Post-penalty reflections on missed semi-finals
-How can Cristiano Ronaldo keep playing in England after such a deeply cynical performance?
-Why didn't Sven publicly admit that taking Theo Walcott was a mistake? It was shown up in the most stark manner yeterday once Rooney was sent off.
-Perhaps we have to accept England will never win a penalty shoot-out. That part of any international match is now such a psychological barrier to fans and players alike yet is also the one which requires the most composure and focus. Perhaps we can never now recover the poise under pressure we need.
-The fans in Gelsenkirchen were brilliant during the game.
-The ten hung on like giants, BUT
-England will never win a competition while we continue to foster an, albeit understandable, bunker attitude. We do not go out because we are cheated, though we often are. We do not go out because we are too honest for the World Cup, though we often are. We do not go out due to bad luck, though we often suffer bad luck. We go out because we are not good enough or don't play well enough. The only solution is to come back genuinely better and genuinely stronger; that requires a stronger coach and with McClaren part of this campaign's set-up I have to say he has a lot to prove.