England has failed to qualify for Euro 2008. I am not so sure whether I will be watching that tournament next year. It is like eating big Mac without the beef.
I thought that the team would make it. Just a draw was good enough. I don’t really have mood to write about the match, after my post about England loss in 2006 Worldcup – that is the post which I first published on 2 July 2006, a day after England was defeated by Portugal. As my defunct old blog is no longer available, I decided to republish it. It is one of the posts which I wrote with so much emotions.
And here it is…
The quarterfinal match between England and Portugal in Gelsenkirchen at Germany on July 1, 2006.
I like England soccer team as much as I like working out in gym. So, allow me to write about soccer in this post.
It is indeed a sad day for England fans when the team lost to Portugal in the penalty shoot-out with the result of 1-3. I do not blame the penalty takers. It takes guts to go out and take one. I have to admit Portugal goalkeeper, Ricardo, has done a fantastic job for going the right way. How many goalkeepers on earth is able to save 3 times out of 4 kicks?
Ricardo did exactly that.
I do not blame the fact that Wayne Rooney got a red card. Just like what happened to David Beckham in 1998 France Worldcup which he was sent off in the match against Argentina. People will talk about the sending-off. I thought the referee could have blown for a foul on Wayne Rooney earlier as it was two against one.
It was a pivotal moment for England as Wayne was crucial for the team, the only reliable striker the team has. After Michael Owen was sent back to England due to injury, I have no faith on Peter Crouch and the teenage Arsenal striker Theo Walcott. It is indeed a big let down to see Sven-Goran Eriksson brought only four strikers by omitting Jermain Defoe from Tottenham. I miss those days when Alan Shearer was still there. Shearer may not be the best, but he scored goals.
The sending-off of Rooney had a massive effect on England on the game. It was down to the remaining ten England players on the field to finish the job but they could not do it. You could see Steven Gerrald and Owen Hargreaves running almost every corner. Hargreaves played well that day. In fact, he was the sole England player to put his spot-kick in the net in the penalty shoot-out.
Before the Worldcup, I had high regards on Frank Lampard. Until I saw his performance for his five matches in this Germany Worldcup, I changed my mind.
Pat on the shoulders on John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Ashley Cole and Robinson. These men have done everything for the defence.
It is sad to see a man like John Terry cried for the defeat.
Hargreaves broke down with tears too.
Many people have criticized David Beckham. But, David Beckham has done the best for the team and for his last Worldcup appearance. Beckham was in tears when he went off the field after he got injured on his right ankle after defender Nuno Valente stepped on him. David will best be remembered on his penalty kick goal against Ecuador that sent them to the quarterfinals. In fact, on that match, a few minutes later, he vomited on the field because of dehydration.
Beckham did everything he could, as a captain, for England.
I may be an arm chair critic. I definitely not the best person to know everything about soccer. However, if I were to do witch hunting, Sven-Goran Eriksson, I am sorry, but you are fired. You should have brought more strikers there and your tactic just did not work.
And my beloved England team, I weep for you. My heart sank, all the way to hell.
On 22 November 2007, once again, I cried for my beloved England team.
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