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from Germany, 4 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
I have to consider where I start first. Maybe
I shall start with a description of football: hey guys look what football as
giant market has brought us. It has brought ridiculous rulings, where every
harder man contact is rewarded with a yellow or red card. It has brought us
referees giving the result of the game and not the players. Where players can be
wiped off the field after the game. Where money makes lushy stars,
forgetting the fun while playing. And all the fans forget - Its an emotional
game. More of that: An alternative for war. Where nations fight against each
other and prove who can play best, nearly peacefully.
I saw nearly all the games and we had a lot of
party together with British, Swedish, Italian and believe me or not Orange
fans. I like to thank Wayne Rooney for being that true hearted football
monster, never giving up, not falling while being fouled. He didn't deserve a
red card for an accident, that it was in the game vs. Portugal. I can
understand his reactions, being emotionally betrayed (it really feels like
that, ever played football anyone?) by his "former" teammate in the premier
league. He is sympathetic because he aint that football model with2 or 3 PR-
Agents telling him what to say or not. Everyone calling the type of player a
primitive doesn't understand football. Good football is always a bit primitive
because it feeds our oldest instincts and makes happy or sad. That is
the soul of the game!!! 30 years ago there where more of those players and
less referees with a catalogue of rules behind. And you know what: The World
Championships deserved that name in those times. Because everyone fought to
the end, so that a lost game was not a loss of pride.
The next embarrassing Fifa decision... Our
player Frings was hit by three Argentineans, he pushed forward his own hand
and... got barred? for the next game. And that was delivered to Fifa by
pressure of the Italian yellow press. Populism rules. Find weaknesses and
deliver the killing blow before the game starts...That ain't football. Not the
Fist of Frings in defence for a teammate is unsportsmanlike, to sneak
something to gain an advantage is it. Its mad: Everyone in these times likes
Betrayal but no-one likes the betrayer. I hope the remaining England fans
could support our team, which will play the virtues of old times I hope. We
had a great time with you, the British fans in Germany, next time I look
forward to see our teams in the finals of the european championships, without
Italy or Portugal :D. I like being primitive.
from Norway, 3 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
I am a football fan of premier league, but not
the football England is playing. It must be terrible to be an English football
supporter when your team can't play one single good football game. Football
comes from England but it didn't look like during world championship.
Jones, from Wales, 3 July
2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:
Unlucky England but only went for it after
Beckham's injury and Rooney's sending off (Ronaldo has a lot to answer for
there). Also WAGS too much of a distraction, and very
poor behaviour from them, you don't read about any other teams wags. The whole set up around the England team was
not professional enough, players stood around waiting for luggage to be off
loaded from bus etc right through to lack off clear game plan. The England fans were let down, not by the
players but by bad management.
Blenkiron, from U.K., 3 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
England had them on the
back foot, they never looked like scoring. Good luck lads.
destination unknown, 3 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
I don't know
what it was this time....but losing depressed the crap out of me. They should of
won that game. We have the best team of players on paper....I am English to the
bone and no matter what I will always stand by the team...YOU ALL HAD A GREAT
WORLD CUP. THANKS FOR TAKING US AS FAR AS YOU DID.
from U.K., 3 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
We're out! I am so relieved
firstly, because we didn't
progress: England played dreadfully throughout and to have
progressed would have been a travesty. we were the worst of a
very poor collection of teams.
secondly, because Eriksson and
Beckham have gone. it seems amazing
to me that Beckham states he still
wants to play for England...I thought you had to win a place
by being good enough, which he hasn't been for some time. Lets
hope Steve McClaren is brave enough to axe all the other
overpaid underperformers...say what you like but England
played with zero spirit...what happened to the spirit that did
Germany 5-0, or Holland 4-1.
thirdly because we have seen
Rooney exposed for the ugly human being that he is...more
overpaid underperformance...his whingeing at every decision
shows him for being a spoilt little monster and not much
different really to Cristiano Ronaldo.
fourthly and most importantly,
because we have seen how the whole game of football, in its
glittering showcase competition, watched by millions globally,
has been exposed for being the nasty business that it is,
where winning is everything, even if it means lying and
cheating. football is a fine example of the ultimate implosion
of unfettered capitalism, where super-rich players and
managers just don't do what they are
(over)paid to do and instead rely on cheating. I agree that
this England squad could and should have won the world
cup...but the players are no longer players, the manager is no
longer a manager: they are celebrities who just do not need to
bother, except to worry about which fast car they're going to
buy, which enormous houses they're going to buy, which stupid
celebrity girlfriend they're going to buy. Capitalism has
ruined football at national and international levels.
