England arrived back on home soil this week after the major disappointment of failing to get past the first knockout round in the 2010 World Cup. A World Cup campaign that never really got out of first gear, as England fans we were finally put out of our misery when a youthful and talented German side showed us how football should be played. Many questions have been and will be asked after an abysmal showing in South Africa, with one of the queries at the forefront of people’s minds being ‘where was the pride?’
Many emotions would have been running through people’s minds on Sunday afternoon, but pride definitely wouldn’t have been one of them. Anger, disgust, disbelief, déjà vu, these are all feelings we’ve experienced a number of times, and yet again our patriotism wasn’t matched by pride on the pitch. Defeat and an early World Cup exit would have been easier to take if the players had shown the smallest bit of desire and pride in their performance, but the English spirit that we associate so strongly with the Three Lions was nowhere to be seen.
It’s hard to argue against Tim Westwood who thought that the emotion of winning is what England need. It would have given the whole nation a lift, but instead we’re once again left wondering how the same mistakes are made time and time again. In his third World Cup blog for the NOTW the big dawg identifies the relief that we felt after the Slovenia match. He thought that the high of qualifying should have brought the team together, but it certainly didn’t work out like that.
We’ll have to wait another four years at least to see England in a World Cup, but you have to wonder whether anything will have changed by then? There is always going to be pressure on the team and if the players can’t cope with that then we’ll never have a chance of recreating the glory of 1966. Before the game Westwood wanted to see excitement and drama, but although there were five goals in the match and should have been six, it was David James who was picking the ball out of the net more than his opposite number.
To read Tim Westwood’s third World Cup article in full head to the News of the World website: