More than just a mum

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson’s Choice - Ju­lia Og­den

EAfter the third Ger­man goal, Sa­muel burst into tears with frus­tra­tion

foot­ball than us,” I said.

“They haven’t done any­thing wrong, they are just a bet­ter team.”

“Well, I hate Cap­pello then,” he said. “He needs to bring Peter Crouch on and take Up­son off.”

“When I grow up, I am go­ing to be a foot­baller, and score loads of goals for Eng­land.”

Bless him. From the in­struc­tions he was shout­ing at the tele­vi­sion, my seven-year-old would prob­a­bly make a bet­ter man­ager!

Am I the only per­son who thinks that per­haps the time has come for us to stop treat­ing our foot­ballers like gods?

They are, in fact, young men, with too much money and not enough sense.

It is time they were knocked off their pedestals.

Maybe this lat­est de­feat will make them, and us, re­alise they are not in­vin­ci­ble, they are, in fact, hu­man, and, con­se­quently, make mis­takes and have their off days, just like the rest of us.

I say all this, but how much do you bet that in four years’ time, we will be hang­ing out the flags again, con­vinced 2014 is the year we will bring home that il­lu­sive golden tro­phy? NGLAND foot­ball sup­port­ers are a bit like the delu­sional par­ents you see on the X Fac­tor.

They stand in the wings, push­ing their kids for­ward, telling them they’re the next big thing, when, in fact, they are rub­bish.

Once they hear the truth, they stand there dumb­founded and shocked, look­ing for some­one to blame.

Ev­ery World Cup we be­lieve our team will win, but they never do.

Sun­day’s per­for­mance was abysmal. We will blame the dis­al­lowed Lam­pard goal for our mis­for­tune, to­tally ig­nor­ing the fact that we were out­played by a much stronger team.

This year is the first year Sa­muel has been in­ter­ested in foot­ball, and the build-up to the World Cup meant he was al­most as ex­cited about the tour­na­ment as he is about Christ­mas.

So his dis­ap­point­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon was re­ally up­set­ting to see.

Af­ter the third Ger­man goal, he burst into tears with frus­tra­tion (along with the rest of the pop­u­la­tion.) “I hate Ger­many,” he an­nounced. “You can’t hate them for play­ing bet­ter

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