Brazil’s catastrophic defeat at the hands of Germany has reverberated around the football World, not just because they were hosts and the pre-tournament favourites but because they are the nation that has come to define football excellence. A little of that mystique has gone forever.
For 75 minutes against Uruguay, England reverted to type. The Italy game, where expectations were low and qualification did not directly depend on the result, freed England to play a positive, more fluid game. Once they were favourites and their future in the tournament was in danger, the nerves returned.
England start their World Cup 2014 campaign tonight against Italy. For once we have an exciting young team, rather than the usual suspects. Hodgson has already been brave, dropping the likes of Ashley Cole and bringing Continue reading →