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All Things Footie | Friday, June 21 | Jordan

They Think It's All Over…

So I guess we can lose then. I blame Pele. I think it's called a kick up the arse, a jolt back into reality. We all knew that the remarkable form of Danny Mills, Nicky Butt and Trevor Sinclair couldn't last — but why did it have to end now? That isn't the most disappointing thing either. The question I would like to ask is what happened to Paul Scholes? He's been poor throughout England's tournament and he was dreadful today; ‘wait for the big games’ we were told.

The entire midfield (and I am including David Beckham) were below par, particularly Butt and Scholes, and this is where we lost the game. Even with us having an extra man on the pitch Brazil still managed to play keep-away; the older boys at school taunting the first years. In the final half an hour they were able to string 30 passes together before losing posession — which we then offereed straight back to them, usually via a hopeful long ball or over ambitious dribbling.

Even though — by his usual standards — Emile Heskey had a decent game, he was still poor on the ball. For all the hard work he did getting himself into dangerous positions, every time he recieved the ball his touch was so heavy that he could do nothing (useful) with it. Why oh why choose to substitute Michael Owen? Taking our only decent attacking player off was an awful decision from the usually shrewd Sven. There seems to be an extra factor at work, the reluctance to evict Heskey from the field of play is sometimes poderous, more often baffling.

As for the freak goal that won Brazil the game, I really feel for David Seaman. I'm reluctant to attribute too much blame to him, because I don't think that even Ronaldinho meant it. Everyone, the Brazil players, England players, ‘little Ronaldo’ and Seaman, thought a cross was coming in, and the ball couldn't have been dropped any worse for the big man. It just failed to curl; it wasn't until it had reached the edge of the box that anyone realised it was going right in the corner, stroking the crossbar. There was no way he could have reached it without standing right on the line at the post — which any 'keeper will tell you leaves you a little open on the other side! ‘Safe Hands’ will take the blame for England's failure to reach the semis, even though he saved the Argentina game and has been amongst England's best players this tournament.

Lets hope the red tops don't demonise anyone in the team though, because as far as I'm concerned England, you've done us proud. And anyway, at least there weren't any penalties.

And as for this afternoons game, it's a tricky one to decide who to cheer; the American arrogance and ignorance has really got my hackles up,

“I called the team. I know how well they are doing. I'm an American, I love winners”

On the other hand there are our cheery, beer swilling cousins. You know, I may actually be rooting for a German win. There's a little voice I can hear in the distance though…

USA USA

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