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No surprise as England come up short

IN the final reckoning, then, we were right to lower our expectations of England’s Euro 2012 campaign. A place in the quarter-finals was mission accomplished. Roy Hodgson’s side punched their weight and no more. They confirmed what most realists already knew – that, with full-blooded commitment and a fair dose of luck on their side, … Continue reading

England in bonus territory now

FOR England’s footballers, the minimum has been achieved. They have negotiated their way through the group stages of Euro 2012. Many had feared Roy Hodgson’s hastily assembled side would fall at the first hurdle; some even wondered if they’d pick up so much as a single point. But the most unsung and under-hyped England side … Continue reading

There’s been some tennis, too!

ENGLAND having drawn their Euro 2012 opener with France and therefore deemed as yet to be neither world-beaters nor no-hopers, an opportunity arises to snatch a look at other major sports events that have been rather overshadowed by the jamboree in Poland and Ukraine. It’s probably best to draw a veil over the final Test … Continue reading

High hopes, low expectations for England

NO-ONE will be able to say that England’s footballers have been weighed down by the burden of expectation when the action starts at Euro 2012. The fact is that no England squad has ever entered a major tournament with so many people predicting failure. Not only does it look like the weakest squad ever to … Continue reading