After an extraordinary evening at Wembley, England's top football journalists are turning back to their medical textbooks in preparation for a tense few months ahead. With little else to play for, the red top rags will be resuming their quest for injury laden analysis, and will be praying that stretcher bearers the length and breadth of the premier league will be kept busy this winter.
'It's all in the game', Cliff Wrigley of the Daily Star informed us, 'The World Cup is always a total anti-climax, so we have to get our exclusives in well in advance. If one of gets an exclusive on a Stevie Gerrard niggle in April, that sells more copies than the inevitable 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Leon 2 months later. And if you can pull off a scoop in Leighton Baines' left metatarsal in March, you can keep the story running all the way to the finals.'