England Out of the World Cup on Penalties. Again!
Well it was what some of us dreaded. Before the match, at the back of my mind, I was thinking "We will do it. It's Portugal for goodness sake! Not Germany! Not Brazil! Not Argentina! But Portugal"
But in the back of my mind I was bothered by our standard of play in the past few weeks, plus Portugal's style of playing, which has a lot to be desired.
Like Kerron, I was watching it at home with the family, and we quickly tired of John Motson and switched the commentary to BBC Radio Five Live. Nothing personal against the Motmeister, but he does have a habit of slipping into Colemanballs language and we just weren't in the mood for it.
Aagin, England were just not pulling weight. Yes it was humid over there, yes the Portugese played dirty, but it's not as if either was unexpected, and Wayne Rooney getting into a fracas seems to have been an accident waiting to happen. Remember his chucking his boots in anger at the dugout about a week ago, when he was replaced seventy minutes ino the game with Sweden? Like Beckham in 1998, he let his temper get the better of him and we all suffered.
In many ways it was a repeat of 1998. The foul behaviour of the Portugese players, the red card, the extra time and penalties (and why Erikson picked Lampard for one of the penalty players when he has never scored a goal during the World Cup, and seems to think that the crossbar is a couple of inches higher than it is, is beyond me) but maybe some of the England squad have now learnt the hard way we will do better next time.
Still tomorrow is another day! :)