personally, I believe ONLY
Allardyce has the hard edge to do what is required and replace
the entire line-up. Leave out Beckham
et al...we will achieve better results with a team of lesser
known players who don't have an eye on their business
opportunities. (That's if you can find some.) I bet all the
other nations were laughing their socks off at England's
poverty of imagination, intelligence, drive, determination,
pride in wearing the shirt. what a great bunch of losers the
England football team are. Compare Zidane to Beckham? what a
joke...compare Owen to Henri? Risible...compare Hiddink to
Eriksson? you'll die laughing first....
Message to Eriksson and the
whole team...can we have our money back please? you go down in
English football history as the laughing stock. of all
time...yes, worse even than Turnip Taylor, although I've
followed England for over 35 years, I'm so relieved I don't
have to watch any more of that England team.
Good luck to McClaren...let's
hope he has the balls to start afresh
from China, 2 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
I am your honest fan. I am very
sad when you lost game. Last
night I watch tv all the night with so many football fans. we
hope you can do the best because your team own many best players
in the world. You
are the best team in 20 years in England. I believe you can gain
successes and make worder to the world.
I support you! I support Beckham, Owen, Lampard, Gerrard,
all of you! Rooney, I want to say, go
on and you are sure of getting what you want if only you have a
dream I trust you!
from U.K., 2 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
to be asked with Ronaldo's behaviour
and his future with Man U, telling
Rooney in advance he will be sent off
in the game, That wink !! Speaking to the Ref in a language
understand. Taking an active part in Rooney's
Players with a conflict of interests
has to be addressed !!!!!!!!!!!!
from Russia, 2 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
England the best football team! I'm
really sorry that your team isn't qualified 1/4. Sorry for my
English, i'm from Russia. I'm really cried.
from destination unknown, 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the
sorry but I am English through and
through. and I know that what
I say wont change anything 1 iota. But 1
up front, which Eriksson never changed,
was never, ever going to work, pundits
stated it, [Blatter] stated it.
[Beckenbuear] stated it, AND ALL OF
ENGLAND SAID IT, why? why?. England football world cup was ......a
shambles come home your shit. I am ashamed
to be called a football nation, you YOU England
footballers.........too much money NO PRIDE
Bruin, from Middlesbrough,
England, 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
What went Wrong???
On paper we have such an amazing
team. Nearly all the players have won top club honours but again we
have been let down. Before this tournament,
I could only name about 5 of the Italian
squad and 5 of the German squad, but they're in Semi Finals due to
organisation and good coaches. Tonight, Portugal were for the
taking. Unbelievably they were less adventurous than us, but what
does Sven do, go like for like and stay negative. I'm being
honest here, when
I say, I would
have preferred him to take a gamble and show some balls, if it
backfired and we lost in extra time, then I
would say at least he went for it. But instead, its the same old,
out on penalties and all the what ifs? For me, Lampard could have been
sacrificed, he has been ineffective all tournament, and Theo Walcott
should have been brought on. It would have been a gamble, but that's
why is he selected, for that very reason. But Sven is just so
negative. The worrying thing is, we have no new ideas to look
forward to, Steve McClaren pulls the strings and we have to suffer
another four years with him at the helm. I live in Middlesbrough and
talk to the fans, and all of them say, watching England is like
watching boro. The difference with this is, Boro had four strikers
to put on and win a quarter final and we had two!! Wayne Rooney was silly but with
pressure put on his shoulders, built up by the press and even his
own coach (which is crazy, you never hear Ferguson saying Wayne's
going to win us the league). The lad is coming back from injury
with everyone expecting miracles. He was
frustrated, like he was when he we played
out of position against Spain and we/he paid the price. The press have built him and pray
they don't knock him down, look at
Eriksson instead. When we were waiting for extra time to start and
before the penalties, where was he, it was Beckham spurring the
players on. Terrible!! Lampard and Gerrard disappointed.
They drive their teams on week in, week out in the premiership, but
never do it for England. Think of the Champions league/FA Cup Final
for Liverpool or how many times Lampard has set Chelsea on the way
to another win. Maybe they are just not inspired by
their coach. How could they be? Have you heard his interviews?? I just feel so let down yet again.
