PUBLIC APATHY IS AN ISSUE
Yesterday evening, Wembley played host to just over 40,000 England fans, making it the worst crowd since England’s stadium was rebuilt in 2007, whilst the ITV coverage received nearly half the viewers of BBC cooking show The Great British Bake Off.
The atmosphere was subdued but England have suffered more uncomfortable nights before – like when Wayne Rooney was booed off and subsequently ranted into a television camera after the Three Lions drew with Algeria at the 2010 World Cup:
But in a sense, this response was considerably worse – it wasn’t one of disappointment or anger, more simply and more dangerously, a complete lack of interest. Roy Hodgson admitted public apathy was a major issue before the Norway friendly and the uninspiring result, combined with a stale performance, certainly won’t have improved matters.