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Win it for young mums pushing their buggies' Win it for saddoes, asbos and druggies' Win it for the dads who can't bear to lose' Win it for Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

Byline: By TOM PARRY

POET Roger McGough yesterday published a World Cup rhyme and said: "If Sven would like me to read it to the team, he only has to ask."

McGough rose to prominence as one-third of the 1960s Liverpool Poets alongside Adrian Henri and Brian Patten. He also played in the 1960s pop band The Scaffold with Sir Paul McCartney's brother Mike. McGough's poem, Reasons For Winning, urges the England squad to win the tournament for, among others, David Beckham's sons, nurses, saddoes and druggies. It goes:

Win it for the fans whose happiness will depend on it

Win it for Sven whose career may well end on it

Win it for the nurses and local authorities

Win it for the poor and ethnic minorities

Win it for the girl awaiting the operation

Win it for the firefighters racing back to the station

Win it for the late train and the overcrowded bus

Win it for granny who can't understand the fuss

Win it for prisoners banged up in their cells

Win it for couples in seedy motels

Win it for young mums pushing their buggies

Win it for saddoes, asbos and druggies

Win it for the dads who can't bear to lose

Win it for Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz

Win it for young Rooneys-in-the-playground, learning new tricks

Win it for old heroes at Wembley, the class of sixty-six

Win it for the ex-pats, all the fans overseas

Win it for the viewers at home. Please.

Win it for the ordinary man in the street.

But above all, win it for yourselves

You've got the world at your feet.

Reasons for Winning (No Pressure)

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2006
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