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Mabbsy in SA

Gary Mabbutt is keeping the faith as England prepare for D-day in South Africa on Wednesday.

Gary Mabbutt is keeping the faith as England prepare for D-day in South Africa on Wednesday.

Our legendary former skipper is convinced everything will click into place when Fabio Capello's men face Slovenia at Port Elizabeth.

And Gary, capped 16 times by England during a 16-year career at Spurs, goes even further by insisting a much-needed victory could launch the team onto bigger and better things in the tournament.

"I'm convinced the team will perform against Slovenia and go through to the next stage of the tournament," said 'Mabbsy', out in South Africa in his role as World Cup ambassador.

"Looking at the other teams, Brazil look the strongest so far, but I still see vulnerabilities in all the big teams out here.

"I still believe if England are on top of their game and the lads can turn around and perform to their capabilities, then we can go a very long way in this tournament.

"Looking at the squad, I would say that a lot of our players would get into a lot of the best squads.

"Playing at the top of their games, the likes of Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard, all the usual suspects, would get into any squad.

"They just have to reproduce the form that we see week-in, week-out for their clubs when they play for England.

"It's the last opportunity for a lot of these players to play on the world stage and no matter how many millions they've got in the bank or what they've done in their careers so far, this is the last chance they've got to be at this level.

"And no matter how much money they've got in the bank, a World Cup winner's medal is priceless."

We'll have more from 'Mabbsy' as the tournament progresses...