Football: SWOTTY MOTTY'S A RECORD BREAKER; EXCLUSIVE GERMANY 2006 WORLD CUP FINAL: ITALY V FRANCE, BERLIN, TOMORROW, 7PM

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Byline: By JAMES NURSEY

BBC legend John Motson will spend today swotting up on his stats ahead of tomorrow's World Cup final - but here's one of his own.

'Motty' will make history as the first British broadcaster to commentate on six finals and though the 60-year-old is proud to eclipse Kenneth Wolstenholme's record his only regret is that England are not in Berlin.

After covering 151 England games and 17 major tournaments, he admits he will not be commentating at the next World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

And like the rest of the nation, Motson is ruing the failure of Sven Goran Eriksson's side to progress beyond the quarter-finals.

"Sunday will be the culmination of four years work and it will be a privilege to be there," said Motson, who tipped Italy to win from the outset.

"But it's disappointing England are not in the final because they probably had their best chance for years to win.

"It would be better for everyone in England if the team had been there and I have to be realistic and say it was probably my last chance to see them in a World Cup final from the commentary box. …