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They said that he’d be cautious
and would make the purists nauseous
but in fact the game was thrilling to the marrow.
One-nil up and two-one down
before the forwards went to town,
it ebbed and flowed just like the tide at Barrow.
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They said that he’d be pensive,
try to play it quite defensive
but in fact the English goals were quite exquisite.
And what a goal to win it
in the sixty somethingth minute!
Three goals isn’t being defensive, is it?
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They said he’d set his stall out,
pack the box to keep the ball out
but in fact the Swedes discovered lots of spaces.
They would all stream forward, sparking
a reluctance for close marking,
with players picked up on an ad-hoc basis.
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They said (with hint of censure)
that he didn’t do adventure
but soon their staid predictions sounded hollow.
And with Rooney now returning,
are the English fortunes turning,
though trophy-lifting doesn’t always follow?