Monday, June 28, 2010


You carry your performances forward. If you play well and know your abilities you take it forward with you to the next game. If you don't play well but you still win you run the risk of blinding yourself with your success.

It is simple. England. Before the part-time fans begin their "yeah, but if it was over the line then..."

No, England were trounced by a superior team. That isn't to say England doesn't have some of the best players in the world in the side. They do. But Capello abused this side with his belief and stubbornness in his tactics that were born and died in the 1990's. Players in the wrong place and in the wrong positions.

Let's be clear. Sven Goran Eriksson's team were better than this one. Dull, lifeless....sounds like a L'oreal advert.

And even if England went in at 2 - 2, Germany were quicker, more creative and more disciplined. Germany deserved to win. England deserved it to be this bad. And their momentum from the warm-up games and the way they started this tournament...actually, even against the States they were better, more English...they were always going to lose.

Mexico too. They had such a great opportunity but they were beaten by Uruguay and despite some bad luck against Argentina, they fell apart. They lacked confidence.

There is no such thing as a friendly or a dead rubber. You want to win regardless.

What a dramatic day.

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