James Milner Makes John Terry Look Like Le Tissier

An extraordinary evening in Gothenburg saw the England under-21 team break a tournament jinx and make the final of the European Under-21 Championships with a penalty shootout win against the hosts Sweden last night. The England team hadn’t made the final of this competition prior to last night since winning it in 1984 but they have made the semi-finals of it five times since then, losing every time since then including a 13-12 defeat against the Netherlands two years ago. This, however, was a pretty remarkable evening all round, though. That it went to penalties in the first place was something of a surprise. England had raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half before being pegged back by three goals in thirteen minutes in the second half, none of which bodes particularly well for the blood pressure of England supporters in five or ten years’ time. In the middle of all this, Frazier Campbell was sent off for what might euphemistically be described as “a rush of blood to the head” (which manifested itself as a raash and dangerous tackle on Sweden’s Mattias Bjarsmyr to earn himself a second yellow card). He’s not the only one that will miss the final. Has there ever been a case of a goalkeeper being suspended from a match in a major tournament after being suspended for picking up two yellow...

Read More