And whatever other tournaments get us playing daft games.
England are going to whip 'em!
England is winning in the penalties. That'd be an act of poetic justice
I'm up and down like a yo-yo today, oscillating from optimism to pessimism. I've been trying to distract myself because it's making me feel dizzy.Oh, Mike, if you're still around, we've got one player who thinks the first goalscorer points should go to the score at 90 minutes, and one player who thinks they should be awarded after 120 minutes? Which way do you see it?
I'd say the points should go to anyone who scores at any time, including if penalties are needed at the end.
Ok, that seems fine for the first goalscorer part. It will of course mean that ''no goals'' will not be an option.But there's another problem to do with the PTS game which I should have mentioned. Some players have gone for draws. Ultimately,draws are impossible, but you can have a draw at 90 minutes or at 120 minutes. The problem is knowing how to award the points. Does a predicted draw mean at 90 or 120 minutes?
I'd say 120.
2 omens:England are giving the Aussies another lesson in cricket. However Vettel leads Hamilton after penalties.
Ah England are 1 for 1.
Yes, I just saw that. Still Swann did very well.
Ok, they're starting in a few minutes so I'll make a decision. Scores predicted are for 120 minutes.
Good we needed a decision. These games are ALWAYS level at 90 minutes.A few boos at the start of the German anthem. Mick Jagger talking through GSTQ.
Yes, didn't like that booing one little bit. Jagger looked to be singing until he got to the final ''God Save the Queen'' when he went off the song sheet.
3 lots of poor control from the England forwards.
fortunately James is awake
Özil gets the first chance. It's not as though they didn't know he was any good.
Confused by Boatengs? You should be.# Charles Boateng (born 1989), Ghanaian footballer# Derek Boateng (born 1983), Ghanaian footballer# George Boateng (born 1975), Ghanaian-Dutch footballer# Jérôme Boateng (born 1988), Ghanaian-German footballer# Joshua Boateng (born 1987), Ghanaian footballer# Kevin-Prince Boateng (born 1987), Ghanaian-German footballer
If Boateng scored would it be the first time two brothers have scored for different countries in the same competition?
Let's hope that doesn't happen. Germany look much more dangerous so far.
Yes they've started better than England
Rooney keeps passing to Meertersacker?
Free kick in a dangerous place
That's one German wall that's still standing
Aaaargh! Long ball merchants!
It was coming. They're so fast on the break.
Lots of muttering about Sunday pub defending....
When England break, the support is really slow. It's like they're defending a lead not chasing a goal.
Where are the wide players FFS?
Torn apart there!
2-0 desperate England
Apart from crap defence, isolated attackers, no wide play and 2 German goals this is all goinf to plan. This could be 5-0
A proper cross from England.
I take it all back! 5-1
England have defended so badly, the Germans push forward, sensing blood. And England get one back.
2 back. They think it's all over moment there.
FUCK it was half a yard in
Yes, that was the equaliser.
Time for coffee!
Upson has made up for his naff defending. Now it's up to Johnson to make up for his. If Capello doesn't take him off.
Words fail me!The Germans have revenge for 1966, but in 1970 England were 2-0 up and blew it, so we're going to get our revenge for that! 3-2 England.Then next round we're going to have Lampard punch the ball into the net to beat Maradonna and the Argentines.
Dire England performance for 35 minutes, so we're very lucky to be still in this.
I thought that enhanced pictures from the 66 goal had more or less proven that it was a goal. How the ref missed this one from where he was standing in the area is ridiculous.
My brother's just emailed me from Canada wondering why the linesman is in Argentinian colours...
I've just noticed the blog times are an hour out....
Does that mean we can start again?
No, we have to play another hour.
Lampard so close
Lots of mistakes on both sides now.
Indeed. Technically poor defence from both sides.
Crap refereeing too....
Some snappy English passing there.
Sub time...Cole coming on
Classic German break. They deserve it. Bastards
What happened to our defence today? Not usually the problem area for England.
The cricket is going well
This is pretty emphatic.
Bye bye Postman Pat
Yes, and Morgan's been playing really well so we could go 3 up against Australia.
4-1 would be our worst ever defeat in a World Cup finals. And it's not over yet
From tomorrow I'm going to change my nationality to Japanese. At least I don't expect them to win every game,so won't be disappointed when they lose.
Do the Japanese have an adage along the lines: from a tiny acorn grows a really tiny tree? The over-optimistic English could learn from that.
That was fun. Thanks Fab.
And then there were 12...
But all the England boys play in the Premier league, the best league in the world, so they can't be crap, can they?Yes, because they play with people from other countries who are better.The whole team was knackered. Too old and too tired and too crap.
Good blog post from Matt Slater from the BBC on the underlying problems with the England team.