Tag: England

Video of the Day: Wales vs England – April 1970

There’s no Premier League football for a couple of weeks on account of a break for international friendlies, so this week we’re going to have a look back at some historical matches featuring teams that will be playing the group stages of this summer’s European Championships in France, kicking off with this selection of ITV coverage from the 1970 British Home Championships. England, of course, were still the reigning world champions at this time, but without a need to qualify for the finals of this tournament they’d been without any competitive football apart from this tournament since the 1968...

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The Battles That Roy Hodgson Cannot Win

It can often feel as though some forms of football are better suited to the age of the internet than others. The league season, with its constant hum of white noise, is particularly well suited, as is the sudden explosion that comes every other summer when international tournaments rumble to life. International tournament qualifiers, however, seem particularly ill-served,thanks to a combination of their stop-start nature and the fact that, even as they reach their conclusions, they are ultimately a precursor to something else, and a something else that is considerably more important than they have been. The current international...

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The 200% World Cup: Tales Of An ABE

There is usually no moral dilemma for a fan of “anyone but England” (ABE) approaching a major international football tournament – or, for that matter, any England game. And the pathological ABEs will never have such a dilemma.  As “Britain’s best sporting comic” Andy Zaltzman noted in an Independent newspaper World Cup preview which I will never tire of nicking quotes from citing (“A Neutral’s guide to the World Cup”), there are few nations “with no long-standing historic grudge against the English relating to history, empire, being located on the same land mass, some iffy refereeing decisions in battles...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group D Final Round – Live!

As with both of yesterday’s group finales, this afternoon’s pair of matches feature three teams battling over the two qualification spots and one useless team who are already out. In Group D, the useless team are of course England, a source of great pride for everyone back at home. However, the World Cup is always better for getting rid of the chaff and besides, a much-changed England team can still affect today’s action even if it isn’t in their own favour. Their opponents, Costa Rica, are already through to the knockout stages for only the second time in their history,...

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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression, number 7

As the noted philosopher Chris Martin from Coldplay says, “everything’s not lost”. Only England could be so down and out yet do it in such a way that there is still a sliver of hope. After all, it’s the hope that kills you and as another noted philosopher stated last night, supporting England isn’t supposed to be easy. Still, as higher mathematicians everywhere are pointing out, the fat lady has not yet sung for England. But there’s every chance it’s just because she’s been delayed in traffic. For the most optimistic among you, our resident Emeritus Professor of Hard Sums...

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