Bill Shankly famously said "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. They're wrong, of course, it's far more important than that !"
So England are out of Euro 08 next summer. A lethal combination of player indifference, strategic/selection incompetence, ego space travel...oh, and the opposition infuriatingly keep scoring against us. Do they know who we are ?
Today has been hilarious cliche time. McClaren saying he's the biggest England fan, Barwick saying sorry to the fans and he'll sort it out - he fucked it up in the first place ! People saying they're glad we're out cuz McClaren has gone and we can get back to world domination. When were we dominant, remind me ? Who are these people ? Life is football and I wanted England in Euro 08 - to coin another football cliche, we snatched failure from the jaws of qualification being served up on a silver plate when we hardly deserved it. Over 12 games we played well in ONE - Russia at home.
Yet the same players will be back to European Champions League action next week and wowing the world. So their lives ARE football...just not international football.
As I've said previously in this blog, ECL football is of a higher standard than international stuff. We need to wake up and connect the Premier League with the England team fortune, Points For Caps (see previous blog).
But back to Life is football. You may laugh, girls, (and golfers) but not qualifying is estimated to cost the UK economy approximately £2 billion next summer. People who have all sorts of incomes save to follow the team all over the world, so a tournament a thousand miles away would've been a beano. There are millions of disappointed people in this country today, and that's not a good thing for the Lifesshort process. Maybe they could spend their Euro 08 savings on Lifesshort merchandise, but I guess it won't quite make up for the heartache.
How will the mighty players feel ? Well, a bit fed up I s'pose, but they go back to their luxury lives and club managers who'll put an arm round the little cherubs and coerce them into outstanding ECL performances next week. Poor little lads !
If only Shanks were still here to take on the England job.
David at Lifesshort