Everyone seems to know the score
They’ve seen it all before
They just know
They’re so sure
That England’s gonna throw it away
Gonna blow it away
England’s going home …
As the media celebrate heroes, the ultimate irony is we’ve just experienced another episode which the song “Football’s coming home” so bewails.
Yep, we were singing how we always end up doing something rubbish at tournaments, and again we’ve thrown it away. Well, an appearance in the final anyway.
And we’re back to what we’re used to.
Missing in front of goal and giving up on the importance of possession.
And the analysis remains woeful. As extra time began, it was about heart and belief.
Having been the better side in the first half, and having missed all those chances, we should have seen that Croatia would change, and we needed to change too, in a way that gave our players the opportunity to close down. Instead, we kept pumping long balls way to long runs and we kept giving the ball away.