England – What’s Left to Say?

18 11 2010

“The story of British football and the foreign challenge is the story of a vast superiority, sacrificed by stupidity, short-sightedness, and wanton insularity. It is a story of shamefully wasted talent, extraordinary complacency and infinite self-deception.”
Brian Glanville, Soccer Nemesis, 1955

“Speed was made a fetish. Quick was equal to good. No, better.”
Willy Meisl, 1957

Over 50 years on … What is there left to say?

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4 responses

18 11 2010
Lanterne Rouge

True although watching James Milner does make one yearn for a bit of pace.

It’s sad that last night, England only looked convincing when they started lumping the ball forward torward the end of the match. This sometimes makes me think that accepting the inherent lack of skill in the English game and employing Jack Charlton era Republic of Ireland tactics might actually work. It would certainly be effective in a flat track bully kind of way but would probably come up short against the best.

18 11 2010
Tom Addison

“The story of British football and the foreign challenge is the story of a vast superiority, sacrificed by stupidity, short-sightedness, and wanton insularity. It is a story of shamefully wasted talent, extraordinary complacency and infinite self-deception.”
Brian Glanville, Soccer Nemesis, 1955

Facebook status, right there.

18 11 2010
GhostGoal

After all this time you’d still be hard pushed to say England are even trying to do the right things.

18 11 2010
sporteconomist

Yes – there was no pretence about it towards the end – nothing but the big heave-ho.

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