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. Round of 16 – England v Iceland.
Well, what can I say. I’ll give you three words how I currently feel this morning after the England game last night – angry, annoyed, appalled. I thought about the word ‘shocked’ but knowing a fair bit about Iceland’s talents and ability I thought it would be wrong to use that word for their sake.
Before I get onto England I best explain my goings on yesterday. I once again had to take my lad to his Monday night coaching/training between 5-6pm so missed the Spain v Italy game live. You may well be surprised but I did manage to avoid the final score/result until after the England game, so even with my disappointment last night – I still sat and watch the Spain and Italy game afterwards.
It would have been even better if I’d not heard someone mention Italy had scored whilst I was at my lad’s training, arrrrgh! However, I suppose I can’t complain, it’s only the second time it’s happened the whole tournament. Still, as I said I knew I didn’t know the final score so proceeded to watch it and although Spain played their usual slick way they just didn’t really look like scoring. Italy soaked it up and in the end when they did create chance they created good chances. If it wasn’t for some impressive De Gea saves once again Italy could have scored a few more. Italy now face Germany in the quarter finals.
Back to England. I’m sure the majority of fans over in France and those fans watching in England, Great Britain and around the world don’t ever expect to get far in major tournaments these days. That has surely now just turned to hope. It’s been twenty years since we’ve played well and had any decent run in a tournament and we’re still making documentary’s and banging on about it. Since then France have won a World Cup and a Euros. Italy have won a World Cup and been Euro runners-up twice. Spain have won a World Cup and two Euro Championships. Then there is Germany, current World Cup holders and have had numerous runner-up and third place finishes.
Their is my point right there. No longer should we be even putting ourselves alongside these current great footballing nations or talking about them in the same sentence. We need to completely forget about them and concentrate on sorting ourselves out and playing a way that suits us. It needs to start now! Yes, we keep saying – ‘this plan is in place’ or ‘this is the route we’re taking’ but where is it getting us?
Other nations have come, gone and come back again in the time we’ve been messing around trying to sort ourselves out. It’s simply not good enough and it has to change now and the correct manager needs to be appointed this time. None of this, he needs to be this type of candidate, he needs to be English and so on. Yes of course it would be nice to have a Englishman at the helm but if they simply aren’t good enough then appoint one of the best regardless of their nationality.
Both England rugby and England cricket had awful tournaments last year, both World Cup tournaments in fact. The rugby was on English soil too. How did we get on? We were dreadful throughout and the most under performing team in both tournaments in my opinion and were rightfully knocked out before the tournament had really begun.
Thankfully, decisions were made and new managers were put in place. I’m not going to go into detail as this is a football blog. Look at what has happened though, both formats have now appointed an Australian coach (England’s biggest rivals in rugby and cricket) and they’re getting the best out of their teams. In fact, in less than a year, yes I’ll say that again ‘in less than a year’ we’re one of the top ranked teams in the World already. The FA best sort themselves out and pick the correct man this time.
Anyway, England 1 v Iceland 2 was the score, but we all know that. Very well-played Iceland, you fully deserved it. Good luck against France in the next round and for the future.