England ‘stars’ out of touch with the real world
HOW apt that England players had pants stolen by hotel staff in South Africa.
And how inappropriate that they should receive VIP treatment when touching back down on these shores early yesterday morning.
Our failures were whisked through a suite normally used by royals at Heathrow Airport before continuing their journeys in a fleet of chauffeurdriven cars and private jets.
It was all part of an FA operation no doubt aimed at keeping the ‘stars’ away from the public they let down so badly.
This lot deserve an egging more than John Prescott and are so out of touch with the real world that it’s frightening.
If I delivered the same sort of diabolical performance I would expect to be hauled over the coals, not given a ride home in the company Bentley.
And how about this for an idea . . . rather than being allowed to slink off on luxurious, no-expense spared, sunshine holidays after their South African shocker, our national disasters should be sent straight back into battle.
Capello’s let-downs should face the French flops and the awful Italians in a little triangular tournament. For the losers the tag of Europe’s biggest embarrassment awaits.
In our favour we were the only nation to make it past the group stage, but I guess we wish we hadn’t bothered now.
TWO football-free days are just what the doctor ordered. The second round came to a close with a snoozefest yesterday.
Time to own up - who fell asleep during the dross served up by Paraguay and Japan?
I did and I only caught the highlights – a 20-minute production which could easily have been squeezed into two.
Yuichi Komano ended the gloom when slamming his spot-kick against the bar.
It wasn’t quite a Waddle, but his more minor misjudgement proved just as costly with Oscar Cardozo making no mistake next up to ensure Paraguay became the fourth South American team through to the last eight.
The bad news for them is that merely possessing a mean defence won’t be enough when they go head- to-head with Spain on Saturday.
The European champions and World Cup favourites finally came to life in the second half to see off Portugal.
The key moment was the withdrawal of Fernando Torres who appears to be suffering from Rooney syndrome – a condition which turns supposed superstars into stumbling buffoons.
It was no surprise when he was hauled off just before the hour and replacement Fernando Llorente – the beast of Bilbao - had the usually rock-solid Portuguese defence rocking.
And the brilliant David Villa was the beneficiary to keep me dreaming of a full wallet at the end of next weekend when Spain lift the trophy and he grabs the golden boot.
BUT let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before then we will see Brazil boast too much attacking power for Holland, Uruguay overwhelm Ghana, Argentina put those pesky Germans in their place, and Villa and co. destroy Paraguay.