Thursday, 22 November 2007

It's over

The FA are currently having an emergency board meeting to discuss the future of Steve McClaran after Englands failure to qualify for the European Championships. It doesn't take a trained monkey to guess what their decision would be (in fact, a trained monkey may actually have got England to qualify had he been in charge of the team!).

I vaguely remember the 1994 World Cup, where England failed to qualify, and was quite convinced that it would be the last time that happened for a while.

I think us English do have too high expectations for a national team that has only won a major competition once, and that 40+ years ago, but I think the main problem is a lack of cohesion within the team. We DO have world class player. Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard, Terry et al. However, they are unable to perform as a single unit. Chris said in his blog the other week that only one or two of the Scottish team would possibly make it into a combined team between England and Scotland, and it's true - they do not players who are as good as ours - but the difference is, they play better as a team.

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