As usual England fans are expectant and we are all trying to convince ourselves that this could be the year where we can win the World Cup for the second time.
The England team in 1990
Memories of England’s fantastic win in 1966 still seems as clear as day as my father and I were ready to down some vodkas in celebration of England beating West Germany in the final at Wembley on 30th July – and would you believe it – Germany equalized with just 20 seconds to go.
We downed the vodkas in any case and had more as the great Geoff Hurst scored two goals in extra time to secure his famous hat-trick, and sent England to a wonderful 4-2 win – they think it’s all over – it is now – famous words at the end of the game from commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff scored his third goal just before the end of that memorable game
Oh the memories.
And in 1990 of course Bobby Robson’s side reached the semi-final, but this time West Germany beat England on penalties, after extra time, and went through to the final.
The Germans beat a weakened Argentine team 1-0 in the final, with a late Andreas Brehme penalty sealing their third World Cup win
Newcastle’s Peter Beardsley was in that England side back in 1990, and he talked today to the Evening Chronicle:
“At the moment, if you listen to most pundits they will say we can make the quarter-finals or the semis.”
“I have to say it will be tough, you have to look at Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina too and all of them are more than capable.”
“Argentina have Jonas Gutierrez, who is well thought of here in Newcastle, and they have the best player in the world in Messi, so the standards are sky high.”
“I just think it is going to be a brilliant tournament and it is now starting to take shape so we can all look forward to it. I just hope this team can go one better.”
England have already lost the services of captain Rio Ferdinand but we are hoping that Ledley King will be abig star in the tournament, if his knees hold up.
But Beardsley thinks England are hardly a one man team, and thinks there are sufficient world-class players in the England squad to make the difference.
“For me, the three key men are Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
“Fabio Capello will manage the situation as it goes on. I really do think that he is a master of that.”
“The standards will have to be high to go one better that we did in 1990, but, as I say it, promises to be a brilliant tournament and it will be exciting to see it all unfold.”
Peter played 59 times for England with 9 goals, and played 276 times for Newcastle United scoring 108 goals in two different spells on Tyneside.
He was there from 1983-1987 and left to join Liverpool, and then ten years later returned under Kevin Keegan from 1993-1997.
And of course there’s lot of publicity over here in the US surrounding the game tomorrow between England and the USA – but the press keep talking about America meeting the Brits.
Who is going to tell them that the English and the Brits are not the same?
We’ve tried and it gets very complicated, as most Americans believe England and Britain are the same thing.