England’s coaches have revealed their secret weapon for Euro 2012 success against Switzerland at Wembley – the players have been learning the Swiss language.
The ploy is believed to have originated with the players themselves at a team meeting following the Welsh game.
A source close to the squad said last night: “The players reckoned that if they could learn Swiss, they’d pick up on what the opposition were doing during the game and be able to confuse them with dummy calls.
“They also thought learning a foreign language would help dispel the myth that soccer players are thick.”
The England coaching staff backed the players’ plan, and a top expert supplied direct from Fifa carried out the £10,000-a-time lessons.
The language coach, named by some sources as Bepp Slatter, is believed to have previously taught the Germans to speak Austrian and the French to speak Luxembourgisher.
He apparently turned down an even more lucrative contract to teach the Americans to speak English, as the job was “impossible”.
The Swiss team’s management has criticised the England plan as “crass” and “insulting”.
But the source close to the England team said the players were 100 per cent committed: “They’ve been trying to tell us that all Darren Bent’s saying is the French for ‘I have an extremely small penis’, and John Terry’s just asking ‘have you got a girlfriend?’ in German, but we’re not falling for their spoiling tactics.
“As the Swiss say, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’.”
England players learn to speak Swiss
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