Normally the anxiety of supporting England in a major soccer tournament starts a few weeks before the action kicks off.
In 1996 we had the distraction of some pre season high jinks in the infamous dentist’s chair in Hong Kong whereas 2 years later it was Teddy Sheringham sharing a smoke with a mystery blonde in a Portuguese nightclub.
Ahead of the World Cup in Japan in 2002 we stepped things up a gear via the “will he, won’t he” saga of Beckham’s broken metatarsal in a Spring Champions league game and that particular injury again got our worry levels going prior to 2006, with Rooney the victim this time around. In 2010 we moved away from injuries & booze related faux pas to a new genre of pre tournament distraction when the England captain decided it was a good idea to have an affair with the Mother of one of his team mate’s children and was subsequently stripped of the captaincy, but in a quick return to normal service his successor was then injured & left the squad shortly before the first group game.
My point is this, 3-4 weeks ahead of a tournament I’m not only ready for but expecting a series of catastrophe’s to befall the England soccer squad – it is the natural way of things.
However ahead of Euro 2012 (which starts June 2012) we have now broken all pre tournament anxiety records with the news, a full 8 months prior to the tournament and with 8 teams still involved in play offs, that we’ll be without our best player for the 3 group games.
I have no quibble with the stance taken by UEFA against Rooney, he’s had plenty of chances to amend his behaviour and should know better, but my God it’s hard work being an England fan.
About the Author
Written by thesportingmouth
Here is a bit more about me…….. Having failed to make it as a world class sportsman in any discipline I now settle for posting the odd sporting blog. I’m a West Ham fan with a season ticket at Reading, I love test match cricket & major championship golf and I have a growing & non perverted interest in womens football – trust me it’s the next big thing. I believe that the FA is run by a bunch of chumps & that England will win every tournament they’re in, I’m right about one & misguided by optimism on the other. I coach a kids football team and ride a bike to try and keep fit but it’s fair to say I’m losing a one sided battle with my waistline. My favourite sporting event is the Ryder Cup, look out for me on the first tee of the first game on the first morning – home or away I’ll be there. I'm also a big fan of baseball and especially college football - 100,000 people to watch a bunch of amateur kids? How can that be anything but great sporting drama...