Former England players and coaches were delighted after the team was drawn with the United States, Algeria and Slovenia in Group C at next year's World Cup in South Africa.
"That's as good as we could have expected,'' former national coach Terry Venables said after England avoided both France and Portugal in the group stage. "You could have hand-picked that and been happy with it.''
At best they will play Germany in the next round-a much overhyped team IMO, - from the BBC Lineker, Motsom and some other chap on the panel you would think once again it is merely a case of turning up.......
Don't know if anyone noticed that the FAI had placed an additional pot with a green ball in it at the side of the stage in a last minute attempt to get into the WC
Or Elsewhere/s , EU or wherever ! At least the grub , the clothing and the cars , insurances , gimmicks and gyzmos really are cheap/o in the U.K. nowadays ( so long as you don't require anything medical or serious , you'd be O.K. , mate ! ) ; alternatively , the MRSA will sort one out anycase - hey , no worries about the worst pension arrangements in all of EUrope , then ?
Look on the football side, everyone knows how much the English side is over-hyped but then that is because a lot of people love football in England. At times even the Croatian side has suffered from a similar fate. Tim Howard the U.S. goalie would certainly get into the English side.
for the price tag of the team, the hype, the grade of players from the international scene, expectations, the UK team did poorly. It's either that or the USA just gave them a real run for their money, and are contenders this time around. If they play like that on the next match, well, lets hope BA aren't on strike. Maybe the UK can send a royal navy ship to "rescue" the team from Africa.