June 26, 2006

Poor Aussies lose in last few seconds

I gotta admit I'm feeling a little sorry for Australia tonight. They were beaten by a referee that doesn't know the basic rules and a team more used to diving and cheating than fair play.

The referee made a very bad decision when he gave Italy a penalty kick with 10 seconds on the clock. First, it wasn't a penalty as the tackle was made; the cheating Italian basically thought he'd fall over the player instead of go round him and second he's doing FIFA no favors with yet another bad display from the referee.

We, as Englishmen, can't complain too much after our own representative at the tournament made a mockery of the game and should never referee again but come on; we know the Italians cheat because there is an investigation into match fixing in Italy going on as we speak so why the referees don't look out for this from them baffles me.

If I were a representative of the Australian FA I'd tell everyone that was willing to listen it's not fair or right; see who Sepp Blatter blames then!

Beckham proved critics wrong: Cobblers

David Beckham scored the winner against Ecuador but I can't help feeling that if he wasn't in the side we'd have won by more.

Apparently he thinks he answered his critics but I think he's only gone one step further to proving he's lost the plot.

When Lennon came on with a few minutes to go England looked like they had more options. Beckham, too tired to continue, looked a frail figure leaving the pitch. We should revert to using Lennon in the next match and forget about Beckham if we're to stand any chance of beating Portugal.

I'm not anti-Beckham, I just want to win.

June 24, 2006

Beckham needs to go if England are to have any hope

I've long said Beckham is a waste of space and if his performances in 2002 were not bad enough his general football for Real Madrid should have been reason enough for him not be playing for England again.

I'm convinced he's only in the team for his media profile and the revenue he generates by selling his name on a shirt. His football is average and the only thing he's got going for him is a cross that more often than not doesn't go where it should go.

He can gloss it over any way he wants but most agree that he should have done the honorable thing and retire from international football some time ago.

When England don't win anything again this year there will be only one person to blame; Becks.

June 22, 2006

England to play Ecuador and Owen is out for the count

Playing Owen was always going to be a risk but I thought it would have been the injury that kept him out of the Newcastle team for most of the season and not a new one. Is a player who earns so much money actually worth it?

Anyway, England are through to the second round and must fancy it. Only problem is who we play in the quarter finals, but that is the quarter finals and a respectable finish if we do go out although I don't think we will.

I think Beckham has to go though. He did nothing against Sweden and Joe Cole was man of the match by a country mile. Beckham is four years, if not more, past his best and is only playing because of his media profile. Surely winning the World Cup is more important than playing the player who sells the most shirts?

Back to football. We'll beat Ecuador and if we don't then I'm going to start supporting Sweden.

June 16, 2006

England go through but not very convincing

I have to go meet someone in about half an our for a late breakfast and I have one of those hangovers that is only active in the guts. Normally this wouldn't be an issue but the chap I'm meeting loves a fry-up; not sure if I can handle it this morning. We'll soon find out.

Anyway, the reason I've got this monster hangover is England beat Trinidad and Tobago last night. It wasn't convincing and I'm not sure what Svennis is trying to do but a victory is a victory and England are through to the second round.

Germany play Ecuador at 3pm on the 20th and we play Sweden at 8pm. We'll know then what we've got to do to avoid Germany and I think Sweden will oblige as they need a draw or victory to confirm their place.

I'm going for my breakfast then I'm going back to bed for a couple of hours. Come on England!

June 15, 2006

Ballack: Waste of money and come on England

I watched the Germany game yesterday and if I were a Chelsea fan I'd be gutted. Ballack was fairly ordinary and in my opinion he's past his best. Players nearing 30 seldom have the same form when they were 24 or 25 and this is just a waste of money; I'd quite fancy Germany in the next round after last night as I don't think they're the threat I gave them credit for.

Anyway, 5.00pm tonight and it's England. I'm going all out for a 3-0 win and qualification to the second round.

The boys will do us proud and the only threat I can see from the first round of games is Spain and we could meet them in the semi finals so bring em on.

June 14, 2006

Bring on Trinidad and Tobago

Sweden drew with Trinidad and Tobago but I'm putting that down to Sweden and not T&T. I don't think we'll have any problems against them and fully expect a bag full of goals.

David Beckham has said "What we've noticed, is that the top teams, the teams that are rated as favorites, all played well and won their first games. Argentina looked strong, and Italy came into the game with people talking about Totti having been out a long time, but he controlled things and caused a lot of problems. There's going to be a big threat from a lot of teams."

Well, what I've noticed is that England are going to win this group. Sweden were average and I reckon Paraguay will come second. Germany are going to win their group so we'll probably face Ecuador if they play like they did the other day which pretty much guarantees us through to the quarter finals.

But for now, bring on Trinidad & Tobago.

June 11, 2006

Three points is three points

I really have got one of the worst hangovers I can remember. I sometimes say this to the wife to get an extra hour in bed but this time I really mean it.

I'm told I've got a bit carried away with the World Cup. I think it comes every four years I can get a bit carried away.

England won. They didn't play great but they won. The first gaem is normally a little strange so I'm not going to thing too much about it. England won and we're top of the group; if we were offered what we've got we would have all taken it so I'm a happy chap.

Come on England.

June 09, 2006

Today is the day and I thought I'd start it with a joke

Someone emailed me this yesterday and I laughed so I thought I'd post it here:

A German family head out one Saturday to do some shopping. While in the sports shop the son picks up an England football shirt and says to his sister, "I've decided to be an England supporter and I would like this for my birthday." His big sister is outraged by this and promptly whacks him round the head and says, "Go talk to your mother."

So off goes the little lad with the white and red football shirt in hand and finds his mother. "Mum?" "Yes son?" "I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday". The mother is outraged at this, promptly whacks him around the head twice and says, "Go talk to your father."

Off he goes with the football shirt in hand and finds his father. "Dad?" "Yes son?" "I've decided I'm going to be an England supporter and I would like this shirt for my birthday." The father is outraged and promptly whacks his son around the head 4 times and says: "No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!"

About half an hour later they're all back in the car and heading towards home. The father turns to his son and says; "Son, I hope you've learned something today?" The son says, "Yes dad I have." "Good son, what is it?" The son replies, "I've only been an England supporter for an hour and already I hate You German Bastards!"

Anyway, come on England, do it for all of us.

June 08, 2006

24 hours and counting: World Cup 2006

I've gone a bit crazy and purchased 240 cans of beer for the next month. It's not as much as you might think as pretty much every night is going to be a beer night and there will be people around watching; I'm so keen I'm starting tonight just to get in the groove.

Every match is a big one if you're an England fan simply because we could be going out at any time but deep down I think we'll go all the way especially if Rooney is fit and doesn't suffer any setbacks.

Twenty-four hours to go and all I can say is good luck lads. You've got the players, you've got the ability and all you've got to do now is go out and want it more than everyone else.

Thirty days of bliss is just about to begin. Come on England!

June 06, 2006

Our time has come: England can win this tournament

I've felt like this before the start of every major tournament but I truly believe we're about to see something special.

I believe Gerrard and Lampard are 'career' peaking, Beckham knows it's his last chance and with him you sometimes get the best when it's the last chance. Crouch is proving to be a class striker and defensively I think we've got quite possibly the best back four in the World.

I even think without Rooney we've got a great chance, him coming back in would only improve that and I think it has to be at the expense of Owen, who 'career' peaked in France.

Could you image Crouch and Rooney up front with a pairing of Gerrard and Lampard in the middle controlling things? We've got a chance and it all starts this week. Come on England