World Cup Conclusion

So like a toddler becoming bored with one of their birthday presents, the Suarez incident/ban proved a watershed for the England team, directing press scrutiny away from them and onto the Uruguayan. By 27 June, there was not an article on England’s failings in sight, perhaps this newspaper had realised that they had pointed each finger in every way possible.

Chris Waddle, after the Uruguay game, encapsulated for a few brief sentences exactly what I had noticed during this project.

‘It’s not about picking your star players, and he plays for Liverpool, he plays for Man United, it’s about getting a balance of a side which is going to get you a result,’ he added.

‘And we never ever do.

‘The media is to blame as much as anyone else, because when they drop somebody or they play somebody in a different position, we’re on the case straight away.

‘Other countries go “you know what? I’ve got good players but unfortunately so-and-so is going to sit on the bench tonight”, and are we bothered? No.

‘Until we get that way of thinking, how do you win football matches?

‘You start from the back, then you get organised.

‘And if you’ve got two or three creative players, you build a side around certain players.

‘And that gets your side balanced. It’s not about having the best 11 players you can find, and we never ever ever learn.’

There’s obviously so much more to England’s international problems than simply the media. I cannot stress this enough. I think we have a good group of players but nothing more. The fact that we only beat Norway, ranked 53rd in the world, 1-0 at home yesterday with nowhere near the same amount of scrutiny illustrates this (The Great British Bake Off beat England in the ratings). But the media certainly does not help. If you don’t agree with the points I’ve tried to make during this project then, at the very least, it should be seen as a thorough reference point which tells the story of England’s World Cup in 2014. I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog and of course, it does not end yet, we are now about to embark on our European Qualifying campaign. The team is very much undergoing a transitional phase with a number of changes in personnel. However, I’d imagine the media will remain a constant. We know what expect from them. We’ll see numerous articles now on not only Rooney’s playing position but also his position as captain. I can wait.



Newspaper, 26 June 2014

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Newspaper, 26 June 2014

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At this point, nobody cared what the score was. We didn’t expect anything. The betting market illustrates this. Perhaps, as much due to Costa Rica’s excellent performances as well as England’s exit, England opened the betting at 2/5, finishing as long as 3/4. Cost Rica were as long as 7/1, going in as short as 15/4.

Don’t let anybody tell you England fans weren’t expecting anything from this World Cup.

Newspaper, 24 June 2014

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Newspaper, 21-22 June 2014

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A weekend of hindsight. In fact, it goes on well into the week.Whether we agree with them or not, opinions and emotive responses are why we become so absorbed in the game; but it’s much easier sat at your desk, or in the boozer. Having said that, they couldn’t have had anyone more informed or renowned to lead the charge as Brian Glanville.

“Hindsight is always 20/20” Billy Wilder


Newspaper, 20 June 2014

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F***. And there we have it, despair. Typical bloody England. We’re all but out.

Gary Lineker @garylineker 20 June

“The whole low expectation thing didn’t help then. Getting knocked out still feels shit!”

An early England exit from a major tournament is a newspaper’s field day. All that time they’ve spent scraping around for stories has now been rewarded. It’s time to write with purpose. In enters our good friend hindsight.

 England should’ve done this, Gerrard’s not good enough, neither is Sterling, neither is Henderson, and especially Hodgson, he’s the worst of them all, he got the formation totally wrong, bloody foreigners know how to do it better than us, we should’ve got Redknapp, Mourinho, anyone.

 They wrote this with a more pressing deadline, just wait until the next edition where they can finger point more thoroughly.

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This is probably the pinnacle of individual obsession. Wayne Rooney, portrayed as the squad’s pantomime villain and having scored the goal that the media craved, is no longer the focal point. Of course though, it’s Rooney related.

Imagine taking a picture of your mate’s kid crying and then putting it on Facebook. That is what this is like. Arguably encroaching morality, I’d expect much better from one of the more respectable broadsheet newspapers.

The Sun went with a similar picture. But with this headline:

“Don’t cry, Kai. If Italy beat Costa Rica today… then Suarez and co lose to Italy.. and Daddy scores a couple (or maybe more) against Costa Rica… WE’RE THROUGH!”

Despite the omission of a crass headline, the picture speaks for itself (res ipsa loquitur).