As to England, why aren't we used to this by now?
If there is one bet I really wish I had made it would be that Rooney, playing out of position and not back to full fitness would get frustrated and would at some stage get himself sent off.
We really did have a genuine chance this time. The easiest side of the draw. All the four sides who are through to the semi's beatable...yes, including Portugal who didn't deserve to win if they couldn't beat us playing with ten men for an hour.
Did anyone think Lampard was going to score his penalty? Rumour has it he has been distracted by talk of a transfer to Barca which apparently fell through a fortnight ago. I just hope that is not true because I would find that unforgivable.
Did anyone think we would win a penalty shoot out? I was almost wishing Portugal would just get it over with and score before the end of extra time and spare us the agony of going out to penalties again.
But we were doomed from the day Sven named his squad with his gamble on the strikers...or lack of. I know I won't be the only person this weekend to question how he was ever supposedly worth 4 million quid a year, but maybe the FA can explain that to us all one day?
It leaves me feeling so flat, so pissed off, but as people with absolutely no understanding of football are prone to saying....'It's only a game.'
Guilty - How do I plead? I plead "Guilty" your honour. Though I did spend six weeks in Ireland in the summer of 1974, visiting amongst many other places the youth...
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