Leaping out from the deluge of post Euro opinion are two basic questions which seem to be swamped by all the expert, and not so expert, punditry. From a national perspective, why did England not do better? Let`s get the easy one out of the way, answer, because England were not good enough, deeper analysis and dissection for a later time. The second and more pleasant question is, why did Spain win. Again that`s quite an easy one, because they were the best team.
Why were Spain the best team, basically because they lifted the trophy and in the record books for all time they will be listed as winners, as they will be for the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. And therein lies the rub as Will Shakespeare wrote. You see we keep hearing and reading phrases like
It didn`t take long for Roy Hodgson to experience `withdrawalitus` following his accession to the England hot seat. In the space of a few days injury ruled out Kyle Walker, voted the best right back in the Premier League, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, the latter two vastly experienced players. Throw in the injury doubts surrounding Danny Welbeck and Scott Parker, the Spurs man being particularly crucial to England`s tournament hopes and you don`t even have to delve into the unavailable Darren Bent, Jack Rodwell and Chris Smalling to start contemplating some malevolent spooky curse.
Actually it`s a bit more down to earth because ALL the England player have just completed a physically taxing Premier League season, some more than others of course. But it was interesting
by 11v11 Guest Blogger Brian Beard
Hands up all of you who gasped and were underwhelmed by Roy Hodgson's squad for the European Championships. The words that crossed my mind were; functional, pragmatic, unexciting. Then, for some reason, Denmark, 1992, and Greece, 2004, flashed across my mind (the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Euro, more the Euros eight years ago when the functional and pragmatic Greeks danced off with the trophy. Denmark were late substitutes for Yugoslavia 20 years ago and won the tournament, after plucking their players from beaches across the world. Sun beds and Ambre Solaire, as preparation, didn`t impair Schmeichel and co too much.
Am I suggesting the hurried installation of Roy Hodgson, with barely
Updated 25th May 2012 at 08:45 AM by 11v11
Harry for England!
Premier League performance of the week goes to Harry Redknapp of Tottenham (hopefully soon England.)
The Spurs boss woke up on Wednesday morning with the possibility of ending the day in prison. Instead, he went to his bed dreaming of becoming England’s next manager.
Harry was cleared of two charges of evading tax after a 13-day trial before being installed as odds-on favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England boss following the Italian’s shock resignation.
The week ended with a resounding 5-0 win against Newcastle United that keeps Spurs on track for a Champions League place and maintains the possibility of their first title since 1961. And to continue Harry’s magic touch in the transfer market, the five-goal salvo included a brace from
In plenty of time for the upcoming European Championship, the Association of Football Statisticians is hereby relaunching our England national team site to the general public.
The site contains details of every 'A' international match, every line-up and every player to have donned the England shirt. In typically English fashion, it also includes all the opponents. The first match was, of course, against our mighty northern neighbours and the site faithfully records all encounters between the two giants of world football, all the trials and tribulations, as well as the famous world cup victory, against the Germans, of 1966.
We name this site England and may she bring fair winds and good fortune to all who surf on her.