Football:`Cartoon of a Team at Rock Bottom' ; Alex Hayes Surveys Criticism of Keegan's Qualifiers
Hayes, Alex, The Independent (London, England)
ENGLAND MAY have breathed a collective sigh of relief at 9.45pm on Wednesday evening, but the 2-1 aggregate victory over Scotland - secured in spite of the 1-0 home defeat at Wembley - in the two- legged Euro 2000 play-off, has done little to appease the media, whether they be the notorious English tabloids or the traditionally more forgiving European titles.
Even in the miserable aftermath of the defeat, coach Kevin Keegan has the nerve to say his team can go on to win Euro 2000. If it wasn't funny you would weep buckets for the poor little feller who has to say such ludicrous things as part of his job.
England were a cartoon of a team. They ended shamefully, calling for the referee, Mr Collina, to blow his whistle. They achieved their objective but their image continues to be rock bottom.
In this, the richest, most heralded, glamorous and fashionable age English football has ever experienced, the 11 millionaires who started out for their country included nobody who could kick a ball with his left foot!
The English team were humiliated at Wembley and they now approach next summer with trembling knees. Without their keeper and that infinitely long leg of Tony Adams, they'd be out. Following the euphoria of the Glasgow win, proof came of how moderate the team became. …
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