At last the England team showed some spirit and fight in beating Slovenia one-nil. Gone were the pathetic shadows that played against Algeria and back were players who actually seemed to have pride and passion. So now, thanks to a late USA goal against Algeria, we have to play Germany on Sunday at 3 o’clock. But at least we now appear to have a team more like Gladiators than Muppets.
Let’s hope it’s not the usual result against the Germans in a World Cup knockout match. As we well remember we beat them in the final in 1966, then lost 3-2 in the 1970 Quarter Finals after being two goals up and in 1990 we lost on penalties in the semi Final. We also lost on penalties to them in the Semi Finals of Euro 96. How good would it be for Sundays match to go through extra time and for us to beat Germany on penalties? We must win a penalty shoot out sometime, right? just don’t let John Terry take one!
Have England got their mojo back? I hope so. I am proud to be an England supporter once again anyway!
On Sunday boys go out and do it for God, for Fabio and for England!
Here is Defoe’s goal from the Slovenia game
And finally as usual this is a music blog so here are a few appropriate(ish) songs
“Everyone’s A Winner” – Hot Chocolate. These guys were one of my favourite bands in my formative years and did you know that their famous “You Sexy Thing” song was originally the B Side of a non hit called “Blue Night”?
“Victorious” – Linda Bengtzing & Velvet. Honestly I had never heard of Linda before searching for appropriate songs for this post, but I now know she is Swedish!
“Let’s Go All The Way” – Sly Fox. This was a big hit in 1985 and the vocalist was formerly a singer with one of my favourite bands Parliament/ Funkadelic, his name is Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper