Just like when Celtic win the SPL this year, celebrating England’s 8-0 mauling of San Marino seems somewhat cheap. San Marino sit rock bottom of the FIFA World Rankings and given that the likes of Eritrea and The British Virgin Islands are deemed superiors, perhaps 8-0 is a slightly more embarrassing scoreline for England than it is La Serenissima (Thank you Wikipedia for providing me with San Marino’s nickname.)
Last night England took on Montenegro in what was billed as a tricky away day – and they were right as The Three Lions came away with just a point.
However, one glance at the England team sheet will reveal a squad that man for man, really should have had nothing to fear. Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are fantastic footballers and for all of the national team’s shortcomings, are just three in a decent pool of talent that England have boasted since the turn of the century (although I’m not suggesting the team have been successful in that time, nor even remotely entertaining to watch.)
The opportunity to pick a decent starting XI hasn’t been an option unavailable to Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran-Eriksson, Steve McClaren or Roy Hodgson, but whether they have or not has certainly varied. In fact, some horrendous choices have found their way into the Three Lions setup over the last decade or so.
So before you point the finger at any of our current crop (and the opportunity will certainly arise sooner or later) just be thankful that none of the ten listed in this video will be running out at Wembley any time soon…