Because this was the 1st time everything has gone in our favour. Got the results despite poor performances, an easy draw for once instead of the toughest group as we usually get, and avoided Brazil and Argentina completely. This was the last world cup with a reasonable selection of English players to choose from as I said. And even then, there were really only 2 players, 3 at most left out this time (Defoe, SWP and Bent). Next time it will be more a case of 'which 23 players in the premiership are English?'
We won't have as good a chance as this in my lifetime IMO.
On the penalties, why did Crouch not step up? I always have a bit of a thing about strikers and penalties. IMO, your 4th choice centre back should not be taking one before your striker, but maybe that's just me.
And Beckham has resigned as captain. More good news. Finally we can have a proper captain like Gerrard (who it should have been this time) Or Terry. However, unfortunately it will be Owen or Gary Neville.