REFLECTIONS

Firstly the eloquence of Gareth Southgate in defeat. No hiding behind rhetoric or falsehoods. Straight answers and an apology. Secondly, we were out thought tactically by a better, if rather dirty, side. Our boys will mature and I believe be a formidable unit in the next World Cup, if they can survive the heat of the Arabian desert!

WHAKAPAPA

The Maori way of explaining your place in the world, (pronounced farkapapa) has apparently been used by the England performance coach. Owen Eastwood has also worked with the British Olympic Association, the royal Ballet School and NATO!

FOOTBALL FANTASIA

Oh the poor press! It seems that they have not had anything exciting or positive to report for months, maybe even years. The hyperbole has however gone through the roof, it is just a game guy’s! Could we please keep sport to the back pages, and possibly centre pages. The government used yesterday to announce the reduction of the £20 extra Universal Credit.

ENGLAND FOOTBALL TEAM

Whatever the result tonight I am in awe of the team. The unity shown, the social awareness (taking the knee), the humility they show from the the manager to the support team. Whilst the government goes out of its way to be divisive, this team truly represents the England I want to be part of.

BRILLIANT

England football team produced a very professional performance to defeat their usual nemesis Germany. Raheem Sterling was again the first scorer (3 in a row in these championships) and then Kane ended his drought with a brilliantly taken goal. So we are in the quarterfinals. I think Southgate has the wherewithal to take us to the finals. We have an excellent team, good organisation and ability to play the modern game, i.e. knowing when and who to bring on from the subs bench. Today it was Grealish, but there are many others with skills that could make this team great. Rashford, Foden, Sancho Calvet-Lewin to name a few attacking options. And we should not forget that the England defence still has not conceded a goal (yes there has been a little luck – but no more than anyone else). We have not scored loads, but we have been winning.

EUROS – GOALS

I was a bit sceptical about the Euro’s before they started – but many games have been brilliant and goal of the tournament is already up for much debate.

FOOTBALL

European Championships well under way now. And generally going with form. Wales were a little lucky to escape with a draw, but luck always plays a part in these championships.

England won, if not emphatically, at least with some confidence. Italy looked awesome, The Netherlands came back to show some determination which has not always been present in their championship sides, Belgium also won comfortably. We have yet to see Spain (later tonight) and then the group of death including France Germany and Ronaldo!

Who will win? I would guess one of the sides named above. And a word of admiration for Erikson – get well soon. Bill Shankly’s famous saying was meant to be metaphorical, not medical!

FOOTBALL

Time to look forward to new season. Lots of business to do first though. Where will Harry Kane go? Who will manage Tottenham, or Real Madrid? Will Messi move? Who will ManC and Man U sign? Or Liverpool or Chelsea? Will Arsenal splash out?