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England 2010 – The Silver Lining

July 11th, 2010 by · No Comments · Features, Football

About the only good thing to come from England’s performance in the World Cup 2010 was the unexpected boost to the beautifully presented bid to host the tournament in the UK in 2018.

In an almost mirror image of the on-pitch shenanigans the bid team seemed to have a Spain-like control over their opponents and had a great tournament. Beckham acted as the lone star supported by ‘The Princes’ [yeah, real ones]. Solid support was provided by veteran ‘fixer’ David Dein and dead weights, ‘Oh my Lord’ Treisman and Robbie ‘Spiv’ Earle, were dropped without lasting damage. London mayor Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt provided that unpredictability that scares fans and opponents alike. Even David Cameron stood up from his desk long enough to add his set-piece magic.

On the opposition bench it was even better news; Australia dropped out just after the tournament began, like their team; England fans attracted headlines “their behavior has been exemplary and they have been a credit to the country”; and the powerful Asian lobby recommended a European tournament for 2018.

The England football team itself also chipped in with a blinder. After being robbed during the Second Round game with Germany, of a goal but certainly not of a win, England attracted the sympathy of Sepp Blatter. The FIFA president took the unprecedented step of publicly stating there were mistakes and that he was sorry for England. He then apologised personally to the Football Association, the bid organizers. Back of the Net!

All this activity leaves England joint favorites, with Russia, to win it. You can add your support to the bid team here. Throw away that Rooney shirt and get behind a team that looks like it might actually win something.

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