No surprise here
I was surprised how few St George’s flags there were hanging on cars and from houses when I was home last week. But of course it all makes sense. Why go to all of that bother for that shower, who pretend to represent us as a nation at football. Why should we go to all of that bother when these overpaid and arrogant young men don’t. And as for the old bloke stood on the touchline. The highest paid manager at the tournament he is/was. Hapless.
Once a forward thinking coach plying his trade in Switzerland, Hodgson’s tactical ability, organizational skills and leadership looked like they were left back in the 90’s. Out thought, out muscled, defence all over the place, hopeful pot shots, no intensity, a baffling system and team selection, and all etched with that time old sense of entitlement and ego pampering. Best league in the world and all that. Where young English players are stifled not developed.
Who was surprised though? As soon as Hart flapped at Sigthorsson’s shot, it meant that we only had 72 minutes to break them down. Wasn’t going to happen unless we could get someone in the box and draw a penalty. Someone like Rashford for example. No, we had to wait until the 96th minute for him. It was an embarrassment, but I wasn’t surprised, I’m not really angry. I’m not bothered. 50 years of hurt. Oh how the time flies.
As for Iceland. Brilliant weren’t they. Played as a team with heart and guts. Old fashioned values. Good luck to them.