So, to kick my first real post off, I’d like to talk about England’s Euro 2012 chances. First of all, I’m an avid Englishman as much as the next guy. That is, I get as excited in the pre-tournament buildup slogging down wagers for us to be relatively successful, but as soon as the first cockup occurs, I rain down on my side with a barrage of insults about how they’re overpaid granny-sleeping, adulterous racist maggots.
The truth is, I want England to do well. I want them to win, I expect them to do well. But I know they won’t. Which leads me to think – why is it such an English supporters trademark to be known as some of the best fans in the world, but at the same time gun them down at every oppurtunity?
The red-tops will shoot down the national side despite win, draw or loss, but is it us fans that have too much of an expectation? We all fully admit that we’re not blessed with the squads of Spain and Germany etc, but we still expect us to rank an achievement on par with them? Hell, we haven’t won a damn trophy since 1966, and bar the odd flirt with glory in the 90′s – nothing has come of fruition. Are we expecting too much?
Whoever takes over (most likely old dog-face), they would need to invigorate a side that possesses the odd class player, and a team full of what I call ‘grafters’. The usual patter of getting Lamps and Gerrard to play together will come up, as with the defensive frailties. But probably most importantly, have we the goals to do well? Rooney idiotically has got himself ruled out for a few games – leaving the nations hopes to firmly rest upon Welbeck, Sturridge, Defoe and Bent. (Cue Heskey chants). And in all honesty, if Greece can win the damn thing, then so can we!
But in truth, on paper we haven’t a team that would reach the pinnacles of international football.
Football was never played on paper.
Come on you ENGLAND!!!