England != Britain
That is all.
It's good to see that following yesterday's football debacle, disappointed fans have responded as is the local custom, with a resigned shrug and a few pops at the expense of the lamentable England football team. Here's our fave, which just slipped into the Bootnotes inbox: Spoof of Shepherd Neame Spitfire poster: 4-1 Britain …
Quick look at a very useful football stats website shows that every one of the England squad was born in England. As for permanent resident, they all play for English clubs, so, doubtful they live abroad on a permanent resident.
The real problem is how many of the players in the English Premier League are English? Foreign owners hire foreign managers who sign foreign players. Plastic fans don't care as long as their team (who they've supported since they became owned by said foreign owners and started to win things) and only worry about English players once every four years.
At the end of the day, the LA Times got it spot on, though.
When it comes sarcastic and caustic internet quips about the performance of our national teams, no-one does it better than England. It's just as well there isn't some sort of competition for it - if there was and England inevitably lost, I think the world would implode from some sort of sarcasm black hole.
... that America, the home of the overpaid sports person, criticises English footballers for that very sin. Not that I disagree AT ALL, it's just funny.
If people want to follow sports we can win at, can have world champions (or medallists) at can I suggest:
Cricket, Rugby, Cycling, Swimming, Any motorsport, 2 or 4 wheels (dunno about trucks), shooting, curling, that sledgy thing at the winter olympics, athletics, etc.
I suggest we lower the national debt with a footballer tax. They put in 5% effort, we tax them 95%.
--Paris, cos I work there.
To ignore premiership footballers all together and pick the team from the lower divisions where young upcoming players at least have some incentive to play football. I've seen better games of Football in the Isthmian League than the Premiership and National side usually turn out. (Yes it was that long ago).
Just what kind of incentive is "Wow another million, now shall I make my 5th Ferrari Red or Yellow", better build that extra garage as well.
Or perhaps the FA should just pay expenses, like flight and Hotel bills, and see how many of our over paid footballers want to play for England.
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