Alan McCabe wrote:
Yet, listening to the various radio and television phone-ins, the English press, players, managers and supporters still, on the whole, don't get it....they ain't anywhere near as good as they think they are.
This is my 7th World Cup 'Down South'. I'd disagree with the 'supporters' bit nobody I work with or my neighbours thought they had any chance of winning it. They did think given the 'favourable' way the Group draw had turned out that topping the group would have given them a chance of getting to the Semis.
What they weren't prepared for was the jaw dropping ineptitude of the English play, especially against Algeria. There were guffaws of laughter at the mis hit passes, the ball given away and Wayne Roooney's headless chicken imperssionation.
My comparison with Scotland would probably be 1998 when we lost to Morrocco, a bunch of 'unknowns' who took us apart.