Sunday, July 02, 2006

England Expects. . . too much

In the end, it was the forces of sheer inevitability that sent England crashing out of the World Cup. This supposed ‘Golden Generation’, our greatest hope since (yawn, yawn, yawn) 1966, defeated once more by the script for our national team in major tournaments. You all know how it goes: a key player is sent off, 10 men then fight a ragged battle to the bitter end, but are ultimately dispatched by a terminal inability to win penalty shoot-outs. That’s five times now we’ve had to sit and watch an England side lose in this way, and it never really gets any easier.

So that’s the last we’ll see of Sven-Goran Eriksson heading up our national team (there will be no ‘Swede Victory’ now, etc, boom boom! © Every British Tabloid), which would be a good thing if it weren’t for the fact that his replacement is Steve McClaren. Sweet Jesus. David Beckham has also stood down as England captain, so another era draws to a close.

Still, life goes on.

4 comments:

ph said...

How anyone can find anything enjoyable in England's play is beyond me. They brought absolutely nothing to the world cup. When will the fans say 'we have had enough of this shite' and vote with their feet. This will not happen as every couple of years the money men of football pull out all the stops to whip up the English nation into a frenzy of false hopes, which end in a damp squib of inglorious failure

Citizen Sane said...

But we love it really. The hype, the expectation, the bitter, bitter disappointment.

Could be worse. We could be Scottish.

Anonymous said...

I agree CS. As an Englishman I'm pretty well prepared for coping with sporting failures. On a positive note it makes the occasional win that happens every 25 years or so all the more memorable.

The rugby world cup and the Ashes victory have been massive highs in past few years.

That said, the England team did disappoint this time. Normally we play well and are plucky losers in the Quarters/Semis, this time we played badly and were lucky to get to the quarters. Frankly the whole tournament provided little to cheer about for the English. Except the Argies and Portugese going out.

GB

Citizen Sane said...

We used to have an empire you know. . . .