Hello, my name is Ian and I’m going to be bringing you a brief blog each day of my match day goings on of trying to watch every Euro 2016 game. Day 4.
Monday started with getting up extra early to ensure I had enough time to get as much work done as possible before all three games began. First up as well was reigning European Champions Spain against the Czech Republic.
Before that game though the day was pretty simple: work, breakfast, school run, work and then I sat down with lunch to watch the built up.
I had thought about it when the Spanish squad was announced, but as I watched the build up you realise the depth and ability that their squad must have. Players like Diego Costa, Javi Martínez, Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and more notably their top scorer in qualifying – Paco Alcácer, all missing and on holiday somewhere.
If these type of players were missing from the England squad there would be up roar. Saying that, would we ever have so much depth to choose from, or in this case, ignore. Jermain Defoe scores a few of goals towards the end of the season during Sunderland’s relegation battle, and his name gets touted about again. Not since England’s 1998 World Squad squad announcement that Gazza had been dropped have we ever thought – how is a top top player like that not in the squad.
Anyway, Spain won 1-0. They should have scored a lot earlier than when they did and it should have been more than one with the amount of domination they had. The Czechs came for a draw and very nearly got it.
Up next was the Republic of Ireland and a 6.30pm kick off. Well, it was a 6.30pm kick off in my house. Yep, this is where recording all the games ‘just incase’ worked. I had to take my lad football training between 5pm to 6pm and so yesterday was my first day of avoiding scores via my phone, social media, radio and up to date TV. It worked as well.
Fast forwarding the build up and half-time of both Ireland v Sweden and Belgium v Italy, I’d pretty much caught up around 10pm and could once again allow normal live TV to resume. As well as picking up my mobile phone for the first time in 4 hours. Job done.
Job done by Italy as well, most impressive. Belgium have all the individual talent in the world but something just doesn’t seem to click with them, well it hasn’t so far… Ireland looked okay as well and Sweden were the usual tough to beat opponents. Hoolahan may have got the goal but Jeff Hendrick stood out to me and was most impressive. I know the name but I didn’t know too much about the Derby County midfielder.
No 2pm kick off today, what will I do with myself? Still, I’m looking forward to watching Iceland later tonight.