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I Love You England

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I was drunk during the England game. It probably explains why their performance didn’t frustrate me as much as the rest of the nation apparently. I was wearing the footballing version of beer goggles.

Robert Green sobered me up momentarily though. As the lone West Ham supporter in the room I became the sounding board for the unilateral and aggressive decrial of his talents. As if by dint of my longstanding interest in his current employers I was required to vouch for his conduct during the tournament. I can’t defend him though. This sort of clownery is tolerated on a weekly basis at Upton Park, but not on the international stage.

I do feel strangely protective of Emile Heskey though. Like the parent of an awkward child on sports day. “No Emile, you get into the sack feet first”. It was crushingly inevitable when Heskey was put clear just to stuff it straight into Tim Howard’s midriff. Emile doesn’t really do that kind of thing. Score. That said, largely he had an effective game, letting the ball bounce off him in the general direction of the goal or a team-mate.

But the general consensus is that England would be better served if Heskey was dispensed with in favour of a formational change to fill the large empty meadow that often seems to gape between the ranks of four. Better players than Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan will make hay in there. It might be that Emile has dropped the egg off his last spoon.


Written by harrisharrison

June 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

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