I went to bed an angry man, angry with a bunch of overpaid lazy wankers, but then I read this brilliant piece and now I’m not so sure: it’s a super psychological unpicking of the team’s state of mind:
Cast your minds back to the qualification games for the 2000 European Championships. Glenn Hoddle had made an excellent start as England manager. A side built around Adams, Ince and Shearer had come home early from the World Cup, but on the back of the best all-round set of performances since 1970.Â The young Manchester United midfield were bedding in, Michael Owen had arrived, and the future looked bright. But, a couple of lacklustre games into Euro 200o qualifying, Hoddle rowed with Alan Shearer, saying â€œTell me why you are producing performances like this.â€
Shearer replied: â€œHave you ever thought the problem might be you?â€
Itâ€™s not pressure. Itâ€™s not nerves. Itâ€™s not fear. Itâ€™s a message to Capello, and it reads f*** off.