>I reckon that Englands (piss) poor showing in the championships had
>nothing to do with the fact that they can't play football (hell, they're
>all much better than me) it was a result of bizarrely high expectations.
>Everyone especially the English always seem to think we should do much better
>than we do despite the fact (66 aside) that we never seem to have done
>anything. Probably a result of a "we invented it we must be good" attitude
Arrogance from those closely associated with the game maybe, but I
don't think there's much arrogance from your average English soccer
fan in this newsgroup. With a few exceptions, ever since Taylor
announced his squad for Sweden I've seen a steady flow of criticism of
his selections, tactics etc. If anything, I'd say the team's
performance matched r.s.s's expectations as far as England fans go.
>I have a question, did we (the English) ever have any real reason to believe
>we were good in the first place. I don't think that England even reached
>the world cup finals before the war why? Did they compete or were they
>simply too arrogant even then.
England never played in the World Cup until 1950 (and then they lost
to the U.S. :-)). They weren't alone in this, but I'm sure arrogance
had at least something to do with this. I don't think it was until the
Hungary debacle in '53 (6-3 home defeat) that England finally woke up
to the fact that others could play the game rather better than they could.
>Is England's apparent arrogance based in historical reality or is it just
A mixture of both I expect. They're hardly the worst team in the world
even if they're not one of the best. For all the criticism of Taylor,
they only lost a single game (against Germany) under his command
before the European Championships. Now I'm not going to defend Taylor
and his bizarre selections/tactics, but one defeat in almost two years
is non too shoddy a record. So on the surface, I don't think high
expectations were particularly outrageous. It's only when you look a
little closer and remember how Ireland really chucked away their
qualifying chances, and how England played poorly against the likes of
Turkey and Poland but still managed to eke out results, that you start
to realise that all is not what it should be.
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