Paul Collingwood led England to a
thrilling World Cup triumph in Barbados on Sunday.
Now he hopes there will be another
in eight weeks’ time.
Skipper Colly hit the winning runs
as England crushed the Aussies by seven wickets in the World Twenty20 final.
Now he wants the win to inspire
Fabio Capello’s stars in South Africa.
Sunderland fan Colly said:
“Let’s hope this is a catalyst for the football.
“This is a very special
moment. The guys deserve everything they have – you can never take winning a
World Cup away from them.
“We have been consistent but
taken the game to the opposition. We’ve had a lot of belief.
“We’ve turned up on a big
occasion today and performed. It’s brilliant.
“To be the first England team
to win a world event is very special.
“We knew it was a monkey on
our back. That’s why I’m so pleased with how we’ve performed in pressure
Kieswetter was Man of the Match for his innings of 63. And new dad Kevin
Pietersen, who scored 47, was Player of the Tournament.
Colly added: “Good teams kick
on. We have a lot more potential – that’s the scary part, we can go even
further. We have played a brand of cricket that is unlike England teams of the
Collingwood hopes England’s victory
is a good omen for Wayne Rooney and Co.
Aussie skipper Michael Clarke
admitted: “We were beaten by a better team. England executed their plans
and their bowlers were difficult to score against.
“It’s not The Ashes but it’s a
big tournament and we really wanted to do well. England played some wonderful
cricket. They outplayed us.”