bebi Today’s second round game sees Group D winners England (managed by Ronald) take on Group C runners-up, Garry McK’s Cote D’Ivoire. ENG ended up with 7 points in their group, while CIV bagged 5 1/2. The winners will take on Croatia in the Quarter-Finals, who just emerged victorious from their game against the Dutch.

R16 4: England v Cote D'Ivoire - Which Do You Pick? [ballot]

  • ENGLAND: AlunaGeorge 60%
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Bebi Philip ft Debordeau 40%

Total Voters: 78

Poll closes: 6 May 2014 @ 13:00

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Voting ends on Tuesday! Songs – and farewells to the Netherlands and Cameroon – below the cut.

ENGLAND: AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”

“You know you like it, but it drives you insane… Hopefully you like England’s latest pick and it drives you insane (in a good way). This song did drive me insane upon first hearing it. It’s just so smooth and seductive and refreshing. It’s a great combination of dreamy electropop fused with a touch of 90s R&B. Aluna’s coy, girlish vocals are just the perfect icing on the cake.”

COTE D’IVOIRE: Bebi Philip ft Debordeau – “On S’Eclate”

“The Cote D’Ivoire board is pleased we’ve replicated the team’s performance from 2010 and reached the knock-out stages. But standing in our way of taking the next step is England. Having recently read Bob Stanley’s Pop Tactics and Formations of the UK and US: A Managers Guide, we know England excels in almost any formation. But while it’s advantage England on so many levels, Cote D’Ivoire fans can take heart knowing we can play in ways England can’t. So it’s back to coup decale forged on the packed pitches of Abidjan.

Bebi Philip is our most adaptable player, equally at home with balladry or zouglou but here playing a freestyle role. He also has the best hair in the league. Debordeau is our target man, battle-hardened from regular bouts with DJ Arafat. His tough persona belies great subtlety on the ball. Behind this front pair is our typically effervescent midfield and disciplined defense.

Whether this is enough to pull off a giant-killing performance remains to seen, but if we bow out, we can take pride in doing it while playing the Ivorian way.”

And now a new PWC feature as a thankyou to our departing managers!

SO FAREWELL THEN….: Cameroon, ably managed by Chris, who dominated group A but fell in a narrow defeat to Chile. Their track that found most favour with the crowd was Reniss – “C’Est La Vie”. As one commentator put it, “sometimes I think there is no more euphoric music in the world than modern African gospel bangers”. So here she is again.

, gaffered (is that a word?) by Job De Wit. Some may point to the pitch invasion that helped them in their first game, but they were doing well in that match anyhow, and challenged strongly in the third match too. We’ll leave you with that first track, by Yellow Claw and The Opposites. A commentators’ view: “Yes, it kicks, but it’s not all the same kick. Not that I’d mind it if it were. Anyway, clobbers the opposition.”