Gordon Brown joins England fans in Cologne

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2006, LONDON - Top British government minister Gordon Brown travelled to Cologne Tuesday to watch England's crucial match against Sweden as Prime Minister Tony Blair promised he would perform a "Peter Crouch-style robot dance" if England won the tournament. Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer and tipped to succeed Blair as future leader, said he would be in the Cologne stadium as a guest of the German government, which provided his ticket. Brown had a meeting in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel

20 June 2006

LONDON - Top British government minister Gordon Brown travelled to Cologne Tuesday to watch England's crucial match against Sweden as Prime Minister Tony Blair promised he would perform a "Peter Crouch-style robot dance" if England won the tournament.

Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer and tipped to succeed Blair as future leader, said he would be in the Cologne stadium as a guest of the German government, which provided his ticket.

Brown had a meeting in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel a few weeks ago.

In a radio phone-in earlier, Blair called on the British nation to back the England team in Cologne. The players produced their best when they were "up against it," said Blair.

Blair - a keen fan of England and Newcastle - said the role of England manager was very similar to that of prime minister.

Like him, Sven Goran Eriksson had to make "huge and often very unpopular decisions under intense media scrutiny."

But what mattered was the end result, he suggested.

However, he believed that top footballers were paid "ridiculous" wages, something he (Blair) could do little about.

Blair, promising a Crouch-style dance if England won the World Cup, also did not rule out granting a public holiday on the day.

DPA

Subject: German news

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