You can say that again. On saturday the Danish team barely scraped home a 1-1 draw against Hungary, and tonight they showed just how much depends on luck in the win against Portugal. It was still pretty much the same team, but at least this time they bothered to put some effort into even though the clock was running out.
Naturally, the team has taken the criticism to heart - and after tonights game completely boycutted the press
The win over Andorra was not mediocre, it was a job well done. Some so-called "fans" are just fickle, if England had thrashed Andorra 8-0 it would have been, "It's only Andorra". The fact is that whether it was 1-0, 2-0 or 6-0 the England team would have been criticised, a no win situation. Yesterdays demolition of Croatia was sweet and satisfying, the thuggish Croats were becoming a little bit arrogant and too big for their boots in recent years. It's just a shame and a disgrace that the national team cannot be watched by 99.8% of the population. Santana Sports are holding English football at ransom by demanding silly money for rights to show highlights.
Broadcaster Setanta - which owns the live rights to England's qualifying matches away from home - launched a last-minute attempt to become the people's broadcaster yesterday by airing unencrypted highlights of the match after rejecting an 11th-hour offer of £500,000 from ITV for footage.
Qantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 309 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
Until England has won several games and played consistently well, I will still see them as a second grade national team. Whatever the problem is, previous management, the Premier League, players etc. they have to solve it. They should still take a good look at other nations such as Germany or Spain to see how it is done. Any kind of British sporting triumph is way overplayed be it the Olympics or football, I mean come on get over it, they won, we don't need to hear about it all day!
Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 7): he thuggish Croats were becoming a little bit arrogant and too big for their boots in recent years
Uh at least they qualified for the Euros, and finished first in their group. They lost out against Portugal which was expected when looking at the teams on paper. Where were they English players? Ibiza? Mallorca? Still an abomination to English football history, they have been much to arrogant in recent years.
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
Well, Croatia is a good win, especially away, they got 35 straight games without losing in
world and euro cup qualifying.
Capello surely is a different man compared with local coaches as Keegan and McClaren and a winner as well.
Next is Kazachstan, whom not played too good so far in qualifying.