England's World Cup rivals Germany looked a bunch of scared cats when they saw three lions in South Africa on Friday, a British tabloid reported.
Perhaps it reminded them of the mauling they face from Fabio Capello's goal-hungry men. The Germans stayed firmly inside a truck's caged platform while visiting a reserve near Pretoria in a bid to relax before the crunch game.But Three Lions goalkeeper David James issued a warning that striker Wayne Rooney was eager to pounce on our old rivals.
He said: "I firmly believe we'll win - and Wayne could make it his game." Meanwhile Germany's mane man Lukas Podolski looked nervous as a pride of lions looked ready to rip into him - just as England's Three Lions will tomorrow.
The striker and his team-mates wound up trapped for an hour and a half in a caged truck in case the real life lions kicked off.
German captain Philipp Lahm admitted: "They were mainly young ones and babies. The lions we meet on Sunday, they will definitely be more aggressive."
But he added: "It was great. It was a good change from football. From now on we will be putting all our concentration into England."
They will need to - because German goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn believes England can beat his countrymen in the first knock-out stage of the World Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Kahn,.41, who played 86 times for Germany, reckons England have vital extra experience .
But they must not let past World Cup and European Championships heartache at the hands of their arch-rivals undermine morale.
He said: "Germany definitely have a psychological advantage and it will be in the minds of the English players. They must erase the memories of 1990 and 1996.
One thing that fans of both teams will not be short of is beer. South African Breweries chiefs have mobilised a fleet of emergency trucks to keep supplies flowing.
They have also set up a crisis hotline for landlords in Bloemfontein who fear they may be about to run out while serving 25,000 English supporters and 10,000 Germans.
Thousands of footie-mad South Africans are also expected to join in street parties outside the 36,538-seater Free State Stadium.
A spokesman said: "England against Germany is a very big game and both sets of fans like to party. But we have detailed plans in place. We are ready for anything."
Fan Ian Potter, 50, from Derbyshire, said: "We'll win - and there's going to be one hell of a party."