The England Obituary, Part Five: A View From North of the Border


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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6 Responses

  1. Tim Vickerman says:

    Another excellent, well-written article. Thanks for all 5 of these articles and the consistently high standard on the site. And to think The Times has started charging for lower quality journalism…

  2. algeria da best says:

    I dont blame anyone, but the media about England’s probably worst WC. Imagine yourself going to play for your country, in the worlds biggest tournament. With huge pressure of the whole world expecting you to shine and probably win the whole thing. You’d need the support of your country, and the media. Not just because you put up a bad performance it means that they should go against you and say stuff that make you feel as if you are their worst enemy. Its a blooming nightmare! If they where Algeria who havent scored for 8 matches apart from a penalty in a friendly, they would have probably been murdered. But, no. They are lucky to be Algerians who always show them respect (people and media and journalists). Thats what the English should do to their team, they have already been hard on them, and that makes them worse. So, why not support them and show them respect. It might work, in the end. I only agree with you on one point, and that is that John Terry is an idiot over what he says! Oh, and to say something that I wanted to say for ages: Why dont you all ever admit that Algeria played awesomely against England? Most of the English say that England played, actually they didnt play, they just ran around like headless chickens and that made Algeria look like they played well. When Algeria did play well whether England did or didnt play well.

  3. Martyn says:

    An excellent post and the analysis of Wayne Rooney is spot on. Sure he had a poor tournament, Capello (or whoever) needs to tell him he’s a striker not a midfielder and if he continues to roam then his ass will be nailed to the subs bench. The boy has a lot of passion and I believe he is as committed to England as anyone. The lad is also highly emotionally charged, and putting a microphone under his nose immediately after a bad result was odds on to receive a negative response. I’d have been disappointed if it hadn’t.

    I’d bid Terry and Gerrard a fond farewell. Once again they had little impact on a major tournament. It’s time to blood some young unblemished blood and say sod the results.

  4. Martin says:

    Algeria did play well against England, but it was a depressingly defensive limited sort of “well” that contained as little goal-threat as England did that evening.

    Until large sophisicated countries like Algeria start to play the attacking, risky football that I bet they are capable of just achieving draws with the likes of England and early exits from World Cups is all they will manage.

  5. algeria da best says:

    I agree with you Martin about the attack, we have had this problem and I hope it will be solved before the CAN qualifications. I think Gerrad was ok. Ashely Coal the best. England need a talented goal keeper! Rooney needs to get scoring.

  6. algeria da best says:

    but I dont agree with u about leaving early if the play risky football (creating attacks that allow them to score).

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