Monday, June 4, 2012
It is almost time to set off for the Euros. It is all slightly surreal back in England where it is the Queen's jubilee and many villages are holding street parties, Union Jack flags and bunting covering every second building like we are back in 1977.
The England football squad is in absolute pieces after losing Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard. Worryingly, Roy Hodgson's answer to losing experienced internationals is to bring in untested Liverpool players to replace them, some of whom have had a shocking season and certainly do not deserve international recognition.
With only 6,000 England fans travelling out to Ukraine, I am sure the fans who have chosen to stay away must feel at this moment in time that they made the right decision. Never has so little been expected by so few.
Meanwhile, the Dutch look like they are on fire after hammering Northern Ireland 6-0, Italy are in utter disarray and Russia are beginning to look like a decent bet as dark horses.
More Than a Game flies out to the Euros on Wednesday along with what is left of the England squad. The likes of Lampard, Ferdinand, Cahill, Barry, Crouch and Lennon won't be on the plane. Somehow, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson and Stuart Downing are Ukraine-bound. Who could ever have predicted such a thing?