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World Cup Roundup: Gerrard and Sturridge lead England birthday prank!



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  • England masseur gets the ice bath treatment
  • Oracle Camel plays it safe
  • ‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’: Soccerlens Tom’s latest World Cup predictions…

Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge lead England ice bath prank

To celebrate team masseur Paul ‘Smally’ Small’s 50th birthday, a few mischievious members of the England team, including captain Steven Gerrard, thought it fun to play a wee prank on the staff member, with an ice bath dunk the climax of what turned into a team bonding session in the Brazilian heat on Tuesday.

Gerrard was joined by Glen Johnson and keeper Joe Hart in strapping Smally to a plastic chair, carrying him into the midst of a team gathering, and finally dunking the birthday boy into a paddling pool of icy hell!


Daniel Sturridge was one of the players to have filmed the prank, shouting to the victim on his way to his frozen doom whether he had his phone on him during the short clip!

Check out Sturridge’s video, which he posted on his Instagram, below, with captain Gerrard also uploading some prank goodness to his own page:

Shaheen the Camel goes Spain’s way

The last few days, we’ve posted videos of a camel called Shaheen giving his World Cup predictions, following on from the huge precedent set by Paul the Octopus in the 2010 World Cup.

I love the guy, with his fluffy lips and awkward demeanor; but I will be keeping an eye on his ‘accuracy’, for as much as I enjoy seeing him (but hating the moronic, laddish catchphrase of the English presenter), I have to keep the World Cup in mind, and will be giving Shaheen a two strikes rule.

Last week, he went for Portugal (which was far from the right pick), so today’s choice needs to be on the money, or I’ll have to search elsewhere for a lovable creature to pin my hopes on!

‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’: When it all comes crumbling down…


Brazilian legend Rivaldo took the ultimate gamble in the 2002 World Cup, hurling himself to the floor in what was a successful attempt to get an opposition player sent off; and now you have the chance to indulge in similarly heart-pumping risk taking, taking on Soccerlens in the SuperBru 2014 World Cup Prediction Game, and if you come out on top in the Soccerlens pool at the end of the tournament, you win a £100 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check the World Cup roundups for our latest predictions, and links to the game. It’s free to join, and comes with no balls booted at you by over-zealous Turks.


World Cup Day 6 Predictions:

After yesterday’s predictions fell flat, I’ve got to buck up my ideas, or risk going up in a puff of smoke. Russia and Brazil let me down on gameday five, with worried audiences seeing the amount of draws at the 2014 World Cup treble in one day!

Check out my latest predictions below, and click on the games for the Soccerlens preview!

Australia 0-3 Netherlands: Van Gaal’s gladiators to power past the Socceroos

Spain 2-1 Chile: I’d be made to bet against the Spanish, despite their hammering last week

Cameroon 0-2 Croatia: With a host of star players, Croatia are certainly a good side, which shouldn’t be forgotten after an unlucky loss to the Selecao on opening night.

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Based in London, I am a freelance journalist and a real football fanatic. Predominantly a feature writer, I currently contribute to Football-talk.co.uk, Soccerlens.com and Epltalk.com, as well as maintaining my blog: goodbadribery.blogspot.co.uk. I dream of reporting on football in the far flung reaches of the globe. A graduate from the London School of Journalism, I am passionate and determined to bring an impartial view on the game we all love and crave.