Football(er)’s coming home

Eurovision it is then.  The score of 4-1 on Sunday is the only scoreline that has not flattered the England football team.  Germany identified the lack of quality in the English game very early in the tournament and I do not understand how everyone else did not.  Chris Waddle has voiced all England’s thoughts on the World cup performance.  There is something seriously wrong.  The English team do not appear to have the ability to pass the ball consistantly like many of the foreign teams, including Ghana, Japan, even America, all of whom have the ability to play themselves out of defence rather than the long clearance adopted by England, which also seems to be their favoured form of ‘attack’.

England’s exit from the competition after a dismal campaign should introduce a touch of realism into the quality, cost and expectations of our local, overpaid and over-rated players.  Managers (both home-grown and foreign) have come and gone since 1966, without success; it can’t all be down to them (although it has to be said, they do pick the teams – and do they pick ’em?).  If Heskey is a strong contender for the team, I don’t care how fit the squad is, it is not good enough.

Where the fault is (Waddle has a theory) I know sweat FA.  Is it the FA?  Is it the manager?  Is it the number of foreign players in our premier league sides?  Or is it more fundamental?  The flawed concept of protecting children from failing or being on the losing side?  As our standard of living falls, perhaps it will create a will to win – something, even if it is only Eurovision.  ‘Football’s coming home’ should win a few sympathy votes – and show we haven’t lost our sense of humour.