So, I was wrong. As a gambler, I'm not good but as a manager, I'm pretty sure I'm better than Sven... most of us are... and now we have Steve McClaren. Do we have to? Is there no way the FA can say, "Sorry Steve, we've changed our minds and we're going to give the job to Jose Pekerman? (Or better still, Alcuin Edwards).
The match itself was ... well put it this way, enough to drive a man to drink (And I have a couple of litres of Jack Daniel in the house). Although I do remember saying...
"I hope we win on penalties. I hope we win 5-4 on penalties with Cristian Ronaldo the only one to miss a penalty. I want Robinson to look into his eyes, take his measure and break his spirit there and then for all time, so he loses his confidence and never scores again for anyone."
Sven says they PRACTICED penalties... well, it looked to me as though Hargreaves practiced penalties (maybe Rooney, Owen and Bekham as well) but nobody else did.)
Everyone say that Rooney's sending off was justified but it looked accidental to me. Two men were deliberately trying to knock him over, and he was trying to stay upright and accidentally trod on Carvalhao's balls. I noticed Carvalhao got booked for fouling a player when the ball was at the other end of the pitch... but it was the second time he'd done it. The first time, the referee awarded a free kick (bizarre because that's a sending off or booking offence and one the ref must have seen to award the free kick).
Two years now before Euro 2008 and McLaren will be making all the same old excuses. It isn't good enough. Saddam Hussein was a monster but he had the right idea for dealing with underperforming footballers... Bastinado. I'm half serious. These people, because they can kick a ball a bit, get paid more in a week than I get in ten years, the least they could do is win the World Cup.
Besides this... as far as I'm concerned, I don't want to see any Portuguese players in the Premiership. It's sickening that our teams pay good money training people to beat England.
I sincerely hope McClaren will try something different... what I'd love to see someone do is start training players to hit the bar or the post consistently from anywhere on the pitch and at such an angle that they know where the ball will bounce. I can't see him doing anything though. Same old same old, over and over again.