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England Gets Cleaned Out in South Africa, In More Ways Than One

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June 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

Before the World Cup started, Team England was full of optimism but firmly dedicated to the task at hand.

No-nonsense coach Fabio Capello banned WAGS from attending the group stage games and even promised to spy on his players to make sure they were not goofing off in their hotel rooms. Injury forced David Beckham off the pitch and onto the sidelines in a three-piece suit but there was still plenty of faith in Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard.

Unfortunately, nothing really went well for England. There was that unfortunate goal their keeper let slip through against USA (yay!), the embarrassing nil-nil score against Algeria and the final exit by German who defeated them 4-1.

Making matters worse, the staff at their hotel, Royal Marang Hotel allegedly filched some items from the players room.

The Daily Mail reports:

Officials said cleaning staff had rifled through the players' bedrooms and taken items including team jerseys, underwear and money. Around £485 in cash was stolen, as well as a Fifa gold medal and several USA team strips which the players had been given after playing the Americans in their opening World Cup match.

This all happened after a shooting at the hotel too. Fortunately, the incident has a happy ending as all items were returned to their rightful owners. Well, kind of a happy ending. The five hotel employees were convicted immediately and were sentenced to pay either either 6,000 rand fines or three years imprisonment. None of them could afford the fines so they are all now in jail.

Let's hope your trip to South Africa goes much better than England's.

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