England won the World Cup back in 1966 and we have won nothing since that time.
And until a short 8 years ago Spain were very much like England as the major under-performers in world football having won only one major tournament – the European Championship back in 1964.
But that has all changed in the last eight years with Spain winning the Euros in both 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010.
Gareth Southgate – England’s interim manager
Three major tournaments on the trot in four magic years leaves England as the sole under-performers in world football, given that we invented the game and have some very good players.
That’s a little background on today’s friendly at Wembley between England and Spain which kicks off at 8:00 pm and it’s the fourth game under interim manager Gareth Southgate.
In his interview with the local press today Rafa was asked about the game and whether he would be neutral.
This is the diplomatic answer he gave:
“Yes of course I will be neutral,” “It is a friendly game and there is nothing to win and nothing to lose.”
There are calls to give Southgate the England manager’s job permanently, but what has Gareth ever done in management to warrant him being the England manager?
His claim to the job seem to be the England players like him.
Gareth was not as successful managing Middlesbrough as Steve McClaren was when they were relegated from the Premier League with Newcastle back in 2009.
Steve had won the League Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004 and took them to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006 but lost 4-0 to Sevilla in the final held in Eindhoven.
And when Steve McClaren took over the England job in 2006 he had been assistant manager to Sven Eriksson for a number of years.
McClaren turned out to be one of the worst managers in England’s history, so why would it be any better for Southgate?
If Gareth is given the job we hope he’s successful for England’s sake, but it must be a long shot and the appointment will show the FA don’t exactly have high ambitions or expectations for the future.
What do you think?