I have no spy in the England camp, so I don’t know whether the John Terry mutiny was real or not. But I hope it was, and I hope the other senior players are now asking themselves why they didn’t have the balls to join him.
I’ve been depressing friends with my reservations about Fabio Capello for months and months. I am not saying I was right and that it was all his fault. Maybe this group of players are not as good as I thought, but they are better than this.
I saw Thomas Muller play in the Champions League on half-a-dozen occasions last season and rated him no more than promising. I refuse to believe that if you take the shackles off Steven Gerrard he cannot do anything that Muller did in Bloemfontein.
We played in mental straitjackets tighter than those stupid waistcoats. Tactically, we played football from the same era as those waistcoats. Look back and see how many times England really played well in qualification with that system.
The most depressing thing is that I have been here before - exactly here – somehow relieved that it’s all over and I can concentrate on Brazil v Chile tonight. A football match. Remember them?
All those rainforests flattened to preview the event that was England versus Germany. And hardly a word written or said about how fresh and fearless Jogi Loew’s team were looking.
It was all about penalties and spirit and shutting Beckenbauer up. Well, the Kaiser was right. Burnt out straight line football.
The missed opportunity is huge. This morning my 15-year old son would rather be Stuart Broad than Wayne Rooney. If the players weren’t good enough, English football is in a bigger mess than I thought.
If they are, and they simply didn’t get the chance to give it a go, they’ve only got themselves to blame.