DOUALA, Cameroon (AFP) – Stephen Tataw, the man who captained Cameroon to a landmark place in the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals, died yesterday after an illness, the country’s football federation FECAFOOT announced.Tataw was 57.“Stephen Tataw died this morning in Yaounde following an illness,” FECAFOOT wrote on Twitter.Tataw was Cameroon captain when the team made the last eight at the World Cup in Italy 30 years ago. They were knocked out by England, but famously defeated reigning champions Argentina in the opening game.Cameroon also saw off Romania and Colombia to become the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals.Two years earlier, the Indomitable Lions had won the African Cup of Nations with Tataw at the heart of the defence.Tataw played his club football at home as well as in Japan. After retiring, he worked with the federation in supervising the national teams.
1 Wayne Rooney will lead England out against Wales Wayne Rooney is confident England have the system, style and substance to not only threaten Wales but any team at Euro 2016.Thursday’s eagerly-anticipated home nations encounter at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis has become all the more interesting thanks to Gareth Bale’s pre-match jibes and, most pertinently, the Group B results to date.Victory in Lens will assure Wales of progression to the knock-out stages after Slovakia overcame Russia on Wednesday, while England need a timely shot in the arm against their old foes after drawing the opener 1-1.Russia’s last-gasp gut punch in Marseille has not thrown the Three Lions off kilter, though, with captain Rooney’s understated confidence clear on the eve of the match in Lens.“I think the other night was a very good performance, shame about the result,” he said.“It was disappointing to concede late doors, but I think if we play a similar way, a similar performance, then we’ve certainly got a great chance of winning the game.“We had a couple of chances. If you score one more of them, the game is over so we have to be clinical.“I think if we perform the way we did, it will be difficult for not just Wales but for any team to stop us playing that way and winning games.“But we performed very well and we only drew so that’s something which we have to try and improve.”That lack of ruthlessness led to a group stage exit at the World Cup two years ago and was underlined as key in the build-up to the tournament to prevent Euro 2016 going the same way.Rooney hopes Wales, big outsiders with the bookmakers, will try to bring the game to England in Lens, even if shackling Bale will prove as tough a challenge as any at these championships.Numerous England players have spoken of the importance of focusing on the collective rather than any individual, although the Real Madrid attacker is undoubtedly Chris Coleman’s jewel in the crown.Asked how many world-class players will be on the pitch on Thursday, Rooney said: “I don’t know. I think there’s a lot of very good players, obviously.“I think we’ve got a lot of good players, they’ve got some good players. I think it’s going to be an interesting game.“Wales are a very organised team and I imagine we will have a lot of the ball and we’ll have to work very hard to try to break them down and be aware of their counter-attacks.“In terms of world-class players, that’s down for other people to say.“I believe there’s lots of very good players who would get into a lot of teams on the pitch tomorrow.”England will also have a bench awash with talent, with such attacking strength in depth as much a reason for Rooney dropping back into midfield as his advancement in years.No longer the lung-busting teenage striker that burst onto the scene at Euro 2004, the 30-year-old made his 112th appearance on Saturday playing for his country in midfield for the first time.It was a role Rooney impressed in, just like he has done at Manchester United, and one he appears to be enjoying.“It depends how the game goes,” he said, when asked if he has to step up his game against the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.“It feels more natural because I finished the season there.“It’s the position I’ve played towards the end of the season for Manchester United.“You can do what you can do on the pitch and if the opponents do something different you have to see that on the pitch and do something different yourself .“If you’re allowed space, you’re not going to go into a crowd of players, you’re going to take that space.“If there’s not that space there, then you’re going to have to go and find it.”