Kaiser sorry for stupid England jibe

Franz Beckenbauer has apologised for saying England were stupid to miss out on finishing top of Group C.

Beckenbauer, Germany's World Cup winning captain in 1974, has blamed a bad mood for his inflammatory comments which came after he learned that his country would be playing England in the last 16 in South Africa.

He told BBC Sport:"I apologise, because I like England and I like English football.

"Maybe it was a reaction because I was disappointed (with England's performances) and maybe I was in a bad mood.

"They have a great team and a great coach – Fabio Capello is one of the most experienced coaches – and after the first two games I was so disappointed.

"In other words, I apologise and I look forward to the game on Sunday. I think it's going to be a very interesting game.

"For the fans, I hope for there will be excitement on Sunday – a draw, overtime, and then penalty kicks. And then, the Germans win. Sorry!"

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