Extra! Extra! Footballer makes BS-free comment at press conference!
Given how institutionalized the practice of dissembling in front of journalists has become in futbol, I was thrilled to read this bit:
When [England midfielder] Steven Gerard was asked, on the eve of today's quarter-final against Portugal, whether England could win the tournament if they carried on playing the way they have played in their first four matches, he avoided the verbal formulations used by most of the squad, including the head coach, to deflect the unwelcome thought.
"I don't think so," he said, missing a beat. "Do you? I don't."