Austria vs England

As a rule, I quite like international football. I’m not as much of a fan of it as I used to be, but I still quite like it, and find myself more than happy to watch two international teams play each other, whatever the circumstances may be. There comes a point, however, where you have to draw a line in the sand, and it is Austria vs England. This match, without a shadow of doubt, is the single most pointless match ever played in the entire history of the game? How did this match manage to get scheduled? Are the FA so monstrously egotistical that they thought that England would already be home and dry by tonight? Did they think that just what the whole England squad needs is a trip to Mittel Europa to play one of Europe’s most hapless teams? Anybody with the slightest interest in football has to look at this weekend and simply know that the big match of the weekend doesn’t even involve England. Everybody’s minds (including, I’d wager, those of most of the players out there tonight in white shirts) are on the Israel vs Russia match tomorrow night – and, you know what? I wouldn’t mind in the slightest if Israel roll over and let the Russians knock seven bells of out of them. This team, these players and this manager don’t...

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