England were one of the pioneers for the game of football, however their success doesn’t quite mirror that. It has been 52 years of hurt since Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy at the Old Wembley, with a semi-final in Italia ’90 being the best run since.
There have been valiant runs and too many penalty shoot-outs to remember, as well as a helping hand from God. But, England have occasionally fallen in rather unflattering circumstances, here are the ‘3 Worst England Bottlejobs’.
2010- Never mind Germany, how did we not beat USA?
The main talking point from this tournament for Fabio Capello’s men will be the ‘goal that should’ve been’. If Frank Lampard’s goal was correctly called, then the Round of 16 tie with Germany could’ve been different. But, if England had stepped up their game in the group stage, they wouldn’t have faced such a devastating German team.
It was, what has become, ‘vintage England’ in the group phase . Steven Gerrard set England on their way against USA in game one, until Rob Green’s horrendous fumble, he hasn’t played for the country since. A despairing 0-0 draw with Algeria followed, along with explicit comments from Wayne Rooney. Jermain Defoe was the get out of jail card in beating Slovenia, but it was second place and a game with Germany next, whilst USA faced Ghana. Never underestimate group draws.
2002- Ronaldinho magic or David Seaman disaster?
One of the game’s greatest magicians deceived one of England’s most revered goal keepers, how? Sven Goran Eriksson was making his mark on England and things were looking good in South Korea in 2002.
Yet, England had once again missed an easier route by finishing second in the group on goals scored, a 0-0 draw with Nigeria not helping the cause. Brazil were awaiting in the quarter-finals after Denmark were dispatched. It was a tight game at 1-1, which turned on a freak goal which will live with David Seaman. Ronaldinho seems to curl a free-kick from the right into the box, but the lack of swing has caught out Seaman and it flies into the far corner. It may seem like ‘classic Ronaldinho’, but this was a nightmare moment from the Arsenal keeper. Eyes on the ball Jordan Pickford.
2014- Bottom. Of. The. Group
The excitement was there, as usual, with a flawless qualifying campaign and exciting talents like Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere progressing in the set-up.
Then it all came crashing down in Brazil in 2014. The happiest moment of England’s time in South America, was when the nation thought Sterling had scored a screamer inside two minutes of the opening game with Italy. It was wide, which was fitting of the disappointment that followed. Mario Balotelli outfoxed Gary Cahill, Luis Suarez defied Steven Gerrard and Costa Rica overcame everyone. The worst performance in a World Cup for England. Surely they can beat Panama, right?
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