I've invoked plenty of martial themes for the World Cup, not least being France's characteristic surrender. Regardless of our defeat yesterday, I won't stop now. Today, England must go it alone versus Germany, amidst the V-1 chorus of the vuvuzela.

It won't be a surprise to hear the Dambusters March (above), if not sung in South Africa, then at least in the pubs as the Three Lions mount their attack on Germany, kicking off this minute. I'm announcing my solidarity for England - and my thanks, on behalf of a grateful, if newly minted footballing nation, for the fine Lend-Lease act your announcers have given ESPN in this tournament.

Now go get them, you dam busters.