Cancelled out by your lot allowing the worse Italian fans to get there though tbh.
Not going to argue about it, we deserve everything you will say. Absolutely deserved to lose. We were just second class, and if we had held on for the 2-2 it would have been a real injustice. Croatia looked like scoring every time they got the ball and to be fair, we were quite lucky we didn't let in 6 or 7 in my honest opinion. We certainly deserved to.
Oddly, I'm pretty down of course, but not on the verge of suicide as I imagined I might be. Perhaps it's because I had resigned myself to this outcome a long time ago, after defeat in Croatia and the draw with Macedonia. This just confirmed it officially. Perhaps also I just feel less for the national side now with there being no real prospect of an Arsenal player being anywhere near the side for some years to come. I used to be able to relate to players I watched week in, week out and loved with all my heart. Seaman (who was my hero given I've always played in goal myself), Adams, Wright, Keown, Dixon, and in more recent times Campbell and Cole. There's not one player in the team I give 2 farts about anymore.
I am absolutely gobsmacked to come online and NOT read that Mclaren has resigned. What little respect anyone had for him, and what little dignity he might have had is certainly gone now. Surely he will be sacked by the weekend. Personally, I feel the entire FA board should go with him. It was afterall them who appointed him when the whole world could have told you we needed change, not the same old mediocrity he had been involved in for the previous 5 years. The bookies reckon Mourinho is a favourite for the job. I have no doubts the FA will do what they always do. They'll go after Mourinho, Scolari, Rijkaard, Wenger, Hiddink etc. And end up appointing Pearce, Roeder, Allardyce or Jol.
Absolutely no blame should be placed upon Scott Carson. Yes, he made a poor error. But the guy is 22 years old with very little experience and only just made his debut in a meaningless friendly on Friday. This goalkeeping change should have been made after the game in Croatia. To bring him in for this game of all games, Mclaren hung him out to dry.
Wow this is turning into a novel and I still haven't said what I actually wanted to say.
This game pointed out 2 important things for me.
Firstly, as long as David Beckham is playing, he must start for England. He's not going to be able to run up and down the touchline much anymore. But he is always going to find you at least a goal or 2 every time. IMO, he will still create goals just like today's when he's 50. Without a doubt. The skill he has is just something you don't lose like you do pace and fitness.
Secondly, and most importantly, this game highlighted the issue of too many foreign players filling up the Premiership teams. An issue I keep banging on about. In fact, this whole qualifying campaign has shown it in full. We have suffered from key injuries throughout, and where say Brazil might replace Ronaldinho with Robinho, we replace Wayne Rooney with Gareth Barry in a holding role. 2 injuries in defence, and we've got a long past it Sol Campbell and a 2nd division quality Joleon Lescott starting. 1 injury in any position really is a disaster because there's just noone else to choose! The teams are just so full of foreigners that outside the first choice 11, there really is not anyone else available. At 2-0 down, the only attacking options we had on the bench were 2 players who can't get a game at Spurs! FFS!
The media will no doubt find a way to blame Arsene Wenger for England's failure to qualify, but it's not just 1 club. 1 injury and there wasn't even an Manchester United player in sight today FFS. And now all the clubs are crying about losing players to the African thing in January. Well bugger them I say. Absolutely no sympathy for any of them, including my own club who will be severley hurt by the loss of Toure. You know the thing comes around in January so if you don't like it, then don't sign Africans. Produce your own instead. Simple solution. Serves you right for filling your team with Africans. Portsmouth are pretty much f**ked in January.
Anyway, we did not deserve to qualify and quite rightl didn't. The main thing is now Mclaren is gone and the board have an opportunity to pick someone new. The right man this time. Someone with fresh ideas who is going to play with a bit more ambition. Someone not afraid to make big changes when they are needed rather than out of desparation when it's too late. No more of this 1 man up front on his own, long ball and hope to nick a 1-0 bulls**t. You just know they are going to cock it up though. The worst thing about this result is not necessairly missing out on Euro 2008, but what it does for future seedings etc. We might have just screwed ourselves for a long time to come as we will no doubt be in a World Cup qualifying group with Germany now.
Apologies for the length of that, it just all poured out with frustration and annoyance having just watched the game. Don't expect anyone will read it in it's entirety and it's probably mostly crap anyway.