To this day, we still can’t wrap our heads around how England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’ failed to secure a single piece of silverware.
Indeed, just looking at the names we had at our disposal – the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, and John Terry – causes involuntary spikes of anger, sickness, hatred, and loathing towards all those clearly incapable of wielding their immense talents (*cough* Sven-Goran Eriksson *cough*).
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While the Swede shoulders most of the blame in our eyes for guiding the hapless Three Lions through the poacher-ridden reserves of early noughties football, and Fabio Capello too, stars from that era have since admitted their role in cultivating a negative working environment which ultimately led to England’s demise.
Gary Neville is the latest man to provide an explanation (please excuse Geoff Shreeves, he came with the video) …
Gary Neville talks about Man Utd’s single-minded mentality and how it was at odds with England on Off Script
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 5, 2019
Poignant words from the Sky Sports pundit especially given the state his former club, Manchester United, are in.
Could a disjointed dressing room be the cause of Old Trafford’s woes? Has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer polluted the atmosphere by making so many changes? Where are relationships lacking? These are the questions fans will likely be asking themselves as they seek an answer to their ever-so elusive problem.