...good. But with that England performance to go with the 2-0 loss to Chile you might as well give up.
...bound. Be careful what you wish for. This could get embarrassing in the jungle. As England beat Poland to go to the World Cup and mask what has gone before and optimism raises it's ugly head again.
...was a fitting game. 'Arry could have managed either of these teams in a parallel universe. He could have quite easily overseen a game as utterly devoid of skill and talent as was put on by and England side as they failed yet again to win against a team that's not San Marino or Moldova.
..'em. A little over a week away from a year before football crazy Brazil host their first World Cup tournament in 64 years and the poor old dears can't even beat England.
...Ireland. Had better things to do and after all they never watched me when I was crap. Quite frankly the thought of watching Ashley Cole leading England out with the captain's armband turned my stomach.
...they're 18th in the FIFA rankings. But losing to this England side, even in a friendly in which they didn't look bothered, surely indicates that ranking is close to being right.
...points game. Spurs finally got their league season on track with a 2-0 victory away at Wolves but a dire game shouldn't give much hope because it could signal the shape of things to come.
...has played out. I hadn't really paid much attention to what looks on paper as England's rather easy qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup Finals.
...if they are going to be as dull and functional as everyone else? The media promised us much because the great five time winners were finally getting a game so the tournament would now take off. But this is the team of Dunga.
...a tear. It was with a loud cheer I greeted the news that David Beckham suffered a torn Achilles tendon playing for AC Milan, which should keep him out of England's World Cup squad for the summer.
...I understand the value of some players against this sort of team better now. But Fabio didn't want to name names after England's abysmal capitulation to a Brazil side that didn't really bother because they didn't have to.
...one. It was great to see Jonny Wilkinson back in an England shirt on Saturday, playing well and along with Steve Thompson putting so many of those Fabio will take to the World Cup to shame.
...results anymore. I have to admit I've taken a certain amount of pleasure in the failings of Tranmere football club so far this season but have nothing to look forward to now Dumb and Dumber have been sacked.
All the pundits talked up England's performance last night against a lacklustre Brazil but it was the same old story and Beckham's return or Gerrard's display didn't deserve that much credit.