Before the Euro Championships, lets not hype us up and we may just
Ps, lets not hear the following: If Rooney hadn't been sent off, it
was too hot, we had injury problems etc. Heard it all before and its boring.
France lost players through injuries but they're still there. The
Semi Finals are full of european teams so the heat lark is
from U.K., 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
midfield players - Gerrard and Lampard, ineffective to the extreme,
they're supposed to be big game matchwinners but both have been tired
and out of form throughout world cup 2006 but manager lacked the bottle to drop
either one or both of them - shockingly bad against Portugal.
Kleimann, from Kassel,
Germany, 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
Hi ENGLAND! My deepest sympathy
for your great play and your unlucky loss at the pens kicking ... Wish you all the best from now on ...
from France, 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World Cup:-
Well done!! for England!! you didn't have
lost a match... I'm terribly sorry for the result of the penalty
shots...but you have a very nice team!!! special motion for Terry and
Thank you for your fighting spirit!!!
Sorry for my English... but I support England since I was a kid and I
have 38 now.
from Walthamstow, 1 July 2006, following England's elimination from the World
well done england!!!
good try it was all cause of luck that portugal won! we should have won.
from Australia, 29 June 2006, on an England song:-
Just listening to Cliff Portwood's song Up There
England. What a rip off..... This song was written by Mike
Brady here in Australia and is known as "Up the Cazaly". The song is
about Roy Cazaly who played Australian Rules Football. Story on BBC suggests this song was written in
1966 and was in the music charts at that time. Not so! Mike has just been interview on radio here in
Australia [Radio 3aw - Neil Mitchell telephone 03 96900693] and he and
his legal people are looking to speak to Cliff.
Sergio, a Portuguese fan in U.S., 28 June 2006, on the
upcoming clash between England and Portugal:-
Just wanted to know what kind of people you
wankers think you are...Who on God's green earth (or whatever yr
religious affiliation is) would ever believe that your national team is a
contender when you are scared of facing a Portugal team led by Figo, who
by the is a better footballer than yr pretty boy fag David Beckham. I
have heard reports, and they may be false, that the English Football
Federation sent a memo to FIFA asking them to ban Figo from playing in
if these reports are true, then may i say..."YOU GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF
PUSSIES!" Not only have we had yr number in the past few
Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium: Group stage, England face
Portugal and take an early 2-0 lead...but who else to come and save the
day than LUIS FIGO, who blasts one from quite a distance outside the box
into the right-hand corner of the net being defended i believe by some guy
who's name doesn't even need to be remembered, i know he sucked and that
he should've been drinking David's Seamen...HHAHAHA...we (Portugal) won
3-2...great game by the way, as it always is with the English side.
Euro 2004 in my beloved corner of Iberia, Portugal: quarter-final match
vs. the bloody wankers. Michael Owen, with some spectacular
showing of skill scores a great goal to start off the match...but after
regulation the game is tied...in extra-time we exchange goals and go to
penalty kicks...after an exchange of goals and misses, we remain tied
until our keeper, RICARDO, scores to help his own cause...then, as if to
say, EFF YOU, he takes off his gloves and makes the winning save...truly
amazing spectacle put on by both teams, perhaps the greatest game i've
ever seen played with my own two eyes...
In other words we've had yr number for a few matches now (although you did
beat us pretty nice in a friendly match in england a few years ago...but
then again...we weren't really playing for anything were we now?).
Basically what i'm trying to get across here is that i expect a great
match between both our teams, and that i hope we can avoid the ugliness of
football without fair play...the Dutch team obviously has issues with
losing, again they've had some trouble with us since 1991...and that's a
long time to take it in the ass by one team...trust me i know i'm a Boston
Red Sox fan...
again, the best of luck to england...i hope to see a great game
Saturday...and may the best team win.
p.s.: don't worry to much about Figo, he's 33 years old...but he'll still
shit on you!!!
p.s.s.: the best thing about English soccer: the HOOLIGANS...those guys
are true fans, maybe you should consider throwing them on the
pitch...seeing they have more heart than anyone on the starting
eleven...the only puking they'd be doing during the game would be from the
long night before.
John Martin, from Merseyside, UK, wrote less than hour
Sergio, the Portugese fan from USA, sounds like a
well balanced chap!!
Tony Harte, Manchester, England, 28 June 2006, on omens:-
Does anyone know if wearing a long-sleeved shirt is
considered a lucky omen by the England team?
