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Rooney ban raises English anxiety levels
Posted By thesportingmouth On Oct 14 2011 @ 4:52 am In England,Soccer | No Comments
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.
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