open letter to Franz Beckenbauer

Dear Franz

I’m an England fan and a blogger who took exception to your recent comments about the standard and quality of English football under Fabio Capello at this World Cup.

To be honest I thought your comments were inappropriate, and I said so in my blog posting (like you care). The reality is that you were absolutely right in your observations. At the national level we play football which is similar to that played on Hackney Marshes.  Today our defence looked like Dad’s Army versus a crack Panzer Division.

Here’s the thing too Franz, our FA is in a complete state of disarray. Because we only appoint people with thin skins and/or with the morals of alsations, we’ve ended up with no Chairman nor CEO. Is there any possibility  you could be interested in heading up our FA as a man of integrity, insight and intelligence? We’ve never tried that option.

Please Franz….



defoe defeats ’em

Well, as matches go that was a nerve-jangling belter today. England beat mighty Slovenia 1-0 thanks to a goal from deadly Defoe but ooh it could have gone agonisingly wrong if the leader of the failed palazzo coup, ‘modest’ John Terry, hadn’t shown that he had the right stuff after all and defended as if his life depended on it. Look at that action shot above of JT pulling off the rarely seen sliding head tackle.   Continue reading


Well we arrived at our local Italian restaurant just in time for the opening England match and we missed the first few minutes as he was a little busy and we were the only English folks in there. But generously he switched it on just for us amidst more than a little local tutting – good on yer Giovanni – and literally the first thing we saw was Gerrard’s lovely opening goal. Would this turn out be  goal-fest from the 3 Lions…er no. Continue reading

only croatia again

Don’t know if you’ve heard the World Cup qualifying draw as yet but England have only gone and drawn Croatia again as the no 1 seed in our group, alongside Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the mighty Andorra. As it’s a 6 team group we even get a chance to qualify as one of the best runners-up. That’s alright. With a proper manager in control, we should reverse the results against Croatia and qualify relatively easily this time. He says…

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