CARLOS EDWARDS has the perfect riposte ready for the stick he expects to receive when he arrives back at Luton.
The 27-year-old former Wrexham midfielder was an ever-present in Trinidad and Tobago's debut World Cup campaign, starting the historic and defiant defeat to England in their second game.
Edwards knows the two-goal loss to Sven-Goran Eriksson's men is bound to be the subject of intense dressing room banter. But he has his answers ready.
"I might get a bit of stick because England beat us," he said. "But I can give them some stick because I have played in a World Cup and they haven't.
"In truth, I can't wait to get back and see the lads, although I have no idea when that will be. I need to ring the gaffer - Mike Newell - to find out when I am supposed to be reporting for pre-season training."
Although Edwards' departure from Germany coincides with the release of the new fixtures for next season, he can bank on having at least a couple of weeks off to reflect on his achievements.
They may not have won a match, or even scored a goal, yet the men from the Caribbean made an indelible mark on what is turning out to be one of the best World Cups for a long time.
In stifling Sweden on the second day of competition, they produced the kind of shock all neutrals love and in frustrating England for 81 long minutes in Nuremberg.
For his own country, Edwards believes the tournament can only aid further development of the game, even if it does come at the expense of even greater numbers of players leaving their homeland for more lucrative contracts.
"We have proved ourselves to be worthy of being in Germany, if only because people expected us to get hammered in every game," said Edwards..
"But we also have to accept the standard is far higher than anything we are used to. The pace of the game is quicker and the calibre of the players you are facing is enormous.
"For an inexperienced team, that can be a problem, especially for the guys who are playing back in Trinidad. Maybe if they had a bit more experience of the pace in European football we might have done better."
transfer completed today was an unbelievable moment for me.
"I just got married last month and that was one of the highlights of my life, but this is on par with that - I know the missus might not be happy with me saying that, but it's true!
"It's a dream come true to sign for the club I supported as a boy and to actually play for Liverpool will be an honour.
"I'm a very proud person at the moment."
Bellamy admitted it took him little time to make up his mind after hearing what Benitez had to say.
He said: "As a fan, he's impressed me ever since he arrived at Anfield.
"What he has achieved as a manager, both at Anfield and before that in Spain, tells you everything you need to know about the man, and I didn't need to meet him to know that he was taking the club in the right direction.
"But as a player, meeting him, what he was saying made so much sense, and I just hope I can play a part in this already brilliant football team and hopefully make this great club even more successful."
Bellamy's relationships with managers have not always been as cordial, and his feud with Graeme Souness cost him his career at St James' Park..
However, there are many on Tyneside who would have welcomed him back with open arms following Souness' departure, and it is ironic that his big move came less than 48 hours after Michael Owen's injury woes dealt the Magpies another huge blow.
But the Welshman resurrected his career, first on loan at Celtic and then at Blackburn, where he scored 17 goals last season and helped Rovers to an excellent sixth-place finish.
Bellamy said: "The fact that it was Liverpool made it impossible for me to turn down the move.
"As I'm a fan, it doesn't matter what club I was at - I could never turn Liverpool down."
Meanwhile, Marseille president Pape Diouf claims Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse is eager to join the French club.
And after a meeting with Cisse on Wednesday Diouf said: "Djibril is still motivated to come to Marseille."
Diouf will travel to England early next week in an attempt to complete the transfer.