The nearly men

Some good thoughts here from Charlton fan and Bermuda resident Chicago Addick on England’s premature (?) departure from the World Cup. What everyone forgets about the World Cup is that every time that qualifies is a good team by definition, so when a Costa Rica upends an Italy or a Uruguay, it should not come as a surprise. Expectations were low for this England team and this should be seen as the start of a rebuilding (see France 2010 vs 2014).

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2 Responses to The nearly men

  1. tryangle says:

    England are a slightly above-average team. This is not 1958. There is no ‘golden generation’ here. They lost two tight contests to high-ranked squads.

    England does not have a divine right to be considered a perennial contender for the trophy.

    Yes, it’s disappointing to get eliminated from the tournament early on, and it sort of wouldn’t be the English way not to show disappointment in the side, but cooler heads should prevail, heads don’t need to necessarily roll, and if England want to make steps to being an elite national team, then take the time to plan their steps forward.

    • Indy says:

      France were eliminated four years ago in the group stage and now look pretty good. England’s rugby team were destroyed by Australia on tour and went on to win that World Cup a few years later. England have some good young talent and if they get the opportunity to play and are prepared to work hard and be humble, they could be a very good side in four years time. That’s a lot of ifs, and a huge amount still needs to be done to England’s overall framework, but there’s some reason for the English to be cautiously optimistic. Maybe a bunch of the younger players should move to the Bundesliga for a while. They seem to know what they are doing.

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