Tag Archives: England team

On, on, you noblest English…

12 Jun

Today is also the anniversary of the re-created Shakespeare Globe Theatre as well as England’s first World Cup game of the 2010 finals. I will keep my sentiments simple, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet “Do it England!”.

I am sure William would be cheering the England team. He could connect with these players performing in front of 60,000 eager fans, England’s popular theatre for the ‘common man’. The sentiments of ABE (anyone but England) from Scotland and Wales would not worry Shakespeare, he would cut them down, waving his pen like a sword, penning a piece of English cutting wit and pride.

When the world cup is over however he would be unfamiliar with the way that Englishness vanishes over night. The playwright lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I this ‘mere English’ woman who instilled a sense of pride and passion in England. Europe feared this rising England, this land of god and man.

I suspect he would be disappointed in English pride. A land where our historians now depict Elizabeth as “short-tempered, sometimes indecisive ruler, who enjoyed more than her share of luck”.

After the World cup is over, those supporting England will settle back into their daily lives, a flutter of pride or disapointement in their chest. The rest of the country will continue to chip away at England, ever more determined to prevent these ‘mere English’ any chance to establish themselves politically or nationally.

England and Englishness has been reduced to something that comes out at sporting tournaments. I hope we can win this tournament, it will give us time and new found confidence. The least it will postpone and prevent people from trying to destroy this last bastion of England.

Gary Lineker debut

26 May

gary Lineker, England Striker

One of England’s finest goalscorers made his début on this day in 1984.

“Legendary goal poacher Gary Lineker made his England debut in the last ever British Home Championship match on this day in 1984.

The Leicester City forward was just 23 when he replaced Tony Woodcock in the fixture against Scotland at Hampden Park; thrown on by Bobby Robson in the 72nd minute in an attempt to find a winning goal with the score at 1-1.

Unfortunately it was not to be the dream debut for Lineker with the game finishing in a stalemate, a result that meant all four nations – Northern Ireland and Wales included – ended the tournament on three points and were only separated by goal difference – the Irish coming out on top.”

An interesting fact about England striker Gary is he finished his international career with 48 goals and not one yellow card in 80 appearances, earning him the title England’s Mr Nice.

World Cup commercial

23 May

Really well made World Cup 2010 Commercial by Nike. The Wayne Rooney segment made me smile.

England win: England 6 Germany 3

14 May

England team in Germany 1938

Interesting facts about England; This day in 1938 England played Germany, clashing just before the second World War (which started 16 months later). The game should have been remembered for the England win (6-3) and the magnificent venue of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium where around 110,000 went to watch the match.

Instead in a politicly correct stunt, the England team were ordered to give the Nazi Salute prior to the game (one does not want to offend). The resulting image sat painfully with a nation and the Nazi saluting players. Eddie Hapgood, England’s captain summed up his feelings “I’ve been in a shipwreck, a train cash, and inches short of a plane crash but the worst (thing) of my life was giving the Nazi salute in Berlin.”

News: England Cricket and Commonwealth Games

12 May

England world20

English Sport

The England cricket team have beaten New Zealand and top their group in the World 20 competition . They move onto the semi finals unbeaten in the competition so far. Congratulations and lets keep our fingers crossed we can reach the finals.

The England Commonwealth Games Team have selected Andi Jones (Salford Harriers) and Helen Decker (Ipswich Jaffa) to represent England in the Commonwealth games after their London Marathon perfomance. Congratulations guys, I know you will do England proud in Dehli.

England World cup squad announced

11 May

Fabio Capello has announced his preliminary England squad list for the World Cup. The line up is offers no real surprises (any bets on which 7 will be dropped for the final 23 man squad ?).

Goalkeepers
Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green

strong>Defenders
Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock

Midfielders
Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips

Forwards
Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney

The world cup is going to be a refreshing break from a political weary English population.