillette Boot Room for Day 13 of the 2014 World Cup!
Hey Faisal! Welcome back, pale.
pale, I'm glad you remembered! I thought it'd be a little smug to remind you all...
Hello everyone and welcome to England's ill-fated attempt to salvage any kind of dignity from this summer of unmitigated despair.
Amal, I'd say Italy's team is strong for this one - if they're going out, they're going down swinging.
Spain won, Hammin. Spain won.
Hammin, Papa, thanks for your concern - weekends are like unicorns as my days during the World Cup are spent with you lot!
Danny, console yourself with the fact that evenm if the U.S. lose against Germany, they'll still probably go through.
Danny, I think you'll get your draw. Not out of any Jogi-Jurgen accord, but because you've got a good, well organised side with a lot of character. If the US can hold out for the first half, Germany will fade in the second, reflecting on the chances of picking up nasty injuries.
Udyat, indeed it is - Roy Hodgson hasn't sprung any surprises of sorts.
This tournament just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? Groups A and B decides their fates yesterday with 14 goals in four games; Netherlands are set to face Mexico while hosts Brazil play Chile in the first two confirmed round-of-16 games.
Groups C and D will be wrapped up with today’s action, as Italy and Uruguay battle to join Costa Rica in the next round, while England dream what could have been.
The Three Lions take on the Ticos in Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, with the Central American side knowing a point will secure top in Group D – a spot that the other three sides in the group all had grand designs on.
The Azzurri can join Costa Rica in the last-16 with a draw due to their superior goal difference, but teams in the past have found it rather difficult to play for a point knowing that Luis Suarez is running at them.
Hammin, I'd hope it's slim to none.
RKSmithy, good day to you!