I've noticed in recent matches that a least one
player (usually Beckham) wears a long-sleeved shirt. In the Ecuador game
Rooney wore the shirt in the first half changing to a short sleeved shirt
for the second half whilst Becks changed from a short sleeved shirt to a
long sleeved shirt for the second half. Given the intense heat during the
match it seemed like madness to wear excess clothing hence my belief that
this shirt wearing is seen as a sure route to success.
Should I be wearing a long sleeved shirt rather than
my favoured natty short sleeve shirt when watching the matches?
Considering that Beckham half filled a vom-bucket
after changing to the long sleeved shirt will this habit be followed in
future matches? Does the win outweigh the heave?
Matt Thomas, Colchester, England, 21 June 2006, on
I write this after the Portugal/Holland &
Italy/Australia game and am so frustrated. Nope, not like that.
I'm infuriated that 16 years after West Germany made a mockery of the rules
of the game with ridiculous dives and then more tumbles than a Gymnast we
are still having to deal with the cheating that so many perpetrate.
So much was said last night about the Russian referee
ruining the game between '....two great footballing sides...' that many have
missed the point. If the players didn't dive/cheat/etc there would have been
half the cards (take out the 'professional' fouls and there would have been
less still). The Italy penalty this afternoon is another case in point. It
was such an obvious dive you wonder what the referee was watching but the
fact is this, if the player didn't dive then the referee wouldn't have that
decision to make.
Two years ago I posted on this site, after the '04
Euro Champs, about simulation and nothing has improved. FIFA should start
banning players for diving (several games) and then it might not be so
attractive to cheat. I play & manage in local football and if I foul someone
I accept that I might get a yellow card. If someone dives, however, they
need to understand that they won't need to dive a 2nd time because
retribution is swift- maybe, if players are caught cheating, then the
oppositions captain should be allowed to garrotte the individual concerned.
.... anything that works is good for me.
I guess if an England player cheats to win a game (too
nervous to suggest the Final!) then for a short while I would be happy we'd
won...... but it would still leave a bitter taste- we don't seem to need any more reasons
for other nations to dislike us!
For commentators to suggest it is the referee's fault,
though, is ludicrous. The players are making referee's life impossible
and David Pleat blaming the referee shows him up to be the idiot that he is.
There are too many nations that can't go 5 minutes without some form of
cheating but I'm not sure FIFA are taking the problem seriously enough.
Whilst players like Robben, Totti & Drogba are free to dive without
appropriate punishment then games will continue to be decided the wrong way.
Chelsea Esau, Winnipeg, Canada, 24 June 2006, on David
Beckham is by far the most talented player on the pitch. People who
criticize Beckham obviously don’t know football to well, and don’t see the
work he does off the ball as well as on the ball. With the amount of
England is carrying this
tournament we should be able to perform well in the second round.
Patrick Leahy, Singapore, 22 June 2006, following England's
draw with Sweden:-
England are to progress
Eriksson and McClaren have to improve their tactics with substitutions.
Why bring on
England’s third best
centre back is already on the pitch? Carragher should have moved into replace
Ferdinand, Beckham should have gone to right back and Lennon should have been
brought on to pressurise the Swedish defence. Just not good enough Sven.
Matt Thomas, Colchester, England, 21 June 2006, following England's
draw with Sweden:-
So, 3 games gone. Two wins & one draw. Who would have
taken that, regardless of performance, prior to the tournament? Yep, almost
I'm tiring of peoples almost never ending
requirement to be negative about all and sundry in an England football shirt.
Fine, if a player puts in a couple of truly poor performances on the trot then
consider sharpening the knives (David James in Euro '04 & Phil Neville in
the 21st Century spring to mind...).
With the 3 games so far who has really been poor? Owen
didn't have the service (and was lacking fitness..... unfortunately now not
going to be an issue for several months), Crouch was marooned, Lampard &
Gerrard are hampered by the system. Apart from that no-one has been truly
Sven (and I don't like him as a manager but you have to
respect his record- though if he was English does anyone really think he would
have lasted this long?) made poor substitutions against Paraguay (we aren't
Italian and aren't naturally suited to camping out on the edge of our area to
soak up pressure) and I'm still wondering when he might play Walcott now
because if we need to turn a game he will surely go for Lennon over the 'kid'?
On the other hand he went the other way against Trin & Tob and won the game
with his timely showing of gumption and to have further guts to play Rooney is
going to pay dividends.
