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SyndiGate Media Inc. Two games down and all I heard is my English supporting
friends doing these mental maths and working out how St. From scratch. Football. Contrary to the belief
that the honor of playing for your country being paramount this
revelation does put the old Etonian ethic more than a little out of
My Arsenal fan and friend puts it rather well. Mutually
exclusive. Four, the lack of commitment by the players out-psyched by
playing their mates on the other side, ergo, it blunted the killer
Whenever you do those IQ tests they have that terrible question
about if nine is to sixteen then a rabbit is to something and you have
to guess the something and I hate that question. And all the commentators on the telly on any
channel echoed much the same sentiment. Even as racism continue to rear its
ugly head around the world, the ‘Club’ fixture in England is
more important than those who wear the colors (or their own color) and
therein lies the rub. Three, Roy Hodgson’s gap between strategy and
tactics. One, blame the painted pitch at Manaus.
Two, let the blame lie with the Rooney jinx that survived even after he
finally scored. Argument;
the league is strengthening other countries at the cost of England, both
in terms of money and capability. It is like there is the World Cup on the
one side and there is England’s fortunes on the other. I remember how often I have sat
there doing permutations and combinations of the absurd sort to somehow
get India into the next round of an international cricket tournament
when they are mucking about. George could
still gallop (oh, okay stumble) into the round of 16.
. The illusion is so strong it is actually
invasive. How does England get into the
second round, do we need a couple of newts and a frog or two with a
lizard’s tail for good measure? Some magic potion from our
equivalents of Getafix?
Consequently, the disappointment has to be tempered with
‘reasonable excuse’. What India is to world cricket England is to ????
The answer is simple. And why not, what with 110 players in the 32 countries at the
Cup from the Barclays brigade. Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, for example,
would still be welcomed with love and cheers at John Lennon airport in
the unlikely event he returns to wear Liverpool colors…never mind
Barcelona. If the moon turns to green cheese and
Jupiter is in the seventh house and Gayle gets out early and Kenya beat
Australia by nine wickets we can do it, it’s a doddle.
Finally, let’s get English…but will that drain the magic of
the league? Possibly.
Add to this global invasion of English soccer the new dimension of
dismay being expressed by the players and ex-players about being chosen
to play for England not being such a great thing and it is a pretty sad
state of affairs. “It is all
because of the Premier league, the world knows the players, loves the
teams, has a passion that goes beyond the normal and there is so much
hype that even when they are losing, or have lost, the other countries
have enough club players to create the illusion that England is still in
there fighting. That’s it. The strident call is for
England to find and nurture homegrown talent. Not worth the hassle, not enough money, too much media
attention, constant criticism, life is so much more fun at the Club
level where you are loved and understood even after a beating…there is
always next week when you can pull in the slack. ( Syndigate.info ).
Even after it was done and dusted and hope had spread her wings and
fluttered off, diehard fans were saying, there has to be a way, some way
in which we can sneak in.
Copyright: Arab News 2014 All rights reserved. But I do have an answer
to one such equation. Even as England flies back there are 17
guys from Chelsea, 14 from Man U, one less from Arsenal and a round
dozen from Liverpool. France has 10 people who play in England and
Brazil has seven.
Since the league itself has 1,537 foreign inductees the poor World
Cup showing has now sparked a new outrage. The colonization of English football is happily
tolerated, even encouraged. Except now the biter has bitten and probably will go to the
The same sort of frenetic exercise has been rife the past week
about England’s chances
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