Day: October 12, 2010

Match Of The Midweek: England 0-0 Montenegro

In all honesty, the excitement that surrounding England’s two opening wins against Bulgaria and Switzerland passed very quickly indeed. The post-South Africa combination of jitters and lethargy seems to be lingering over the national team like an unwanted smell and even the press build-up to this match – Look! Rio’s Back! – doesn’t seem to lift the feeling of torpor surrounding a European Championship qualifying group that feels more like a chore. The only thing worse than qualifying would be not qualifying. In the tunnel before the match, Steven Gerrard appears to be holding a Wham! bar and, during the national anthems, Wayne Rooney maintains the facial expression of a man that could quite do with a roll-up. It’s that sort of evening. Montenegro, of course, are here for the first time. The English press have been preparing for their arrival at Wembley, primarily by drawing up a cross-newspaper list of cities in England that have a larger popuation than Montenegro (London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield if we include metropolitan areas, in case you were hankering after something approaching a definitive list) and noting that Roma’s Mirko Vucinic will be missing from their team this evening, unavailable thanks to a hamstring injury. They have won their first three games without having conceded a goal against Switzerland, Bulgaria and Wales. Also, their national anthem has something of “The...

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Twohundredpercent Daily Links: 12/10/2010

Among the new features that our new Tumblr page allows us is the option to post up links with the greatest of ease. So, from now on we will be putting up a handful of links each day for your perusal and enjoyment. This evening’s, which you can watch to prevent yourselves from nodding off during tonight’s international match between England and Montenegro, feature a look inside the Sheffield Wednesday boardroom as the club disintegrates, courtesy of some leaked boardroom minutes, that sexy, sexy FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Roud draw in full, Liverpool’s lowest day as it happened and a classic match programme from 1967. You can see all of them...

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