...went in. As Spurs put three past Reading each one of the three a savage blow to their campaign to run AVB out of town. Three games to save his career, that went well for them didn't it.
...friendly in Switzerland? A half full Wankdorf Stadium in Berne suggested no. Even if the Olympics hadn't just finished there still wouldn't be much interest in this game, seeing what England should have been like at the Euros.
...or is it a disorder? What are we left with after these last two weeks of the best Olympics ever but memories and the realisation that all there is now doesn't match up.
...he got right in the column. Don't know how long Des Lynam's column about the BBC broadcasting of the Olympics was but in classic Twitter mob style they picked out about the only sentence in the whole piece that was accurate.
...not 9 months. Been reading a few people disagreeing that Bradley Wiggins victory in the Tour de France is the top sporting achievement by a Brit. His addition of Le Tour to three other race wins means he's done something no other rider has ever achieved.
...convictions. Italy at a tournament after a domestic scandal, only one outcome but just you can never write off the Germans.
...deep fried. Glasgow Rangers pretty much started the death of Scottish football 25 years ago, could they now finish it off and be left standing and laughing?
...FIFA ranking. The higher you get in the FIFA world rankings the stranger some of the inclusions especially England's repeated presence in the top 10.
...the old boss? As I've posted here before I wanted Roy Hodgson to be the England boss. I've wanted it for years, since Glenn Hoddle was sacked. You know when they say be careful what you wish for...
…I though England would nick it. I never thought they would outplay Italy, I never thought they’d pass it about like they knew what they were doing, I never thought they’d look like a proper football team but I thought with the luck they had previously and if Shearer can actually figure out that it’s [...]
...at the Euros? It felt just like watching Spurs in Gdansk last night, but it really was Germany versus Greece in the second quarter final.
...almost England. Regardless of England's first competitive victory over Sweden, this was a match between pretty equally matched sides, turned on piece of good fortune - James Milner's yellow card.
...backfired. If Harry Redknapp hadn't indulge in so much Machiavellian scheming would he still be the Spurs boss or was that dramatic loss of form too much?
...feel good about themselves? Opening games of tournaments have become increasingly cagey affairs, teams scared of getting off to a bad start, leading to some dire football and said teams ending up on the wrong end of a bad start.
...?????!!! Poor old Rio Ferdinand, he took to Twitter yesterday to post that, bet he couldn't have look more like a disconsolate duck at the time. Here are those footballing reasons why he shouldn't be in the squad.