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This is why I dislike England…..

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….and their football/cricket teams. Someone is always whining after a major loss and blaming the defeat on external factors rather than honestly accepting that they suck. After losing their quarterfinal match against Portugal on penalties (yet again!), Alan Shearer said yesterday:

"I wouldn’t be surprised if Wayne Rooney goes back to the Manchester United training ground and sticks one on Ronaldo,"

This actually echoes the sentiment of a section of the English press, which incredibly blames Christiano Ronaldo for Wayne Rooney receiving the red card in yesterdays game. I do not think Ronaldo has won many neutral fans by his constant theatrics on the field – particularly his wink at the Portugese bench after Rooney received marching orders was in extremely bad taste. But he did not force Rooney to shove his boots into Carvalho’s unmentionables (that must have hurt !) – and even if he might have instigated it, there was no coercion for Rooney to shove Ronaldo right in front of the referee (if you are going to do something like that, do it behind the referees back – like Louis Figo’s head butt on van Bommel).

To be fair, not everyone in England thinks this way, particularly, Gary Neville, who has famously said ‘no excuses’.

In the end, one does feel a bit for the English players. They are a talented lot but were lacking a good game plan (bad coaching?). Characteristically, England played their best game in the dire circumstance of being down to 10 men. Also largely unsurprising was their failure at the spot-kicks. However, everyone but Hergreaves missing a penalty shot ? That’s a bit too much. Don’t these guys practice for the PKs ?

On the other hand, Germany as usual, won a penalty shoot-out. Thoughts on that and the remaining quarter-final games, as well as hopes for the semi-final results, in another post.


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

July 2, 2006 at 11:37 am

Posted in Rants, World Cup

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  1. Shearer’s comment has been taken out of context. The second part of his comment was that Roonie should be blaming Ronaldo for it. I read it on BBC, thought cant seem to find the link now.

    But yes, the larger point is true. They are such whiners…


    July 2, 2006 at 7:26 pm

  2. I agree that England can be the biggest whiners…in cricket and football.

    Regarding practising for PKs, I don’t think you ever can. It is a contest played in the mind and won even before the striker takes his position at 12 yards. Ricardo’s body language said it all. I was even surprised that Hargreaves managed to put it in.


    July 2, 2006 at 9:24 pm

  3. correction…

    ”should NOT”


    July 3, 2006 at 8:00 am

  4. @Confused: Like you said – the larger point is true. Also, if not Shearer, there are others in England who harbour the feeling that Ronaldo is to blame and Rooney was only a pawn !

    @Patrix: You can perhaps prepare yourself mentally. You can practice a lot of shot variations. Like the Germans, you can go through videos of the opponents PK shots through the last three-four years and try to formulate a strategy for your goal-keeper. It is amazing that England is yet to win a single important shoot-out in major competetions like the World Cup or the Euro Cup. Although in earlier PKs, they used to manage to put at least few more in (against Protugal in the last Euro, they even managed to take it to sudden death!).


    July 3, 2006 at 8:16 am

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