A second rate England team with 10 men weren't good enough to beat a third rate Portugal team full of thespians and stunt men.
I officially take back everything bad I ever said about Owen Hargreaves. He was outstanding. If only Gerrard, Lampard, Cole(J) and Beckham had had a fraction of his energy, desire, commitment we would have sailed into the semis, with or without the wonder-kid Rooney. How refreshing to see a holding midfielder going past established "stars"in midfield and then passing them again as he returned at full tilt for his defensive duties. For those of you old enough to remember, he looked like a curly-haired Colin Bell!! He epitomised good old-fashioned english football values, like Bell, an honest hard-working, skilful midfielder who wanted to win and whose heart was bursting with the pride of playing for England.
We had the chances. Unfortunately established "world class" players like Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham looked as if they had been playing just too much. They looked jaded and lacking spark. Joe Cole was out of sorts, Ashley Cole was clearly lacking match fitness and short of his aggressive, incisive best. Neville too looked under par.
Rooney had too much expectation placed on his young shoulders especially as he had no support. He certainly did not deserve a straight red.
Crouch and Lennon both did well in trying circumstances, but I suspect Becks has come to the end of his useful international life.
Penalties!!! what can we say?.....??!!&*^%$
Ronaldo will do well at Real Madrid. His acting skills will be better utilised than in the English game, and as for his flying fancy feet..I just wish the great Ray Wilson could have played against him,...he'd stll be picking himself out of the 33rd row of of the stand with no time to talk to Referees or wink to his bench!!!
So good-bye Sven. Thanks for keeping us there or there-abouts.your record speaks for itself. Although I would love to know the reasoning behind some of your decisions ( I hope your new book will tell us rather than focussing on your varied sex-life)..Heskey?????? Crouch?????Walcott????
And the future? Maclaren?? I don't think so. I hope he proves me wrong but I suspect we need Wenger.
And do I care who wins?
I couldn't give a -lying -uck.
Come on Huddersfield!!!!
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Three blokes down a Greek bar watching the world cup.
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