Pre-match Roy talked about extra-time and talked about penalties. England play to win, always have – until now. Now Hodgson is the manager.
When England got at them they were for the taking. Remember how Tottenham under Harry Redknapp tore up Italian teams. When they break loose of the Hodgson headset the England players are fine. The previous manager of West Bromwich Albion has destroyed another England team.
There was all this tosh about Roys Italian experience. Is that where he learnt to cripple the players with fear and in the great betrayal of the English tradition play for penalties ? Go away Roy – your time is done. How dare you do that.
In the final moment – you, Mr. Roy Hodgson, chose the penalty takers. You got it wrong. Utterly wrong.
The players are always good enough – but Hodgson is a disaster. Where now are Brooking and the smug faces at the FA. They will lie low and carry on. They made sure that they had got all their excuses in before a ball was kicked.
It is always England ‘til I Die and it is forever the peoples game. In England people know their Football. They didn’t want Hodgson. Did they ?
Good luck to Italy, to Spain, Germany and Portugal,