OUR TRIP to South Africa was a very positive experience for all of us.
We were good for South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid and South Africa was good for our pre-season preparation.
There are so many people in South Africa who are interested in English football and who have watched us on television - they've now seen us live and that's good for them.
We wish South Africa all the luck with the bid. I'm sure it will be a good bid and they will probably start as favourites.
From where I stand there are still things to learn but they have a good chance of getting the tournament.
When we went to the townships it was wonderful to see the raw talent that there is in the country. We've got kids who play on computers all day - these kids play football four, five hours a day. That's wonderful and there is so much talent there.
The game of football here can move forward in South Africa over the next 20 years if the authorities can get the infrastructure right and the coaching. That's a healthy position to be in, especially for a bid in 2010. We wish them well.
You don't get an easy game in world football any more. Everyone is getting closer to everyone else and I think South African football should be proud of what it has achieved.
It has some very good footballers, good teams and they are certainly gaining on European football. Obviously there is still a long way to go but it's something they should be proud of.
These games bring us the pedigree that we would like to be competing against on a regular basis in European competition.