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Mike Basset movie mirrors England World Cup heartache

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If you haven't seen the 2001 film 'Mike Bassett: England Manager' then you are missing out. It is a hilarious comedy based around an England side in shambles and when there manager has a heart attack, the FA are in a desperate search to find a replacement.

Up steps Norwich City manager Mike Bassett, a relatively unknown candidate who gets employed because nobody wants the job. Basset, played by Ricky Tomlinson, clearly isn't up to the job and has a number of problems as boss.

When I've been watching this year's World Cup, I can't help but draw comparisons to the film. First of all, the World Cup is set in Brazil. Basic, I know, but there's many more pieces of the puzzle.

Mike Bassett had been an unsuccessful footballer in his playing days. This is much like England boss Roy Hodgson, who spent his days playing in non-league football. In terms of management, they also draw comparisons. Basset gets the Three Lions job after winning the 'Mr Clutch Cup' with Norwich, a trophy of limited relevance in the film. Although Hodgson has won more than one trophy, they've been in foreign leagues with little relevance.

Let's go on to some other parts of the film. When the side lands in Brazil, they meet both the Scottish and Irish national sides at the airport. The three sides enjoy some general banter and one of the English players, either Deano or Danno quotes 'Costa Rica are looking tasty.'

Compare that to 2014. The South American side have topped Group D with seven points and are set to play Greece and could easily reach the quarter-finals.

The Mexicans are also doing well this World Cup, having qualified as runners up in Group A only because of Brazil's greater goal difference. They too performed well in the 2001 film, as they thrashed England 4-0. 

It's a shame England didn't go into the last game against Costa Rica needing a win to go through. In Mike Bassett, England played Argentina badly needing a win and got it through a 'suspect' goal from Kevin 'Tonka' Tonkinson, before going on to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

Links have already been so close that if Italy had got a result against Costa Rica, maybe like the film, England could have sneaked through.

All we need now is Roy Hodgson to dance on the bar singing 'I'm off me head', Phil Jones to start riots in the streets of Rio and one of the players to bring back a ladyboy to their hotel room before jetting back.

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