England's 3-2 win over Slovenia has put them on the verge of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in record time; let's pause and let that sink in: England have won every qualifier in the campaign so far, again let's pause...Wayne Rooney is two England goals away from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's international 40 year record. Ok, enough of the pondering.
These are all great achievements from a team who had a woeful World Cup (that team being England, not Brazil) just 12 months ago.
Since the World Cup, England have not lost a single match and in the process have beaten another record. That being undefeated for the first time in a season since Sir Bobby Robson's England team of 1991. Yes, Hart, Cahill, Rooney and Co. have achieved Shilton, Adams and Lineker et al status.
Yet there is nothing, anywhere, that seems to suggest these achievements are anywhere near, well, achievement like. Winning is what most England fans demand, accept, respect and want; yet bizarrely it is not what they enjoy.
So what exactly is it about England fans that make them happy? The answer is clear: they want to complain. Nothing quite sparks a conversation like a statement highlighting how boring/dull/useless/overpaid/bad/useless (again) and annoying the England players are, yet all of the above is solid evidence that England are the exact opposite of all of the adjectives thrown at them.
A 100% qualifying record, the best defence in the group, top goal scorers and most likely the first qualifiers (via playing) for the finals has done nothing to spark the passion nor lift us out of our now predictable pessimism. Everything is going for England yet we seem to be waiting for something to go very wrong. But WHAT is it?!
England can be very proud of what we have achieved in the past 12 months and absolutely need to enjoy it.
Then again, both San Marino and Switzerland could out do us, the defence might become a sieve, the goals might dry up, our six point lead could be eradicated and we may yet fail to qualify. Typical England...
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