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(Sad to see the old gimmer taken into hospital but a timely opportunity to revisit this post of 2014, when Hodgson’s England were drawn in the same group as tournament favourites Italy and Uruguay.


Hoping for our games in Rio so that we won’t have to fly

Hoping for a group of minnows so that we might qualify

Greece, Algeria

We needn’t fear ya

Anyone else and it’s “Goodbye”;

Jesus Christ Almighty! We’ve got Italy and Uruguay!


Perlo, Balotelli, Buffon – players you would pay to see

Forlan, Suarez and Cavani scare me shitless, actually.

We’ve no class

Can’t score and can’t pass

Can’t keep possession properly

Jesus Christ Almighty! We’ve got Uruguay and Italy!


The odds we’ll get out of the group are long and are at best remote

We’ll be home before the postcards; now it’s Scotland’s turn to gloat;

We’ve no chance

Belgium, Brazil, France

Spain, Germany – I‘ll get me coat;

Greg Dyke knew what he was doing when he signed to cut his throat.


Hodgson knows he’s got just one chance; Hodgson knows it’s “Do or Die”

Fleet Street hacks are sharpening pencils; “ROY OUT” we’ll read in July;

Teams weaker

Like Cost Rica

Expect to beat us too whereby

It won’t matter that we’re drawn with Italy and Uruguay.




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John Coopey

Fri 16th Feb 2024 19:49

He was right to be anxious, Stephen. We lost the group games to both Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica to achieve bottom spot. They were, indeed, the Golden Generation.

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 16th Feb 2024 17:10

Well done, John. It all seems so long ago. Post-Fabio, but Steve Maclaren with the teeth, where does he fit in? Tempus Fugit, I suppose. (A handy midfielder, I believe).

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