All in all we are doing really well. Beckham is still
awesome (those that criticise him don't see his work off, as well as 'on', the
ball) and those that suggest Lennon as a starter over him might like to
consider the fact that although Lennon is looking to be great, he doesn't have
the final ball consistency like Beckham yet. The Coles are playing well
together. Hargreaves was exceptional yesterday. Despite the 2 set-piece
goals the defence is still good- one game doesn't change that. Rooney
will only get better & Owens injury might force Sven to play 4-5-1 which
accommodates Lampard & Gerrard.
My tip before the tournament would have been Spain or
Argentina (with us as outsiders). I would say that I'm expecting at least a
semi-place now.... Bring on the South Americans....
Darren Coles, location unknown, 20 June 2006, following England's
draw with Sweden:-
I hope the England team
can read this because the dodgeball competitions are open for next year around
this time and I think they would be perfect for the job because they get all the
training they need from Sven. How does four players miss a ball in the
last 10 seconds and why do they only pass backwards it similar to rugby but more
like a girl guides rugby match. This makes me angry and tired.
p.s. Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard played well Ashley Cole sucks wang so does Rio
Derek Hurst, location unknown, 20 June 2006, following England's
draw with Sweden:-
Best player on the pitch
is David Beckham, and sorry to say but they need a new goal keeper bring back
David Seaman or Gordon Banks.
Brian Weeks, an ex-Brit from Canada, 18 June 2006, following England's victory over Trinidad:-
I hope that England
plays better football than they have shown in the world cup. The game against
Trinidad Tobago was nothing to be proud of. If that is the best England
can do then you are in big trouble.
Anne Ross-Greetham, from
Saffron Walden, Essex, 16 June 2006, following England's victory over Trinidad:-
What a load of rubbish
England are!!! Over paid players with massive egos!!! Shame they cannot
put their egos behind them and play football like the Brazilians, should I
say it...the Argentineans?!!!
William Fulton, from
Scotland, 15 June 2006, following England's victory over Trinidad:-
Once again your English media can't stop, you can't watch a
game without England being talked about for the whole 90 min. Come on England
fans, give your media pelters and maybe you would get the support from north of
the border. After all there is more teams in the world cup than yours it
is so boring and never ending.
Geoff Mason, from
Costa Rica, 19 May 2006, on England's World Cup hopes:-
I've been waiting since 1966 (when I was eleven
year's old) for England to win the world cup. I'm living in Costa Rica
since 22 years now and, just like the England squad, somehow cannot
bring out the enthusiasm or the clear hope that maybe this will be THE
world cup to remember.... I've seen alot of Latin American football
played with such flair and enthusiasm - If only England could play with the same
flair and enthusiasm, and show clearly that the team WANTS to win - that nothing
else matters. World class players CAN be beaten - CAN be stopped.
At English club levels, the game is
brilliant. However, when it comes to international level, it all falls apart.
What does Brazil REALLY have that England doesn't have? Most brazilian players
play in europe. How many English players play in Brazil?? Could they learn a
trick or two?
Some time ago, there was a chance that a
Brazilian would take on the England squad. It kindled hope, but that
chance faded, It would have been a wonderful opportunity. Very
I'm tired of seeing Ronaldinho throwing himself
on the ground to get free kicks (RE: Barcelona vs Arsenal)
Finally, I hope that England will start
the world cup right this time by playing good, FAST, football. Speed still wins
the game, you know.
Sheffield, 28 March 2006, on the British Championship:-
I've just been reading with interest, on this site the article on the
now defunct 'Home international championships' tournament. I for one
miss it and always will. That said I understand the reasons behind
stopping it. We do need something like this in our footballing lifes for
bragging rights alone. Think of all the local derby's on a Saturday
afternoon. (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday, delete as
applicable). Of all the the people that miss work the next day because
they can't face their work colleagues after their team got stuffed
against the local rivals.
Why don't we have a B' International home championships? This way
we could see how players from lower divisions are coming along and we
could re-ignite the passion of beating, and losing to the old foe's
CG: I believe they are attempting this at the semi-professional level, but
that just isn't gaining the angst of a nation.
Carlisle, Cumbria, 25 February 2006, on the new England away kit:-
don't know how he got it, but I've seen someone wearing what appears to be
the new England away shirt for some time now (it's identical to the Sun
exclusive photos). In any case, I won't be buying it as it looks
absolutely terrible! Very cheap looking.
CG: I know Asda have started to sell the shirts early, which is good of
them - still, Asda don't pick the design, do they?
