By Delroy Alexander
Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Gallant in defeat? Is there such a thing? England and the tournament's best player so far, Raheem Sterling, came so close to beating Italy but just didn't quite stick the ball in the net.
Best performance by an England team in years, maybe in decades. Still fancy England to qualify ahead of Uruguay, who looked terrible without Luis Suarez.
Suarez's Liverpool partner Daniel Sturridge scored as predicted but Uruguay vs England on Thursday is a big game. Uruguay were stunned to lose 3 to 1 to Costa Rica, who remain an average team, and need a performance.
Ivory Coast did as I predicted -- yes I know, not something you have heard too much of -- and beat Japan 2 to 1, with Wilfred Bony and Arsenal flop Gervinho nodding them home.
On Sunday, Leo Messi captains Argentina, who kick off against Bosnia. Having lived in Bosnia, I am tempted to support the Dragons as I was surprised to find out they are called. If Messi is half as good as some claim, and I'm one of his biggest doubters, Argentina should cruise this. Remember, the world's best player, as some claim, last scored a goal at a World Cup final in 2006!
But, just like Brazil, who left their best player Ronaldinho at home, Argentina did the same with Carlos Tevez. Argentina are packed with stars and are the team fancied by many "experts" but I still remain to be convinced. Argentina should win 2 to 1 today though.
Switzerland plays Ecuador. No, don't say who cares, that’s just mean. Ecuador win 2 nil. And, a Frank Ribery-less France should still have enough to beat Honduras by 2 to 1.
What a great tournament so far. Let's see if Messi and company can keep the great play and quality goals going.
Delroy Alexander is the chairman of the Sacred Sports Foundation, a not for profit charity based in the St Lucia. He is a seasoned sports administrator and is a former Chicago Tribune senior investigative business reporter and a Pulitzer Prize nominee journalist. Founded by his brother and former Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town manager, the late trailblazer Keith Alexander, the Sacred Sports Foundation uses sport to work with disadvantaged Caribbean youth.