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IF there's one thing that shows how ill-prepared the England football squad are, it's the revelation that players were taking sleeping tablets and caffeine tablets during this week's shambles in Poland.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson apparently confirmed that the Three Lions players took caffeine pills leading up to Tuesday night's embarrassing washout in Warsaw - before later taking sleeping pills after the game was postponed.
No wonder that they looked lethargic and uninspired when the game was finally played in the Polish capital less than 24 hours later.
Postponement I bet none of our Olympic gold-medal athletes took sleeping tablets during London 2012! There are ways to cope with issues such as this and taking sleeping tablets isn't one of them.
If your head was in the right place when something like Tuesday's postponement happened, you wouldn't need sleeping tablets - but sadly too many of our top professional footballers don't have their heads in the right place.
The rain delay should not have been a problem for Roy Hodgson's men.
And then to hear some of our players complaining about the state of the turf in Poland's National Stadium was just ridiculous.
Think about some of the best musicians or actors in the world, playing in front of 70-80,000 people. Sometimes, they'll go out on stage and find that the sound isn't right, or the lighting isn't right - but they'll still go out and perform to the best of their ability so that the audience wouldn't know the difference.
They may well rip someone's head off backstage when the show is finished, but that's a different matter!
The point is that you accept what the situation is, you get on with it and you go out and play. …