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Wing and a prayer

England must “wing it” if they are to qualify for the second round by beating unfancied Slovenia on Wednesday afternoon.

Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney has first hand experience of what it takes to beat the smallest nation in the World Cup finalsat South Africa 2010.

Feeney scored the winner for Northern Ireland against Slovenia with a delicate and perfectly placed header in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park 14 months ago.

The striker is currently enjoying a family holiday at his pal Harry Kewell’s apartment in Portugal while the Aussie ace is on World Cup duty.And he has encouraged England boss Fabio Capello to use his wide men to devastating effect to make sure they go through as group winners.

Slovenia seemed to struggle in Maribor and at Windsor when players ran at them down the flanks. When Slovenia played Northern Ireland in Maribor and then in the return match at Windsor, the country which came about after the break-up of Yugoslavia seemed to struggle with players running at them down the flanks.

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