You've no idea (because you're German and you always win the damn things) how painful it is to watch even repeats of penalty shootouts like that. Nearly fifteen years on, I still pray that Pearce and Waddle will find the net.
Shilton blew all his money on gambling, so the guy needs to work. After dinner speaking is pretty lucrative, so I don't blame him for doing it. Not sure you'd put him down as an especially great speaker though. Now, I'll tell you who is absolutely brilliant at it - Craig Brown, the former Scotland manager. I went to a football lunch a few years ago, and they had all the British Isles international managers there. Brown was absolutely sensational, really top drawer.
Klinsmann actually managed to win over the English you know. Before he came here he was reviled as a German cheat (as you know, the two words are tautologous to us English
), diving all over the place. the way he got Costacurta sent off, missing the Champions League final was a case in point. However, he showed a remarkable sense of humour (his first goal celebration was an elaborate dive into the corner flag) and generally conducted himself impeccably.
He was a credit to his country, he really was. It's hard to explain, but he really did improve the general German reputation among football fans here. Fickle, i know, and downright unreasonable when you think how minor football is in the great scheme of things, but there you are.
By the way, we can also have a laugh at Italy this week, can't we?
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.