I know it’s not absolutely over yet but well, you know.
Allow me to add my hearty congratulations to the England team who have kept us fully entertained for the last few weeks. Let’s not get carried way and call them heroes but they played better than anyone expected and if it is a young team that will get better and better, then that’s exciting news. To actually be involved in 7 games is remarkable.
The semi final against Croatia was incredibly finely balanced. If only Harry Kane had remembered he was a top scoring centre forward. If only the ref had had the balls to send off Lovren for being a twat. If only Gareth Bale was born a few miles further East.
I’ve no complaints. I’m very chuffed with the whole affair and pleased that I decided to stay out of the crowds for the match. I made the mistake of watching the round of 16 match against Colombia at the club. The crowd negativity was overpowering and I didn’t enjoy it one little bit.
The hatred aimed at Raheem Sterling was bordering on the illegal. Listen to the football savvy journalists and pundits and they will point out that he causes chaos in opposition defences. His international scoring record is x-rated but people like Harry Kane have greatly benefited from the nuisance he causes. Cheer him on, don’t jeer every time the ball goes near him. He’s on our side FFS.
Just a few more points before I go.
In my opinion, VAR was a success. Not sure how they missed some of the wrestling moves in the penalty area but on the whole, some injustices were avoided. Promising start.
Is it wise to have 32 teams in the finals? I could mention a dozen teams that clearly knew they could not progress without cheating. It’s a football tournament, not a faffing about tournament. Can’t remember who but one player ‘once had a trial for Brentford’. I mean, no offence Brentford but FFS.
Did you notice how rarely VAR was used as the competition progressed? Because the ‘faffing about’ teams had gone.
Of course, you can be brilliant and still Faff about. Neymar for example. I’d love to see a psychologist get into him to find out what the hell he is thinking. And no, it’s not the South American psyche. Look at Lionel Messi. Can’t think of other sports where the stars make themselves look so ridiculous. I mean, it’s the equivalent of Phil Taylor dropping his trousers on stage. Wouldn’t happen.
‘But there’s so many penalties’. So?
‘Most of England’s goals come from set pieces’. So?
‘England had a lucky draw’. Sorry about that. Would you like us to change it?
I haven’t heard it mentioned anywhere but I see a time where Extra Time is dropped. No winner after 90 mins? Get on the pens. You mark my words.
It’s about time we had a proper name for the ’round of 16′. Let’s call them the Octofinals.
We’ve heard nothing but brilliant reports about various Russian cities and the warmth of welcome from the Russian people. What no racism? No homophobia? Someone’s been feeding us horseshit. I certainly get the impression that Russia is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Such a shame it’s run by lunatics.
Umtiti? Sounds like a character played by Bernard Bresslaw in Carry On Up The Jungle.
Has Ian Wright got a permanent cough? Oh, just me noticed that then.
Ground atmosphere. We certainly made a lot of noise. Grated after a while though. Do they know they owe royalties to Earth, Wind and Fire? And they only came up with 2 songs. Hardly Rodgers and Hammerstein is it?
How to deal with a player ‘pulling a Neymar’? Say that you believe he is in immense pain and get an ambulance to get him rushed to hospital for an immediate check up. Let his manager have a free substitution so the game isn’t ruined and Bob’s yer uncle.
My favourite moment? When Ignashevich ignored the ball on an incoming corner as he was fully committed to having sex with Sergio Ramos. The ball hit him on the back of the leg and bounced into his own goal. Massive karma baby.
And that’s all I have to say about it. Apart from an extra mention to Gareth Southgate. Looks right. Sounds right. Does right. I can’t predict us to win something big in the future but we’re doing it right, he gives the country GENUINE hope for the first time in ages and we know he will get the best out of the players we have available. And that pleases me. Immensely.
Right let’s see how Andy Murray is getting on. No wait. Dammit.