Thursday, August 21, 2008

'It's a tough life for an England supporter'

There's no pun in that headline, it's a quote from my good friend Phil, fellow England supporter.

A few years ago, I created a Facebook group called "I Don't Know Why I Love You, But I Do - England Supporters' Support Group". I have long since left that group because, well, it was shit, but the feeling lives on. It's tough to be an England supporter - we know our team should be one of, if not the, best in the world, but we delve in mediocrity like it's our job! They're great for their clubs, but when it comes to representing the Queen and her Three Lions, they flail about like a group of schoolgirls on ecstasy. Hell, all the way back it's been the same. Even the Cup we won in '66 was won on a very dodgy 3rd goal in extra time.

End point - it's tough to watch our boys. Penalties, lacklustre performances, excuses, you name it. Fabio Capello was supposed to reign in a new era, and to a certain extent, he has. Capello plays a defensive style of football, depending on counter-attacks. I'm a little disappointed with yesterday though, 2-2 against the Czech's with a Turkish goal from Joe Cole to make the draw at the death.

Maybe this is the shit performance they need to realize that they're playing shit football and need to step it up. Here's hoping, anyway, because I don't know what I'll do if they don't make World Cup South Africa after missing out on EURO. In the group we're in, we should be able to lock down a spot in the finals without too much trouble, save the Croats. But, if England play at the level and ability of which we all know they're capable, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility to see some hardware at the end of summer in two years time.

Like I said before... it took Spain 44 years, why not us too?

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