So the final sixteen teams have been determined and the weekend is filled with fantastic knock out football in which every side has just the one option; to go for it. No need therefore to scratch our heads therefore as to why England players and media are all over the topic of penalty shoot outs.

I think Germany-England will be the tie of the round given the history around it and the all too juicy build up that the English media will provide.
Forget Spain's demise at the hands of the Swiss, Italy's unprecedented exit from the competition has been the shock of the tournament so far. Thankfully they did that after providing us with what for me is the game of the competition so far.

Toasts to Slovakia, Japan and South Korea for defying odds and making the final 16. A few people have become richer after backing them.

Manchester United. Paul Scholes plans to call it a day after next season. Fingers crossed that he'll do so with a 10th league medal around his neck.
Sir Alex has once again spoken rosy about the Glazers whilst recognising the fans' right to protest against the ill-management of the club. I do feel that it might take an almighty poor season before we can eventually push the Glazers out. United's relatively healthy position at the moment in terms of success is what might still be keeping everything on ice.