Anguish & Despair. It Can Only Be Penalties.
In 1990 Gazza cried, in 2002 Seaman cried and now with our latest exit from another World Cup tournament it’s former England captain David Beckham’s turn to feel a countries anguish.
It never gets any easier.
I don’t know what it is with England and penalties do we just not practice them or do we just lose our bottle? Why do the Germans find them so easy?
And we could have all predicted how England would be knocked out of the World Cup – it’s always the same story:
Going out with a fight in the Quarters!
And yet again England didn’t deserve to go out.
England started the game in a lively fashion and managed to put Portugal on the back foot in the early parts of the game. Portugal were really missing the invention of Deco and throughout the game did not have any real threat going forward.
The best chances were going to England.
And then Rooney lost his cool. The United forward appeared to stomp on Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho and unfortunately it was right in front of the referee.
But as England went down to 10-men it was Portugal who seemed to be a man down.
England played with blood, sweat and tears and made the clearer chances – but we just couldn’t take them.
Ironically it was the unpopular Owen Hargreaves who was the man of the match for me – he was running everywhere and for a holding midfielder was pushing the team forward at every opportunity.
But as time ticked by the dreaded penalties were inevitable.
Frank Lampard, who for me has had a terrible tournament, took the first spot-kick. Just like against Hungary in the friendly before the World Cup he missed from the spot. Why the f*ck doesn’t he practice them?!
Missing one is unlucky but two in quick succession is just pathetic.
And once the first one was missed the writing was on the wall.
England were out again on penalties. And the other ironic thing was that the only England player to actually convert his penalty was a ‘German’ – he was never going to miss!
And it was the diving tw*t Cristiano Ronaldo that sealed our fate…