A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part 2


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. elliott says:

    A two part “brief” history? Excellent stuff but you have stolen my tongue-in-cheek title thunder!

  2. Dan says:

    The 2006 stuff is incorrect – we had Paraguay as our opening game and Ecuador in the second round, not the other way round, and we also won the opener 1-0, Carlos Gamarra own goal from a Beckham free-kick.

  3. SD says:

    I always felt that the 1998 WC squad should have got further than they did. They just came up against Argentina at the wrong time [that second round defeat still hurts – if it had been in the QFs I could have taken it, but to go out in the last 16 annoys me for some reason]. I remember the Le Tournoi win and more importantly the 0-0 draw against Italy in Rome which I thought was one of the better performances from England in the last 15 years or so – it really was a tough and nervy game to play.

    Can’t help thinking that the 98 side could have reched the semis. Having said that we did lose to Romania in the group stages so…..

  4. SD says:

    Also I think the Euro 2004 squad put in a reasonable performance – I remember a match against [I think] Croatia where we won by 4 goals to 2 after going behind twice. Lost on pens to Portugal but that was just the way it goes [the abuse the referee received after that game from England supporters was utterly sickening however].

    WC 2006 though, that was dire. I watched the game against Ecuador and was ashamed that I followed such a poor team. We didn’t deserve to be in the QFs that time.

    Quite glad we missed the 2008 Euros as it meant I could really enjoy a football tournament without any press hysteria over England. Thought the non-qualification meant we’d be a bit more realistic about the 2010 WC but we were dire in SA and with the squad we took should have expected to be not up to standard.

    So we’ve qualified for the 2012 Euros, hmm. Don’t know how it’ll go but I’m not expecting anything. Mind you the last time I really cared about the England team was in 1998 and I think a fair few people feel the same way.

    I think I’ll just back Italy again………..

  5. John Sherry says:

    England is indeed a false dawn nation on the footballing field Ian, chiefly because fans and media alike think that because the team won the World Cup once in 1966, they have a divine right to be up there winning it every time. Expectations are therefore based on a performance by a superior team forty plus years ago and never on the realism of any current squad against existing international competition. It’s not the false dawns that has to be considered but the false hopes. But what football fan doesn’t have them, right?

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