Fabio Capello has done wonders with the England team to date. The Italian steered England through the European qualifying stage for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with relative ease and looks to have instilled some discipline and confidence into the ranks. One thing he hasn’t been able to do is keep the nation’s expectations down, as once again we head into a global football tournament thinking that we can win when in all likelihood anything near a semi-final place would be a real achievement. Given the skill and the depth of talent that both Spain and Brazil have its hard to look past those two, but Capello has done better than his predecessor.
Steve ‘Umbrella’ McClaren couldn’t even get his England team to Euro 2008, so Capello has already bettered the achievements of him. Before McClaren Sven-Goran Eriksson managed to get us to a couple of quarter finals, but a certain Ronaldinho put paid to our chances in 2002, whilst the dreaded penalties proved to be our comeuppance in 2006. In fact our latest best performance at a major tournament was back in Euro 1996, when football came home and Terry Venables restored some pride to the nation, guiding England to a semi-final against Germany before Gareth Southgate decided it was a good idea to take a penalty.
The days of football management seem to be long behind Venables, so he’s got plenty of time on his hands to try out different hobbies, with singing being one. I’m not sure that was the greatest idea as he’s hardly the next Frank Sinatra. That doesn’t stop him getting his passion across though, and he doesn’t appear to be afraid of heights either seeing as he’s performing on top of the 02. Here’s Venables singing the rousing number “If I Can Dream”, The Sun’s World Cup Song, to try and galvanise support for England ahead of the tournament. Dreaming is something we’ll all be doing come June 11th.