Jeux Sans Frontières or

it’s a knockout.

That’s how we know it over here and that’s what it is for England today against Slovenia. And quite frankly England would be better off with Stuart Hall managing them and Eddie Waring running the midfield. The latter would certainly add more life to the team than we saw against Algeria last week, even if he has been dead since 1986.

A couple of famous quotes spring to mind with the names mentioned to be playing for England in this “must win” game.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it George Santayana

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will be playing together in an England team for the 61st time today.

Saying all this I fully expect England to get the result, whether that’s win or draw, to scrape into the next round.

It’s not through any delusion, like so many, that these are great players – Golden Generation 😆 – or a great team who can turn it around. I just see another example of glossing over the crap with a result and progression, that is in terms of getting into the final 16, certainly not progression in any other way.

Also, it would likely mean another 2 years of Fredo, err Fabio, playing the usual suspects for the Euro qualifiers.

If not, my second choice to replace the Italian, seeing as Guus Hiddink probably won’t be available, was Roy Hodgson, he was my choice some years back, especially with his international experience and looking at what he did with a ragbag outfit like Fulham this year you can see the benefits. But this morning I read a column of his where he stated that…

I watched England v Algeria and … you could not fault the players for their effort, their willingness, their determination to give everything to win the game Roy Hodgson

Err Roy, yes you could fault it, as everyone did, starting with the boos from the stands.

So sorry Roy you just failed the first audition. Next.

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