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Gutted encore


We never seem to lose conventionally do we? There is always drama, agony and misgivings. I feel truly gutted for Harry Kane, he really is one of the good guys.

I thought, I think we all did, that France would be the roadblock to winning the tournament, yet the fact is beyond this round, this has to be the biggest opportunity ever to win the whole thing since 1966.

Tonight I felt we were the better team, created plenty of chances played with spirit and more enterprise than the French, who were petulant and petty, but when it came down to it in moments that mattered they bettered us and it’s they that continue.

I think in 2018 none of us could believe our luck at reaching the semi-finals, that side was not one of the best four in the world, but the draw was favourable, but despite the record books noting a regression this time around, we did have a swagger and a depth of possible winners. Not sure I have ever thought that about an England team in my lifetime.

Referring aided by VAR has been pretty good at the tournament, but this referee was bloody awful. I hope he is packing his bags tonight as well.

I have always thought Gareth Southgate gets a rough ride, yes he can’t always please 60 million people, but he has carried out his job with dignity and reverence. No one has been as successful as he as England manager in my lifetime. There will be pockets of indignation, but in my mind he has changed expectations and aspirations and deserves to give 2024 his best shot.

A tough night, again, with the recurring as if’s, but as painful as it is, it feels somehow different this time.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Chris #

    Morroco to win World Cup?…dont laugh but they play without any hangups.

    December 11, 2022
  2. Whatever happens on Wednesday evening, I would not advise being on the Champs Elysees in Paris (where I live) after or even during the match.

    December 11, 2022
    • Sorry , go a bit confused using the comments box, hence there are three similar comments…

      December 11, 2022
  3. Whatever happens on Wednesday evening I suggest not going to the Champs Elysees in Paris (where I live)…

    December 11, 2022
  4. Whatever happens on Wednesday evening in Qatar, I advise not going to the Champs Elysees in Paris (where I live) before, during and particularly after the match.

    December 11, 2022
  5. houndal #

    A bit like supporting Charlton – hope followed by despair.

    December 11, 2022
    • Houndel is Spot on and yes TBF we lost coz of many reasons too and ironically was thinking when we had the penalty at 1-1 was thinking (and that can be very dangerous) that here we go and at least extra time and the inevitable penalties.
      No way was it Kane’s fault and there was a huge delay before it was awarded.
      As for our shite team, CAFC have 2 zooms this week and surely TS will be cancelled.
      Gilby has to be recalled.

      December 11, 2022
      • Chris #

        I bet the Zoom meeting with TS will be cancelled due to fog ,snow, minus temps, frozen pitch,pipes,train strike,Heathrow border force strike…?
        Which reason will TS give or will he man enough to face up to CASC and fans questions ?
        Maybe Martin will ring up to excuse his dad not being available?

        December 11, 2022
  6. JOHN F GOSS #

    Playing France is one thing but the line o’s and ref as well, we’re England through and through.

    December 11, 2022

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