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Date Posted: Thursday, July 12, 09:57:39am
Author: Same Old Story
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Subject: Im always surprised

By the apparent need to denigrate any level of achievement from the national team by some people, especially on this board.

England entered the tournament with a team of littel experience and next to no expectations. They were one of the last 4 standing. So what if the draw ended up favouring them?

The last time england reached a world cup semi final they edged through an average group, beat a bang average belgian side who had enzo scifo and very little else, and scraped through against a plucky african side who player by player were far inferior. The draw again had favoured them as italy, argentina, brazil, spain, yugoslavia - the other genuinely decent sides that year - had all been avoided. Germany were the first real team of quality that they faced. And yet that, more experienced, talented squad were lauded, and rightly so, and i dont remember anyone refeering to a fortunate draw.

As someone who doesnt actively support england but would always like to see them win, i find it all a bit wierd. Id be proud of that squad today, not doenplaying the whole thing. 2020 could be a seriously good tournament for the lions.

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