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- Posted on Jul 12th 2010 6:15AM by Farah Ishaq
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of the match -- which the former Oasis songwriter attended in Johannesburg, South Africa -- Gallagher explained, "Since the year leading up to the European Championships and subsequently from that, they have been amazing."
A lifelong Manchester City football fan, Gallagher correctly predicted that Spain's midfield players would be the key for winning their first-ever World Cup trophy, with Andreas Iniesta scoring the game's only goal towards the end of extra time.
Gallagher had tipped, "The key part of the pitch is can De Jong and Van Bommel stop Iniesta and Xavi doing the business? De Jong plays at Man City and he's a stopper. Van Bommel, he's just destruction on legs. But the Spanish players face that a lot in the Champions League. I think it will be won and lost in the midfield."
Adding his opinion to the debate over England's failure to progress past the second round in this year's competition, Gallagher said he was disappointed by manager Fabio Capello's star players like Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester Utd forward -- who failed to score any goals -- had Gallagher fuming, "He played like he's been hypnotised in the tunnel before and somebody had whispered in his ear, 'See the round thing, when you get out there, you'll never have seen one of them before and you won't know what to do with it'."
Gallagher also said, "At the end of the day, they [England] are not good enough. Next season -- when I'm watching TV -- I don't want to hear about Wayne Rooney or Frank Lampard being world class.
"World class means coming to a tournament like this and pulling it off on the world stage and they've never done it. Are there many English world class players? I don't think so."