Theo Walcott, our forgotten man of the World Cup
— Sven’s secret weapon, never used except
to warm the bench — explodes like an Exocet
in the Under-21s with two clinical goals
to beat the German U-21s 2-0 in […]
Plumes it right over the bar!
And sure the tall and skinny one
with the neat Mr. Roboto celebration
grabs three in the six-nil demolition of
the Reggae boys: knocks ’em for six! But
those were the Jamaicans, a […]
The gentlemanly courtesies at the beginning of the Match:
captains shake hands, exchange pennants, a coin’s tossed.
The lucky captain chooses the ends to attack and defend.
Heads I win, tails you lose. If only […]
It was a screamer of a shot, everyone agreed,
headed for the top left hand corner: guaranteed.
However, the paintwork denied him, once again.
Denied not by the ref, for offside, or for handball,
denied not by the […]
Just like forty years ago, perhaps, when England and Uruguay played
to a dour draw in the opening match of the 1966 World Cup,
in this 2006 pre-Cup friendly, the lads one-nothing down,
scrambling for an equalizer […]
Who is next for the bull’s eye shirt
made of the flag with the red cross?
Please! Not another foreigner, FA!
Who really thinks a Swede or a Dutchman
will have the best interests of England
in his deepest heart? […]
Who’ll replace the incautious Swede
— incautious in private,
too cautious on the pitch!
Some say Sven should go now,
and let Sam Allardyce
have a throw at the dice.
Sam? Sam? Will you be our man?
The time is […]
Owen didn’t come back, went to Souness at Toon instead.
All those millions! Owen scored a few, then broke his foot,
now Sven and England sweat to see him fit for the World Cup.
But then, suddenly, out of the blue […]
We’d do better this year, maestro Rafa said, I’ll put out the first team.
We take the field at Luton with our glamour names, and sure enough,
seize the lead on a Stevie G rocket, . . . only began to look rocky […]
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