Again, I agree. Not to jump on the bandwagon, but in regards to football, I am at times a little embarrassed to be English - not because we 'fail' to win every major tournament - but because of our general attitude to football, right the way from grassroots up to the national squad. We expect to use physicality and a 'warrior' mentality to beat teams like Spain; passion can only take you so far. Freedom of expression is a no-no in England and we show an embarrassing lack of flair at the top level. I don't know the answer to our problem, and anyone who claims to is a little arrogant, but I would certainly like to see an easing of the belief that football is a 'war' and for English players right the way through the ranks enjoy football, express themselves.
Posted 10:41 22nd March 2011
Patrick Gabay (Manchester United fan) says...
I agree entirely with Craig's comments. The weight of England expectation at the last World Cup crippled the team with fear!!!
And what has made matters worse is for individual players having been singled out for boos during international matches in the past for mistakes they've made has been completely detrimental to instilling confidence in your team and lead to a fear of failure. instead of supporting them.
With all this negativity how on earth do you expect a team to perform to their best and for this not to transgress onto the players.
How ironical in that the media at the time said "England expect", during the world cup. I wonder if this was expect to win, or rather inadvertently expected to fail!!!
Posted 10:17 22nd March 2011
Richard Allwood (Liverpool fan) says...
i think bellamy's spot on. the media pressure along with a coach that resembles postman pat. england fell apart.