Originally posted by eatmybishop who would you say - apart from 1966 - was the best english football team...
i would go for....
world cup 1990
most dissapointing team were world cup 2006... could and should have won
you should of watched the 70,s team, as the scots song wrote "england can not win it cause they didna qualify"
but best after 66 was bobby robsons team after wilko got sent off and the other robson was injured.
Originally posted by blade68 It was a memorable English side for everyone that wasn't English!
Carlton Palmer, Geoff Thomas et al...
I think your memory's playing up.
Thomas and Palmer didn't play until 1991/92 (under Graham Taylor, unsurprisingly enough).
1988 was the most disappointing England team for me - not the worst, but the worst performance in a major championships in comparison to their actual ability - it wasn't a bad team, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_1988_squads#England
Geoff Thomas is an easy dig for the hard of thinking. Because Skinner and his glory boy sidekick were looking for a cheap laugh, people assume Thomas was a bad player.
He played six times for England, England didn´t lose any of those games. He certainly wasn´t on the pitch when England failed to qualify for 1994.
He and Carlton Palmer probably did more than Lampard and perhaps even Gerrard have done in an England shirt. So next time you compile a worse England 11, think of the current team, some of them are automatic picks.
Originally posted by Hopster He and Carlton Palmer probably did more than Lampard and perhaps even Gerrard have done in an England shirt. So next time you compile a worse England 11, think of the current team, some of them are automatic picks.
Much as I like Carlton Palmer, that's not really remotely true. Reflected by Gerrard & Lampard's combined 128 caps (27 goals). against Palmer's 18 and Thomas' 9.
What makes a winning team and why haven't England put a winning team together since 66?
Is it a bit like the All Blacks failure to win the Rugby WC since 87 despite winning almost everything else?
Or is it that England players just fall to pieces under immense home pressure or perhaps coaches experiment and fail or is it deeper? England to me always seem to have a hot shot or two but never seem get it together consistently as a team. Maybe they need more Latin Coaches?
I know in NZ the footy clubs are all run by broad accented British ex pat know-alls that haven't got an NZ team to the world cup since 82. Curious