Syston, Leicestershire, 14 February 2006, on the new England Manager:-
Please! Anyone but O'Neill. The Home Nations always want ANYONE to win
but England. We need an Englishman OR another real foreigner, not an
Irishman who has a passion for the ethos of Celtic.
I entirely agree, I'd like to see some good old fashioned English passion
back in job, something that would suit Stuart Pearce nicely. My personal
choice would be Peter Reid, but I think I'm alone on that one.
the U.K., 9 February 2006, on the National Anthem:-
Does everyone not think that it is about time England changed the
anthem played before international matches. Don't get me wrong, 'God save
the Queen' is a good song and I, like many others feel a sense of loyalty
and pride to Her Majesty. However, 'GstQ' is the national anthem of the
whole UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Scots and
Welsh both use a national song from their respective countries and it is
time we did the same.
Using 'GstQ' creates many problems; first of all, it deprives England
of its national identity. It also adds to the misguided confusion many
have between 'England' and 'Britain', which in turn adds to the view of
many citizens north & west of the border believing that their countries
are being forgotten in the union.
There are many songs which could be considered as our national song, of
which Jerusalem is the most notably English and is often sung at England
cricket games, this would therefore be my choice (however there are many
others which could be considered such as 'Land of Hope and Glory' which is
used as the victory anthem in the Commonwealth games).
I believe that it is important England regains its national identity
and by changing the anthem of the most famous English institution (the
football team) it would go along way to achieving this ('GstQ' would
of obviously continue to be used as the anthem for the whole UK at events
such as the Olympic games).
Stockholm, Sweden, 1 February 2006, on Sven's leadership:-
I feel sorry for England. Why do everyone try to make Sven Göran's work impossible? In Sweden we've been happy to have the opportunity to watch English
football since the 60's. I love to watch it and England feels a little
bit like my second homeland because of that. Sportsmanship has been
the leading star of England but now I don´t know anymore. What do they achieve by setting up Göran? To make every work being impossible for him? Do anyone want to take over after Sven? Not many.
The National Team's job is one of such notoriety that once it is taken, the
man is on a pedestal ready to be shot down by the media. Whoever is
'foolish' enough to take on the mantel needs to earn his huge paycheck and
stay quiet and does his job. Regardless of what we see as innocent or
friendly, or simply looking after future interests - the man must put
England first, or else....
Kim Wakeman, from
January 2006, on Sven's sting:-
This is a plea to all England fans. Boycott the News of the World
with immediate effect until after the World Cup. With four months to go
until the start of the worlds most important sporting event the News of the
World decide to target the England manager in an elaborate sting
operation. This newspaper has really shown where its loyalty lies. Not
with the true England fans, not with the team. No, once again this alleged
newspaper concocts a scheme to cause maximum disruption to the England team
preparations. It attempts to cause a rift between players and management.
They are not interested in the slightest about getting behind the England
Team. They are only interested in sales. If they really had to resort to
this lowest level of journalism surely they would have targeted the manager
of a foreign team. Perhaps the hacks at NOTW believe we are a
foreign team. After all, is this the paper owned by an Australian?
Oh yes, and Australia have qualified for the tournament as well. Hmmm.
We all have our opinions on Sven but whatever you think, the fact of the
matter is that we are once again participating in the greatest sporting
spectacle. No true fan of English football would want to damage our
prospects would they? Well I can only conclude that the News of the
World doesn't care. Lets remember that there was no story here. That
rag created one. It deliberately set out to catch Sven off guard. It
deliberately set out to cause mayhem. If there ain't no news then
they'll damn sure make some and damn the consequences as long as they sell
more papers. Never mind the fans, never mind the team.
I'm just an ordinary fan of English football but I can remember as a
teenager those barren world cup years of 1974 and 1978 when I was reduced to
cheering on those English haters from north of the border. Now that
we've got a team that can actually qualify for major tournaments it is time
for all fans whoever they follow, be it Chelsea or Northwich Victoria to
really get behind our national team. It's a time for strength and unity. I ask
you all once again to not buy the News of
the World. Lets hit 'em where it hurts. COME ON ENGLAND !!!!!!
CG: Should the worst
happen this summer, that is, we fail miserably, I wonder where NOTW will
lay the blame. Whatever the case, news will always remain news, there is
no principle, no justice and no courtesy in how that news is obtained.
Let's just hope that Sven let's his actions do the talking, that is, win the
World Cup and stay.